Pick of the budget bunch
The Brownstone is our favourite backpacker dig in Ipoh. It has spotless dorms and private rooms and there are plenty of common areas to relax in.
The one downside is the location. The Brownstone is a solid 20 minute walk from Ipoh train station and 15 minutes from the “old town”. On the upside it is close to the bar area of town and there is some good eating nearby. Try Ipoh Hainan Chicken.
The dorms here are pod-style and stacked in two levels, with the upper row reached via a stubby metal ladder. Curtained in for privacy, each has a lamp and power socket for all your recharging needs. Light switches, as are often the case, are inconveniently located at the rear of the pod. Lockers (with padlocks) are large enough to fit a fair size pack.
Our dorm (one of three, all 55 ringgit) was well sized, with some window-side seating. The air-con chilled the room well. The only complaint was the dorm did catch quite a bit of traffic noise, so light sleepers should pack earplugs. Private rooms (140 ringgit) and family rooms (199 ringgit) are available, though we were unable to see inside one.
The big asset at Brownstone is the common areas. A large ground floor, swing-laden, breakfast area has a kitchenette for your own use. Upstairs there is an outside deck and an indoor area strewn with beanbags. Free WiFi is available throughout. Shared bathroom facilities are clean and well kept, if sometimes a bit of a walk from the dorm.
Staff are friendly and chatty and they’ll give you a simple map of Ipoh marking some points of interest. They can also hire bicycles and arrange guiding services if you wish.
This struck us as the best budget option in Ipoh. If you’d prefer something close to the train station, consider Brick Box Hotel. It offers modern brick faced rooms (singles 108 ringgit, doubles from 138 ringgit).
Address: 145 Jl Raja Musa Aziz, Ipoh
T: (05) 241 0584;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º5'8.89" E, 4º36'0.8" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||55 ringgit||55 ringgit|
|Standard double room||140 ringgit||140 ringgit|
|Family room||199 ringgit||199 ringgit|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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