Journey along the new and old Chatham Street between Slave island and Pettah, along the banks of Beira Lake stands Cinnamon Lakeside with its colonial essence of luxury and the finest Colombo has to offer. The hotel’s alluring and elegant interior design celebrates heritage and modernity in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital.
A 50-minute taxi ride from Bandaranaike International Airport welcomes you at this pyramidal five-star hotel sprawling over seven-acres of landscaped garden terraces with 346 rooms spread across seven floors categorized as Deluxe rooms, Superior Rooms, Executive floor Rooms and Suites providing innumerable choices of perfect accommodation for the young and old, comfort, personal attention, sincerity and peace of mind.
Crafted with materials and designs such as polished rosewood and chestnut, as well as chrome, the exquisite and refined ambiance dominate the interiors in the bedrooms with a soft palette of classic colors, ensuring a touch of leisure at every level to create an eco-friendly hideout for the business as well as leisure travelers, something usually tropical beach resorts are popular with, instead of hotels in busy cities.
All rooms are equipped with bathtub with complimentary toiletries and hot water showers. Other in-room amenities include air-conditioning, satellite television, IDD telephone, a well stocked mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, wifi internet, 24-hour room service and an electronic safe. The Executive floor rooms are located on the seventh floor, with an exclusive executive lounge and a 24-hour business center for the business travelers.
A pillow menu for a good night’s sleep to the doorbell of getting breakfast served in bed are everyday pampering and indulgence available to each and every guest at Cinnamon Lakeside. There’s certainly no other hotel in the city that can promise a dip in the pool or a cocktail on the terrace, both superbly set to command the stunning panoramic views over the tranquil Beira Lake and the picturesque poolside and city’s skyline.
Keep your curtains open to awaken to the soft glow of the first morning light, snuggle up with a piping hot cup of tea or coffee before heading to the Dining Room for the popular buffet breakfast featuring a daily predominant mix of Continental, Indian, Thai and Sri Lankan cuisine. The bustling gastronomic scene attracts residents around Colombo along with the hotel guests, making the restaurant the most frequented venue at the hotel, it also serves coffee and international cuisine 24-hours.
Food will never be scarce at Cinnamon Lakeside with three more restaurants, Royal Thai offering opulent Thai cuisine; Long Feng serving bona fide Chinese cuisine; and 7 Degrees North, a spacious trendy lounge and tapas restaurant with bar facing Beira Lake on one side and the lit facade of the hotel on the other side.
There is more to the Cinnamon story, a floating restaurant venue for private parties and functions, it’s Colombo’s first mobile floating venue by a five-star property which can accommodate 100 passengers and offers a unique setting across the Beira Lake as the darkness falls and the stars shine bright through the glassy roof and let the wonderland come to life.
Goodies at the basement level of the hotel is a pastry shop offering a scrumptious array of more than 150 varieties of sweet and savory delicacies, including fruit deserts, cakes, pastries, pizzas, frozen treats, puddings & trifles, pies & tarts, ice cream, sandwiches, healthy drinks, coffees and teas. It’s the perfect place to catch a quick brunch or luncheon, chill out with friends or sip a green tea after a gym workout.
A book-scattered lounge during day time, and a cozy, lavish and intimate lounge and nightclub in the evening is The Library, exclusively for in-house guests and members only. The hotel has a large ballroom with abundant space to plan a dream wedding or organize a conference. It also features a small shopping arcade adjacent to the reception desk, and the hotel proudly owns the largest five-star hotel swimming pool in the city with a children’s pool and a swim-up bar, a fully equipped fitness and health center, tennis and squash courts, volleyball, and a jogging track for those who wish to stay in top physical condition.
The Azmaara Spa offers a wide range of invigorating Balinese and Swedish refreshing massages, healing techniques and treatments in 5 treatment rooms for the weary traveler. The oriental interior décor is designed with ornamental statues that please the senses and the scent of aromatic oil dominates the surroundings adding to the sense of peace and tranquility exuded by the interior decor.
All these services and amenities within the hotel, and the Cinnamon hospitality promises its guests the liberty to decide what they want, when they want and where they want it – the selection is before the guest to indulge in!
Note: This is not a review, I would like to thank Mr.Alex Jayamaha, the Assistant Front Office Manager at Cinnamon Lakeside for the warmth hospitality accorded during my stay from 7 – 10 April 2016.