My wife and I stayed at Helga's Folly on our recent trip to see the Esala Perahera in Kandy. The Folly is not simply a place to stay while in Kandy; it is a full-fledged attraction in its own right. Most of the walls are murals, and each room is lavishly decorated according to Helga's unique artistic taste. The overall effect is probably a little overwhelming for some visitors, but I found the experience fascinating. A visitor can easily spend an afternoon wandering from room to room studying the paintings and old photographs that line the walls. Just to the side of the front desk is the Jane Vance grotto, a room featuring several large canvasses by an American painter whose work is very influenced by Sri Lankan Buddhist art. On the other side of the front desk is a comfortable lobby and bar where I spent a very pleasant evening relaxing.
We found the Folly's staff to be extremely polite and helpful and enjoyed wonderful meals during our stay. I noticed that some previous reviewers had complained about wait times for meals; apparently food at the Folly is cooked to order and certainly well worth the wait while it is being prepared. Overall we found the Folly to be one of the best parts of our stay in Kandy and highly recommend it to other travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
- Helgas Folly Kandy
- Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy