I had a long week break during Chinese New Year and I thought it would be a great idea to kill two birds with one stone with the 1-week holiday and Valentine’s which was just around the corner. A few months prior to my booking with Ye Olde Smokehouse or also known as The Smokehouse Hotel, I was pretty excited to see how this old English-styled chalet/cottage would look like and aesthetically, I was beyond satisfied.
Initially, I wanted to book one of the rooms at Bala’s Holiday Chalet which was about 1km down the road from Smokehouse and I’m so glad I made the right choice! Although Bala’s was a fraction cheaper, I chose Smokehouse (because it was prettier, duh!) instead because of their straightforwardness in simple inquiries about the price of the room.
Bala’s on the other hand, tried to rip me off by telling me via email that the room I was interested in was about RM80 more expensive than what their receptionist told me through the phone (I called and inquired first, then proceeded to book through email).
Flabbergasted by the email, I told their representative that I was surprised at the drastic hike of prices within the past 3 days and wrote back that I could take the room for the price offered on the phone. Pfft, their excellent customer service and honesty completely turned me off even before I could see the place firsthand. *flips hair* Thankfully, Smokehouse was lovely!
So pretty, I can daiiiii!
Simple and sweet – The Smokehouse Hotel’s entrance
A fireplace outside our room – Jakon kaokao
Honestly, if the breakfast weren’t complimentary, I wouldn’t pay RM65++ for it 😛 But if you’re looking for a beautiful, quiet environment to relax during your vacation, then The Smokehouse Hotel is for you. The room was clean and there was no weird smell whatsoever, which I’m very particular about.
Flower lovers, do come and check the garden out! However, you would need to be a guest of the hotel or a patron of their restaurant or tea house to enter their premises. I’ve tried their Devonshire Tea set that comes qith a fruit cake, smoked salmon sandwiches and a scone with strawberry jam and cream; RM45++. The scone was buttery and soft, not crumbly, just the way I like scones to be.
I wished I could stay at Cameron’s for another night but the CNY traffic congestion was crazy! I was stuck in traffic for 15-30 minutes just to get to town which was 5 minutes away! Mental note to self: DO NOT COME HERE DURING CNY EVER AGAIN.
To top everything off, I loved my stay at The Smokehouse Hotel and just lounging around eating strawberries, ice cream and steamboat.
I love chilly weather & flowers,