Cinnamon Hotel and Resorts’ lean luxury brand – Cinnamon Red broke ground in Kandy on January 27. The hotel, Cinnamon Red Kandy, is a joint venture between the leading hotel brand and investors, Indra Traders. It will be developed at an investment of Rs 6.5 billion. Introduced to the island in 2014, Cinnamon Red is a sought-after brand amongst business travellers and visitors who are looking for affordable accommodation with the right combination of necessities and luxury.
Indra Traders’ 60 percent investment on the joint venture includes the 130-perch land on the Katugastota Road in Kandy. Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts have also entered into a long-term agreement with Indra Traders as the hotel management partner. Set to be completed in two years, Cinnamon Red Kandy will be the first and only LEED Gold-certified hotel in Kandy. The certificate in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an independent, non-profit, third-party rating system provided by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) that encourages hotels to develop environment-friendly practices.
Commenting on the new initiative, the Chairman of John Keells Holding, the parent company of Cinnamon Hotel and Resorts, Krishan Balendra, said that with the hotel’s strategic location in proximity to the Kandy-Colombo highway, they are in a good position to cater to the demands of the new age traveller and millennials. “Travellers of today seek the assurance of a hotel that understands and anticipates their needs, while providing the perfect blend of comfort, efficiency, quality and convenience – the very essence of the lean luxury concept that Cinnamon Red has pioneered.”
Cinnamon Red Kandy will consist of 210 bedrooms with 20 interconnecting rooms, and public spaces that include a spacious rooftop bar, a large swimming pool, and a restaurant that will serve all meals on a buffet and á la carte basis. The hotel will also feature its signature self-check-in service and provides wheelchair access throughout the property.