Comfy bunks with a friendly vibe
Set at the eastern end of Tanah Rata, Sleepbox Hotel is our pick of the crop for those looking for a dorm bed in the Cameron Highlands.
Sleepbox has a bit of an unusual layout. Rather than individual bunk-stacked rooms, just about the whole place is one large dorm. Pods run off to the left and right along the corridors weaving through the place.
Stacked two high, pods come in single (32 ringgit) and double (68 ringgit) configurations. These are all intermingled and it feels a bit unusual if you are used to dorms in separate rooms. Each has a privacy curtain and charging points, with the upper pod reached by a metal ladder. Bedding is clean and well kept—we slept well.
Shared bathrooms were clean, with enough cubicles to remove much in the way of morning queues. There is also a laundry set-up if you need to get your clothes done. The service is not free, but the price reasonable. Free WiFi is standard throughout the property and worked well.
Also on site is a cafe and common area where the included breakfast is served. This area also has a veranda with seating overlooking the carpark. Unless your bunk is right next to the washing machine you’ll sleep fine. Note though there is a gym on the floor above, so expect some noise from there when class is in.
Downstairs there is a good local restaurant—ideal for a late breakfast or lunch. If you’re after a pub and cold beer, you’re better off to walk into Tanah Rata proper.
Overall Sleepbox ticks a lot of boxes. Staff were friendly, helpful and informative and we’d stay here again. If you prefer a dorm right in Tanah Rata, try Traveller Bunker for similar fare (without the veranda). Shop around online for a discounted rate.
Address: 5-2 Marigold Square, Jl Besar, Tanah Rata.
T: (010) 666 3362;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º22'48.41" E, 4º28'23.55" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
68 ringgit for a double dorm
|32 ringgit||32 ringgit|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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