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“The best thing in a town that has little else. Hmm.” 3 of 5 stars
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Grand Kampar Hotel
2188, Jalan Timah, Bandar Baru Kampar, Kampar 31900, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kampar
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“The best thing in a town that has little else. Hmm.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Kampar is a student town with a huge university campus. There's really not much else here so I wonder why is there this huge hotel there. Was there for a church camp, so stayed there for three days. The hotel itself is not so bad. The food is a little starchy in general, and the price slightly steep for Malaysian standards.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

My visit to Kampar was a flying one - one night only. Kampar is really a tale of two towns. The old town which is crammed full of traditional Chinese shop houses, peeling paintwork, oozing atmosphere and a chap sitting outside the barber shop who looks as though he may not have shifted position in the last forty years. My tip - spend at least a whole day wandering round eating at various venues and taking photos! This town started to die in the 80s when the tin mines ceased operating and was almost killed off when the North-South highway turned it from a waypoint on the long drive to Penang, into a sleepy backwater as it became completely bypassed in the 90s. Enter UNITAR (University TAR) which brought thousands of students, hundreds of staff and support workers and a reinvigoration of the local economy. Kampar New Town was born on the site of the old mine and with it came this hotel. Big rooms, comfortably furnished, helpful and friendly staff day and night, adequate though not spectacular breakfast, but a very good in-house Chinese restaurant. RM130++ per night B+B was a real bargain. I would definitely recommend, whether for business stopover or as a base for exploring Perak and seeing a Malaysian town as it was 40-50 years ago. A good number of cafes and bars in the vicinity of the hotel makes it a good location.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

A fairly new hotel in Kampar. In fact the only decnt hotel in Kampar. Kapmapr itself is a very small and sleepy town in Perak, which owes its reawakening to the new campus for the University of Tenku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

The hotel is just about the only high rise structure in the area with a very attractive facade that is a clearly recognizable landmark from quite a distance. Surrounding the hotel is a sleepy rows of shops which may or not choose to be open when you need something. There is enough variety of eating places so you will never go hungry. There is a MacDonalds just 5mins away and a convenience store just nearby.

The hotel is still relatively new so everything looks fairly fresh and in working condition. Given Malaysian tendency for things to run down quickly, I hope that things will remain as is for sometime. Furnishings are not luxurious but simple and functional. Room is comfortable and very quiet (no traffic in Kampar!). All conveniences are available including free LAN internet in the rooms and free wifi in the public areas. There is even a small gym (just treadmill and cycle. No weights).Service is very friendly and prompt. The complimentary buffet breakfast is however quite pathetic. I was staying there in an off-peak, and as there were few guests, the breakfast fare for appeared to have been sitting there for many days in a row.

All in all I think decent value for money. I would be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

12 of us checked into the grand kampar hotel in kampar.The external features of the hotel was eye catching and beautiful.However the standard rooms were average.The toilet bowl needs changes as it was a little damaged.However this is the best hotel in kampar.The breakfast was average.The hotel rates were cheap.The staff were very friendly and accomodating.Overall the hotel is value for money.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

This is the place to stay whenever we visit Kampar, Cameron Highlands or Ipoh.
A good-for-money 3 star accommodation with spacious and clean rooms. Ideal for family stay
at reasonable charge.

Good food within and nearby the hotel. Plenty of parking spaces and friendly staffs.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Stayed in the family suite, big, clean and comfortable. The living room was seperated from the beds.
The hotel is closed to Secredt Recipe, McDonald. Nice Asian buffer breakfast was served in the moring.
But No Chinese newspaper was given.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Stayed 1n on a Sat nite. Located in Bandar Baru Kampar ie. new part of Kampar town, easily distinguishable by its palace-like facade with roof architecture resembling a cathedral or resort in the "happiest place on earth". Parking plentiful at front & back, all free! We were given a standard deluxe room roomy enough for 2 single beds + 1 extra. Could fit another single bed for a family/larger group with sufficient walking space. Bathroom was ok - shower tiles a little grimy; water flow tended to end up on floor possibly due to design or construction problem. However, shower strength was excellent and made up for shortfalls (all's well so long as shower head is aimed in correct direction). Had a challenge taming the airconditioning unit as airflow was so strong, could feel it even at furthest corner of room even when set at its lowest. TV entertainment a limited choice betw local & satellite channels. Else hang around the lobby & tap into the free wifi.

About 30 of us sat down on a long table for "banana leaf rice" dinner - waiters moved around serving rice/meat/curry/condiments/etc. Plenty to choose from but tasted better ones in KL. Coffee house was probably not the right atmosphere to savour this fare as it's meant to be eaten in an authentic Indian curry house, hot & sweaty all the way. Buffet b'fast so-so.. probably get better & cheap enough food at the many coffee shops nearby. Else a 5-min stroll to the golden arches for those needing their fastfood fix...

Used one of the function rooms for our event - spacious and clean. With restrooms at the rear, minimised disruption with ppl going in & out. Apparently there was a swimming pool & gym at rooftop but didn't get a chance to use them. Our party made full use of the sports complex next door - covered tennis court + futsal.

Visited a nearby church (2mins drive, 5mins walk) for Sunday service - Calvary City Church. Small yet energetic congregation courtesy of nearby campus (UTAR & TAR college).

Check-in and check-out was smooth, attentive & polite staff. All in all, good value for money as the hotel caters well to nature lovers (caving, whitewater rafting, lighthouse, etc nearby), stopovers as well as visitors to the nearby tertiary institutions. Short drive from the old town for those seeking some nostalgia & traditional eats (chicken bread, steamed buns, noodles, etc).

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2188, Jalan Timah, Bandar Baru Kampar, Kampar 31900, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Perak > Kampar District > Kampar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kampar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Kampar Hotel is a 3 star deluxe hotel in Kampar lies within Kinta Valley, close proximity to Cameron Highlands, Perak, Malaysia.Grand Kampar Hotel GPS Coordinates : North : 4° 19' 39.1" , East : 101° 8' 44.5" .(Google Map)Grand Kampar Hotel is an impressive Spanish architecture and situated in the heart of Taman Bandar Baru Kampar, which is the fastest growing township in the area. The town was a centre in the tin mine industry, founded in 1887. The name Kampar was derived from the Cantonese words “kam pou”. It means 'precious gold' and refers to the town's previously large tin reserves.Located within the vicinity of this hotel is Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman, University Tunku Abdul Rahman (Main Campus), banks, corporations, and factories. A wide variety of restaurants and bistros are within walking distance. Eco-recreation activities such as bird watching, trekking, fishing, caving and white water rafting are within easy reach.Grand Kampar Hotel features 155 rooms in five categories; Standard Deluxe, Executive Deluxe, Triple Deluxe, Family Suite and Executive Suite. All the rooms are equipped with modern facilities for your comfortable accommodation in Kampar. Wi-Fi connection only available at lobby area.For good and cheap dining in Kampar, there is so much to offer. Guests can dine in under the cozy atmosphere of the in-house cafe which serve Asian and Western cuisines. We also cater for a wide variety of Chinese cuisines in our in-house Chinese Restaurant. ... more   less 
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