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Highlands, North Carolina
April 4, 2010
From journal Malaysia: A delightful little melting pot
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 6, 2006
My wife said that she'd talked to the receptionist, and we'd been given one of the best suites in the hotel, with a great view. We weren't disappointed, as the view was spectacular.
The suite itself was a good size and even had a kitchen, although no cooking facilities, and another strange quirk was that we had a bath, but they'd removed the plug, so you couldn't possibly actually have a bath. The TV had two terrestrial channels, the ones that the label specifically said you couldn't get, and two English entertainment channels.
After settling in, we headed out and found a small playground, which had quite a few rides, but compared to most Malaysian playgrounds, it wasn't too toddler-friendly. We then went back to reception and thought about what to have for dinner. There's a Chinese restaurant that serves steamboat, a very expensive a la carte restaurant, and a buffet restaurant, which is a pretty good value by hotel standards. There is also a children's playroom, board games, a pool table, an indoor unheated swimming pool, and a computer with Internet access.
So far, so good, but when bedtime came, we weren't too happy, as the mattress was clearly very old and a pain to sleep in. This was made worse by the fact that there weren't enough blankets and I was cold. (The following night I slept in my jumper.)
If these were the only niggles, I would give the hotel a "Recommended" rating, but on checking out, we found out that the people renting the most expensive three-bedroom suite had had no water during their stay and had had to take showers in reception. Were they offered a free stay, not just a 15% discount on a RM1000 a night room, then... Absolutely disgusting, and Min Chee was sorely tempted to intervene on their behalf! (They were fully booked during the holiday and couldn't swap rooms.)
I can't in good faith recommend this hotel, especially as I hear there are plenty of charming bed-and-breakfasts that offer a full English breakfast in a morning!
From journal Chinese New Year Trip to the Cameron Highlands