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“A very peaceful stay that exceeded expectations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sweet Cinnamon

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Sweet Cinnamon
Ranked #13 of 288 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews
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“A very peaceful stay that exceeded expectations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

We spent two nights at Sweet Cinnamon and it definitely exceeded our expectations. The boutique hotel is in a very beautiful, quiet and leafy natural setting and the room was one of our most comfortable in Sri Lanka - very spacious, comfy bed, wonderful bathroom with large windows overlooking the surrounding forest, and very nice hosts. The hotel is a short tuk, tuk ride from town. We enjoyed breakfast on the verandah overlooking the garden. A very small suggestion - we would have preferred a Sri Lankan breakfast and being offered that as an alternative.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed here in January and although it was supposed to be the nicest time of the year, it rained an entire day we were there. However, that didn't bother my friends and I one little bit. Sweet Cinnamon is the perfect place to kick back and relax.

Set about 10 min away from Kandy town, it is only a easy and short tuktuk ride to get there.

The hosts who also own the place are knowledgeable and are happy to give recommendations of things to see and do in the area, and will even go out of their way to make arrangements for you (He even called a restaurant in town to check if they had hoppers left before we went for dinner one night).

The food is heavenly and Lawrence, the manager is happy to do a cooking demonstration of Sri Lankan food on very short notice.

The rooms are very well appointed with iPod docks in the deluxe rooms even. Amenities in the bathroom are thoughtully provided and any problems we had (there was a small leak in the bathroom the first day we were there) were fixed immediately.

Oh! And for some strange reason we ALL slept very well here.

Sweet Cinnamon was an experience in itself.

Room Tip: If you absollutely need wifi, the front rooms have better signal.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Absolutely loved the place. The moment we arrived, we knew that this was going to be a wonderful stay with music of Neil Diamond being played on an old LP to add to the charm! The young couple and Molly Girl ( the dog) that owns the place are the perfect hosts. Their staff were just as wonderful and helpful. The villa is tastefully decorated and clean and so very cosy.

We liked it so much that on one of the days we decided to just stay in the villa and not go do the usual touristy things. It has a very homely feel and has a beautiful garden with spices and herbs. We were just too relaxed to move out!

Every morning we were treated to a fantastic breakfast which was always well presented. They also cook for you if you request for it. We had one of the best meals in Kandy over here. We also requested for a cooking class and they obliged us with one within short notice. Their mango curry and cashew curry - a must have!

But be warmed as you may end up putting on weight with their fabulous food. But who cares when you are on holiday! :) Will definitely recommend this place to all my friends and would like to go back again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Big and clean room, nice decoration. Yummy breakfast and local dinner ( 10USD per person)
Garden is big and lovely . Very very relaxing place.

Bed is comfortable, shower room is big and just towards the back yard of the garden. the deluxe room has a separate sitting place ( another small room with big big window and nice view)

The public area is also very remarkable. We had breakfast at the living hall which is right towards the garden. The hosts have a very friendly dog who liked to play with us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

To get to Sweet Cinnamon, you first go through a mini tunnel in the mountain and then on to a sign that points to the Church "Sancta Maria". Having said that it is still with-in walking distance to town, so ideally located. We used a tuk tuk most of the time to get to and fro. Sweet Cinnamon caters for everybody! If you want some peace and quiet- you will find it there. If you want to meet other travellers and talk about your adventures-you will find it there. If you want some room for your kids to run about-you will find this there too! Chalani and Priyan make wonderful hosts and even when very busy they still make time for you! They have both put their personal touches into the decor and refurbished architecture of the house, which adds to the lovely ambience of the place. This stay was a really good start to our Sri Lankan trip. My husband and I would definitely stay there again! To contact them directly: you can email: reservations@sweetcinnamonkandy.com or call +94812232173

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

Sweet Cinnamon has great potential to be a little gem in Kandy. It's in a quiet and FLAT location just outside Kandy, so kids have a bit of space to run around. The architecture is nice, decor is modern, and we especially enjoyed the outside patio. The breakfast is truly fantastic and was the best of any during our stay in Sri Lanka.

Our primary complaint has to do with the booking system and lack of a hotel website. Policies for children and extra beds were not clear and we were charged extra upon arrival even though agoda implies that the suite room can accommodate 3 people. The actual prices could be made much clearer if Sweet Cinnamon would post their own website with prices rather than rely on agoda's system to communicate for them. Their prices are therefore higher than advertised if you have children. We were not charged for our kids at any other hotel in Sri Lanka, so we were disappointed by this.

Other things to be improved: the two families in our party had trouble with consistent hot water. Even when the owners "turned it up," it would still last just a few minutes for one shower and then turn to room temperature. We were not trying to take multiple showers at a time...the capacity of the water system did not seem to accommodate even one couple. Much less important but still a bother to us was the lack of privacy curtains in the bathroom and having only sheer curtains in the bedroom. Wood floors are beautiful but extremely loud to walk on! We loved having a shared living room area to relax in, but some comfortable couches are much needed.

Sweet Cinnamon has some great things going for it but does not yet get the highest scores in our book. Hopefully small adjustments will bring it up to the level of excellence.

Room Tip: The standard room seemed just as big, if not bigger, than the suite room.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Sweet Cinnamon for 3 nights in September - we had hoped for a nice and relaxing place set in Kandy's beautiful natural surroundings, and we certainly weren't disappointed! Priyan and Chalani have lovingly restored this original Kandian home, doing a great job of creating a really stunning boutique residence set in beautiful gardens just outside of Kandy centre.

This place never failed to exceed our expectations - from the large, beautifully decorated bedroom with four poster bed, LCD TV and iPod dock, and great ensuite bathroom; to the elegant house itself where we were treated to sumptuous breakfasts and afternoon tea after a hard day exploring! The house is set in a mature garden with birds and trees of all kinds and a view up the forested hillside - we sat out on the verandah in the morning just soaking it up. Best of all was the genuinely kind, attentive and unobtrusive service from Priyan and Chalani who could not have done more for us - we really enjoyed their company and Priyan was able to help us with information before we arrived in Sri Lanka and also once we were there, working with our guide to help us get the best itineraries. Priyan recommended the elephant migration at Minneriya national park and this proved to be an amazing highlight of our trip...unforgettable!

Sweet Cinnamon is about 5 minutes by tuk-tuk into central Kandy (about £2.50) so really simple to get about - the only thing to be aware of is that as Sweet Cinnamon is quite new, some drivers didn't know how to find it - get Priyan to give you a card with instructions written down! It's walkable in about 20 minutes but as Kandy is hilly I'd recommend the tuk-tuk option! One really useful service provided by Sweet Cinnamon is a free mobile phone to use whilst staying with them - if you're out and about and have a question, need a taxi etc - just call! Also free (fast!) in-room wi-fi was a real bonus as we needed to look up trips & locations every day.

We didn't eat dinner at Sweet Cinnamon simply because we were out trekking or trying central Kandy, however if dinner is half as good as breakfast it would definitely be worth eating there - they are happy to cook for you if you let them know in advance.

I really can't find enough superlatives for this place - it's a little bit of paradise and every detail has been thought about carefully, from the decor to the service, and I'd recommend it to anyone for it's for charm, style, comfort and hospitality - we didn't find anywhere half as nice elsewhere in Sri Lanka. Thanks Priyan,Chalani, and everyone (and Molly!) for a fantastic stay, we'll be back :)

Room Tip: There are only 5 rooms (I think!) and all have ensuite bathrooms, ours was room 3 (I think!) and was...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sweet Cinnamon
Address: 198/11 George E de Silva Mwt, Kandy 0, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 288 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sweet Cinnamon 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a Boutique Hotel featuring 6 elegant guest rooms and suites. Situated within the city limits of the historic Kandy Town and set amongst lushly planted gardens and a private natural forest,Sweet Cinnamon is an ideal location for corporate and leisure guests.At sweet Cinnamon its all about you. You can start the day by having a relaxing read of the daily newspaper while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of aromatic Sri Lankan tea followed by a hearty breakfast. .Take relaxing stroll in the garden or enjoy your music via the iPod docking station in your room. If you like bird watching you are sure to be amazed by the variety. We still are.We also have a extensive collection of spices, from the world famous Ceylon Cinnamon to nutmeg.Take care of your body and spirit indulge in a rejuvenating massage at the Ayurvedic Spa or visit the Yoga and Meditation center. A treat sure to de-stress and recharge you. As evening tea time rolls by soak in the tranquility of nature while enjoying a complimentary freshly baked Signature Cinnamon roll with a pot of tea in our well-appointed lounge with garden views.. ... more   less 
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