Located at the heart of Ipoh, WEIL Hotel is the latest hotel to open in town. Its strategic location is easily accessible for anyone seeking a quick weekend getaway in this charming and laid-back town.
For those who dread driving, you’d be pleased to know that WEIL Hotel is only 10 minutes away from the train station. So if you are coming from KL, you should definitely consider boarding the ETS. Free train station transfer could be arranged with the hotel too but the service is subject to availability.
If you like to eat local groundnut, I think it’s interesting for you to know that WEIL Hotel is managed by WEIL Resources, a member of the Thong Fook Group which developed the popular Pagoda brand groundnut.
I feel it is also noteworthy to mention that many overseas Ipoh-born talents were recruited back to work at WEIL Hotel. Their experience and international exposure will be put to good use in in spearheading the change in Ipoh’s hospitality scene.
WEIL Hotel is designed to have a stylish modern look with a contemporary vibe as demonstrated by the warm lighting, striking red and gold decor and hard wood furnishing. It always feel cosy and warm there.
And true to its “green” philosophy, the spacious lobby features a high ceiling that is surrounded by tall double glazed glass windows, allowing plenty of natural light in while keeping the heat away. The same design concept is also applied to the entire building to keep the temperature as cool as possible while reducing electric consumption.
From what I gathered, a room starts from RM260++ with breakfast included. All the snacks and beverages available in the in-room minibar would be free during this promotional period. And of course, what’s more important in the current age than internet connection? I am glad to say that the free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The connection is stable too and fairly speedy for browsing and checking of emails.
The first thing we noticed about the room was that everything was sparkling new and clean. Well, that’s one of the perks of checking into a new hotel. Besides the expected amenities, each room is furnished with either twin or king-sized beds fitted with Serta mattresses. If you ask me, the comfortable bed was the best part of the room. We even went back for a short nap after having our breakfast the next morning – it was really that good.
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s not surprising to find Pagoda brand groundnut in the room.
Unless you are very particular about what you use, the bathroom has all the necessary bath and grooming products needed for your stay. The three-piece bathroom features a bath tub and a wonderful, strong pressured rain shower system. The heater worked quickly and well to our expectations so there’s simply nothing we could or would complain about.
If you fancy a swim, the infinity pool located at the roof top level should impress you with its amazing, unobstructed views of Ipoh’s town and its surrounding limestone hills. Currently, the pool is only open from 9am to 7pm. We did not notice any lifeguards at duty so exercise caution in the pool area.
Currently, the hotel is still in its soft opening stage so only a few restaurants are fully operational. Some facilities such as gym and spa won’t be open until June later this year. Breakfast is served at Tiffin, WEIL Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant serving local and international fare.
The selection was modest at best but the quality of the food is good and should not disappoint for the reasonable prices as shown above. While you’re here, do keep a lookout for local hawker delights most notably the prawn noodle. It is said to be a crowd favourite (even among the staff), excellently prepared by Chef Lim who hails from Penang.
The lunch and dinner buffet spread feature a few more premium options at an affordable prices. You could expect to see dishes such as lamb cutlets, roast beef, poached seafood, sashimi and various cakes and desserts. No wonder the restaurant was packed during our stay.
For Chinese food, head to the classy Yuk Sou Hin Restaurant. It features contemporary Cantonese cuisine prepared by Chinese Master Chef Chung who is famous for his signature smoked duck. I will talk about their Chinese New Year set menu in another post later. But just to let you know, the food at Yuk Sou Hin is fantastic.
In conjunction with the hotel’s soft opening, guests also receive a complimentary welcome drink at the Tea Lounge. The Tea Lounge is also popular for their afternoon High Tea session, priced at RM60++ for 2 persons between 2pm and 5pm. Soothing live piano entertainment in the background adds to the atmosphere – perfect for small celebrations or business meet-ups.
Next to the Tea Lounge is the Academy, a classroom kitchen scheduled to open soon where public cooking classes would be conducted. The teachers are none other than the prolific chefs working at WEIL Hotel.
Ipoh’s night-life has seen an improvement in the recent years but things could get more exciting with the opening of The Deck, a cool gastro bar located at the rooftop. The laid back atmosphere overseeing an impressive view of the town from the pool deck guarantees an unforgettable evening for both locals and visitors alike.
The Deck’s two-page menu features a playful selection of cold, sweet and hot snack-sized dishes to complement the wide selection of cocktails. The general manager – John is a creative mixologist who designed a few unique cocktails such as Ipohtini (a white-coffee infused martini) and Pagoda Express (ice blended peanut butter Martini topped with Pagoda groundnut)
Both cocktails are not to be missed. Among the few dishes we tried up here, the pan roasted scallops, tandoori chicken and fish in bucket were excellent and really worth a try.
Overall, our one night staycation at WEIL Hotel was pleasurable. Even though there are still a couple of areas of improvement to work on, let’s be realistic and know that there is no “perfect hotel” in the world, let alone in a small town such as Ipoh.
Personally, I feel this hotel is more suitable for business and family travelers who value quality and comfort over price. When all the facilities and restaurants are fully operational, I am pretty sure that WEIL Hotel will continue to be among the top choices of accommodation in Ipoh for years to come.
Likes: New and clean rooms, restaurants with high standards, good WiFI coverage, cool gastro bar, excellent shower, friendly staff and central location (next to Ipoh Parade mall)
Dislikes: Soundproofing in room could be better, lack of TV channels
292, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah
30000 Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 05-208 2228