Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 20, 2005
When we went in June 2005. This was a very new hotel, so new that you could still smell the paint.
First impressions were okay. There's a nice reception area, a big TV to watch football on, and a bar. (I believe it's the only place in the area with alcohol.)
The room smelled of paint, but it was clean and the shower worked well. However, our room was directly under reception and had no natural light at all, and there were some serious mosquitoes in the bathroom. It was the only time in the whole trip that my friend Darren got bit, and it WAS IN HIS HOTEL BATHROOM!
The food was well presented but super-hot and spicy. At best I could describe it as basic, and portions were menial. I will give credit where credit is due; we complained to our tour operator, and it did improve somewhat on the second day. However, it was still a take-it-or-leave-it affair. To give you some perspective, when they served toast and jam for breakfast, we were very grateful!
The transport was completely disorganised. They forgot to mention that we needed to phone after our night walk to fetch us back, so we waited for 30 minutes like fools before backtracking and asking somebody to phone
The location sucked. It was a 10-minute drive from the tour location and main forest. The cheapest huts were easy walking distance from the river, and apart from lacking A/C, I'd have been much happier to stay there.
The website is http://www.woodland.com.my/.
From journal Seeing the Rain Forest