Malaysia: M Boutique Hotel, Ipoh
Here’s a hotel that places itself as one of kind in Ipoh and the first of its’ kind in Malaysia. Whenever such a testimonial pops up in one of the travel search engines or reviews, I get all revved up to experience it just to see whether it lives up to what others are saying. Since it was Valentine’s day week, I had assumed that the room price would be utterly ridiculous topped with some couple package that comes with a bed of rose petals and spa. As it turns out, this hotel did the opposite when it offered discounts off its’ rooms on Agoda. The location is also near both old and new town which makes it convenient in terms of accessibility. There’s also ample of local restaurants serving chicken rice to nasi kandar for the adventurous. These were some of the additional reasons for choosing such a hip hotel.
A creative concept hotel.
The first thing you see on top of the corner lot building is the M Boutique Hotel signage and below it the popular Ipoh Old Town Coffee House with heavily tinted windows. This café did not look at all like the ones we saw back in Kuala Lumpur for it looked far classier. Just beside it was the entrance to the hotel, a tall and wide glass door which needed both hands to push it open. In the glass display was two mannequins white bathrobes, surrounded by suitcases and other apparels. This to me, didn’t feel like the normal hotel-on-a-shop-lot but instead oozes a certain grandness as I stepped inside.
On the right were large sofas imprinted with black horses, leather covered coffee tables, colourful cushions with eclectic motifs and a spread of colourful flowers in Ming Dynasty like vases. It felt like a movie scene from the 1950s. The interesting part was the registration area on the left which looked like a bar with its wooden surface and high stools. Three large transparent glass jars filled with Hacks sweets enticed patrons to have them for free. It wasn’t my favourite sweets so I left it alone.
The hotel provides 24-hour front desk service and friendly service team. I had asked them whether the hotel was part of the Monocle Magazine network as the emblems on some of the materials here were exactly the same. The receptionist politely said no and that this was one of its’ kind here in Ipoh and Malaysia. I think she didn’t quite understand my question and I let it slide because I wanted to explore this uniquely concept hotel further. A room key was provided with a free Wi-Fi password (win!) and the free breakfast voucher at Old Town Cafe was to be collected the next morning.
The elevator to the rooms and facilities in the hotel were labelled as ‘The Adventure’, ‘The Majestic’ and ‘The Excelsior’. The Premier Suite that I had booked was on the second floor and as soon as the door opened, we witnessed the black chandelier lights shining brightly on the red brick wall covered in typography. The corridors were not spared from the artsy touch and alphabets were arranged on the walls in an orderly manner except for the letter ‘M’ which popped up from the rest. The horse year seems to bring in luck for this hotel because everywhere we went, we could see illustrations or interior decorations of this tall and dark creature.
The room was just as we expected and exactly like what we saw from the reviews and hotel search, topped with 100% more hipster appeal. Every single item that was placed around the hotel and especially the rooms seem to have its own purpose. Rustic chairs were placed near the door for shoelace-tying activities, the plug point comes with a USB port which I personally love because I often forget to bring the plug head of my phone charged and end up having to charge it in the car. A very large mirror frames the entire room to give it more imaginative space and tall frame with hand written postcards were carefully placed on a shelf just above the television. My attention was also focused on the travel inspired cushions sitting on the sofa at the end of the bed and of course the plush four-poster bed that goes along with it.
It’s not just a hotel, it’s home-for-a-day-or-two.
We had a sneak peek of the first floor where the gym, meeting room and (surprise!) a laundry room area. The sprawling lounge had a cozy feel to it and I can imagine sitting here flipping through magazines or a good book for hours. On the same floor and in the same area is where we found an empty gym with ample of equipment for the health conscious (since there’s no swimming pool here) and beside it is a large meeting room for fruitful discussions or brainstorming. I turned left to check out the bathroom area and bumped into a washing machine, a dryer, as well as a row of white lockers. If you happen to travel light, this would be the perfect place to recycle your attire. There’s even washing detergent and softener available.
Bring back a piece of M Boutique Hotel.
Every hotel would naturally have a shop selling souvenirs but how often do you find one that sells items that are available in your room such toiletries, dishes, mugs, casual attire, stationary items with the M boutique emblem? There’s also the decorative pieces, mostly horses, suitcases, hats, chairs, that travel inspired cushions we keep mentioning and many more. The prices vary but some are quite affordable. If you love design pieces then you can definitely search here and find something worth bringing home.
Feed your hunger at Myth.
The people of M Boutique have also included Myth restaurant which target to customers who are into hip cafes with their menu serving Asian and Western cuisines. There’s also a variety of cake slices, brownies, and good Illy coffee for a late night snack or a quick catch up with friends. Even after 10:00 pm, the place can be quite full especially during the weekends. At the main entrance of the restaurant is where you can see a full dining table setting displaying all types of dinnerware and kitchen utensils arranged on the neatly organized shelf just beside it. You could have your own Myth dinner setting when you bring any of these pieces home with you.
Here’s how to reach them:
|Name:||M Boutique Hotel|
|Address:||#2, Hala Datuk 5, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia|
|Closest Station:||Ipoh (via ETS)|
|Contact:||+6 05 255 5566|
|Check-In Times:||3:00 pm|
|Check-Out Times:||12:00 pm|
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.