Ipoh is a small town in northern Malaysia that’s known for its tin mining, delicious chicken meals, and white coffee.
While it doesn’t have the vibrant atmosphere of big cities like Kuala Lumpur or the charm of lovely Penang, it does have its own beauty. If you do decide to come and appreciate the old town feel of Ipoh, you can stay in the place where we stayed: D’ Eastern Hotel.
I found the D’ Eastern Hotel through the booking site Agoda.com. As a budget traveler, my first consideration was price, then specific amenities like free wifi inside the room.
I chose the Eastern Hotel not only because of the price of its deluxe double room (US$22 or 67MYR per day) and the free internet, but also because of the glowing reviews of those who had already stayed there.
Our only problem was finding the hotel. It wasn’t actually hard to find. The driver of the city bus dropped us off in the right place and asked us to walk towards a certain street. Unfortunately, instead of walking straight, we turned into one street after another, and asked locals who either (1) didn’t know where the street was, (2) didn’t know where the hotel was, (3) or didn’t know anything but gave directions just the same.
After an hour of walking, we finally found the hotel. Classified as a 2-star accommodation, we were quite surprised to see how nice it looked inside. The lobby was clean, uncluttered, and very welcoming, and the front desk personnel was friendly and quite helpful. He gave us the Ipoh town map, the password for the wifi, and even changed the room at our request (he initially gave us a room on the first floor; we requested one on the third).
All the amenities that are important to us were also present in the room: hot shower, TV (though I don’t watch it), fast and free wifi (very important to me as a blogger), air conditioner, and complimentary bottles of water and coffee.
Most importantly, the D’ Eastern Hotel is also located in the center of New Town, quite accessible to everything (except the bus station). Business establishments like banks, money changers, restaurants, night market, and convenience stores were just a few minutes’ walk away. The Old Town where we took the Old Heritage Trail was also within walking distance.
If ever I get a chance to return to Ipoh, I would certainly come back to D’ Eastern Hotel again.
My trip to Ipoh, Malaysia and my stay in this hotel is sponsored by Tourism Malaysia and ZestAir.
D Eastern Hotel
118 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah
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@ Fifi: When I travel alone, I usually don’t stay in hotels too. Hostels are so much cheaper, but most of the time, I just use Couchsurfing. It’s free and you get to be with a local. Priceless!
it looks good for a simple but clean place to sleep and shower. most tourists don’t plan to stay in the hotel much when they travel, but just to sleep and use the bathroom. i am usually out all day checking out the country until i get tired and come back to the room to sleep and relax.
@ Nel: Make sure to spend at least 2 days in Ipoh, even for just the food alone 😉
I’ve been to Malaysia thrice, all on a limited schedule. I wish to go back and stay longer so I can explore more. It’s a beautiful country.
@ Wenjie: I just use Photoscape. It’s free 🙂
hi Aleah, I was wondering what program do you use to add watermark to all your photos?
@ Razlan: I didn’t know you’re from here! When did you last stay here? Love the food and the coffee 😀 Will write about the Old Heritage Trail later!
@ Sham: That’s a very interesting remark, and of course, I would like to invite you to give your opinion (of the hotel) as a local. Maybe it could help other guests decide on whether to stay here or not. Thanks! 🙂
nice pics and good review minus the locals response!
Hey, you have been to my hometown! Hope you enjoyed Ipoh… I am looking forward to your blog post about it!