The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands Ringlet
Relaxing, quaint, very English
Lovely quaint English Hotel. Great escape location and house for couples. Romantic rooms with antiques, good service, ok food, lovely log fire, nice cream tea in the afternoons! Would not spend too long here though - 2 nights max as can get a little too quiet. No real atmosphere in the hotel.
A throw back to old England - a relaxing time
We spent two nights here in November 2006. The welcome is warm and friendly, the hotel is clean and very well presented (our room and bathromm were beautifuil) and photogenic. The gardens are good for queit conmtemplation though the main road does have its share of noisy vehicles during the day.
The service is clealry based on an olde world English guest house \ hotel of the 1950s / 1960s (sadly no longer on offer in England itself) where guests are given few reasons to venture away from the hotel. I this area, this seemed a wise choise to us, Ringlet and Tanah Rata do offer some limited dining \ drinking experieinces but transport is patchy.
The hotel bar and restaraunt were well stocked though maybe on the expenmsive side, especiallly the imported wines. The meal service at times was slow between courses but the food quality was excellent.
Anyone not on a backpackers budget should stay for a night or two and unwind.
We booked for two night but it became one. We didnt know the staff was there to be trained so many things went wrong...
We found the atmosphere very silent, introvert, i almost didnt dare to talk. They tried really hard to act English but it went wrong.
The food was really average and service very unpersonal. There was a set menu (we didnt want, sorry) and we had to agree the dinnertime (which I don't like to do at my vacation). The room was spacious but very minimal decorated without tv and without airco!
Wouldn't go back.
This place was lovely.
The building itself was built in the 60s. Very, very British in an almost Disneyesque sort of way; it feels more like a guesthouse than a "hotel." Quite nice Tudor style building with an English pub/lounge, a comfortable sitting room with huge fireplace, and a nice restaurant perched high on a hill overlooking a lake. (Despite a statement in one of the previous reviews there is, in fact, a lake. It is choked with aquatic plants right now, but it still looked lovely surrounded by jungle and viewed from the hill above.) The building was clean, very well maintained, and pleasant.
The room was as pictured, the sheets very soft and comfortable, and the bathroom clean and large. Turndown service included a bit of a late-nite snack (cut fruit one night, finger sandwiches another.) As another reviewer noted, the road can be a bit noisy in the morning, which detracts from the otherwise charming illusion of rural isolation, and the waterheater in the bathroom was loud when it kicked on. But overall, the room was large, nicely done, and extremely comfortable.
Upon arrival, I was seated in the quiet pub for a moment and given a "run down" of the hotel and the area by the front desk clerk, Nathan. Extremely pleasant and professional, Nathan proved to be truly helpful during my stay, assisting me with an arranged tour of the Highlands with a local company, internet access on the hotel laptop (rentable for a small fee from the front desk with wireless access throughout the hotel), and answering several questions honestly and fairly. At one point I asked about bus services from the Highlands back to KL (buslines in Malaysia vary tremendously by schedule and quality), and by the time our conversation was over, Nathan had arranged to have a ticket purchased and delivered to the hotel (not a service normally provided by the busline) and even arranged for the bus to make an unscheduled stop directly in front to pick me up on my way back to KL.
Service in the pub, restaurant, and front desk was similarly above par.
The building is a bit isolated, but in my opinion, that just added to the charm. The towns of the Cameron Highlands are close enough, and transportation is easily arranged by the hotel. I ate lunch at a few local places in the area and, like most of the food in Malaysia, it was quite good.
I took a four hour tour arranged by the hotel to see the highlights of the Cameron Highlands, and it was just enough. I saw everything I wanted to see in that 1/2 day tour, and welcomed the quiet respite of the hotel for the remainder of my time there. The early monsoon rains just added to it.
This is a quiet, sort of hushed kind of place. Dinner reservations and dinner orders are requested during tea-time, and I was collected from the fireplace lounge area a few hours later when the reserved time approached. Quiet and dark, the restaurant served European and local fare. The ONLY real downside to this hotel was the food in the restaurant. Nicely presented with outstanding service, the food (and bar cocktails) were a bit pricey and merely okay. The included breakfast was fine.
I was travelling alone after some business in BKK and KL. Alone with a good book, quiet beauty, and excellent service, this place hit the spot. I would recommend it highly to singles, couples, tourists without children, and anyone who would appreciate a lovely, quiet hotel with a high level of service.
One of the best place in the Cameron Highlands
The hotel is located at the beginning of the Cameron Highlands so that the travel is not too long. This is an old england house. The service is friendly and with the typical tea time. The room have to be seen because you're both in an other world and in Malaysia !
Excellent all round
Stayed for 3 nights in family suite. Lovely place, well maintained, good service & manager Krishnen makes an effort to meet everyone. Very relaxing place, need to bring lots of books etc if you're not driving as there's not much to do nearby. Food can be pretty expensive so try to eat elsewhere if you're heading out. FYI places we tried : Brinchang (avoid Cameron Highlands restaurant, OK Tuck gd), Tanah Rata (try T Cafe, nice place for scones/cakes), Ringlet (avoid Golden Ship, nothing else much here).
Overall, wonderful atmosphere, you can book this place confidently.
Olde Worlde hotel of great charm
Stayed here in March 2006 and were upgraded to a room with a four poster bed. Everything about the hotel is based on olde worlde English inns. Service is good and the food very English though not really authentic tasting. Would stay here again if we ever return to Cameron Highlands which I guess are worth a visit once if on route.
Great service, nice room
The wonderful service starts the moment you step into the small but cosy lobby of the hotel. In fact I would hesitate to call this a hotel, cos it is so warm and unlike the typical cold and impersonal hotel. It feels more like the home of a good friend.
I was early (not check in time yet) but no problem, I was seated in the Highlander Lounge and staff readily agreed to let me use a power point so that I could charge my handphone. The GM Krishna Badhur came to say hi, and stayed to chat for a while. Like him, the other hotel staff were friendly and ready to assist.
The hotel room was cosy and nice. It's every bit of what I expect from staying in a colonial English cottage. It seems to have been maintained well, room was clean, everything was great. Food wasn't too bad too. The Lakehouse seems better maintained than Ye Olde Smokehouse, which we visited for tea. The Olde Smokehouse has a much nicer garden but it did seem a bit run-down and some staff were not very friendly.
By Khartini, Singapore.
Four poster luxury
Having driven from Kuala Lumpar,stopping off at Fraser's Hill on the way[which I would recommend giving a miss as it feels as if it has had its day and was very run down] the Lakehouse was just what we needed.The manager Krishna welcomed us warmly and for an unknown reason we were upgraded to a junior suite.The room was very spacious,had a lovely four poster bed,huge bathroom and fruit laid out for us.Being in such a quiet area you do feel slightly at the hotels mercy regarding food and drinks which we found to be on the expensive side and if i travel all the way to Malaysia I dont really want traditional English fayre.Unlike the previous reviewer we did eat locally-when leaving the hotel,turn left and about five minutes down the road on the right hand side is what looks like shop units.We found a little indian restaurant and the owner gave us a lovely selection of food to try.Our meals for two and four beers cost less than a main course at the hotel.However if cost is not an issue the hotel restaurant did look very appealling.
Our room looked out towards the front of the hotel and there was definately a lake there!
Would like to have stayed longer.
This was a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of Penang. It was exceedingly English which was a bit weird but pleasant nevertheless. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which is still really cheap, cavernous in size and with the funkiest bathroom I have ever seen, which was almost as big as the bedroom!
This room is at the front of the hotel, although set on its own little hill away from the main building. The road at the front of the hotel could be a little noisy during the morning 'rush' hour, but certainly not intrusively so. The food was pleasant, but not very adventurous, consisting of modern european cuisine. There is not a whole lot to do in/round the hotel so either bring a big book or someone in who's company you are at ease. There are 3 small towns relatively nearby, but you have to be pretty brave to eat in any of the local places there, although we suffered no ill effects at all. There are some reasonably well maked trails to walk, but remember to take loads of water.
This is a great place to do nothing at all. I was happy to spend ages just staring out of the window! One word of caution though - there is no lake!! There is a moderate size puddle, nothing more. Apparently it got silted up about 40 years ago, which is a shame because I bet it was quite scenic.
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I think that John had the curry left over from the night before and left on the radiator for breakfast. He turned a pale shade of grey as his tongue fell off. He said that it was the hottest thing he had ever tasted. I find that hard to believe coming from Birmingham. After much faffing around with the car hire man we set off from the hotel on our …
Sad to leave Georgetown, we had a great time. Loved all the different cultures and the old colonial feel of the city. Started our journey to the Cameron Highlands early in the morning. Mini bus picked us up from hotel and set off on the long journey up the mountains to the Cameron Highlands which is approx 1800 meters above sea level, it is also …
... climbing the highest point in the highlands, going to the Boh tea factory and looking at some butterflies and reptiles in cages. The young man who sold us the tour was incredibly convincing - he told us we could either go on the "lazy tour" (where you see bees and a strawberry farm) or the active you're! With an exciting walk through the forest! We chose the active tour (!) And, as we've grown accustomed to, were the only non- couple under 30 in ...
... comes I suspect. The path to them is easy to walk along, its all bricked, but can get slippery when wet.
Our next stop was the Lords Cafe, where I introduced Lisa to an English pasttime. Afternoon tea and scones. Informing that to this day people still argue about whether the Jam or cream goes on top. Answers on a postcard folks.
As I was waitiing outside the HSBC in town, the manager Christain came outside to ask if everything was okay. He then kindly went ...
... we got soaked!) and a temple. That afternoon, Terry was not very well again and was put to bed for the afternoon! It was still raining all afternoon so we didn't mind not being out! We met a lovely older group on the tour (in their 70's) who kept up through all the trekking etc and bumped into them again in a chinese restaurant later that night! We got some cadburys chocolate as a treat for dessert :D (it doesn't taste the same as it does in England!)
Next stop Ipoh!