Last month, I was invited to stay and blog about this amazing new accommodation in Ipoh Old Town that has already been operational for at least one year. Numerous developments have taken place in recent years, so much so that I couldn’t even keep up with the growing number of new joints, shops and hotels in this historic enclave. Brick Box Hotel is probably the latest addition among the many enterprises that ventured out to add vibrancy to the Old Town.
Brick Box Hotel is conveniently situated in Jalan Dato Maharajalela (Station Road), which is just 400m away from the iconic Ipoh railway station. This perfect location along Ipoh Heritage Trail makes it an ideal hotel not only for tourists who arrive by train but for anyone who prefers to spend time within this locale that’s so steeped in British colonial history. It also allows guests an easy access to the popular Concubine Lane (Yee Lai Hong), which is just 180m away.
Mr Leong, the owner of the hotel, patiently explained to hubby and I how he converted a dilapidated four-storey building into what is Brick Box Hotel today. Furthermore, he granted us the privilege to explore his entire property as well as to glance into all the rooms the hotel has to offer. What’s most unique about this hotel is the fact that it offers free shuttle to guests arriving from the Amanjaya Bus Terminal, Ipoh airport (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport) and railway station.
The lobby of this three-star boutique hotel is furnished with a minimalistic vintage industrial design that is somewhat simple yet chic. This idea stemmed from Mr Leong’s vision to provide an affordable accommodation without compromising on elegance. A total of 27 specially-designed rooms are distributed throughout the four floors within this building. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and basic amenities such as toiletries, towels and kettle, not forgetting free wifi.
I’ll allow the pictures to do the rest of the explanation…
Just in case you’re wondering how much are all these rooms priced, here’s a chart that shows their rates:
All in all, I’d say that this is a very convenient and cosy accommodation to spend a night or two when exploring Ipoh Old Town. The only thing you might notice “missing” in the hotel is a cafe, but that was the original intention of the owner, which was to provide accommodation only. After all, who needs a meal in the hotel when you’re spoilt for choice with so many eateries all around, right?
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