We are seeing many budget hotels opened in town but renovating old shophouse become hotel or service apartment is not that popular. The best and well known example that I can easily think of is Sekeping Kong Heng. And this one, The Osborne Homestay & Apartments at Osborne Street (Jalan Dato Tahwil Azhar) is an unexpected case. It is sitting at a strategic location that eases the search for food, convenient store, bank & bars. Old shophouses & buildings in downtown seem rising in potential as a result of increased commercial activities in Ipoh recently.