The French Hotel offers spacious rooms which will deliver the goods for those after a flashpacker stay in Ipoh.
So named due to French ownership, the hotel opened in 2012 and is located about a 15 minute walk from Ipoh train station. Set on a busy downtown road, the building stands out from the surrounds and the foyer is glassy and modern.
The rooms (deluxe rooms from 158 ringgit, family rooms 208 ringgit) match the foyer in style. Spacious and well designed, rooms are double-glazed to keep the traffic noise at bay. The bed was comfortable and the linen crisp and clean. Bathrooms (solar powered according to their brochure) are also spotless.
Facilities include free WiFi throughout the property, LCD TVs, complimentary tea, coffee and water. A lift whisks you to the higher floors. We found the staff to be cheery and helpful, happily showing us through a room.
The French Hotel will appeal to those looking for a modern mini-hotel which has made more effort on the design side. If you want to be closer to the station, consider perhaps Brick Box or Hotel Abby. If you’d prefer something more luxurious, Sarang Paloh Hotel might fit the bill. Shop around online for a discounted rate.
Address: 60-62 Jl Dato Onn Jaafar, Ipoh.
T: (05) 241 3030; F: (05) 241 6060
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º5'1.16" E, 4º35'53.41" N
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Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room||158 ringgit||158 ringgit|
|Family room||208 ringgit||208 ringgit|
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