Having been booked into the Sigiriya Village Hotel, I did not stay in the Cinnamon Lodge, but very much wish I had. Instead, my wife and I twice went out of our way to eat there. The hotel is set in large and pleasant grounds alongside its sister (and slightly cheaper) hotel, the Chayaa Village. Although we visited in appalling weather conditions, the establishment looked fresh and beautifully maintained; so, indeed, did the Chaaya Village The swimming pool was spectacular.
Common parts were airy and comfortable with agreeable places to sit, and with a well stocked and pleasant bar. The dining area looked equally clean and attractive. It was much enhanced by the incorporation of an open kitchen, so that customers could see food being prepared. We ate lunch in the buffet section. Although I'm not personally a fan of buffet eating (food hanging around for hours on hot plates), this was far better than most. On two successive evenings we ate in the small a la carte restaurant, which was excellent. Good quality basic ingredients had been sourced from Australia, and the chef (European trained, I believe) plainly 'knew his stuff'. His fillet steak was as good as I've eaten anywhere in fifty years of travel.
There is no avoiding the fact that The Cinnamon Lodge is in the more expensive bracket, but not that much more. Above all, it was clear that management was thoroughly professional. Staff were courteous and solicitous and, just as important, purposeful.
If I ever return to see Sigiriya again, I'll happily choose this well run and excellent hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is located at the heart of Sri Lanka's world famous cultural triangle where history, time and tradition meet. Make delightful discoveries in over 27 acres of resplendent beauty, shielded by over 1700 tall trees, surrounded by three nature reserves. Discover tranquility in the midst of lush greenery. The 68 Superior, 63 Deluxe, 2 Superior suites and 4 Deluxe suites are aesthetically designed and are located on the ground and first floor level of chalet type accommodation. ... more less
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