On September 1, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo opens its doors, poised to set a new standard in the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka.
The team responsible for the refurbishment headed by JKH Leisure Sector Projects and LAN Management Development Service, Vasantha Ratnayake, Consultancy Services, interior designers Bent Severin & Associates PTE Limited, Singapore, DDN Design (Pvt) Limited, Taru i.e.,the branding team headed by Shafeek Wahab and Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo have managed to achieve their goal in the short span of three and a half months.
Since its establishment in 1985, the hotel has gone from Ramada Renaissance to Trans Asia Hotel and now, to Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.
The decision to transform the hotel was taken by the John Keells Group, which owns the property. “A comparison of island-wide occupancy rates in Sri Lanka shows that during the upsurge in tourist arrivals brought about by the ceasefire (2002-05), hotels in Colombo benefited the most with average occupancy rates in the city increasing to over 70% in 2004-05,” said Ajit Gunewardene, Deputy Chairman, John Keells Group.
"The investment in refurbishing Trans Asia and re-launching it under the Cinnamon brand with new rooms, a completely different look to its lobby and an array of unique lakeside dining options will enable the hotel to position itself among the premium accommodation providers in the city while catering to multiple tiers of the market."
The hotel’s main lobby sees a significant change with brand-new flooring, walls and furniture, creating an atmosphere of warmth coupled with a delightful interplay of light and shadow. The main entrance to the hotel and doors leading to the garden and pool area have been changed to sheer glass doors to give guests a stunning view of the lake and pool. The ballroom has stunning chandeliers and new furnishings. The Azmaara Spa will be the latest addition to the hotel’s guest facilities.
7o North, the new restaurant and bar, offers both a stylishly casual al fresco dining experience by the Beira Lake and an air- conditioned exclusive indoor bar. Also new are The Dining Room, a chic, 24-hour coffee shop that offers both international and Asian fare; and The Lounge, the lobby lounge, with its daily High Tea, varied entertainment and dessert trolley each night. Meanwhile, the popular restaurants, Royal Thai, Long Feng, Goodies, Pool Bar and The Library will continue as usual.
The Cinnamon Lakeside Week, from September 1-7 starts the relaunch with a bang. All through the week, there will be a 30% discount on food extended to patrons at all the restaurants.