We stayed at Cinnamon Lodge for 14 nights. This was unusual as most visitors are there for 2-4 nights on their tour of Sri Lanka.
Our decision proved to be a good one, we had time to both enjoy the marvellous local sites and also take advantage of the hotel's own extensive gardens and facilities.
The hotel is managed by the wonderful Mr Marlon. Despite dealing with around 270 guests every night there is a family-run feeling in the hotel. We were privileged to be asked to take part in the Independence Day ceremony on 4 February with the staff.
No complaints about the food, half board is more than enough for most people! Try and avoid meal times for the large groups when queues for the personally cooked dishes and the pudding room can build up.
All in all a wonderful two weeks. If we had any niggles, it would have been the lack of space in the bedroom cupboard to hang long clothes and being charged for bottled water at meals, but these are minor inconveniences.
If you have time to explore outside then ask for Mohan Raj at the art hut opposite the main entrance to the hotel. An independent guide with a wide-ranging knowledge of local birds and wildlife. Ask him to take you on a dawn boat ride, magical is the only word to describe it.
If you lack the time, just enjoy the hotel grounds. Huge water monitors, turtles, waterfowl, every conceivable egret, mongooses, chipmunks, giant squirrels, paradise flycatchers, many different herons, grey languors etc, etc. Be wary of the macaques, they aren't known to actually bite but will stand their ground when challenges and bare their teeth at you!
Please feel free to contact us for any other info which may be of use.
- 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