Cyberjaya only has a handful of hotels. One such hotel is the Dash Box Hotel, a resort meant to resemble a village.
Dash Box Hotel has an average rating of four stars on Google Reviews with over 1,500 reviews. Dozens of guests have left rave reviews for the hotel, with several guests saying it’s perfect for vacations and exudes a relaxing vibe.
Parts of the hotel are made up of shipping containers, including several rooms.
I’ve stayed at several shipping container rentals over the past year, including a two-story luxury loft and another located in the parking lot of a hell-themed park.
Curious about what a resort take on the shipping container trend is, I booked a night at Dash Box on my trip to Cyberjaya.
Hotel management did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
When checking in, I noticed the first downside of staying at the hotel: the hotel had no bellhop, so a security guard had to help me with my suitcase.
Luckily I only had a tote bag, backpack, and pilot bag, so the security guard and I split the items between the two of us.
When I arrived the room wasn’t ready so I headed to the adjacent cafe for a drink. After about an hour I finally arrived and although it took a while the service was friendly.
Aesthetically, my first impression of the hotel was that it was quirky. The wall and ceiling colors were strong, and there were random statues placed around the lobby, which was located inside a shipping container.
The huts where the rooms were located were poorly maintained. My room was on the second floor, so it was particularly difficult to carry my things up the slippery metal stairs.
I stayed in the deluxe pool view room which is right next to the parking lot. It costs 302 Malaysian ringgits, or $70 for the night.
The rooms were located in industrial hut-like buildings. For a resort, the facade of these buildings left much to be desired. Maybe it looked better when it was recently launched, but over time these buildings have become dreary and far from what you’d expect from a resort.
I also had the option of staying in a room inside an actual 20ft x 8ft shipping container. These pieces, however, looked like they were straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie.
Reading a particularly honest review online confirmed my choice to avoid these rooms. Unlike the wonderful shipping container rentals I’ve stayed in before, reviews described these as “pretty crude conversions of old shipping containers”.
The review also added that the rooms had no windows.
In person, the shipping containers were discolored and in less than excellent condition.
On the other hand, the room I booked looked much better than I expected. Unfortunately, I found a reddish stain on one of the sheets, which reminded me of my experience at the lowest rated hotel in Singapore.
I first considered calling housekeeping to help me change the sheets, but since it was late at night when I discovered the stain, I decided to forget about it and manage.
The deluxe room looked better than its tiny shipping container counterparts. It was spacious and measured 49 square meters, or 527 square feet.
It had a work area, a queen-size bed, a small sitting area, and plenty of closet space. There was also a television and a large mirror.
Unfortunately the walls were thin as I could hear the voices of children and families enjoying their time at the pool. Luckily it was quiet at night so it didn’t bother me too much.
The workspace was a nice idea, but very poorly maintained. The walls were dirty and had strange stains. I didn’t feel comfortable using the space until I wiped everything down.
Upon closer inspection, I realized that the room was neither clean nor well maintained. I wasn’t expecting the splendor of a luxury hotel, but considering I’ve stayed in clean, dust-free budget motels, Dash Box Hotel could do a lot better.
But there were also advantages in the room: the bathroom was huge.
The shower was great, with good heating and good water pressure. Shower amenities were also provided.
However, there was no partition between the toilet and the rest of the space, so if you’re traveling in a group, chances are only one person can use the bathroom at a time.
Overall the hotel had a unique concept of mixing industrial and resort elements. Although it made for some pretty pictures, the hotel could really do with a refresh.
Most : The room was relatively spacious, the balcony is wonderful and the concept of the hotel is unique.
The inconvenients : The room was dirty, dusty and poorly maintained. If you have luggage, the stairs to the bedroom could also be a problem.
Verdict: The hotel had all the basics, plus a decent sized pool, but for the price there are much better options in Cyberjaya. Even though the city has only a few hotels, Dash Box, unfortunately, still lags behind.