Saturday, January 04, 2014

Rosa Passadena (玫瑰园酒店) Review @ Brinchang [Cameron Highlands, Malaysia]

For the past few times i visited the cooling constituency of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, i had chosen to stay in its second largest town, Brinchang, where i can benefit from its close proximity to surrounding farms and to the area's only night market! 

The above would explain why i would only stay in Rosa Passadena, which is right in the heart of the town. Maybe it was also for the sake of familiarity coupled with one past experience when i selected another close by hotel which turned out terrible.

As a whole, the concept of the hotel was pretty dated (it was completed over twenty years ago), playing heavily on the flower that gave it its name; roses. Renovation work has already started to spruce up the place in order to compete with the newer hotels.

From the pictures so far, the decoration evoked a sense of nostalgia as there was none of the contemporary conception prevalent in recent times and seemed to be stuck in the late 80s.

Well, at least the television has been upgraded to LCD! 

For those tourists who could not stand not checking in to their facebook and uploading pictures to their instagram would also be pleased to note that free wifi was available in the room.

Basic amenities like complimentary drinking water, mini-fridge, safe deposit box etc were provided like any decent hotel. Mom, of course, was happy to see the hair dryer! 

All 115 rooms came with a long bath! When i was much younger, seeing a bathtub meant a foam bath which translated into a longer bath (at the expense of others)! Now, i see it as a waste of time since time should be spent outside, not inside the hotel. 

It's about time the management does something about the above packaging. Other than this minor issue, i had no complaint and slept soundly (and comfortably) in the one night i was there. 

Oops, almost forgot about the free breakfast that came with our stay! 

Featuring very normal Malaysian hotel staple like noodles, nasi lemak and Western toasts and cereals, there was nothing much to expect even though i would have loved to see an egg station where i can get my sunny side-ups.

SCS butter!!!! Classic butter that every household in Singapore used to have in their fridge. There are many other brands nowadays but SCS butter continues to take a special place in a corner of my heart.

Breakfast, in all, was satisfactory. If not for the insistence of the dad, i would have gotten out of the hotel, ordered a plate of freshly made roti prata and enjoyed the pleasure of having it in the natural comfort of cooling morning mist. 

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Location
1 Bandar Baru Brinchang, 
39100 Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Hotel Rate / Price
Rates are more expensive on weekends and i paid $124.64 via Agoda for a night stay on a Friday at its superior triple accommodation type.



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