It would be nitpicking in the extreme to find anything wrong with the Cinnamon Lodge. It is virtually perfect and one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka. The Superior lodges have everything you would expect (Free WiFi, sat TV, ironing board, robes etc.) plus much you would not (real flowers, umbrella, DVD player with full sound system, perfumed candles, aroma therapy oil etc.) they even provide a box of matches for the perfumed candles. Most hotels have free mini bottles of shampoo. The Lodge gives you over a dozen bathroom items, even a personal loofah! Don't like the pillows? Call for the pillow menu and choose the kind you like.
Food is buffet, but very nice quality. Mongoose, squirrel and monkeys wander near the open air (covered) restaurant as you eat. The squirrels and mongoose will eat from your hand, although the staff disapprove of this. The squirrels steal paper tubes of sugar from the tables and run up the trees. If you are lucky you will see someone get showered in sugar.
There is an old fellow who will paddle you around the lake for about 20 dollars US. Go at 06:00 am for the best experience. Mist and water lilies and mysterious looking trees. Lots of amazing bird life. Peacocks flying, sea eagles, king fishers and more. A really wonderful experience, even if you are not in to ornithology. You might also see elephant and crocodile if you are lucky.
The employees are fantastic, but please treat them like humans. So sad to see western tourists sticking their noses in the air and treating them like dirt. A kind word, a smile and a couple of dollars now and then and they will treat you like royalty.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Hotel Habarana
- Cinnamon Hotel Habarana