We stayed one night in Room 202 -a bungalow in the grounds of the Hotel. The room was spacious, comfortable and well furnished (although ours had a knee-wrecking bed end, a loose toilet and a death trap step that ran right across the bedroom to catch the unwary night traveller). Dinner, in a pleasant and well laid out dining room, was disappointing. A passable starter preceded mushroom soup that avoided the taste of mushroom. The main course (which arrived on a stone-cold plate) consisted of cold, almost raw potatoes and vegetables surrounding tepid,going on cold, chicken slices. Complaints received little reaction. When the waiter asked, "Have you finished", my reply had to be, "I couldn't even start it". This was a dire course. Deaaert was a standard plate of fruit. The buffet breakfast was reasonable enough.
Before leaving, we visited what used to be the Governor's House which is now part of the hotel. It’s a renovated old colonial property with a lovely wooden staircase and elegant panelling, and many original fittings and fixtures. There are interesting pictures and photos of the place’s glory days and an unusual feature is the swimming pool which is part of the Dining Room! From the balcony extending round the house at bedroom level are expansive views over the forests and hills. The Governor must have felt like God up here!
To summarise, accommodation and the staff are well up to scratch but the food was routine going on poor. It may be that the chef was out of his comfort zone with non-Asian dishes - if so, it's a lame excuse. But if he could, or does, markedly improve the standard of our (admittedly only one) dinner, then I'd have no hesitation in staying here again.
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