Design Boutique Hotel in Ipoh
We were originally going to stay on an island resort near Ipoh for the trip but we were too late in deciding and it was Chinese New Year (super peak season) so we had to look for alternatives. Bangaran Hotspring was also expensive but also not available because we decided too last minute so we managed to get the last room at this…
boutique hotel. But to be honest it’s more a design hotel than a boutique hotel because although the interior decor is outstanding, the service and amenities are simply not up to the boutique hotel level.
Staying at the M Boutique Hotel in Ipoh for the night. Its location is more like on the edge of the town.But supposedly not too far from the town centre if you walk there.
This hotel was opened in October 2013 and the theme is American vintage/retro. So you see lots of vintage items around. This is where you wait for the lift (elevator).
We entered from the backdoor where we parked our car. This is what you’ll see. Turn left at the end & you’ll see the check-in counter.
There are 4 floors in total. The rooms are on the second to fourth floor (or 1st – 3rd floor as known here). There’s a different theme to each floor. Our room was on the second floor and the theme was numbers and industrial rustiness.
Our room was kinda small (but at least has a window.. some rooms don’t even have a window because they’re at the centre of the building block). We were too dead tired and fried when we got there so didn’t take some proper photos. Other than the bed, you get a small desk and a large single-person couch and a closet with a door. That’s pretty much it. The washroom is tiny too and doesn’t have a bathtub. It’s pretty much a 3-star. The air-con in the room was super loud too!
We couldn’t find a decent restaurant on our way back so we ended back coming to the restaurant in the hotel – Myth Eatery & Bar. Friends from here said the ambience is nice but the food/drinks soso only. But in the end we still gave it a try.
Ordered 2 mains – seafood fried rice and lamb. The seafood fried rice must be one of their signature dishes. It was actually nicely done. Not greasy & the seafood was cooked just right. The lamb was just okay.
I was sitting beside the dessert shelf and couldn’t resist ordering a dessert. So I chose the last slice of the Oreo Cheesecake & it turned out to be pretty yummy. Not too sweet. The Margherita was not so good. The alcohol was a bit too overpowering.
In conclusion, food was ok. cocktail not so good. ambience good.
There’s a shop on the ground floor of the hotel that sells some design items and things designed by the hotel. But I was surprised to find like Bvlgari & Tiffany & Co. cellphone cases here. I’m sure these brands don’t produce those cheesy looking plastic cases with their logo and products printed on it.
The hotel lobby area. In daytime it’s filled with people. When we got back to the room we found room service entered the room with 2 other bottles of fresh water + 2 packs of these “old time snacks” (must be some traditional snacks here I suppose).
Our room rate included breakfast at the hotel. We could choose to eat at one of the two dining places in the hotel – The Oldtown Coffee or Myth. JG didn’t want Oldtown so we ended up in Myth again.
Only can choose from 1 of the three sets from the breakfast menu. soso only. The milk bottle was pretty interesting.
The food was just soso but the service was poor. When we got in the restaurant, we waited and asked and waited for like ages before we got our order. Then it took another ages to get our meal. Not to mention mine came after I asked serveral times and JG already finished his. & The waitress’ response just irrirated me even more.
So in sum, if you’re here for the design, this is an interesting hotel to stay at. If you’re looking for 4 star+ quality or good service or any good view from the hotel windows, I think you can consider elsewhere.