Known for its tin mining in the past centuries along the Kinta Valley, Ipoh was once a flourishing city enriched with such huge business operation well associated with the rubber estate plantation and production. Not forgetting also for its eminent and superb local food and street-eats passed on from the previous generation of their know-how in making these comestible home-made delicacies that is so authentic and sumptuous that not only the locals would patronise daily, but also attracts travelers and tourists alike nationally and even globally just to pay a visit to this revived sleepy town.
In the past decades, Ipoh only existed with traditional hotels that offered a common accommodation stay with comfort and yet a standard that catered for mainstream tourists or business travelers. And now the game plan has changed and also becoming more accessible and affordable, thanks to the lead of the M Boutique Hotel by putting up a more design base yet less serious but funnier and chic hotel that caters for everyone.
Situated across the Kinta River from the old town of Ipoh where most of the good eateries and shops are located, especially the renown global name of the Old Town White Coffee where it was originated that attracts both locals and tourist flocking in during the week and not to mention during the long weekend of public holidays, the entire area is packed with traffic. The urban eclectic thematic M Boutique Ipoh hotel is within walking distance to the local attractions and highlights.
Being the first and flagship hotel in Ipoh, the brand has extended to a few more other suburbs in Ipoh as well as to its neighboring town in Kampar and even in different states of Malaysia in Cyberjaya. With its signature bold design and not replicating their own designs in their Family of Hotels, every property is unique.
A neon sign with “Come As Stranger Leave As Friend” welcomes our arrival and what’s behind the ‘scene” is a well displayed small shop that is selling carefully selected design goods and crafts that you won’t normally see in any mainstream retail, and it is certainly worth a browse.
The M Boutique
By pushing the metal framed glass door, a blissful vision in front of us struck our eyes immediately: the tasteful flower arrangement well displayed at the corner of the tall wooden ‘bar top” desk and a few cast-iron round stools juxtaposing the well fitted old Chinese Medicine cabinets with hundreds of “hand pulled” drawers as the front desk background as well as the dark wooden floorings contrasting the contemporary low end sofas with plush cushions brightening the entire design concept of the foyer.
We headed straight up to our 33 Sqm Suite King room which is probably one of the biggest rooms they have in the hotel featuring a separate seating area with vintage furniture reminiscent of an English Cottage in an Industrial Loft.
It is not only chic but playful and bright with the entire ambience that is so design driven. The white tiles with black lining immediately brighten up the entire bathroom that comes with a high pressured rain shower.
The classy white tiles bathroom
Inspiring hallway on every floor
Playful signage for room direction
The hotel also offers a small well-equipped gym next to the living room that serves more like a chill out room and a mini library as well as self service laundry service available.
With 5 years since its opening in 2013, the M Boutique hotel is still one of the preferred choice of hotels to many new trendy travelers who come or stop over in Ipoh for a night or a long weekend and the operation has reached to a more mature level by offering the courteous service and hospitality of a fun hotel living staycation. After all, their motif is to want you “Come As Stranger Leave As Friends” by bringing home the fondest memories of your stay.