Sunday, April 26, 2015


Age-old limestone hills, charming pre-war shophouses and laidback, friendly people...Ipoh easily charms visitors' socks off. It's less frenetic to Penang as far as domestic tourism goes (granted, some weekends can be swamped by out-of-townies) but its newer, artsy cafe scene and makan haunts are increasingly catching the imagination of local foodies.
Billing itself as an urban retreat, the months-old WEIL Hotel has brought understated contemporary luxury to this quaint city. Towering tall and proud next to the sprawling Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall, this 313-room property welcomes visitors with the endearing warmth of Ipoh folks and all the modern creature comforts you'd expect of a well-run hotel.
perpetuating the simple, endearing hospitality of Ipoh's local community - See more at:
The hotel's unusual name - WEIL Hotel is a reversal of the owner's surname Liew, whose family owns the famous Pagoda brand groundnuts. Our recent staycation was an eye-opening experience. We love WEIL Hotel's grey and red brick facade at first sight. Check-in was smoothly efficient - the reception and concierge teams personable and made us felt truly welcomed.
Warm toasty-hued marble augmented with wood trims and sleek tactile touches evoke a subtly plush yet homely feel in the main lobby area. Muted green, blue and grey upholstered armchairs, ottomans and two-seater lounge chairs coupled with low coffee tables and chic standing lamps provide eye-pleasing aesthetics and practical comfort in designated corners.
Our assigned room was spacious and of course, superbly comfortable. The ID is pared-down with simple, clean lines and prevalent neutral tones of wood, sand, white and grey. Needless to say I slept like a baby that night - the pristine white linen-covered Serta Royal Elite bed and fluffy micro-fibre pillows offered just the right amount of support so I woke up free from aches and pains the next day.
Wi-Fi access is important for both business and leisure travellers now so we were pleased to find in-room connectivity is part and parcel of WEIL Hotel. Our stay was sweetened by thoughtful little courtesies such as the freebies accorded in the mini bar. Most hotels would provide two bottles of water and coffee/tea-making facilities on the house but WEIL went further with complimentary canned soft drinks and packets of Pagoda mixed nuts.
I took an instant liking to the spacious and well-lit bathroom. Fluffy towels and fragrant toiletries complete the deluxe finishing of the dark marble-topped vanity area whilst the en-suite glazed white tile and glasswalk-in rain shower cubicle even has a standalone bath tub in it.
My other half gave thumbs up to the extra long workspace area that let us placed our laptops and office-related paraphernalia. Our only quibble was the chair which isn't conducive for moving around on a carpeted surface nor was it ergonomically designed for much-needed back support.
For great panoramic views of Ipoh and its surrounds, head up to the Rooftop Infinity Pool. The removable canopied patio is furnished with weather-proof outdoor mock cane-weave chaise lounges and pool deck chairs for guests' R&R after their pool-dipping session. Flanked on all sides by banks of potted greenery, the azure blue pool looks out to the city of Ipoh and the majestic hills beyond it.
After feasting your eyes on the bird's eye views, make your way to any of the four F&B outlets: Tiffin - an all-day dining restaurant, Tea Lounge, Yuk Sou Hin Chinese restaurant and The Deck gastropub to fuel up. (separate review to follow)
We certainly won't mind returning to WEIL Hotel the next time we hit Ipoh, be it for business or pleasure. Our pleasant encounters and interactions with the hotel team have been a re-WEIL-ling and rewarding experience we'd remember fondly for months to come.

Currently, WEIL Hotel has a Free & Easy Package available. For reservations and more information, call tel: +6 05 - 2082 228. WEIL HOTEL IPOH is located at 292, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Weil Hotel, Ipoh
292, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah,
3000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Rooms Reservations
General Line
Tel: +605 - 2082 228
Fax: +605 - 2082 229
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