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Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence
Essex
1 review
“Superb hotel”
Reviewed October 28, 2008

We stayed at the Cinnamon Lodge in August. When planning our holiday we expected very little in the way of accommodation. How wrong could we have been! The atmosphere in the grounds was very peaceful and relaxing and the rooms were immaculately clean and beautifully kept. There was such a wide selection of food on offer in the restaurant it was so hard to choose, but it was all of a very high standard.

We were travelling independently with a driver who knew the area very well. There are two places I must recommend if you get a few hours away from the more traditional sights. The first is a restaurant that serves the largest freshwater prawns I have ever seen. It is called the Sadilka Restaurant, Maradankadawala Road, Habarana. If you don't have a big appetite then order one portion for two - believe me it will be enough. It is also very, very reasonably priced. The next could be the perfect end to a busy day at the Habarana Ayervedic Spa, Anuradahapura Road, Laksirigama, Habarana. This is a newly opened spa which is run by Desmond Kelly. Both of these places are off the beaten track but only minutes from the Cinnamon Lodge and definitely worth a visit.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Worthing, England
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120 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2008

We stayed in 5 hotels in Sri Lanka in September 2008.
The lack of tourists is affecting them all badly.
With the hotels running at what seemed to be 25% capacity it can seem a bit quiet. Business seems better at weekends.
In Sri Lanka, more than anywhere else I have been, the vast majority of staff were excellent; helpful, cheerful, friendly.

Chaaya Cinnamon lodge, Habarana, Sri Lanka. (Formerly The Lodge)
Excellent hotel, the accommodation is in lodges in the fantastic grounds. Nuff said. For a couple of hours of good fun take the elephant safari. Be sure to take the Green Island elephant safari that runs from very close to the hotel. There are lots of adverts for elephant safaris but we were told to be careful as some of them only go along the road.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2008

I was slightly confused about where to post this review as after looking at some of the photo's and reviews for The Lodge, Habarana, this was the same hotel that we stayed at, but it was called Cinnamon Lodge.
Whatever- this is a lovely hotel - it reminded us of ancient temple grounds.Everything was tranquil , quiet and serene.
The reception area was open and airy and the accomodation is in two storey chalets in beautiful surroundings.
The hotel sits on the egde of a lake in extensive grounds where numerous creatures frequent- monkeys, monitors, birds, sqirrels etc.
Our rooms were spacious with huge beds and we could pick what sort of pillows we preferred.Robes and slippers were provided as were an ironing board and umbrellas.
The shower rooms were very modern - big walk in showers with black floor tiles and nice toiletries such as toothbrushes and lovely cinnamon toothpaste( wish I had bought some to bring home!).
On our last night the room attendant had arranged flowers to spell out 'Good Luck'.
The food was good and we especially liked the desserts. These were in a separate glass room and were presented like works of art- they tasted pretty good too.
The pool was so inviting we were sad that we only had the chance to use it once!
When we were leaving after breakfast we could hear beautiful haunting flute playing- but it wasn't 'piped' music it was a flautist palying on the balcony.
There were so many lovely extra touches to this hotel that made it our favourite during our stay in Sri Lanka.
We would love to stay here again!

  • Liked — everything!
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights whilst we visited the sights of the cultural triangle. It was a lovely hotel - the food was fantastic and the staff really friendly. The pool looked great but we never had time to go in it there was so much to see! The room was very clean and spacious with lots of little extras to make you feel comfortable. The monkeys playing around in the grounds are very entertaining and watch for the cheeky squirrels trying to steal your breakfast! We went on the elephant ride next door to the hotel - this was fantastic and a must if you have time. We also visited Minneriya National Park which is very close by. This was well worth a visit and it was nice to see the elephants and other creatures in their natural habitat.

  • Liked — The food
  • Disliked — Not having time to use the lovely pool!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2008

I've recently returned from Sri Lanka which included a two night stay at Cinammon Lodge. I would say this is one of if not the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
The emphasis was on sophistication and elegance. My room was spacious, beautifully furnished and immaculately clean with a large and stylish bathroom.
The actual grounds were vast and very picturesque
The bar was reasonably priced and the food - buffet style - was ample. Both are with open views of the pool and grounds.
The staff were helpful - but not overbearing - and the whole experience was very relaxing.
The hotel also had a separate spa which I tried and found to be better and much cheaper than many English beauty salons I have visited.
The location of the hotel is inland so there is no beach and I'm not sure how far away or accessible the local town would be for people travelling independently. Although, the impression I got was that most of the tourists sites such as the local Buddhist caves are usually visited by those on organised excursions.
Overall barring those looking for very lively night life I think this hotel would impress most holiday makers - young or old, single or couple. If I ever go back to Sri Lanka I would stay here.

  • Liked — Beautiful setting and standard of room
  • Disliked — Occassionally the service was a bit slow
  • Stayed June 2008
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1 Thank RuthW21
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2008

We visited Sri Lanka in March 2008. Originally we planned to stay at another hotel close to the Cinnamon Lodge, but thanks to our travel agency (M/s. Red Dot Tours) and Trip Advisor, we changed our booking to this hotel. From the moment we entered the hotel area, the verdant green lawns, and look of casual elegance was entrancing. The check in was smooth and the staff were welcoming..The staff looked elegant in their vermillion dresses, and the smiles just made you feel welcome. The hotel is wide and spread out..most buildings are single floored or at most have 1 floor above ground level. The place is absolutely green; langurs, storks abound in the swamp neighouring the property.. We also witnessed a mongoose and something resembling an iguana ! However there seems to be peaceful coexistence all around. The room we stayed in was a Deluxe Ac room and was lovely. Well spaced, room to sit inside as well as outside in the open verandah / patio.. Lovely bed inside with a well working ac.. Excellent room service and service.. A 3-4 minutes walk to the open dining room, and an excellent spread was available. The quality & variety of food & service available was amongst the best in our experience of Sri Lanka ..The staff were quite good and helpful; I also appreciated the fact that service was quick. The dining hall overlooks the pool and then the view expands into the swamps - half a km further down.. I was worried about mosquitoes, but generally were absent. we loved just walking around the place, at our own relaxed pace. Every afternoon there was a gentle warm drizzle for approx. half an hour and this added to the magic for us - as we live in a desert.. However the rain was not too much to disturb your activities, and we saw people coming back from safari rides despite the rain..
We tried the relaxing ayurveda massage at the hotel, and would give it 6.5 out of 10.. primarily because of the above average skills of the masseuse and also becaus of the run down condition of the bathrooms at the ayurvedic pavilion.
Overall this is a fantastic retreat and I would definitely return if going back to Sri Lanka..

  • Liked — The location, room quality and service
  • Disliked — Nothing really
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2008

we have recently returned from a 18 day holiday multi centre , but by far the best part was Sri Lanka what a beautiful green lush country the cinnamon lodge been our first destination in sri lanka after flying in from Dubai the car trip was a bit long winded as the roads are not great, but the scenery from the windows is outstanding, on arrival we were greated with a cool drink and towel then shown to our room only two story high set in private grounds wow you have to see it to realise how fresh and green it all is, room was comfortable and clean nice ensuite bathroom
we went outside to have a walk in the grounds and took some photos of a monkey almost posing for us, then walked a little futher to discovery about fifty more monkeys to choose from, along with land lizards not fussed at all that you are feet way taking a photo whilst he was digging up a worm,
and the birds fanatstic couldnt tell you what they were not a bird watcher but if you are its a place to go , at the end is a lake where they keep the elephants thay you can have a trip on , not my thing i like to look, the food at the lodge was aslo very nice, plenty to choose form not just curries . i would definately return to this lodge.

  • Liked — the grounds are fantastic
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
Address: Habarana, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Habarana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cinnamon Lodge Habarana 4.5*
Number of rooms: 137
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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