Traveled with 3 other former classmates for a weekend getaway and booked the 'Family Suite'. Don't let the 'suite' word fool you, because it's not a suite at all. This supposedly 'family suite' had two rooms and two baths and a common living room area. Both rooms are small. The second room is so pathetic, you would only let your maid/ driver/ cat (delete where appropriate) sleep in because it is extremely small. Only had space for two very small single beds, and that's about it.
The TV they provided in the living room must have been there before the hotel was built because it certainly looked extremely old. One old little black box that pretended to be a TV. For the price that customers had to pay, at least a decent TV would have been more deserving.
The air-con was another problem. The 'out-of-battery' remote for the air-con was one issue, the noise it made after it was turned on after several minutes was another. It was extremely difficult to fall asleep.
The lights in both rooms are almost non-existent. Might as well they just provide us with candles, it would have been brighter.
We asked for a slightly later check-out because I wasn't feeling well, the front desk said that we can't check-out later than 1pm. When we went to the reception to settle the bills, we were expecting maybe a group of tourists hovering around waiting to be checked-in but there was no one in sight. So it seems they can't even give even a bit of a leeway to their customers even though there is no one around.
The positive - Nice beach. Not as nice in Tioman/Redang but better than most west coast beaches.
Conclusion: I've been to many hotels and I can safely say that this is a 2.5-star hotel, nothing more, nothing less. Avoid if you don't want to be fooled into 'suite' or having to watch an old black box.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by lush greenery and secluded palm-fringed beaches fronting the South China Sea, Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Cherating has the ideal facilities for family vacations and honeymoons, in addition to corporate meetings and team buildings. Situated 47km from Kuantan, the capital city of Pahang, the beach in Cherating is a haven amongst avid surfers who come from all over the world each year to especially enjoy the ride of the ocean waves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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