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“Great value in south Ipoh, close to amazing shopping and food”
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Hotel Station 18
Ranked #28 of 63 Hotels in Ipoh
Reviewed March 18, 2014

The hotel Station 18 is a hotel built in a large and somewhat faceless development a considerable distance to the south of the city of Ipoh. It is small and modest, with slightly artistic touches, brightly painted walls, historically-themed photos and general art photography. You would probably only want to stay here if you have a car, although there is bus service from the city to this area, and the big pull is the Aeon mall. As much as I am not a mall rat, the huge and very new complex offers a lot of the typical western shops in a fairly glamorous setting, a big change from what you see in the rest of Ipoh, and more importantly, a fabulous selection of Straits chinese restaurants whose variety and quality is staggering, all in a very affordable and air-conditioned setting. And given that food is a big pull in Malaysia, it is definitely a good reason to be in the area, never mind that they have some great coffee places, including The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. In fact, there is also a giant Tesco next door with another great food court.

The hotel itself is relatively modest, with smallish but appropriately-appointed rooms, small desk, beds with hard mattresses (standard in the country), reliable hot water and air conditioning, extremely clean and proper, everything working very well, private, and very professional and helpful staff. Considering the very economical price the hotel charges, it is an excellent find for the price.

Room Tip: Perhaps make a point of choosing a room facing away from the outdoor restaurant to minimize the chan...
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Couple of friends stayed for a night in the hotel in two different rooms. The triple bed room didn't come with a window, but everything was clean and in order in both the rooms. Comes with free wifi and car park as well, which was unexpected for such a low budget hotel. The receptionists could be a bit friendlier, but they weren't bad.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a window.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Didn't expect five-star treatment as this is a budget hotel, but expected better quality based on the great reviews on trip advisor.

Pros:
-Rooms are clean, reasonable amount of space
-Shower head has good water pressure, although the bathroom is very small and hence the sink + toilet bowl gets wet when you shower
-Good WIFI connection
-Courteous and helpful security guard
-Plenty power sockets throughout the room, very conveniently placed

Cons:
-A bit out of the way from the town centre, if you plan to explore Ipoh, would definitely need a car
-Car parking is horrendous if you return to the hotel at night (and I wasn't even out till late, got back at 9pm!) and very little confidence in the security of the car park.
-Reception staff not the friendliest or the most helpful, they don't seem to know how to get direct guests around the town/suggest places of interest/at least tell me where to park!
-Many loiterers outside the lobby which makes a solo traveller feel a tad unsafe

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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MikeWong888, General Manager at Hotel Station 18, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Hi Dear Solotraveller1986,

Thanks for your review at tripadvisor.com especially the Cons so that we can improve our services in future. Regarding the cons, I would like to explain it accordingly as below:-

Cons:
-A bit out of the way from the town centre, if you plan to explore Ipoh, would definitely need a car

Yes, Station 18 is a newly developed town in Ipoh, as Ipoh is being developed every where, we have many new towns built and spreading Ipoh to become bigger and bigger. You are right, if you come with a car, that would be much much more convenient.

-Car parking is horrendous if you return to the hotel at night (and I wasn't even out till late, got back at 9pm!) and very little confidence in the security of the car park.

Due to many hotel customers' car parking, the restaurants beside and the pubs nearby, they make the place very crowded. It is much better compare to 5 years back when there was nothing beside us. That was really horrifying at night because it was extremely quiet and dark.

-Reception staff not the friendliest or the most helpful, they don't seem to know how to get direct guests around the town/suggest places of interest/at least tell me where to park!

I would like to apologize for the staff's performance of not able to suggest you the interesting places. Normally my guest will send us email and we will assist them accurately through email.

-Many loiterers outside the lobby which makes a solo traveller feel a tad unsafe

Honestly, I have no idea about the loiterers, but I think they must be the regular guests who had already become friends with each other and were loitering around (may be).

We hope that our explanation may assist you for your next trip in Ipoh. We do hope that we can serve you again in a better way in time to come. God bless you and your loved ones.

Ian
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Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

We had a comfortable 2-night stay. The hotel provides free wifi, drinking water, 24-hr security and lots of car park. The hotel is newly painted and the rooms are clean & tidy. There are newspapers for free reading at the reception counter. There is a coffee shop next to the hotel. It sells many types of hawker food and the coffee tastes good. Aeon Mall, Tesco Hypermarkets and shops are within walking distance from the hotel. It is not far from the town if you go by car, only 5 to 10min. The only thing to be improved is the hotel should provide more training on customer service to the staff especially the receptionists.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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MikeWong888, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Station 18, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Dear Jeslynn K,

Thanks for your review at tripadvisor.com. If you come to Ipoh again in future, send me email and I will bring you the super best coffee and food. That will definitely blow your mind away!! Thanks a million for your positive reviews so that our future guests can know more about us. God bless you all the time!!

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

At first we were hesitant to stay so far out of the main town, but quickly realized how lucky we were to have booked a room at this hotel. Ian, the owner's son came to find us and offered to take us into town. He ended up showing us all the good sights, including caves and temples and even took us to an amazing Indian restaurant! We would never have seen so much of Ipoh without him. We love Ipoh now! It is a beautiful town, but more importantly the people are so welcoming and generous. It really made our trip. Thank you Ian!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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MikeWong888, General Manager at Hotel Station 18, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Dear Sara F,

It is glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and got to know more about my Town - Ipoh. Yes, indeed, this is a beautiful town, full of nature. I do wish that you can stay longer with us so that we can bring you more places to go. We wish that you can enjoy your holiday as much as you can and got the most beautiful place to settle down in future. Keep in touch and God bless you!

Ian
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Okay, I went to Ipoh for one reason only: eating. As some of you might already know, this city is renowned for the fineness of its food, and that is nothing but the absolute truth. Especially when you meet the right people who know the best places in town. Well, I consider myself very lucky for making the choice to book a room in Hotel Station 18, two weeks ago. Besides the fact my room was cheap and very nice (nothing to complain about, if you are fine with a daily-cleaned room, air cond working well, bathrooms with water-heater, comfortable bed, strong Wi-Fi, and funny malay soccer games on tv), what I enjoyed the most during my short two-days stay there were the hotel staff. They're all adorable, and more than helpful: they'll give you great advice, share the adresses of the greatest restaurants around, I really appreciated spending some time with them.
So, if you ever go to Ipoh, that you don't mind being a bit far from downtown, enjoy nice food and meeting great persons (well, who doesn't?), then you should definitely try this hotel, and don't forget to ask the people there for some advice or names of the must-try restaurants !

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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MikeWong888, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Station 18, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Dear Lapinooou,

Thanks for your review at tripadvisor.com. It is always our pleasure to introduce our town to you so that you can know more of Ipoh and make your stay here a meaningful holiday. We wish to see you and serve you again in future dear Lapinooou. God bless you all the time in your life!

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed for 2 days at this and good a service as i expect from a really good friend.

The hotel is super clean and good equipped and you get more than you pay for. Only negative point if you miss the email for the pick-up and arrive by bus you have to make your way through the city as this property is a little bit out of town.
As ipoh itself has nothing special to see (the trainstation sucks) this isn't a big deal as you have a big supermarket, some Restaurants and every monday a big food/shop market around and youcan reach the points of interest aswell from the hotel.
While Ian has some time, he shopped us the first day around and gave us some advice qnd dropped us the second day at the busstation.
I would 100% recommend this place just don't arrive to late if you book last minute as the busses don't service this place 24hours (on sundays last bus at around 5.30pm)

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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MikeWong888, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Station 18, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Dear Chris G,

It is a great joy to know that you enjoyed the stay with us. We hope that your review will bring more foreign friends to our hotel, so that we can show them more about the real Ipoh life, making their stay more meaningful in Ipoh. May God bless you a joyful journey! Please send regard to your wife too!!

Ian
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Address: 2A-10, Medan Stesen 19/8 | Station 18, Ipoh, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Perak > Kinta District > Ipoh
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #28 of 63 Hotels in Ipoh
Price Range: $10 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Station 18 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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