The second stop on a ten day honeymoon trip, we picked this hotel as our stop for the sights in the cultural triangle (went for this as a second choice because the Kandalama was stretching the budget too far)
Arrived at dusk, and were immediately impressed by the greeting and friendliness of the staff, who always have a smile and a hello for you. The rooms are laid out across the large grounds and it is a challenge to reach them, especially at night, among the maze of pathways. Thankfully there is plenty of staff to guide you.
The room itself was fairly spacious, although our double bed was two singles pushed together. The bathroom was a little narrow but very well appointed.
There is a large buffet restaurant by the pool where most guests take their meals. There is a good variety on offer and much better than the a la carte option. Didn't venture to the Thai restaurant so cannot say how it was. Room service is a bit slow, better to make the trek to the restaurant(s)
There is also a small ayurveda centre attached to the hotel, where we went for massages. Quite relaxing after a hot morning climbing Sigiriya Rock!
Wifi is available but not free, and tea and coffee (and execrable cakes) are complementary by the pool.
The grounds are beautiful, and wildlife abounds, from squirrels that come to your breakfast table to a huge monitor by the lake.
Overall, a beautiful place to stay and not far from the main tourist sites in the area. Great pool and helpful staff. In hindsight we should have complained about the bed and changed rooms, but that was really the only false note.
- 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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