Sekeping Kong Heng

Top choice boutique hotel in Ipoh

At the heart of Ipoh's old-town renaissance, this startling hotel and hostel harnesses history and modern design to impressive effect. The experience depends on what you book: cheaper rooms are rough-hewn and occasionally dank; others are larger with an attractive, industrial style. Outdoor lounge areas have wire-frame seats and old-fashioned shutters, providing an ideal vantage point over the old town.

Be aware that some apartments are open air with mesh walls; not ideal for light sleepers.

There's a small, open-air pool.