We stayed at the apartment just off the main hotel.
It's a 2 bedroom apartment facing the hills. The views are nice but the apartment corridors can do well with more frequent cleaning.
It's a dusty way up on our apartment on the 3rd floor, with dead insects like flies littered along the stairway.
The apartment is neat and clean enough though.
Except that because of the humidity, the place has a damp feel to it.
The bed and pillows feels comfortable enough, but a little damp because of the weather.
We went up there sometime in Nov, and it rains almost every afternoon. It also didn't help that because during this time, farmers use chicken dung to fertilize the farms, it attracted plenty of flies. You can find them buzzing around you whenever you walk out.
Unique Quality: The apartment comes with a living room and a kitchen, with a nice big balcony.
So it's big enough to accommodate a family of 4 to 6.
Its rooms are quite standard and nothing special. Be sure to ask for a room with balcony when you check in so that you can have a good view of the Brinchang Kea Farm. From your hotel room, you can see mountain range, skylight roofs of vegetable farms and flower nurseries at hill slopes.
Tea-making facilities & mini fridge are available so that you can brew yourself a cup of Cameronian tea and keep the vegetables & strawberries that you have bought fresh.
Can be considered one of the best hotels in Cameron Highlands together with Strawberry Park & Merlin Hotel (officially closed down). The hotel is strategically located with just 10 minutes and 20 minutes to Brinchang and Tanah Rata Town, where most of the tourist attractions are situated.
Other than hotel rooms, it has many apartments surrounded at the hill slopes for rental. Both hotel rooms and apartments offer great view of the Brinchang Kea Farm.
One of the must do here is walking to Kea Farm. Located within the hotel premise, you can enjoy the fresh produce of Cameron Highlands in vibrant colours. Local farmers display their beautiful flowers, fresh vegetables and local handicrafts at very reasonable prices.
Unique Quality: There are a variety of restaurants, facilities and recreational activities in this resort:-
Is open daily, serving a wide selection of local, asian and international cuisine.
In the evening, you can wine & dine in romantic candlelit atmosphere, serving continental gastronomic creations.
Enjoy the mountain view and sip your favourite cocktail while entertaining yourself with our selections of favourite board and table games.
Experience Equatorial's signature chinese restaurant with variety of chinese cuisine selection.
Entertain family and friends, croon your favourite songs.
Other facilities are gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis, table tennis & squash courts. Equatorial Hotel offers shuttle service at RM5 per person per way and RM8 for return trip to Brinchang and Tanah Rata.
The tallest structure in this area, perched on the hill, makes it even more towering............
Unique Quality: Many rooms, apartments etc
Update: March 2007
The Equatorial Resort at Brinchang has two types of accommodation, hotel units and apartment style. The hotel units are suitable for 2-3 adults (with extra bed-which is chargeable), while the 1 BR apartments can accommodate up to 4 adults, 2 BR can accommodate up to 6 adults. The apartments may come with some cooking facilities. All apartments have at least 2 bathrooms and are very spacious so privacy is not a problem.
The hotel units are more conveniently located while the apartments are more spread out. If you have elderly people or young children, you may be better off staying at the hotel, because the facilities and restaurants tend to be within the hotel complex.
The barbeque buffet dinner at the hotel is good value, but during public holidays and school holidays, it's better to go a bit later (after 8pm) because the BBQ food tends to be snapped up as quickly as the staff can dish it out during peak times (6.30 to 7.30pm). However, there's lots of other food to eat, such as fried rice, salads, soup, breads, while waiting for the BBQ meats to be ready so you certainly won't go hungry.
Original Tip: written in 2005
We stayed here some years ago when it was brand new. I came here with my family, my mum, my sister and her family, and we stayed together in a large three-bedroom apartment. We all enjoyed our stay tremendously. At that time, despite that the hotel being at 90+% occupancy, we never felt that it was too crowded.
As the gardens were large, we took many long walks within the gardens and also nearby to the farms down below. We were able to pick tamarillos that were growing wild immediately outside of someone's farm.
The Equatorial Camerons is a large hotel and has facilities for corporate groups. See the website for more details.
Unique Quality: View: Good views of the farms & surrounding valley below (see pics)
Location: Good central location, right next to a Strawberry Farm/shop which sells jam and afternoon tea.
The pool was very COLD when we were there, perhaps it has improved. Despite the cold, we did go for a swim. The gym was new and not too bad and I had fun working out (more like I wanted to get away from the kids for half an hour - haha).
Slight Warning:The road around the entrance to the Equatorial Resort gets very jammed during public holidays and school holidays. This is because there are many stalls around the entrance to the resort and cars are always trying to get in and out. My suggestion: be prepared to wait & be patient. :-)
I stayed in this place for only one night though this place had a lovely view of Mount Brinchang at God-only-knows- how many thousand metres above sea level.
Why did I leave?
Well, I think many would agree with me that even at USD$53 , with a famous brand name and all, this place has seen better days. Let me sum up my miseries:
1)The room was sad, tired looking, with partying insects, and most of the facilities (swimming pool ) were not opened at all.
2) The food was also expensive and one day of sampling it left with a thirsting rage for simpler fare
3)This place is enormously popular with tour groups so you'll be faced with crowds and screaming kids during meal times.
Unique Quality: Ugh unique qualities? The only savers I can think of is that it's the first hotel that you'll encounter after travelling on the simpang pulai highway and it's supposedly the highest hotel in the whole of malaysia. Other than that, the place is simply run-down.
it's the only chain hotel up in cameron highlands.. therefore, it's also very popular.. during the time i was there, the place was full as it was during the chinese new year festive season.. but if you're going there and you want a decent hotel for sure.. this is the place to go..
Unique Quality: there is range from hotel rooms to suites.. as well as apartments with gogeous views overlooking the valley..
Directions: just keep going all the way to the top.. you can't miss it..
I and my wife, aged 60 & 53 are planning to visit Malaysia in December for a Week. We wanted to go to KL, then Cameron highlands and finally to Penang. From KL which would be the best comfortable mode of transportation to go to cameron and penang? Can i go by bus or train? Any replies are appreciated. Thanks!
hi there.. try this website for info on going to camerons.. http://www.cameronhighlands.com/location/..
as for penang, i would recommend taking the bus.. for a more comfotable ride, take the executive buses which has 3 seats across instead of four.. more leg room for a less rm10 extra.. the train only take you to butterworth with is on mainland.. it'll be quite a hassle to get across to the island from there..
hope this helps.. have a great trip! :)
From KL to Penang, you could take a flight. It don't cost that much especially if you book early.
Normal - RM90 one way
Early booking - as low as RM20 with air asia.
If you choose to take the coach to Penang, I think it will take about 5 - 6 hours. However, travelling by coach can be interesting if you travel by day. You will be passing by really beautiful areas - hills with lots of greenery.
Take the bus since you will be making a stop over in Cameron before moving on to Penang. Then fly back to KL from Penang by plane. Make sure you pre-book your flight though.
Recommended Airline: Airasia
Recommended Coach: Plusliner/ Executive
Recommended Hotel: Equatorial (Cameron Highlands)
Recommended Hotel: Gurney Hotel (Penang)
Take some motion sickness pill before you take the bus up to Camerons. Maybe going up ain't that bad, but coming down can be quite horrible. If you take the train, you gotta stop at Tapah and change to bus or cab. I'd recommend you to stay in Bala's Chalet. Wonderful scones. The staff would conveniently pick you up from the bus stop in Tanah Rata. They'd send you to town whenever you need a ride. No extra charge at that too! www.balaschalet.com
Penang, if you're going from KL, I recommend the 24 seater bus or was it 28.. 3 seats across, very comfortable, cost somewhere about 22 ringgit and its the red busses called Konsortium. You can take the Plusliner but... it Cost the same if not a ringgit more and the seat ain't as comfortable as Konsortium's.
all suggestions were great, listen to them. one thing you MUST observe, the road going up cameron is nerrow and winding. you must prepare yourselves before going-up or coming down. i warn this as i could see you 2 are senior travellers.
one more thing, make it a must to visit the tea farm. selamat datang.
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