Eight Mentigi Guesthouse
Heres another budget accommodation, Eight Mentigi Guesthouse, located in Tanah Rata where you can stretch your budget for your stay in Cameron Highlands. They just recently set up their hotel around mid to fourth quarter of 2010.
I have the good fortune of being introduced to this accommodation from a resident friend and well it is always good to make new friends and learn new places in Cameron Highlands! Since I needed a place to put up the night so here was I!
Guesthouse Lodging and Standard Rooms
Eight Mentigi Guesthouse is styled in similar vein with as a guesthouse with the cheap dormitory style accommodation as well as budget hotel room style accommodation. Two houses located side by side provide ample rooms for guests to stay. From what I could see, the dormitory rooms houses 4 to a room with double-decker beds while their standard rooms are able to lodge from the basic 2 (twin or king-size beds), 3 (king-size + single) and 4 persons. Some of the rooms are quite suitable for small family stays. In fact I notice there were families giving this place a go too!
For an economical hotel style rooms, they are going on bare essentials. Thats how it goes in Cameron Highlands for those who are looking for cheap-cheap accommodation, as long as the place is clean and comfortable, then this would be the kind of pricing budget you will be aiming for. Looking at the style of rooms available, Eight Mentigi Guesthouse is best suited for backpackers and standard guests looking for economical accommodation, this would be the place!
Rooms comes with attach bathroom equipped with instant hot shower. Dressing table may be provided depending on the room configuration.
Some tips: Since as all guesthouses requires leaving your shoes outside to avoid tracking in dirt, you will be walking rather bare footed within the house so do bring a pair of indoor slippers as the floors are tiled, which it gets really cold at night especially if you use the bathroom when the floors are wet. Socks will help but still get wet, so a pair of indoor slipper would help keep you dry and keep the cold from frosting your feet!
Also house rules requires lights out by 10pm so as not to disturb guests who would like to retire for the night early. Since this is a house, any loud chatting noise made can be heard very clearly in other rooms.
Leisure Areas for Relaxation
Picking Eight Mentigi Guesthouse standard rooms, you have one advantage over many of the shop lot hotels. Many of the shop lot hotels are tiny and no recreation space. While in Eight Mentigi, the I find the rooms rather spacious and coupled with 2 living room halls (after all, they have two houses, so each has one living hall) where you can get cosy sitting around the sofas or like me, bring along your netbook, laptop, iPad and latch on to their free WIFI for surfing, sending messages to your friends and loved ones, or blogging like me! Haha! If you are without any of the above portable computer devices you could always rent their desktop PC to do your thingy! Nowadays people are so high tech, even your iPhone can be used, so get your password from the reception and start surfing!
As I have mentioned there are two living halls (because they use two houses), the main hall where the reception is located will have the PC as well as the Astro cable TV. While on the second hall, it would just be the bare bone sofas, but it has a dining hall which is good for makan for your meals or doing some work. However in the second house they do have a TV set in the verandah with tables and chair where you can watch some Astro cable TV shows.
If you like to chill out with the cold Cameron Highlands weather, you could sit around the verandah or the porch area and freeze your butt and toes off while having a hot drink or beer while watching your favourite sports channel. So far I only notice crazy locals doing that, though I wish they wouldnt smoke as I can smell it all the way in here on the dining table writing this article.
Background of Eight Mentigi Guesthouse
Eight Mentigi was started by Mr and Mrs Smith (just cant resist! Ok, dont shot me!) or rather Elizabeth. Mr Smith was formerly with HSBC but decided to quit when they wanted to transfer him away from Cameron Highlands. With a bit of a help from Gerard, he started this guesthouse. Initially he started with one house and now has expanded to two. Together with Ann helping out at the reception, they run the guesthouse lodging catering to various tourists, be it local, overseas as well as backpackers.
The name Eight Mentigi Guesthouse came about from the address of the house, so for want of a better name, 8 Mentigi was it, and hence the name stuck. This is not unusual for a name as I have come across guesthouse in KL which was name after their address too and one former Cameron Highlands Indian Restaurant called Restaurant No. 14.
Tours and Travel
If you need any guided tours and travel arrangement, Eight Mentigi Guesthouse has tied up with Cameron Secrets of Fathers Guesthouse. They have a good assortment of tours and travels to choose from. So you will always be able to find some interesting things to do in Cameron Highlands, especially those of you who are without transportation. From simple countryside tours to the strenuous outdoor adventure hiking, pick your choice on your highlands activities. If running around Cameron Highlands is not your idea and prefer for cool relaxation, you could always vege out on the sofa reading a book or watching Astro cable movies.
Location and Surrounding
Location wise, Eight Mentigi is within walking distance to Tanah Rata town so you have good access to Tanah Rata amenities and transportation. This guesthouse is also located in a somewhat jungle area of Tanah Rata, and some construction is still underway so the road coming in so it might be muddy on a wet day. Hopefully this would be fully tarred once the construction is completed. Being close to nature, it gets a little cold at night. Then on the other hand, it could be due to monsoon season so any accommodation you go for would be cold too. Besides the point to visit Cameron Highlands is to experience the cool weather and escape the hot tropical climate of Malaysia, yes? So for those of you complaining Cameron Highlands is not as cold as before, come and see if it is not cold anymore? Im freezing here with my long pants and two layers of shirt!
Contact for Inquiry
If you feel this place is right for you, give them a call and inquire about their rooms and rates or any other points you would like to clarify further.
Eight Mentigi Guesthouse
No. 8A, Jalan Mentigi,
39000 Tanah Rata,
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Tel/Fax: +605-491 5988
Mobile: +6013-505 3614
Contact: Mr Smith
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