My reviews on here are usually quite short but I think it will be helpful to offer more detail on this one. First the good. It's basic but very clean and pretty cheap $108 for two nights. There's also a cafe area at the front that is inexpensive and does decent breakfast options. While the rooms are fairly small and simple they have excellent wifi and there are some communal seating areas with TVs on each floor. The location is perfect for easy access to the town and places to eat. They offer a laundry service for RM10 for up to 3kg and 'tours'. In inverted commas because ours (the country tour) was really just a driver and a mini bus shared with others but the driver was very friendly and answered lots of questions. The really good part is that it cost RM25 (£5) for over five hours visiting lots of places.
Now the bad. When we arrived there had been a water shortage problem in the town for a couple of days. Not the fault of the hotel owners obviously but the tank system they use meant it took ages for water to be restored to all the rooms once the issue was resolved. We started to lose hope and went looking at other options, but from what we saw I'm not sure there are many that are much better in the town. There's also no heating and it can get cold at night in the Highlands. The lack of heating also gives the place a generally feeling of cold and damp. Also meant that the bathroom floor never dried after having a shower which like all we'd had in Malaysia was wet room style so we had to take our socks off to go in after. Only having one towel each we didn't fancy using them to wipe the floor all the time.
The other significant issue is that it's opposite a huge construction site where a massive derelict building is being knocked down, very noisily. It starts between 8.30-9.00am and when we were there finished around 7pm. So no major impact on sleep unless you want a lie in, but given the weather can be bad at times (rained heavily both afternoons) it's not the ideal place for hanging out.
The reason we chose the hotel was because we generally prefer to stay in a town centre where it's easy to get out to eat etc and as I said it looked the best option when we booked. So if all of the above sounds ok then go for it, but if you can afford it maybe look into one of the out of town options like the Cameron Highlands Resort and get a cab into Tanah Rata to eat. We went up there when we were despairing of the water ever coming on and it looked like a whole other world but was sadly fully booked.
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- Also Known As:
- Hillview Hotel Tanah Rata
- Hillview Hotel Cameron Highlands
- Hillview Inn Cameron Highlands/Tanah Rata, Malaysia