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Cinnamon Lakeside - Colombo Sri Lanka

Overview of Cinnamon Lakeside - Colombo

Overview

Welcome to a place where senses are delighted and desires indulged. A place of colours, sounds and unexpected pleasures. A place where you pick the pace and you choose the mood. If you're looking to explore the city or escape it, Cinnamon Grand is your perfect haven. We're in the heart of Colombo's business, shopping and entertainment centre, just 35 kms from the airport.


Our rooms are luxurious and our restaurants serve up an eclectic mix of fine cuisine. We have spaces for relaxing and spaces for discovering. We have rooms for meetings and rooms for avoiding meetings. And if you like to mix business and pleasure, we have all the facilities you need.


Accommodation

How would you like a goose down feather pillow to snuggle into as you sleep? Or do you prefer a contour pillow that supports your head and neck? We offer both-and more-in our Pillow Menu.


Split between the Premium Wing, primarily for business travellers and the Courtyard Wing, for leisure bound guests, our rooms blend exotic luxuries and esoteric pleasures for the perfect holiday or business sojourn.


Japanese guests can ask for rooms equipped with Japanese amenities on our Asahi Floor. Non-smokers will appreciate rooms on our non smoking floor. Wheelchair users and people with mobility problems can opt for rooms especially fitted out for them. Whatever your individual style, it is sure to find a match with one of our 501 rooms and suites.


All our floors are equipped with a local mobile phone operator transmitter to ensure clear voice quality on calls.


Courtyard Wing Room

Our newly refurbished, spacious Courtyard Rooms emphasize understated luxury and provide all you require for a comfortable and leisurely stay.


They have either two single beds or one king-size bed; a full length mirror and separate seating area. The bathrooms feature a bath tub with a shower, marble vanity tops and a large wall-mounted magnifying mirror.


There are also Deluxe Suites and Apartment Suites available in the hotel.


Premium Rooms

Relaxed and comfortable, yet stylish. Our Premium Rooms, completely refurbished in retro chic, reflect contemporary elegance and style.


They have either two queen-size single beds or one king-size bed; a full length inclined mirror and separate seating area with chaise lounge. The bathrooms feature a walk-in shower cubicle with rain shower head as well as a bath tub with hand shower, marble vanity tops and a large wall-mounted magnifying mirror.


Premium Executive Rooms

Our Premium Executive Rooms are designed especially for discerning business travellers. They feature:


    * Access via separate elevators

    * 24 hour personalised butler service

    * A plasma screen with DVD player and choice of DVDs

    * Chaise Lounge with movable side table for easy dining

    * Bath tub with hand shower and separate walk in shower cubicle with rain

       shower head

    * Full length mirror

    * A host of complimentary privileges including :

          o breakfast at The Cinnamon Lounge, Taprobane restaurant or in your

             room

          o high tea, cocktails and late night supper and snacks

          o international newspaper and magazines of choice

          o pressing of one suit/dress per night

          o shoe shine service

          o use of the Cinnamon Lounge Board Room for 2 hours

          o mobile phone rental (call charges applicable)


Premium Executive Suites

Our Premium Executive Suites, designed especially for discerning business travellers, have separate living, dining, bedroom and work spaces as well as an additional guest bathroom. They feature:


    * Express check-in

    * Access via separate elevators

    * 24 hour personalised butler service

    * A plasma screen with DVD player and choice of DVDs

    * Chaise Lounge with movable side table for easy dining

    * Bath tub with hand shower and separate walk in shower cubicle with rain

       shower head

    * Full length mirror

    * A host of complimentary privileges including :

          o breakfast at The Cinnamon Lounge, Taprobane restaurant or in your

             room

          o high tea, cocktails and late night supper and snacks

          o international newspaper and magazines of choice

          o pressing of one suit/dress per night

          o shoe shine service

          o use of the Cinnamon Lounge Board Room for 2 hours

          o mobile phone rental (call charges applicable)


Presidential Suite

Breathtaking views surround the gracious and exquisitely appointed Presidential Suite, your palace away from home. The favoured residence of Heads of State and Government, business tycoons and show business celebrities, it has a living room, dining room for eight, private bar, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom and powder room, and features special custom-made oak panelling and glazed mosaic fittings. Look forward to :


    * Express check-in

    * Access via separate elevators

    * 24 hour personalised butler service

    * A plasma screen with DVD player and choice of DVDs

    * Custom made light fittings and furniture

    * A large luxury bathroom with bath tub with hand shower and separate walk

       in shower cubicle with rain shower head

    * Full length mirror

    * A host of complimentary privileges including :

          o breakfast at The Cinnamon Lounge, Taprobane restaurant or in your

             room

          o high tea, cocktails and late night supper and snacks

          o international newspaper and magazines of choice

          o pressing of one suit/dress per night

          o shoe shine service

          o use of the Cinnamon Lounge Board Room for 2 hours

          o mobile phone rental (call charges applicable)


In-room Amenities

All our rooms and suites feature the following services and amenities:


    * Air conditioning with individual temperature controls

    * Ving card door locking system and in-room safe to provide security to your person and your belongings

    * Minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and bottled drinking water, for your convenience

    * Flat screen television with satellite TV, high speed internet and voice mail, to keep you in touch with the world outside

    * 24-hour housekeeping and room service

    * 24 hours hot and cold running water in the bathroom

    * Thoughtful extras like analogue weighing scale, iron & ironing board, clock with alarm, shoe shine set and nightly turndown with chocolates

    * Luxury bathroom amenities, hair dryer, bathrobes and bedroom slippers

    * Writing desk and stationery folder

    * Complimentary local newspaper

    * A choice of pillow from our special pillow menu, fruit bowl or fish bowl, or even a welcome bath

    * A 10% discount at the Angsana Spa


Operate at your own pace, in your own space.


Dining

If you want breakfast in bed, we'll send up a tray. If you feel like dinner under the stars, we'll set up a table. Our restaurants serve an eclectic mix of fine cuisine. Choose from Eastern, Western or even fusion fare. Indulge.


Are you in the mood for the reddest wine in our curviest glass? Or would you rather have a cup of tea? We'll serve it to you, plain or flavoured, with lemon or milk, with finger sandwiches, cookies or pastries, in the lobby, by the pool or even your room. Whatever your choice, whatever your thirst, come to the bar, or let the bar come to you.


Taprobane

Type of food: International buffet

Open: 24 hrs (A la carte), 6.00 to 10.30a.m. (Breakfast), 12.00 to 03.00 (Lunch), 07.00 to 11.00 (Dinner)


This always-open, multi-cuisine restaurant offers a comfortable setting for food and conversation any time of the day or night. The mouth-watering selection of culinary favourites from around the world will spoil you for choice - at any given time, the international buffet offers over 70 Eastern and Western dishes. If that still doesn't satisfy you, our chefs will be delighted to whip up something to your taste at the live cooking stations. Power breakfasts, quick lunches, light suppers, midnight snacks - you'll get them all at the Taprobane as you gaze out on the goldfish pool (Pond) and forget you are in a city. Sundays feature brunch and the soothing sounds of a live jazz band


Indulge in:

Variety of cuisines from around the world

Warm and cozy ambiance (Traditional Sri lankan touched with fine dining)

Friendliness of Staff

Best Brunch in Town


The Cafe

Type of food: Health foods, fruity drinks

Open: 6.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. daily


"Low in calories but high in flavour" is the promise of this informal rooftop café which offers light refreshments for those who like to eat healthy. Sip on a freshly squeezed juice after your swim (the pool's just a few steps away) or relax with a fruit smoothie made to order. If you're peckish, the chef will be pleased to toss a light salad for you. The Café achieves a beautiful harmony between taste and well being.


Tao

Type of food: Fusion cuisine

Open: 7.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. daily


Experience the best of al fresco dining with an accent on Asian flavours. Witness the sheer drama of our chefs as they whip up their interpretations of fusion delights that balance the classical techniques of the West with the vibrant tastes of the East. The Margarita bar extends the fusion principle to your favourite cocktail. By bringing a touch of zen tranquility to the bustle of the city, Tao strikes the vital balance between place and palate, to provide for a meal that is both imaginative and memorable.


Indulge in:

Thursday Epicurean menu

Outdoor Dining


Echo

Type of food: Italian

Open: 12.00 nn - 2.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight daily


The gastronomic joys of Italy are just an order away at this stylish restaurant, the favourite dining destination of Colombo's many Italian food lovers. Master Chef Sgroi Giuseppe's menu features classic Italian culinary delights, using the freshest ingredients delicately balanced with aromatic herbs and spices. For lunch or dinner, select from a wide range of antipasti, salads, meats, home made pastas, risottos, seafood and pizzas, accompanied by your choice of wines, spirits, juices, cocktails or liqueurs. Round off your meal with an utterly sinful dessert, followed by a specialty coffee. Bellissimo!


Indulge in:

Italian Chef

Wednesday Infinity Buffet

Fine dining Ambiance with an Italian style service

Authentic Italian Cusine


The Lagoon

Type of food: Seafood

Open: 12.00 nn - 2.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight daily


This charming restaurant has created an unparalleled dining experience for Colombo's seafood lovers since the day it opened. Consistently ranked among the city's top restaurants, it follows the seafood market concept, with an emphasis on offering variety, freshness and quality to patrons. Make your selection fresh from the catch of the day, choose your sauce, cooking method (grilled, steamed, fried, curried) and style (Thai, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Indian, Continental). Then relax with a drink and gaze out at the man-made lagoon while our chefs prepare your meal in an exhibition kitchen. There is also an open air dining area. Get hooked.


Indulge in:

Sunday lunch Maalu Maalu

Freshest fish available in the market (export quality crabs)

Show Kitchen and fresh fish display


Chutneys

Type of food: South Indian Cuisine

Open: Lunch and Dinner


Exuding an infusion of South Indian culture and cuisine, Chutneys presents a powerful amalgamation of class and delicacy into the ultimate South Indian culinary experience. The a la carte menu spans nearly 20 pages and offers specialties from the four primary states of South India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with separate vegetarian and non vegetarian options for each state. Chutneys also focuses on adding originality to tried and tested classics of South Indian cuisine, breaking new ground with its Dosai Thali, a first even for South Indian restaurants. In addition to varieties of dosai there are 45 vegetarian options and 55 non vegetarian options to indulge in.


Sequel

Type of food: Continental

Open: 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight (Tuesday - Thursday), 1.00 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)


Elegant, languid & ultra exclusive. The lights are dim and the atmosphere simmers at Colombo's only champagne bar, the ultimate place for sophisticated nights on the town. Seal a business deal or celebrate a champagne moment. A premium beverage list with the finest of champagne and different genres of music add to the ambience. Indulge in a "comfort zone menu" with substantial snacks or partake in a gourmet offering. At Sequel, one good thing leads to another.


Coffee Stop

Type of food: Confectionery and savories, coffees, fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, cakes, snacks, beverages waffles, crepes

Open: 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m. daily


This piazza style caf?, off the hotel foyer, offers a range of sweet and savoury treats and the best coffee in town. Satiate hunger pangs with a sandwich made to order, nibble at a pastry, sip a freshly squeezed juice or spoon up a cool gelato as you watch the who's who of Colombo go by. Coffee Stop is the perfect place to kick-start your day, grab a quick bite for lunch, or down a nightcap before calling it a day. If you're celebrating, we'll be happy to take your order for custom-designed cakes and pastries.


Indulge in:

Wide range of choices

Buzzing environment of the Cinnamon Lobby

Relaxed ambiance


Cheers Kids Club

Type of food: Snacky favourites - burgers, fish fingers and chips, hot dogs, Pies, puddings, ice creams with toppings, juices, smoothies, shakes

Open: 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. daily


Especially for our junior guests, the Cheers Kids Club is the coolest spot in town for your kids to indulge in a variety of games, sift through an extensive library and watch the latest movies in a child-friendly environment. While the supervised playroom has lots of toys, games and books to keep your little ones occupied, the adjoining restaurant has special seating and a menu of ever-popular munchies and drinks.


Indulge in:

Excellent location for kids to enjoy

Friendly staff

Grand kids Club


The London Grill

Type of food: Fine dining

Open: 7.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. daily


When the occasion is extra-special or the company is extraordinary, the venue has to be memorable. Beautifully laid tables, steaks as you like them, exquisite desserts and gourmet coffees... the London Grill excels at providing the best of European fine dining in the most elegant surroundings. Signature dishes include (Angus) Chateaubriand steak, grilled venison medallions and Cassata Sicialiana with baked apples and calvados sauce. Plush interiors and attentive service enhance your dining experience. Our sommelier will be pleased to help you select wines for each course from our cellar. All-in-all, a gastronomical experience like no other.


Indulge in:

Finest Culinary cuisine

Ambient Settings

Wine Cellar

Show Kitchen


Tea Lounge

Type of food: Snacks, specialty coffees, cocktails, fresh fruit juices, high tea

Open: 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight (Sunday - Thursday), 1.00 a.m. (Friday), 2.00 a.m. (Saturday)


Just off the main foyer, this relaxed and elegant lounge is the perfect place for meeting business associates or catching up with friends. Light snacks and desserts are on offer in addition to several different blends of tea, including the delicately flavoured "Nuwara Eliya". A unique high tea experience is offered daily. Evening brings a sophisticated cocktail menu with hors d'oeuvres, enhanced by live music. We'll even make your favourite cocktail to order. Sink into a comfy couch, sip an authentic Sri Lankan cuppa and watch the world go by. Guaranteed to charm the weariest of travellers.


Indulge in:

Liqueur Coffees

Ideal Environment for post dinner drinks

Entertainment every night


Cheers Pub

Type of food: Traditional British pub food

Open: 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Daily


Catch some sporting action on a big screen at this very British pub serving hearty portions of typical British pub grub. Our Supervised Cheers Kids Club will keep your little ones entertained, as you enjoy a game of snooker or pool, or test your skills at that classic pub game, darts. Admire the sports memorabilia or indulge with the all-day "big" breakfast, served as long as the pub is open. The traditional Sunday carvery is a must.


Indulge in:

Authentic British Pub

Excellent Sports venue

Sunday British Carvery

Kids Club for the families

Steak and Kidney Pie, Roast Chicken, Fish and Chips


Breeze Bar

Type of food: Snacks, cocktails, mocktails, finger food, fresh fruit juices

Open: 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. daily


Outdoor, casual and wonderfully atmospheric... that's the promise of the Balinese-inspired Breeze Bar, set by the outdoor pool. Stroll in for a sunny afternoon rendezvous, catch-up with friends over a pre-dinner aperitif, or linger over an after-dinner drink. The options for refreshment include tropical cocktails, snacky finger food and sandwiches. Happy hours are from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. daily. Feel the buzz.


Indulge in:

Friday Breeze (Happy hour from 5 to 8.00 p.m.)

Saturday BBQ

Relaxed Atmosphere of a poolside bar

Ideal environment for pre-dinner drinks


Spaces

Welcome to Colombo's most preferred venue for gatherings big and small, formal and informal, or any occasion you have in mind. Large tradeshows or intimate family weddings, we accommodate both. Picture-perfect locales, flexible room layouts, special lighting, catering as you want it, venue decoration with flowers for weddings or marketing collateral for product launches... we handle all the details, leaving you free to enjoy the event. Located in the heart of Colombo's business, shopping and entertainment district, just 35 km from the airport, Cinnamon Grand offers you a selection of spaces for conferences and events. Just pick the pace, choose the mood and leave the rest to us.


Aspen Room

Situated by the Atrium, the Aspen Room has parquet flooring and overlooks a cosy strip of garden. It has a small foyer which can be used for catering, a registration desk or a secretariat, making the Aspen Room a self-contained unit for cocktails, seminars, press conferences, small meetings or parties. A dance floor and live music can be arranged on request. Double doors ensure soundproofing.


Atrium

The elegant, elevated Atrium, with a capacity of up to 300 people, is your gateway into the gracious world of the Cinnamon Grand. Four-storey high pendant lights, alabaster vases, plush carpeting and contemporary blown glass fixtures enhance its magnificence. Granite floor frames, a stacked glass fountain and rippling water features add to its ambience. Awe-inspiring even when empty and extremely impressive when lit and decorated, The Atrium is the perfect venue for corporate functions and wedding receptions. A wooden dance floor can be set up on request.


The Atrium is surrounded by eight meeting rooms, each of distinctive size and shape. The space is yours to use and choose.


Cedar Room

Situated by the Atrium, the Cedar Room has classic décor and stylish upholstery. The Cedar Room is perfect for Board Meetings, "meet selected media" sessions, friends reunions or group discussions. A dance floor and live music can be arranged on request.


Ebony Room

Situated by the Atrium, overlooking the garden, the Ebony Room is cosy and versatile. Draw the blackout curtains to darken the room for presentations, or keep them open to let in natural light for events like private parties, training sessions, or analyst meets. A dance floor and live music can be arranged on request. Double doors ensure soundproofing.


Ivy Room

Situated by the Atrium, with a view of the tennis courts, the Ivy Room has contemporary décor and feature carpeting. It can be split into three rooms for smaller events like a department training program or ladies lunch, or combined for larger ones like press conferences, seminars or wedding receptions. A dance floor and live music can be arranged on request. Double doors ensure soundproofing.


Oak Room

At Colombo's largest and most versatile ballroom, grandeur comes as standard. Contemporary and classic décor blend tastefully in interiors that include amber chandeliers and oak wood panels. With a generous seating capacity of 1000 participants conference style or 500 guests banquet style, intelligent lighting allowing for special effects, and flexible layout using operable partitions, it's easy to turn the most mundane event into an unforgettable spectacle. A wooden dance floor can be set up on request.


The Oak Room can be split into four rooms and three of the rooms have the flexibility to open into the pre-function areas. The partitions enable the rooms to achieve an acoustic rating of STC 53 for world class noise control performance.


Satin Room

Situated by the Atrium, the very cosy Satin Room is ideal for one-on-ones - interviews with the media or small meetings - or as a breakout or secretariat room.


Conference Services

    * Two multi-function ballrooms and eight other meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 1500 people

    * Accommodation in 501 luxurious rooms and suites

    * Choice of Sri Lankan, Chinese, European, Italian, Indian, Thai and Asian fusion cuisine in over eight restaurants

    * High-speed connectivity

    * Audio-visual equipment on hire

    * Assistance of experienced event planners and ground staff


Wedding Services

We have what it takes to make your special day picture perfect and give you memories to last a lifetime. Our services include:


    * Venue decoration, including traditional oil lamp and settee

    * Floral arrangements - for tables & at the entrance to the venue

    * Catering - choice of cuisines, in buffet-style or set menus

    * A table for the cake structure, with skirting and cake knife

    * Silver platters

    * A band stand and dance floor

    * A separate area for group photographs

    * A room for use on the day of the wedding

    * Overnight stay for the bridal couple, with breakfast in bed or at the

       Taprobane

    * A bottle of sparkling wine, fruit basket and cake


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Facilities

A morning swim, an evening massage or a late-night workout. Our pools, sports facilities and gym are a dream for the fitness-minded, while our spa promises to pamper and rejuvenate. Shop at Colombo's most modern mall right next door. Our supervised kids playroom will keep your children busy for hours. For airline crew and executives, we have lounges designed especially to suit your needs. How you spend your day is up to you.

Angsana Spa

Designed to be a sanctuary for the inner self as well as the physical being, our Angsana Spa retreat, run by Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Singapore, offers solitude, space, and inspiration. Invigorating treatments knead away stress, while soothing music and the fragrance of exotic oils help you rediscover essential sensory pleasures. Refresh your body, mind and soul with a range of therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. Sense the moment.

All hotel guests are entitled to a 10% discount at the Angsana Spa.

Business Centre

A report that just can't wait? Figures that should have been sent yesterday? We have the equipment. We have the staff. And for you, we always have the time. Our Business Centre is open 24 hours and comes fully equipped with communication facilities and all the technology you need - from computers, printers and scanners to high-speed Internet access, photocopying and faxing facilities.

Cinnamon Lounge

The Cinnamon Lounge, on the 9th floor of the hotel, is for the exclusive use of the Cinnamon Grand's Executive Floor guests.

Offering a panoramic view of the city and the lake, the Cinnamon Lounge offers a host of comforts and conveniences including the following:

    * Complimentary breakfast, high tea,cocktails with canapés and late-night  snacks

    * Separate boardroom exclusively for the use of Executive Floor guests, complimentary for the first two hours

    * Separate business centre with complimentary broadband Internet access

    * A Smokers Room

    * Wide screen television and selection of magazines and DVDs

    * 24 hrs tea and coffee service

Crescat Shopping Centre

This modern three-storey shopping mall promises to keep you occupied for hours with shops filled with designer wear and exotic crafts, a supermarket, cyber cafe, kiddies games arcade and boutiques for sportswear and cosmetics brands. The Food Court whips up Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indian, Malay, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan food, and if that's not enough, there's the ever-popular Deli France.

Crew Lounge

We understand how much time airline crews spend away from home and so we've recreated the comforts of home in our Crew Lounge, exclusively for the use of airline crews staying with us. Pass the time between flights and be our guest till the next take-off! We have a host of facilities, including:

    * Computer with complimentary Internet

    * Pool table

    * Lounge

    * Board games

    * Flat screen TV with DVD player and selection of DVDs

    * Complimentary tea, coffee, and cookies

Gymnasium

The spacious gym, possibly the finest you will find in the island, is fitted with sixteen cardio stations, including treadmills, cycles, ellipticals, and rowers, as well as ten Cybex weight training machines and free weights. Qualified trainers supervise your workout, while personalised fitness cinemas with satellite TV keep you entertained. An aerobics room is also available for a more rhythmic workout. The well appointed locker rooms have a sauna, steam room, rain showers and hot and cold bath pools to ensure total wellbeing.

Use of the gym is complimentary to all hotel guests.

Hospitality Lounge

Did your flight arrive early? Make yourself right at home! While your room is being prepared, relax and refresh yourself at our Hospitality Lounge, which offers the following facilities:

    * Shower

    * Flat screen television

    * Board games

    * Selection of magazines and newspapers

    * Tea and coffee making facilities

Kids Playroom

Our supervised kids zone provides a safe environment in which your children can enjoy a wide range of activities and experiences. Playstations offer every kind of entertainment from cool video games to cartoons and movies. A range of books and board games help to while away the hours. An adjoining restaurant has a special menu with healthy meal options, delicious munchies, juices, smoothies, shakes and even fresh milk.

Our playroom caters primarily for children aged 1 - 6 yrs, and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Use of the Kids Playroom is complimentary to all hotel and restaurant guests.

Sports

Feeling energetic? Take in a game of tennis, sweat it out on our squash court, or test your abilities at snooker or pool. We have two squash courts and two all-weather tennis courts with floodlights and a marker to play with you. Should you require more expertise, we can arrange for a visiting pro to help you out.

Court fees and marker charges apply.

Swimming Pools

If you think a dip in the pool is the most pleasant form of exercise, or an excellent way to relax at the end of a long day of sightseeing or hard work, you'll appreciate our two swimming pools.

Our ground floor pool is possibly the largest outdoor pool in the city. Naturally heated by the warm rays of the sun, it overlooks four of our signature restaurants - Breeze Bar, Taprobane, Tao and The Lagoon - but gives you the privacy to soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip. Grab your towel and jump right in to work up a healthy appetite, or sip on a cocktail as you tan a toasty golden on the sun loungers.

Our covered rooftop pool, part of the Angsana City Club & Spa Complex, has a protective screen to keep out harmful UV rays. Follow up your swim with a cold Jacuzzi or bubble mat. Feel truly replenished with a freshly squeezed juice or a healthy salad at The Café.

Use of the pools is complimentary to all hotel guests.


Wheelchair Access

The Cinnamon Grand is a disability-friendly hotel with all public spaces accessible for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems. We have Premium rooms especially designed for people with disabilities, with extra wide doors, better accessibility and a shower area with rails and shower seats.


Places to See

Colombo has been ruled, at various times, by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, and each of these colonial powers have left their mark in the city's classic buildings, parks and landmarks, which lend our port capital its distinctive style.


The Colombo Museum

Set amidst tall flowering trees in Campbell Park on the northern edge of the city's Cinnamon Gardens district, the Colombo Museum, Sri Lanka's finest museum, is a grand colonial building with a relaxed, Italianate charm.

It houses many of the island's historical treasures, such as archaic palm leaf manuscripts, antique porcelain, rock sculptures from ancient cities, royal regalia, and an excellent collection of demon masks. Erected at the request of the Ceylon branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, it was declared open in 1877. Designed by James Smithers, an architect then working with the Public Works Department, it was constructed by Wapchi Marikar Baas (later knighted as Sir Razik Fareed). Pleased at the quality of the construction, the Governor asked Marikar Baas what favour he desired for constructing so fine a building. Marikar requested that the Museum remain closed on Fridays, so as not to distract Colombo's Muslim community from their weekly prayers. To honour his request, the Museum still closes to public every Friday.

Fort Railway Station

The railways came early to colonial Ceylon - work on a line between Colombo and Gampaha began in 1864, less than forty years after the world's first commercial railway began operating in England. Spurred on by the demands of the coffee (and later, the tea) trade, the first Colombo-Kandy service began in 1867, and a complete island wide rail network was in place about fifty years later.

Fort Station, the busiest in the country, is a typical example of British Indian railway architecture, with its platforms, sidings and signal-boxes being built to designs seen allover the Indian subcontinent. In recent years, Fort Station has served as a movie set, standing in for Calcutta's famous Howrah Station in a film on the life of Mother Teresa.

The Galle-Face Esplanade

Better known to Colombo residents as the Galle Face Green, the Esplanade took its name from its location - running parallel to the ocean, it is beneath the south-facing rampart (the 'Galle Face') of the Fort of Colombo. It was originally cleared by the Dutch to give the cannons of the Fort a clear line of fire.

This mile-long palm-lined stretch in the heart of the city is its largest and most elegant promenade, with a number of small food stalls and a small stretch of beach. Once used by the British army as a parade ground - and an execution place for mutinous soldiers - it is today home to families and children playing sports and flying kites, health enthusiasts taking their daily evening walks, and local and international concerts. Around the corner from Galle Face are prominent coffee bars, chic bars and boutiques.


Presidential Secretariat

Known to most Sri Lankans as the 'old Parliament', the Presidential Secretariat building has served many functions in its time. Originally intended to house the 49-member Legislative Council, a body of mostly elected representatives advising the British Governor, it became Independent Ceylon's first House of Parliament in 1947, with its debating chamber being modified to accommodate 101 members. As the number of parliamentarians kept increasing, the premises proved too small and a new Parliament was built at Kotte in 1977. The Secretariat building, with its double-height Ionic columns and louring portico, is a typical example of the Neoclassical style popular among Western architects between the two world wars.


Vihara Maha Devi (Victoria) Park

Ever since its gates first opened in 1865, Vihara Maha Devi Park has served Colombo residents as a quiet retreat from the bustle of city life. Located at the geographical centre of Colombo, next to the National Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park is much smaller now than it used to be - earlier it used to include the Nomads' S.C. cricket grounds opposite St. Bridget's College and the areas presently occupied by the Colombo Public Library, the Art Gallery and the John de Silva Memorial Theatre. Famous for its flowering trees, fountains and water channels, the Viharamahadevi Park overlooks the pristine white-domed Town Hall. The park is at its best from March to May, before the monsoon arrives when its trees and shrubberies are in brilliant flower.

In the centre of the park a statue of Queen Victoria commemorates her rule, while on the lawns near the Town Hall a golden image of the Buddha represents an older heritage.

Lighthouse Clock Tower

Legend has it that Colombo's most famous landmark was commissioned by the wife of Governor Sir Henry Ward in the hope that it would teach the Ceylonese to be punctual. Unfortunately, the clock never worked properly and its replacement, commissioned in 1872 (from the manufacturers of London's famous Big Ben), was installed only in 1914, having been kept in storage for forty-two years due to the expense of installation!

The clock tower has been more successful as a lighthouse in spite of its unusual inshore, city-centre location. Until well into the 1950s, the Lighthouse Clock Tower continued to guide ships along the coast of Colombo.

Pettah

The old Bazar District of mostly Tamil and Muslim traders, this is one of the most ethnically mixed places in Sri Lanka. Each lane seems to have its own specialty, from silk garments and jewelry to spices and fruits. As dusk falls and the oil lamps and neon lights come on, the Tamil, Indian and Sinhalese traders call out, inviting you to sample their wares. Pettah also has many religious buildings, temples as well as the Ul-Afar-Juma Mosque built of brickstone in the year 1909.

Wolvendaal Church

Colombo's oldest Dutch church is still in use. Its floor tiles, made from tombstones formerly in the Dutch church in the Fort, were brought here in 1813.

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

This Buddhist temple is believed to be located at the spot where the Buddha preached 2000 years ago. It has an excellent carving of a reclining Buddha, and is the site for an annual prahara (religious procession) in January.

Facts of Cinnamon Lakeside - Colombo

City - Colombo

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Distance from Colombo - ~

Distance from Airport - 30 Km (1 hour drive)

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