The Lost World of Tambun Hotel is across the road from the water park which shares the name. It also somewhat shares the Aztec style, but to a much lesser degree. We booked a last minute deal, so got one night in the smallest room the hotel offers, plus breakfast and access to the hot springs and spa area of the theme park for 2, for RM216.
Check in was quite slow, but we got there in the end; given the keys to the Exotic King room we were pleasantly surprised to find the room was actually a lot bigger in reality than it looked in the photos. The king size bed was comfortable, and the shower was large and powerful in a big bathroom.
Shame the hairdryer was dangling precariously off the wall, but otherwise (with one exception I’ll explain later) the bathroom was nice.
There is a TV with 9 local channels, including 3 budget film channels, and tea making facilities, but that’s about it for the entertainment in the room, apart from the garish orange wall which made me chuckle. Wi-fi was awful to the point it might as well not have been on.
As far as outside entertainment goes, the hot spring complex was quite good fun. Open from 18.00-23.00, it has a series of shallow pools, a steam cave, some hot plunge pools with minerals, an artificial waterfall to stroll under, a waterslide, a jacuzzi, and a sandy swimming area. I didn’t take anything to take pics, so you might have to take my word for it that it is slightly cheesily picturesque, and a good place to while away a couple of hours.
Breakfast was served at the theme park too, and was an OK buffet of mainly Asian food, with a few western options. There is a curry station and an egg station which also did US style pancakes. Poori (puffed fried bread) with aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry) was an interesting idea, but it wasn’t very nice, sadly. Fiancée also thought her rice porridge was the worst she had had. However the rest was tolerable and it was a nice setting.
So would I recommend the Lost World of Tambun? If you are going to the water park, then it’s probably not a bad option. There are cheaper places, but none as close. As a hotel, it is just OK. I was quite surprised by this, as its owner and developer is Sunway, which has a good reputation here. Sunway doesn’t seem to have taken as much care with this as you might expect.
Also, a cockroach made me jump when I visited the toilet during the night! I expect that at a budget place, but somehow not somewhere moderately expensive. If you decide to stay here, it’s pretty well signposted from the PLUS highway, so just follow the signs.
Address: 2 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh