"A piece of Sussex parachuted into Malaysia" The Smokehouse Hotel Cameron Highlands Tip by sourbugger

The Smokehouse Hotel Cameron Highlands, Cameron Highlands: 311 reviews and 4 photos

  Malaysia - surely not ?
by sourbugger

Rupert Brooke said : "Some corner of a foreign field that's forever England."

In this case it was literally true. The Hotel is a mock-tutor concoction that shouts "ENGLAND" at you.

The public rooms have their collections of horse brasses, floral sofas and 'horsey' knick-knacks.

The rooms are furnished with antiques, Four poster beds and flowery curtains.

The gardens could have been lifted straight from a Devonian Village, complete with a wishing well and red Telephone box.

The place was built with homesick colonials in mind - and no concession was made to Asian culture at all.

I rather like the story that the first owner was so pleased with his creation that he regularly put up a "Hotel Full" sign, so that he could enjoy the place in peace.

Unique Qualities: Despite it's opulance, the place still has a feel of the "Fawlty Towers" about it - the roof leaks when it rains and the waiters have an interesting grasp of English at times.

What amused me most was the group of Germans in The bar one night, all decked out in their tweed jackets and pipes (not the women obviously) pretending to be English.

The following conversation tookk place :

Germans : "Good Evening, pleasent day old boy"

Me to Wife (in a semi whisper) "Don't mention the war"

Germans "What war ?"

Me : "Gulf, Gulf nothing to do with Europe"

Me to wife (behind hand) : "Mentioned it once but I think I got away with it !"

Wife : "Just don't do the silly walk."

Address: Tanah Rata
Price Comparison: most expensive
Directions: Get a cab from Tanah Rata 4 Ringitt
Phone: 60-5-4911215
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://thesmokehouse.com.my/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 7, 2004
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