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.
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