Dated but reliable
A bit tired, but with spacious and well located rooms, Planters Hotel is a reliable if dated option in the centre of Tanah Rata.
Smack bang in the centre of things in Tanah Rata, the location is just about the best thing Planters has going for it. Restaurants and travel agents run out to the left and right from the lobby, with a pub and more just across the road.
Rooms are dated and staid, but are of a decent size. Standards (95 ringgit) are the cheapest fare, but the deluxe (127 ringgit) are worth the extra. The triple rooms (190 ringgit) in particular are of a good size and have plenty of windows to let the light in. Note that with all that light comes traffic noise, so if you are a light sleeper, pack earplugs. The bathroom in the room we were shown was clean, with, we were told, very hot water. Rates jump roughly 50% on weekends.
Facilities include flat screen TV and WiFi throughout the property. On weekends, making a booking in advance would be prudent. If you want a hotel that is a bit newer and quieter, consider the Beautiful Marigold set behind here. Plenty of other mini-hotels are along this same strip of the main road, though many seem to be walk-in only. Both Ar Rakyan Boutique (an OYO property) and Zermatt Hotel are also decent options if you can grab a discounted rate online—they are just to the east of here. Shop around online for a discounted rate.
Address: 44-A Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata
T: (05) 490 1001;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º22'35.15" E, 4º28'14.32" N
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Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||95 ringgit||95 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room||127 ringgit||127 ringgit|
|Family room||190 ringgit||190 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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