If you’re going to Ipoh, check out the Tower Regency Hotel and Apartment Ipoh in the city centre. It’s just a short stroll away from happening joints, writes Hanna Hussein
WHEN I made that 2½-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, I didn’t really know what the capital of Perak had in store. I thought Ipoh was just another town — okay, it’s a city — devoid of entertainment.
As I check in at Tower Regency Hotel and Apartment Ipoh, I’m thinking that I’ll get a good rest at least.
The spacious junior suite room has a king-size bed with fluffy pillows and plush mattress that you can really sink into.
The lovely view of the majestic limestone hill, Gunung Rapat, and the surrounding greens give me more reason to just sit back, relax and enjoy the room.
In the evening, a friend picks me up for a mini city tour and food hunt. It seems that the happening jaunts — Ipoh Parade and Dataran Ipoh — are just a five-minute stroll from the hotel. Quite happening, I must say.
I also get to experience the Ipoh brand of night entertainment, thanks to room division manager Mariana Hamid, who chills out with me at the hotel’s T-Lounge.
This is not the Ipoh of my thoughts. Not boring definitely. The lounge offers a variety of drinks, cocktails and snacks as guests listen to Cheeky Cheeky Boom Boom, a band comprising Zulkefli Ali, his son Amirul Aizad Zulkefli and Nor Akma Salih.
Cafe@6 is another outlet that shouldn’t be missed. It offers both international and local cuisine. A must-try is its signature Lamb Shank (RM38++). The ribeye steak is delightful too.
The hotel is also known for its halal dim sum (RM3-RM6 per plate) at T Cuisine daily, from 3pm to 10pm, except Sunday.
Tower Regency Hotel & Apartment, Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said, Ipoh, Perak. Tel: 05-208 6888. Fax: 05-255 8399. Website: www.towerregency.com.my
In the business hub of Ipoh
The lively night scene at T Lounge
110 rooms and 87 apartments with contemporary design, to give that warm ambience. The rooms come with flat screen TV, mini bar and selected satellite channels.
RM218 for one-night stay in deluxe room. The special rate includes buffet breakfast for two at Cafe@6, free usage of gym and spa and soup of the day and welcome drink at T-Cuisine. Promotion is on until June 30.
Cafe@6 restaurant offers international and local cuisine while T-Lounge serves drinks and cocktails. There is also the T-mart, a convenient shop.
PLACES WITHIN WALKING
Ipoh Parade, where you can chill and shop