MU Hotel Ipoh Review – Relaxing Weekend Getaway
This is the first time I stayed the night in MU Hotel Ipoh after years of countless eating day trips. We used to drive into Ipoh, eat at our favorite shops and head home after dinner with our prized shopping.
An Ipoh trip is never complete without eating, and packing home a Pomelo Combo (Honey + Red Flesh + Yellow Flesh) some Salt Baked Chicken, and traditional biscuits.
So for this solo trip, I decided to not drive but to take the train. Getting to another route and going solo means I get to try new places to eat.
For my stay, I want a comfortable room, a simple breakfast and friendly hotel staff who could point me the way to where the locals eat.
Why did I choose MU Hotel Ipoh for a relaxing weekend getaway?
MU Hotel is in Ipoh city.
Opened In 2013, the hotel has a very good location – close to the business, entertainment districts.
It’s close to shops, cafes, the eating streets and within walking distance to the cultural and historical sites.
MU Hotel Ipoh
Overall, the MÙ Hotel is a modern hotel and a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Ipoh city life. They spread the 113 guest rooms over 8 floors. There is a 24 hours reception.
MU Hotel Design Accolades
In 2015, Perth based SCHIN Architects were presented with the ‘International Architecture Commendation for Interior Architecture’ award for the design of MU Hotel by the Australian Institute of Architects.
They present the annual awards to highly commendable works bold and innovative designs in interior architecture undertaken by Australian architecture firms abroad.
MÙ Hotel is a testament to this prestigious award.
The guest rooms and suites are a generous size, airy and bright with spots of color.
There’s an extra pillow, lots of hangers, iron with an ironing board and 2 pairs of complimentary bedroom slippers in the wardrobe.
The small round table is good for working on my laptop.
In-room facilities include FREE Wi-Fi, in-room mini bar with coffee and tea-making facilities.
Comes with a large functional bathroom with separate shower and WC cubicles. The only snag is if you’re in the shower, your roommate may not use the WC as there is only one sliding door.
A few hotels have this design. Lone Pine in Penang for instance.
They equip the guest rooms with wireless internet, television, and Hi-Fi.
I can’t help but think the functional layout is like a cafeteria great to seat groups. The breakfast is simple and adequate for local and western style breakfast.
With so many varieties of great tasty local food in Ipoh’s kopitiams, warungs, cafes, and restaurants, MÙ Hotel did the right thing by not over providing a huge breakfast spread.
For me, toast with good salted butter and a hot cuppa from the coffee machine are enough to start my day.
Most of the hotel guests probably think like me, we save your calories for the good authentic Ipoh food outside the hotel.
MU Rooftop Bar
In the evenings, enjoy panoramic views and verdant hills of the city and take in the sunset at the swanky rooftop MÙ bar.
The MÙ signature cocktail packs a punch with pomelo juice and cinnamon.
Rooms/ Facilities for disabled
A currency exchange
24 hours reception
FREE shuttle van service
Meeting rooms with a movie projector and a projection screen
Cots are available for children (upon requests)
Good to know
Check-in: from 15:00-23:59 hours
Check-out: until 11:00 hours
There is no capacity for extra beds in a room. They apply no charge for one child under 12 if using existing beds.
Attractions near the hotel include Parkson Ipoh Parade Mall and Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo.
Euro House and Ong Kee Restaurant are situated around 350 meters from the hotel.
How to get to Ipoh?
There are 7 ways to get from Penang to Ipoh by car ferry, train (KTM), bus, taxi, and car or by flight.
Can I take a slow drive to MU Hotel Ipoh?
For driving the distance isn’t that far.
Penang to Ipoh – 2 h 8 min (161.3 km) via Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/AH2/E1
Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh – 2 h 14 min (205.2 km) via Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1
Johor Bahru to Ipoh – 5 h 28 min (538.7 km) via Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan/AH2/E2 and AH2/E1
Singapore to Ipoh – 6 h 24 min (562.2 km) via AH2 and AH2/E1
You can take also take an express bus, hire a private taxi or fly!
If you’re flying in, < YES, you can!> the top route from Ipoh is Singapore and Johor Bahru.
Singapore has 22 flights/week and Johor Bahru 16 flights/week
Your flight will land at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IPH), which is only 2.64 km away.
I took the train!
If you are traveling overland from Penang to Ipoh, you will probably use the Penang Ferry (Feri Pulau Pinang) which runs between Butterworth on the mainland.
Penang Ferry Operating Hours (Schedule) 2019
The first ferry from Butterworth to George Town is at 05:20 am with the ferry to Penang is at 00:10 am.
The first ferry from Penang Island to Butterworth is at 05:40 am with the last ferry to Butterworth is at 00:40 am.
The Penang ferry runs approximately every 20 to 30 minutes and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 3 km distance.
After 10 pm, there is one departure every 60 minutes.
To save me from walking!
You can take a Grab or a book a regular taxi to the KTM Train in Butterworth. Just take note that you will need to pay for the bridge toll RM7.00 (cash) and RM5.60 (Touch ‘n Go)
For more information on KTM Train Schedules
Tickets and information
KTMB – +60 3-2267 1200
Getting the train tickets are super easy, you can book online here.
The tickets are sent to your email and you can print out a copy or when you reach the KTM station, you simply show your device at the counter. The KTM staff will print it for you.
MU Hotel Ipoh Review
It is a relaxing weekend getaway with a very comfortable room, friendly staff, and good breakfast. If you enjoy a drink, check out the Roof Top Bar to take in the city skyline and lights.