Before new hotels mushrooming in Ipoh, there were only very few we can name it about ten years ago. The most popular were Excelsior, Casuarina (currently Impiana), Syuen, Heritage, Hillcity & Tambun Inn. Some smaller but old & poor conditioned hotels are normally not preferred or recommended. There were this kind of hotel around Yang Kalsom Raod & Cowan Street area. Most of it are established during 1960's to 70's when tin was king and Ipoh was flooded by massage center, even once carried the nickname as "Little Hatyai". As I remember, the 9-storey Mikado Hotel (帝国酒店) was the tallest building along Yang Kalsom Road and its ground floor was occupied by UMBC Bank. Anyway, both hotel & bank were hit by the economy depression of 1980's and closed down. The building was unoccupied for almost 15 years until the opening of Ritz Garden Hotel. Although this is not a highly star-rated hotel but feedback from foreign visitors & friends are quite positive, at least it's value for money. One advantage that could not obtain in many other hotels in Malaysia is the free wireless internet access throughout the hotel. Its location in the heart of city also offer so much convenience to its customer; food, public transport, entertainment, bank, money changer & mobile phone shop are just within walking distance, even right in front doorstep. I am very please to see the building has gain a beautiful resurrection and turns out to be well accepted. Despite heavy competition with many new budget hotels in Ipoh, I notice Ritz Garden continues to grow with expansion to nearby building.
More details about Ritz Garden Hotel can be found at below.
Ritz Garden Hotel
No. 86 & 88, Jalan Yang Kalsom, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: +605-242 7777
Fax: +605-242 5845