M Boutique Hotel provides hip accommodations just 10 minutes away from Ipoh airport
Perak’s state capital now teems with trend-conscious modern accommodations, but only a few years ago such lodgings were rare in Ipoh. General manager Lloyd Gan was operating in a nascent niche market when M Boutique Hotel opened in 2013, but felt instinctively that the time was right for a fresh approach.“We didn’t want to be like every company,” he reflects. “I wanted to prove to the Malaysian hotel industry that smaller, boutique-type hotels can make it. Owners of shophouses had converted them into small homestays, or homestays that were a bit more upmarket, but not many people took much notice. Then people like us came along, and new developers copied us and
capitalized. What we did was offer more than a homestay.”
The direction was clear from the start. “We thought that something very traditional, like the Raffles in Singapore — luxurious, colonial, standing outside with the safari hats — wasn’t the kind of image we want to project,” Lloyd continues. “We wanted to rekindle the sights and sounds of the past and its shophouses, but we also wanted something more homey, down to earth and friendly. Yes, millennials are a target, because as in every cycle of life, if you don’t look at the younger generation you have no continuity in business. So that was the logical perspective.”
M Boutique Hotel is located just 10 minutes away from Ipoh airport. Click here to book.
This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of Smile magazine.