Ok, I booked this place after looking around, and I COMPLETELY screwed up. I thought I was booking the Lone Pine Hotel. What a mistake.
After a hell drive from KL (flat tire and dead battery), we arrived about 3 hours late... at 3am. It took as 15 minutes circling around to find the entrance. No way did it look like a hotel at all from the outside. I had to bang on the gate to wake the sleeping security guard for another 10 minutes. Unlike most hotels, this one all the staff seems to go home after 10pm I guess.
We walked through the deserted lobby, up to the 2nd floor (3rd floor)... Found our closet entrance, I mean room entrance, and opened up. After waving away the musty odor that hit us, and figuring out the lights, we got a look of the place.
I wish the lights hadn't worked... My wife and I thought about sleeping in the car, but we were just too tired... We fell asleep with our clothes on (the bed linen smelled like it hadn't been changed after the last guest)vowing to be out first thing in the morning.
We mistakenly booked for 2 nights, and stayed a total of 8 hours, sleeping for 7 of them on the creaking bed with lumpy mattress.. I tried to cancel the rest, but they wouldn't refund, company policy...
The receptionist in the morning was friendly enough, saying we should just stay, she couldn't refund. I don't know if anyone else works there except the guard. Oh, and after daring to use the shower, and walking around the room, the bottom of my feet were black!! The rugs were so dirty and greasy... Shampoo the carpets!! Oh, and replace the florescent light, and the broken lamp that is taped together, and the creaking bed, and the carpets, and the room furniture...
Stay away from this place, it almost made me want to leave Penang!
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- Also Known As:
- Lone Pine Batu Ferringhi
- Hotel Lone Pine
- Lone Pine Hotel Penang/Batu Ferringhi