We arrived in Taiping just before the Chinese New year celebration, so the hotel was decorated with the typical celebratory decorations, the red dragons and red lanterns. It is situated just at the foothill of the lush Maxwell Hill and faces the lake gardens. It is a magnificent setting. The lush garden setting with the lakes and towering hill just at its door step. The road leading to the hotel is lines by ancient old raintrees, trees that have seen generations of Taiping kids going to school and coming to the playgrounds at the Lake Gardens and them coming back paying homage to the old favorite spot in Taiping. This Lake Garden is beautiful and has not changed much, well it has and it has not. The urban dwelling is ever encroaching and development is ever wanting to be nearer... alas, there are more buildings including this hotel now than it has ever been.
Nonetheless, Taiping is a sleepy little gem - it has a museum, a huge prison- which makes an interesting sight - apparently they still hang people there- hmm state murder as punishment is repulsive to me, and interestingly enough quite close to this hotel.
I regress! Coming back to the hotel, our booking was very well handled by the reception staff and checking in was a bliss. We booked for three rooms and got three facing the Gardens. Clean, big, sparsely furnished, but magificent view! it has a lovely pool on the roof top.
The bathroom and hot water are OK, nothing to write home about but all is clean and in order. the hotel serves good breakfast and good food for snacks and dinner. Parking is ample and staff is well-trained and as in many small towns in Malaysia, the staff is polite and not over friendly.
We walked around the gardens, we enjoyed the Coronation Pool nearby, we love the lakes. I recommend this place if you ever get to this pensioners paradise town, this is the place to be!
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