bookmark_borderIn Penang – The Royale Bintang Penang Hotel, Weld Quay

If there’s one important thing to do during holiday planning, it would be booking an accommodation as early as possible. I’d usually do so a few weeks before my holiday in order to secure a good deal as well as stay in the hotel that I’m comfortable in.

The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

But… unfortunately, no thanks to my spontaneous nature, I didn’t do so for my last Penang trip. I had so little time to search and secure my usual ones (hotels) that I had to look for another one. But with much luck and a quick search (and perhaps memory), I managed to secure a room via a hotel booking website at Royale Bintang Penang with pretty decent rate.

Swimming pool at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

The hotel is relatively new with a rather historical touch on the exterior of the building and it’s quite visible along Weld Quay. One would be mistaken it for a refurbished old building if it wasn’t for the signage. And yes, they are under the same group who manages hotels of the same name in Kuala Lumpur, Damansara, Seremban and Terengganu. I recalled seeing this hotel when I was having my usual, awesome nasi lemak bungkus during my previous trip.

Front Desk of The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

The front service was kinda patchy on that day. I couldn’t blame them since they were relatively new. The check in was rather fast and easy. The staffs were friendly and helpful. But to my dismay, the room wasn’t ready and I was told that it would be ready in half and hour. Needless to say, I had to wait for another hour (plus a few gentle reminders to them) before I could get the room key.

Lounge at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

Smoking Room at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

Welcome drinks were provided and were served at the bar lounge. I liked the setting of the lounge with big screens behind the bar. There’s dedicated smoking room with a huge projector TV in it too.

Deluxe Room by The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

The room was bigger than I thought it would be. I suspect that they gave an upgrade since they can’t find my details in their system. So, instead of Superior, I got a Deluxe room. The room was fully furnished and carpeted.


Room amenities

It may look rather classic visually, but the room was fitted with modern furnishings and furniture like contemporary switches, digital air-con controller, LCD TV and etc. The room has king size bed, lounge chair/sofa and dressing/working table all spaced out on each corner of the room with the large bed in the middle of it. Though there’s no LAN port for internet connection, but free WiFi was available in the room as well as around hotel vicinity to all hotel guests.


The wardrobe has all the expected appliances and amenities; safe deposit box, mini fridge and ironing board hidden behind the doors. Kettle, coffee, tea and four complementary bottles of water were placed neatly on one side of the wardrobe for easy access.


The bathroom was well stocked too. Hand towels, facial towels, floor mat as well as bath towels were pressed, folded and placed in allocated compartments and around the bathroom’s vicinity. The toilet has its own separate area directly opposite of the standing shower area. There was no bathtub but I didn’t mind at all. I was particularly glad that it has big shower head with good water pressure at all times. Toiletries were pretty complete; shower gel, shampoo, soap, cotton buds, toothbrush and etc.

Dining venue at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

The breakfast venue was held at ground floor. The venue was lovely but the spread wasn’t impressive but it was sufficient to fill up hungry guests.


Overall, the stay was comfortable. The room was quiet at all times. Though they were friendly, the service of the staff could be improved further. Free parkings were provided to hotel guests but they’re quite limited. Vicinity wise, they’re quite close to food outlets and cafes, which is a plus point.

No 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld,
10300 George Town,

bookmark_borderIn Cameron Highlands – Strawberry Park Resort, Tanah Rata

Did short road trip a couple weeks back to escape the scorching heat in KL. The destination? Cameron Highlands. It has been 2 years since my last trip and I guess it was perfect choice especially when it’s for the cool weather.

Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Instead of Century Pines Resort, Strawberry Park Resort was picked for a change for 3 days 2 nights stay. It is located in between Tanah Rata and Brinchang, about 10 minutes from Tanah Rata. Although I have passed by the intersection heading towards this hotel on my previous trips, little did I know that this hotel is pretty far from the main road. Located along the hillside, the winding road is pretty narrow. You do need some form of transportation to move around when staying at this hotel because of the location.

Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Strawberry Park Resort consists of few blocks of buildings in close proximity. You will be assigned to one of the blocks (designated with alphabets A – F) depending on which type of room you picked. With such landscape, it’s rather fun and refreshing to have a stroll around the vicinity to soak in the fresh, cool air.

View at Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Tip : If you’re planning to stay at this hotel, do choose the Fresno Family Suite because you will get to have this stunning view at your room’s balcony. Furthermore, you’ll get to witness the sun rise in the morning without having to leave your room.

Studio Suite, Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

The room that I got was Studio and it was at Block F, facing the main hall (reception and restaurant). The room was spacious and tidy, bigger than I initially thought it would be.

King Size Bed at Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

The bed, on the other hand, was a letdown. Although it looked like a king size, the bed was actually two single beds combined together. Needless to say, it wasn’t a comfortable experience sleeping on it since the middle of the bed was solid hard due to the wooden panel of single bed.

Bathroom, Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Bathroom, Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Toiletries by Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

The bathroom was spacious too with separated shower area at one corner. The water pressure was surprisingly strong but the shower head was installed high off the ground, a bad thing for vertical-challenged guests like me. Basic toiletries were provided so were hand towels and bath towels. Oddly, the shower gel was half filled for unknown reason.

Studio Suite, Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Though the room was far off from the main building, free WiFi was provided for hotel guests. The internet speed was bearable but I was having trouble connecting later at night. The cellular data signal was pretty weak too, for Maxis at least.

Breakfast Venue at Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Breakfast at Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

The breakfast venue was at the main hall. The selection of food wasn’t extensive but it was sufficient.The staff were friendly and accommodating and foods were quickly replenished.

Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Overall, aside for the shortcomings, Strawberry Park Resort is good place to stay when you’re in Cameron Highlands. I liked the fact that it was really quiet throughout a day and the weather was chilly especially during night. It is, after all, located at the hill top.

Address :
Lot 195 & 196,
39000 Tanah Rata,
Cameron Highlands,
Pahang Darul Makmur,

Tel: +605 491 1166
Fax: +605 491 1949

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