We spent 2 nights at the Lakehouse, during valentines. We liked the hotel surrounding (quiet and calm), the deco in the hotel / room, and also the service which was overall, satisfying.. We were provided welcome drinks upon arriving the hotel. There were 4 of us - parents + my partner + me, so we decided to take up the family suite. Whilst we were expecting 2 rooms with 2 bathrooms but it turned out there were 2 rooms indeed, but only with a bathroom. So throughout the stay it was a little inconvenient for 4 of us to share a bathroom especially in the morning. If you are staying with your kids in the family suite, I guess there should be no problem, but with 4 adults, perhaps maybe it's not so recommended, well in my opinion.
Our room has a lake view but I thought the view was not my favourite with a muddy lake. The family suite is simple but cozy enough; the bathroom though, is slightly dated as mentioned by other reviewers. Note, the hot water supply is not constant (I had to take a cold shower one night when the hot water ran out after 15minutes..)! Location of the hotel, it's slightly away from the major hub, it's located in Mile Ringlet, which takes about 15-20 mins drive to Tanah Rata from the hotel itself, and probably another 15mins drive to Brinchang from Tanah Rata. If you are travelling in Cameron Highlands without a private car, I wouldn't recommend to stay here unless you don't mind taking a taxi or renting a car / driver, or if you have an arranged tour which the transportation is arranged.
We also found the F&B here is very expensive. As there are not many nightspots in Cameron Highlands, and we liked the cozyness of the lounge, we had been staying in the hotel at night for drinks - cocktails, beer, coffee and etc.. The drinks here are very much overpriced, not to mention the strawberry cocktails we tried were not good at all. We never have a thought of dining in the hotel as it's obviously expensive, and we were not sure the quality of the food after trying the cocktails... We enjoyed our meals - steamboat, Chinese.. very much in the town!
The staff were helpful and attentive most of the time, although I have a problem with the bouquet roses they prepared (my partner made a special arrangement with the hotel staff to prepare a bouquet of roses in bed for our valentines). Instead of blooming red roses, I was presented with plenty of rose buds and few pieces of barely bloomed roses, plus one of them was already drying... I was very disappointed with the flowers and I supposed my partner paid quite some for the roses + the arrangement. I was hoping the roses would bloom in the next few days but nope. I had to discard them after, so please be careful with the service if you happen to make such arrangement.
Lastly, for us the breakfast was ok. Not extravaganza but good enough for us. Breads, cereals, croissants, scones, fruits and also we could order eggs (any style) + bacon on the menu, which is included in the complimentary breakfast. If you are not picky with breakfast, this should serve well.
I would recommend this hotel for a quiet, calm and cozy stay, and better with own transportation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 200km north of Kuala Lumpur, set against lush state reserve forests 1,000m above sea level in the Cameron Highlands, The Lakehouse is a Tudor-style country house overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Days Inn Ringlet
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