The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town
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7.8
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8.9
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Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo90 m
  • Meiko Kaiso Shop100 m
  • Ho Yan Hor Museum100 m
  • Concubine Lane130 m
  • Funtasy House Trick Art150 m
  • Ipoh Old Town190 m
  • Ipoh Town Hall190 m
  • Ipoh Mural Art Trail230 m
  • Miners' Arms240 m
  • Birch Memorial Clock Tower290 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

    46, Market Street, Kampung Jawa, Ipoh, Malaysia, 30000 - See map
    Excellent service
    8.2 rating for service
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 82% of guests
    • 660 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Ipoh

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

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    Location score
    8.9/10
    Review score - Singapore
    7.9/10
    Room comfort score
    7.2/10
    Couples review score
    8.0/10
    Better than
    97
    %
    of Ipoh properties
    Better than
    96
    %
    of Ipoh properties
    Better than
    95
    %
    of Ipoh properties
    Better than
    94
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    of Ipoh properties
    Value for money7.3
    Distance to city center0 km
    Location rating8.9
    Nearest airportSultan Azlan Shah Airport (IPH)
    Distance to airport3.6 km

    Rooms available at The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

    Patio Cabin
    Patio Cabin
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    • City view
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 queen bed
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    Attic Cabin
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shower
    • 1 double bed
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    Family Cabin
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    • City view
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 2 king beds
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    Tent Style Cabin
    Tent Style Cabin
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shower
    • 1 double bed
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    Standard Double Room
    Standard Double Room
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    • Shower
    • 1 queen bed
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    Twinkle Cabin
    Twinkle Cabin
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shower
    • 2 single beds
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    Twin Room with Bathroom
    Twin Room with Bathroom
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    • Shower
    • 2 single beds
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          From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

          Reviews of The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town from real guests

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          7.8
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          Cleanliness8.1
          Facilities6.9
          Location8.9
          Room comfort and quality7.2
          Service8.2
          Value for money7.3
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          9+ Exceptional (32)
          8-9 Excellent (40)
          7-8 Very Good (42)
          6-7 Good (18)
          <6 Below Expectation (28)
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          Jun - Aug (37)
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          Dec - Feb (49)
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          8.4
          Excellent
          Inderjit from Malaysia
          Couple
          Attic Cabin
          Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

          Excellent”

          The location is great...walking distance to most tourist spots and lots of good food nearby...and the interior is unique...and the staff are friendly and helpful... but we were given room facing the back lane...lots of noisy nearby construction...started in early morning till late night... And public parking is a hassle if you are driving to Ipoh

          Reviewed July 21, 2019
          8.0
          Excellent
          Chris from Malaysia
          Couple
          Twinkle Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in March 2019

          Nice stay with Cozy Environment”

          Each room has different type of design, definitely a must stay if you happen to visit Ipoh. Location wise is ok, not near to any eatery shop or shopping but in return you get in coffee shop that operate until late night. Parking space is a nuisance as you will need to move your car early in the morning if you park at special allocated space for shop owner nearby to hotel.

          Reviewed July 10, 2019
          8.0
          Excellent
          Chris from Malaysia
          Couple
          Attic Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in March 2019

          Nice Place with Cozy Environment”

          Each room has different type of design, definitely a must stay if you happen to visit Ipoh. Location wise is ok, not near to any eatery shop or shopping but in return you get in house coffee house that operate until late night. Parking space is a nuisance as you will need to move your car early in the morning if you park at special allocated space for shop owner nearby to hotel.

          Reviewed July 10, 2019
          7.2
          Very good
          Byron from Malaysia
          Couple
          Attic Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in July 2019

          Unique Boutique Hotel”

          The hotel is located nearby to many eateries which is just a stones throw away. Check in was a breeze and hassle free and was served with a well-chilled welcome drink which was a timely given the hot weather. The hotel can be easily missed if not paying attention as there were no clearly signage indicating the location of the hotel. Noticed also there was no elevator service in the hotel, therefore it may pose as a challenge for the elderly or disabled to get to their rooms. Room was tastefully and uniquely design combining modern art with a touch of nostalgia. Rooms were clean and tidy. However, a few things to note : the bed was not what we expected it to be; perhaps it was just to hard to my liking. Also, during our stay the satellite tv was also not working. The front office apparently closes at about 10.30pm or so. You will be given an access card to get in and out of the hotel lobby after those hours. There is also no allocated parking for hotel guests.

          Reviewed July 15, 2019
          8.4
          Excellent
          Karen from Malaysia
          Couple
          Attic Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in July 2019

          Excellent”

          We enjoyed the atmosphere very much in the hotel, the decor is interesting and quirky, the only negative for us was the bed, which we found to be very hard. Other than that, we would happily recommend it as a very nice place to stay.

          Reviewed July 15, 2019
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Cyril from Brunei Darussalam
          Group
          Twinkle Cabin
          Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

          A Hidden Gem!”

          This is a Hidden Gem in Ipoh old town! The creators of the hotel must be fantastic artist! Every corner of the hotel is instagramable worthy! The room design itself is a joy to use! I am missing this place so much that I don't mind to have another trip to Ipoh just to stay here again! Thank you Happy 8!

          Reviewed June 12, 2019
          9.6
          Exceptional
          caderline from Brunei Darussalam
          Couple
          Patio Cabin
          Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

          Good experience on the olden day's renovated and wood furnished decoration”

          Love the decorations of the wood -furnished old fashion style room, even the toilet's door is the old fashion wood slide to lock . one disadvantages was the room's wall is very thin until we can hear next door conversation. The bed was hard but its still can tolerate. Quite a unique experience as the slept until the mosquitoes net because the window's or i would say my balcony's door gaps for the bugs to fly into the room.

          Reviewed March 11, 2019
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Andri from Indonesia
          Family with teens
          Patio Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in February 2019

          Beautiful designs, not for old people”

          We thoroughly enjoy the cute designs in every room and everything in our room is functional. The strong aircons are extremely appreciated to quench the heat of the day. The location is as strategic as it can be to explore the old and new-old town by foot. Do note that at peak season, you'll have to wait for a while to get in or get out by Grab unless you strategically stationed yourself for easy pickup or dropoff. Some rooms for improvement: 1. These mattresses should really be replaced with something more comfy. My granny complained of skeletal pain after a night there. 2. The stairs were narrow and thus unsuitable for old people. 3. The bathroom floors are too "industrial" for our liking. Too rough, and left sandy "afterwalk" that made us rewash our feet everytime we stepped in.

          Reviewed February 11, 2019
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Lee
          Solo traveler
          Twinkle Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in May 2019

          Hotel with lots of character”

          Excellent location in the old town, love the use of natural elements in its decor, friendly staff. A great place for a staycation in a unique hotel. Might not be ideal for light sleepers as you could hear cars honking; it's a heritage hotel, after all. Bring insect repellent. Would definitely stay again to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

          Reviewed May 23, 2019
          8.4
          Excellent
          Duncan from Malaysia
          Couple
          Tent Style Cabin
          Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

          A Great Getaway Place!”

          Nearest from the Ipoh Train Station, the Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town is located nearby to all food needs. Strategic location to visit the Miniature Museum and Yasmin At Kong Heng (only open on Saturdays and Sundays), there are no problems when it comes to food on day time at all. While I did chose the Tent Style Cabin, inside is beautiful. The bed on the other hand is a hard mattress. Had a difficult time of sleeping. My girlfriend enjoy staying here as its quite cozy. The staff here is friendly too. They do have a cafe at the back of the retreat to drink and eat. The place decoration is nice and beautiful. I would say this is a place worthy staying for a few nights of sleep if you are on a go for food and relaxation.

          Reviewed January 21, 2019
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Lee from Singapore
          Couple
          Tent Style Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in December 2018

          Best Staff Friendliness”

          Booked this hotel as our anniversary occassion. Staff Murali helped to arranged nicely. Got stucked outside the hotel at night as the hotel dont have 24 hour reception but luckily manage to contact the hotel via fb and the staff came to open to door. Overall recommended.

          Reviewed December 27, 2018
          6.0
          isabel from Malaysia
          Couple
          Patio Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in March 2019

          Not recommend to stay”

          The hotel is dirty, you can feel the layer of dust on the floor and wall. Noisy. Can hear people walking, talking and restaurant music from the room we stayed. TV remote control is not working. The picture display is different the actual room. Water heater is not working. end up shower with cold water. The only selling point is the location. walking distance to Tiga bar, Funtasy House Trick Art, Concubine Lanes, Plan B.

          Reviewed March 25, 2019
          6.0
          Wong from Malaysia
          Couple
          Patio Cabin
          Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

          Above average”

          Booked the room that comes with balcony. The staff were nice. Check in & out were swift. The place is unique. I like the designs of their cafe, the stairs, the hallway & the room. However, Do take note there is no elevator so u will have to carry your luggages up the stairs. Their front desk does not operate 24hrs. But all is good except for the extremely hard mattress which totally ruined my sleep. I couldnt sleep comfortably at all for my 2 nights stay. Had terrible backpain & headache. Hopefully they would change the bedding in future.

          Reviewed March 12, 2019
          6.8
          Good
          farah from Malaysia
          Couple
          Twinkle Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in October 2018

          Nice deco”

          Love the deco and design of the place. It gives an artistic feel as we step in. We stayed at the attic room and everytime we have to mind our heads but it’s all about the experience of living in the attic. The place is quite near to some of the famous tourist attractions. Wish to come again next time!

          Reviewed March 07, 2019
          7.6
          Very good
          Zi from Singapore
          Couple
          Attic Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in February 2019

          Location is perfect ”

          Although location is perfect, if you are driving then parking is a big problem. The room is nice and clean, has the bali feel to it, very resort style. Do note that if you do not hold a Malaysia ID, you will be charged 10 RM tourist fee. Overall quite a nice experience at this property. Thank you!

          Reviewed March 06, 2019
          4.8
          Ronald from Australia
          Couple
          Patio Cabin
          Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

          Worst BEDS EVER!!!!!!! Don't stay if you value your bones!!!”

          Great design boutique Hotel in great OLD TOWN location but hard to find. Great: Design and coolness BAD: The quirkiness of some features that looks great but NOT practical in real life VERY VERY BAD: The BED is a timber base with a one inch foam covering. After 3 nights of virtually NO Sleep, my wife was still hurting after 1 week. DO NOT stay here if you want to sleep!!!!

          Reviewed February 03, 2019
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Yann from Malaysia
          Couple
          Twinkle Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in December 2018

          Charming place”

          A place with unique design. Very clean and friendly staff as well.

          Reviewed June 26, 2019
          8.0
          Excellent
          Raymond from Singapore
          Couple
          Patio Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in July 2018

          Good Location but small room”

          This is a converted hotel amongst street of old colonial houses. The rooms are not sound proof as we are able to hear conversation of neighbours! There is a nice small restaurant downstairs. But the interior deco is outstanding. Full marks for it!

          Reviewed August 13, 2018
          8.8
          Excellent
          Sin from Malaysia
          Couple
          Attic Cabin
          Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

          Right in the heart of Ipoh Old Town ”

          If you are interested in kopitiam hopping without the stress of driving & parking, this is the best place to stay. Most old-timers and famous kopitiams are less than 5mins walk away. The area has rustic charm, with much artistic essence. Thus, the hotel is decorated as such too. Creative & cosy. Concubine Lane & Han Chin Pet Soo museum is an alley away. Staff were helpful and cheerful.

          Reviewed August 02, 2018
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Siti from Malaysia
          Group
          Twinkle Cabin
          Stayed 1 night in July 2018

          Absolutely recommended ! The price are very affordable compared to the big name (se..ping) ”

          Bring nothing just your clothes and camera ! The amenities are all provided hence u can pack light. The ambience is perfect for a retreat, would recommend 100 to everyone. Also we booked the wrong date and manage to get a room on the date we want. Very high tolerance and great owner to provide good informations

          Reviewed July 20, 2018
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