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“A good hotel but no wow factor.”

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Habarana Village by Cinnamon
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Habarana
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights is early January. The standard Cinnamon arrival of juice and cool towel which is a nice touch. Check in smooth although we had asked for a double bed and were given a room with twin beds. Our room C24 also seemed to have no wifi reception. Reception staff were helpful and changed us to a room with double bed when we mentioned it. Dinner was average. An impressive buffet spread-however I think it was more done to our "not another buffet" attitude than real fault with the restaurant that we did not really enjoy our meal. I would say done early though as food goes fairly quickly or is left to go cold.
The pool is one of the best features of the hotel, as is it's proximity to cultural triangle destinations.
The room itself was a good size with all you needed. Bathroom nice although there were lots of little bugs in the sink. The resort itself reminded me a little of CentreParcs with the chalet style bungalows.
The roaming stray dogs were a bit off putting though....
Overall a decent hotel, but I think greater food choice, less bugs and dogs and better wifi reception would bump up the rating. Book closer to the time of your stay if you can as that's when the best deals seemed to be.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

A one night stay with family in two rooms. they were poorly maintained and very basic. Food was very basic in the cafeteria and did not inspire. Despite making a big fuss at reception that it was my sons birthday and promising a cake at dinner, this did not materialize and it was only on checking out that a cake was found. Not a place we would return to willingly

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Stayed at the hotel for 3 nights. The village concept is nice although the cottages are quite close to each other to maximise the space. I hotel is setout on a large block of land bordering a lake. The hotel uses the lake well for evening events and BBQ areas.

The rooms were simple and tastefully fit out. Basic toilet that was functional. Although there was that musty smell that one often gets in hotel toilets in the tropics.

We were on full board and the buffet had a variety of options both Western and local. Having a taste for the local food, it was quite enjoyable. As often seems to be the case, the deserts were fantastic and beautifully presented.

The pool was quite small considering the size of the property and the potential number of occupants. Having said that it was clean. There were bicycles available, although not very well maintained. Interestingly they charged more for the bicycles at the Village than at the Lodge, even though they seemed to share the same bicycles!

The service was friendly and mostly effective.

All in all, it is one of the better options in this area. Having said that, the location and premises have everything required to have a truly top class hotel. Chaaya Village falls well short of that.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

its a large spread out hotel by a large lake with many birds. Good ameneties.Comfortable room well away from restaurant area , so quiet.. Bedroom large but decor tired and a little peeling of paint, but it was a very comfortable room with hot water. Attention to details sometimes lacking ,so not 5star eg slime in ornamental pool. Food and restaurant were excellent-as high standard as anywhere we visited.

Room Tip: i suggest have a room away from main resaurant area as quieter
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, to relax and enjoy life, Chaaya village Habarana, welcomes you with warm hospitality. Very friendly and courteous staff, clean and comfortable rooms. Good food, I must emphasise especially on the scrumptious dinner buffet that blows you away with a wide variety of food to choose from. Beautiful, tranquil surroundings over looking the lake makes you feel so relaxed. I would recommend this hotel to anyone without out any hesitation.We had an amazing stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Darshi W
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Conrad D, Manager at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2013

Thank you for sharing your feedback following your stay at Chaaya Village - Habarana. We are indeed pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. While thanking you for staying with us, we certainly hope to welcome you back at our resort for yet another memorable stay.

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stayed for one night and it was really nice. The rooms were okay, but they were a bit secluded from the other areas of the hotel.The food was the main highlight for our group. There was a wide variety of foods to choose from and we all enjoyed it. There is also a lake nearby which is quite nice to rest and relax. We went on an elephant safari which was just amazing! I would highly recommend the elephant safari for any family!!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

An interesting hotel. We had a room along the front (H-06) which felt a bit more isolated than some of the others, which seemed quite closely packed together. We had a nice outdoor shower and a reasonably large room.

The pool was nice to relax by, but not a good shape for swimming. The buffet dinner was good.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Habarana Village by Cinnamon

Address: Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Habarana
Price Range: $51 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Habarana Village by Cinnamon 4*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Habarana Village by Cinnamon lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake of Habarana. The hotel's cozy cottages, inspired by the typical thatched roof huts found locally, lie in clusters with low roofs and brownish yellow exteriors. Habarana Village by Cinnamon boasts of 94 Superior Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Suites set in the middle of thousands of high-rise trees that provide fruit, medicinal properties and plenty of shade. ... more   less 
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Chaaya Village Hotel Habarana
Chaaya Village Resort Habarana

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