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About Ipoh

Ipoh is an elegant city, known for its beautifully fading colonial architecture and elegant design. It's also conveniently located for the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia's picturesque tea country, and the beautiful island of Pulau Pangkor ('Beautiful Island'). The best places to stay in Ipoh occupy some of the city's most charming buildings, but there are also some wonderful spas, and wellbeing centres.

Ipoh is on the west side of the Malaysian peninsula, and it is the country's fourth largest city, grown wealthy and beautiful off the back of a local tin mine in the 19th Century. The city itself has some lovely architecture, including the town hall, the railway station and the courts. There are also some fantastic colonial clubs.

Outside the city you'll find a number of impressive temples, including Sam Poh Tong, Malaysia's largest cave temple, with a huge turtle pond, where locals bring turtles to be released. There's also a hot springs complex nearby, and plenty of opportunities to explore the local jungles and rainforest - and maybe do a spot of rafting.

Then of course there's the Cameron Highlands just up the road. For many visitors to Malaysia the Cameron Highlands are a welcome escape from the heat and humidity! Like other English colonies, early Europeans built charming hill settlements where they could escape the heat, and the Cameron Highlands, with its strawberry farms, tea plantations and temperate climate, is probably the best known. Obviously the first thing to mention is the landscape. This is not the tidy lanes of ye olde anywhere, this is the Malaysian hills, densely covered and cut through by great, white waterfalls, dotted with small towns and the sudden order of a tea plantation. So this makes wonderful countryside for trekkers.

The best places to stay in Ipoh are a varied bunch, but our pick is a gorgeous spa hotel designed to rejuvenate the soul!

For a pampering spa break

  • The Banjaran is one of Malaysia's best spa hotels, specialising in Ayurvedic treatments and Chinese medicines, in beautiful, traditional surroundings. The main point of this hotel is to revitalise you, and that means pampering you, feeding you delicious foods and encouraging you to relax by making all the little private pools and lagoons look so inviting.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Ipoh for you?

  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Ipoh,
  2. expand your search to include the best places to stay in the Cameron Highlands,
  3. or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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Best Hotels in Ipoh

  • M Boutique Ipoh Ipoh (Perak) 93 rooms from £27

    City Style  -  The design aims to replicate pre war shop houses found in historical Malaya (with a trendy twist)
    Value chic  -  With chic urban style and rooms offered at under $40 - this is a city steal
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the Moorish architecture of Kellie's Castle
    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling night market, Gerbang Malam

    A chic hotel lending a modern twist to design reminiscent of the pre-war Malaysian shop houses. Spacious rooms feature exposed brick and retro touches but the bathrooms are indulgent and contemporary and the linen crisp and white. The all-day cafe is a social space. A trendy and central city base. See More

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  • M Boutique Hotel Station 18 Ipoh (Taman Pengkalan Jaya, Station 18) 38 rooms from £29

    Value chic  -  Chic boutique design, set in the heart of the city, offered at very reasonable rates
    Designer  -  An ultra-hip design hotel offering a contemporary aestetic and a laid-back vibe
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Kok Lok Tong Cave Temple
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the Ipoh Heritage Trial

    An undeniably cool lifestyle hotel offering hip contemporary design, a lively all-day restaurant, and boutique clothes store. Monochrome throughout, down to the wallpaper and even bath products. With rooms offered from under $50 - this is the perfect city escape. See More

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  • Ipoh Bali Hotel Ipoh (Off Jalan Tambun) 12 rooms from £49

    Romantic Break  -  Couples' massage, large bathtubs with plenty of space for two, and an intimate environment
    Hideaway  -  Balinese inspired architecture provides the perfect aesthetic for a calming city hideaway
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Ipoh State Mosque, a symbol of the city
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A beautifully designed small hotel offering a space of calm in the heart of the city. Spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces (with hanging chairs), large bathtubs, and chic Balinese design. A small spa offers excellent massages and bikes are given to explore the city. See More

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  • The Banjaran Ipoh from £220

    Wellbeing  -  Chinese medicines and Ayurvedic methods.
    Spa breaks  -  One of the best spa hotels in Malaysia.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Luxury
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection

    A completely zen hotel and spa designed to rejuvenate mind and soul. Special Chinese medicine, anti-ageing therapies, and an Ayurvedic approach. Plenty of little spa pools, contemporary classic villa-suites on stilts, and of course a very healthy diet! Definitely a choice for the health conscious. See More

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