Sleepbox Hotel

Sleepbox Hotel

Comfy bunks with a friendly vibe

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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.

Travelfish says:

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.

Easy to find. : Stuart McDonald.
Easy to find. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

Pods everywhere. : Stuart McDonald.
Pods everywhere. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

Contact details for Sleepbox Hotel

Address: 5-2 Marigold Square, Jl Besar, Tanah Rata.
T: (010) 666 3362;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º22'48.41" E, 4º28'23.55" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm fan cooled
68 ringgit for a double dorm
32 ringgit 32 ringgit

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Stuart McDonald co-founded 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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