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Review: Cinnamon Lodge

Escorted Tour

Habarana, Sri Lanka

Great value base for local Sri Lankan attractions

  • By SilverTraveller coolonespa

    208 reviews

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  • February 2020
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This is a large estate and rooms are spread throughout the gardens and alongside the lake. As we drove up, the main building has a colonial style to it and we were offered a choice of 3 drinks at reception whilst we completed check in formalities. After this we were walked to our garden facing superior room (where complimentary cakes awaited us) and the bell boy brought our bags immediately and explained how everything worked in the room. Our room was in a 2 story block, ground floor, No. 109. Inside and out It had simple whitewashed walls but the dark wood inside and the high ceiling gave it a pleasant and spacious feel. There was plenty of space in the room, comfortably accommodating the king sized bed, settee, table and 2 chairs. Facilities included TV, complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee station, fridge, mini safe and air conditioning. The wardrobe had an iron and board inside.
The spacious and long bathroom consisted of a decent sized shower cubicle, hairdryer and toiletries e.g. shower gel, toothbrush etc. Sadly these, like the complimentary bottled water perpetuates the consumption of single use plastic and I’d like to see these replaced with a reusable and refillable options.
There were a considerable amount of monkeys wandering the grounds and whilst they are cute, they are also expert thieves. As such we were unable to have the doors or windows of the room open and needed to keep an eye on our possessions at all times.
We stayed here on a bed and breakfast basis but had a light meal in the bar one evening which was tasty and well presented. The staff in the bar area, like all the staff we encountered in the hotel were friendly and helpful. The breakfast area (also used for a buffet dinner in the evening) was huge and set alongside the pool (similar to the bar area) and had a vast selection of hot, cold, Asian and western dishes. There was a separate cold room that contained fresh fruit etc. Our breakfasts here were all of high quality, with eggs cooked to order.
Prospective customers with mobility issues should note that there are quite a number of steps on the site, some paths are moderately uneven paving stones, plus some rooms a long way from main building. So its worth checking with the hotel to ensure that your specific needs can be accommodated.
Thank you to the Cinnamon Lodge for two complimentary nights during our three night stay. We’d be pleased to stay here again when in the area.

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  • coolonespa
    over 1 year ago
    Thanks for your comment JohnP and I'm glad that you had a similarly positive experience at Cinnamon Lodge.
  • JohnP
    over 1 year ago
    I couldn't agree more. We stayed there not long after the end of the civil war and all the staff went out of their way to be helpful. It needed only the mention of a bird and someone took us to the best spot for watching them. On a rest day we wandered into the garden area, where fruit and vegetables for the restaurant were grown. Someone saw us there and explained the different areas then left us to explore. It reached a point when we would almost have preferred not to go on an excursion so we could watch the wildlife.
    The food too was delightful, and always served with great care. We too, given the chance of another trip to Sri Lanka, would hope to stay at Cinnamon Lodge.