The Best Hotels to Book in Ipoh, Malaysia, for Every Traveller

Cliffs, cave temples and coffee culture can be found in Ipoh
Cliffs, cave temples and coffee culture can be found in Ipoh | © Catherine Sheila / EyeEm / Getty Images
Austin Bush

It might not be on everyone’s Malaysia travel itinerary, but whether for an international holiday or a staycation, Ipoh packs plenty of appeal. Enchanting Buddhist cave temples nestle in nearby limestone cliffs, British colonial buildings clash with time-honoured Chinese shophouses, and a growing arts scene and coffee culture make it a hipster hangout. If all that tempts you, check into one of these top hotels in Ipoh, Malaysia’s unsung tourist hotspot.

1. Ipoh Bali Hotel

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Spacious double bedroom, stylishly decorated with wooden furniture, wall-mounted TV and leafy views at Ipoh Bali Hotel
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Bali meets Malaysia meets… a Japanese ski lodge? The design influences of the Ipoh Bali Hotel might be a bit tough to pin down, but the bamboo, bricks, lamps, antique woods and soft lighting come together in rooms that are just plain warm and inviting. Located at the edge of Ipoh’s historic city centre, trees, water and rocks provide reminders of the natural world.

2. Bedrock Hotel

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The stylish bar at Bedrock Hotel, with two cushioned chairs by the bar and prints of famous musicians on wall
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The exterior facade of Ipoh’s Bedrock Hotel suggests a collection of weather-beaten picture frames – a theme that makes it only as far as the lobby. By contrast, the 10 rooms are clean, contemporary and modern. What’s more, there’s an emphasis on service here, and a location in the city centre means you’re only steps from some of Malaysia’s most lauded street food.

3. WEIL Hotel

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A plush lounge area with neon lighting and several green armchairs by round tables at WEIL Hotel
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This design-forward building – a modern Ipoh landmark – boasts spacious, contemporary, light-filled rooms with the kind of puffy hotel beds you’ll want to leap on. A wiser idea perhaps is a jump into the rooftop pool – also the vantage point for some of the best views of Ipoh. A handful of food and beverage outlets just might distract you from exploring the street food options that are only a short walk away.

4. M Roof Hotel & Residences

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The rooftop infinity pool with handrail, plus panoramic city and mountain views at M Roof Hotel & Residences
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With an exterior that calls to mind a sultry, sleek, high-end chain-link fence, Ipoh’s M Roof Hotel & Residences makes clear from the get-go that its selling point is its design. As such, the rooms boast touches such as splashes of colour, quirky pillows, unique paintings and city-inspired photos. A downside is that this style is a 20-minute walk from the city centre.

5. M Boutique Station 18

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A cosy, monochrome double bedroom with four lamps and industrial-chic furniture at M Boutique Station 18 Hotel
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If you made it this far south of downtown Ipoh, you probably didn’t miss this hotel, with its exterior covered in upcycled wooden shutters. Inside, rooms are more spacious than those of its sister properties, but are decked out with the same flair – think eclectic touches in bold black and white inspired by jazz and vintage R&B. An in-house Japanese restaurant and boutique take the M Boutique Station 18 beyond a simple collection of rooms.

6. M Boutique Hotel

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Monochrome, cosy and stylish room with a four-poster double bed, two lamps and an ottoman at M Boutique Hotel
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If you require that elusive intersection of style and convenience, opt for this branch from Ipoh’s M empire – the one located closest to the city’s centre. You can’t miss the imposing brick facade here; inside, the 93 rooms are unconventional and fun, with antique bric-à-brac, bold, colourful patterns and yes, more red brick, establishing the quirky, eclectic theme.

7. Manhattan Hotel Ipoh

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Spacious, modern and grey-toned lounge with blue sofa and several multi-coloured armchairs at Manhattan Hotel Ipoh
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Located south of the city centre, the building’s bold, geometric appearance sets the theme of Ipoh’s Manhattan Hotel. Inside, the spacious rooms are decked out in white, gray and black, with occasional notes of green. You won’t find pastrami, but the offerings at the in-house New Yorker Cafe are about as close as you’ll get to Big Apple-style food in this corner of Malaysia.

8. Regalodge Hotel

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The tall, white-painted exterior of Regalodge Hotel, with a neon sign advertising reflexology
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The relatively conservative, somewhat imposing exterior of Ipoh’s Regalodge Hotel conceals 86 rooms that pack intermittent if restrained bursts of flair. Think minimal lines, bold colours and, depending on your room, quirky touches – typically in the form of some unique wall art. An added bonus is the hotel’s location a short walk to Ipoh’s city centre.

9. Merton Hotel Ipoh

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Double bedroom with chair, blue armchair and white-painted walls at Merton Hotel Ipoh
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Slate grays and warm lighting set the calming tone at the Merton Hotel in Ipoh. Enter a room to find walls of brushed concrete and design elements and furniture that are just barely verging on industrial. Located 9km (5.6mi) southeast of the city centre, the Merton is a wise choice for those who need to be situated near Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

Looking for more places to stay in Malaysia? Try one of Kundasang’s best hotels and discover the gateway to Borneo’s Kinabalu National Park, home to one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. Alternatively, book onto our expert-led Into the Jungle: Wildlife Adventures in Borneo trip, and see the best of Asia’s biggest island in 10 packed days.

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