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The Cameron Highlands are a collection of villages, and most likely you'll search for accommodation in Tanah Rata, as it has most options and some of the cheapest ones for the budget backpacker -- including Cameronian Inn Guesthouse. The village is centrally located and provides easy access to hiking trails.
Cameronian Inn Guesthouse is located on a side street of the main road. It's a quiet area, but nevertheless very close to everything. The bus terminal is a ten-minute walk. Cameronian Inn is easy to find -- there are several signboards, and after online reservation, you will receive an email with detailed information on how to get there.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are several private rooms with shared bathroom. The dormitory in Cameronian Inn is quite small. There are only two bunk beds. There is neither air conditioning nor fan available, but there is a window (that can't be shut) that gives out to the hallway. There are some mosquitoes in the room, so you better bring proper protection. The beds are fine, but the blanket you are given is a bit smelly. The whole room smells a bit damp and is outdated. For example, there is only one plug in the room, but there are several useless cupboards. Apart from that, there is a huge locker available for every dorm guest.
There are three showers and three toilets for all the guests in the hostel. The locks on the doors are very weak, and there are notes saying that you are expected to knock first. These facilities are very clean. There are not many hooks or shelves.
Next to the reception are tables and chairs. Most people gather there to socialize and use the Wi-Fi (it's for free, but in the evening, it's almost impossible to connect to the internet due to the amount of people using it). Breakfast is not included in the price. There is a menu available and you can order during the opening hours of the reception. There is toast and pancakes, but the guesthouse's specialty are scones. And yes, they're very tasty! Outside are some tables and chairs as well. It's possible to book tours and buses in the reception. Also there are more plugs available in the common areas.
Cameronian Inn is a nice place to stay. You'll meet lots of new people and it's easy to socialize. It's one of the cheapest accommodations in Tanah Rata, and it's pretty decent.
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Published on 2016-09-06
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Friendly And helpful Manager, clean and good
The Hostel was really clean, you had free WiFi, hot showers and the manager was really nice and helped me with any question I had. Would definitely recommend this place.
Age 26 | Germany
It was a comfortable hostel.
The owners were not friendly. We were only told by the driver about the jungle walk, but the owners and staff did not mention anything to us. Even when we were spending our time in the cafe checking for places to spend our time with, no help was offered. Still, it was a nice and comfortable hostel especially for those who want to spend less. Their homemade scones were tasty.
I stayed here for two nights and really loved this place. While it is true that you do have to pay for everything now, even the toilet paper (although only if you use more than the original roll in your room), it is still cheap. I had a comfy room with a double bed, wardrobe, dresser, chair, TV (local channels), and an en-suite bathroom for RM65 in a separate building from the main house. Towels can be got for RM1 and toilet roll is RM.50. The TV room had satellite and the night I used it I was the only person in there, there is a nice reading room, an eating area, two computers for the internet and I never had to wait. Everything is also very clean.
The garden is a nice size, with picnic tables, two rabbits, and the owners have a small dog which is very friendly if you are missing pets. Someone usually meets the buses -- I didn't have a reservation and relied on luck -- and they will also drive you to the bus station when you leave if you ask them. Other people have complained that it was difficult to find a member of staff when you wanted something but they are always around. Usually in the kitchen or in the yard -- you can just go and knock on the kitchen door. I didn't mind because it meant you could treat the place like your home and come and go as you pleased. Everything works on an honour system. You help yourself to tea and coffee and put a slip in the box saying what you had and your room number and it will be added to your bill. The same thing for the internet -- fill in a slip with how much time you used. For meals you take the slip to the kitchen and someone will cook your food and bring it out to you. The menu has a fairly good range from scrambled eggs to noodles to chicken burgers and fries. They also serve scones with jam and cream. The atmosphere is very relaxed and peaceful and there was a good range of ages staying here. They have quiet after 10 p.m. It's not a place for parties.
All the tour operators in Tanah Rata offer the same tours and you can book direct through the Inn or walk into one of the offices on the main street. The Inn also has a good display of information on the local walks and you can pay a guide if you want to. I would definitely stay here again. Loved it.
A lovely little place, five minutes' walk out of town, the room we had (a double) was clean, well furnished, and quiet. Staff were sometimes a little difficult to find (it operates on an honesty system -- you help yourself to things like tea and coffee and biscuits and fill in a little slip which they add to your bill at the end). Clothes also took ages to dry here, but this is no fault of the hostel, more the Cameron Highlands weather. There are guided walks (a resident will even take you out for a walk) and some good tours to take direct from the hostel. We'd definitely go back.
Clare + Rob
My how times have changed! We read all the great reviews on this place and so made our choice, the reviews we read were for how the Cameronian Inn 'Was' sadly this is no longer the case!! The room was now 58rm per night and was basic with a lukewarm shower (not good in a cold climate) and electric sockets that only worked once in the four days we were there! The 'Free' Jungle walk in the morning is no longer free (as the 'suggested donation' is 20rm per person) and if you bought a map from the tourist info box by the bus drop off the walks are all clearly marked in there for you plus the info from the girl in the tourist box is excellent. Back to the Inn, they now charge for just about anything, towels, toilet paper! no dvd player just an old vcd player and you even have to rent the dodgy vcd's. The staff were not very happy and every request seemed to be too much trouble, we even had to ask twice to settle the bill! nobody said thankyou or even goodbye when we left. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad place, just not as good as it has been made out to be, my advice is to shop around! all the other guesthouses will be there to meet you from the bus when you arrive so ask to have a look around.
We had a great time here, everyone is very friendly and helpful. It's only a few minutes walk from the centre of town but they also do a pretty good selection of food if you don't want to go out (or if it's raining!). There is plenty of information about the local organised tours as well as the walking trails. They were also really helpful in arranging our onward transport. We didn't see or hear anyything regarding local building work in the two weeks we were there. There is a partially built apartment block just down the road but it looks more like it's abandoned than 'in progress'!
Mark and Nikky
We spent 5 nights here. Good value, clean, friendly, great service. The best thing, though, were the tours organized by Yen. It was humbling to be able to walk out with him and have him show us the jungle and its secrets and talk to us about his feelings for it. I can't recommend it enough.
a couple of Kiwis
Very friendly, relaxed place. The rooms are fantastic, as are the beds. The bathrooms are spotless. Lots of garden space to enjoy, and information is always readily available from very helpful staff. The food is excellent! Great selection of movies to choose from as well. I absolutely loved this place.
Stop at Cameronian Inn to discover the wonders of Cameron Highlands. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Take advantage of the hotel's Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, tours, coffee shop. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature non smoking rooms, desk, television, shower, seating area. Access to the hotel's garden will further enhance your satisfying stay. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Cameron Highlands has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Cameronian Inn.
Location and Contact
Ask for direction to Maybank, at Maybank walk/drive/ride towards to the other end of the same shops-block, then turn left and follow our driectional signboard.
16, Jalan Mentigi, Tanah Rata,
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