Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
Boutique Hotel with Charm and Character
We chose this colonial-style boutique hotel in search of a cozy and personal place to stay for our vacation in the Cameron Highlands. We were accommodated with an early check-in upon our arrival in the morning and were upgraded to a Junior Suite. Our room was nice and roomy, bed was comfortable, bathroom (both bathub and shower) was ok. We spent long hours in the hotel due to rainy weather and enjoyed the common areas for reading, relaxing and afternoon teas. We were offered complimentary fruit, chocolates and fresh-cut roses in our room.
Few specific points:
1 - Location is indeed quite isolated. Not a big issue per se but you will need transportation for whatever you want to see or do, including dining outside. A one-way transfer by public taxi to Tanah Rata in April 2012 was priced 35 MYR; you can rent taxi by the hour at the rate of 30 MYR the hour (minimum 3 hours).
2 - All rooms face the Cameron Highlands highway and are somewhat noisy. Nothing that will spoil your vacation but you will hear traffic noise starting from the early morning through late in the evening.
3 - Breakfast is ok, with choice of eggs, meats, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, pancakes, bread, pastries, cereals, basically all the essential for a rich and hearty breakfast. The choice of pastries might have been better but, in the whole, per our taste, breakfast was good enough.
4 - Food and Beverage is pricy. We did not have any major meals in the house (except breakfasts) but we checked the menu daily and 80++MYR per person for a three-course meal with nothing special on it (soup/roast beef/cake) seemed quite high. We had more fun going for local food outside for less than half the price.
5 - Our room did not have TV (which did not bother us at all), with TV available in the common guest area at the ground floor. Wireless was available only in the common area; it would have been nice to have it in the room as well.
All accounted, we were happy with the experience. This boutique hotel has style, charm and character. We would recommend it to those looking for similar criteria.
Step back into colonial times
For a taste of old British living, stay at the Concorde Lakehouse. Rooms are spacious and cosy with 4 poster bed for double room which is very romantic and a quaint bathroom.
Hotel comes with lovely manicured gardens, perfect for afternoon tea. There are large drawing rooms to relax, read, chat and a bar for evening drinks. Though the lake in front of hotel is no longer beautiful, the hotel colonial ambience more than makes up for it.
What's great about this place is the level of service. It's friendly and impeccable. Staff knows the guest and is always helpful.
Will definitely come back. For more pictures, see Concorde Lakehouse travelogue.
Unique Quality: Colonial ambience
Lovely afternoon tea
An English country Guesthouse by the Lake
Built by the late Colonel Stanley J Foster, this Tudor-style building is typical of many properties found in Cameron Highlands and Frasers Hill.
It is located on a hill overlooking a large lake and is within 2 km of the lowest Boh Tea Plantation/Estate.
This lake is used in hydro-electric generation and there is a large Tenaga Nasional station nearby. If you are visiting this resort, then you may wish to drive here from KL using the TAPAH route (and not the newer Simpang Pulai route)
Unique Quality: Historical charm, nice gardens, large spacious rooms with four-poster beds and bathrooms come with long baths. During cool days, it is lovely to sit by the fire-side with a book and a snifter of brandy!
I didn't actually stay here, but we did stop to snap some pictures in the gardens. They do serve devonshire tea & scones in the afternoons.
Silting and earthworks further up Cameron Highlands once turned the lake into a mass of brown water. It has since been improved but the condition of the lake is subject to change due to heavy downpours and mud-slides from construction works.
The website mentions that the hotel is currently being refurbished and that the refurbishment should be finished by middle of May 2005. I am sure it will be great when it is completed.
Olde English Charm by a Milky Lake
I stayed in this place in one of my desperate moments in Cameron where I failed to secure a room in my favourite hotel.
Though this place :
1) is some distance away from Brinchang
2)has a lake that looks more like an enormous pool of Teh-Tarik ( Tea Latte ) due to soil erosion.
I'll still recommend it as it's a gd place to stay if you're determined to get away from it all. Honestly, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time once you step unto the Tudor-style grounds and breathe in the fresh scent of flowers surrounding the mansion.
The rooms are just as archaic. 4 poster beds, grandfather clocks, heavy wooden doors, you get the idea...Of course, the stillness and the quietness will drive you insane if you're a typical city denizen but do try this place when you're there. It's postively LUVERLY ...
Unique Quality: The staff at this place is very friendly. Best thing of it all, is that they'll cook whatever crap you can fish out from the lakes in the region...Oh yes, there is a real fireplace in the living room. You can enjoy the cosy warmth of the place at night and order a hot chocolate or cigar while you're at it. Since I'm asthmatic, the hot chocolate was sufficient.
Directions: Quite a distance from T Rata and Brinchang. Take a cab if you're not driving.
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