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The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

"The room design itself is a joy to use!"

Cyril - June 12, 2019
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The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

46, Market Street, Kampung Jawa, Ipoh, Malaysia, 30000 - See map
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Check-in/out [express]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
Within 90 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Miniature Wonders Art Gallery 40 m
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo 90 m
Panglima 90 m
Meiko Kaiso Shop 100 m
Ho Yan Hor Museum 100 m
Perak Ku Kong Chow Association (#22) 110 m
Dramatists Hostel (#21) 120 m
Ipoh High Court 130 m
Concubine Lane 130 m
Yasmin At Kong Heng 150 m
Nearby landmarks
Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo 90 m
Ho Yan Hor Museum 100 m
Concubine Lane 130 m
Funtasy House Trick Art 150 m
Art of OLDTOWN 230 m
Ipoh Railway Station 590 m
Perak Tong Cave Temple 3.58 km
Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens 5.31 km
Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple 5.39 km
Lost World of Tambun 9.11 km
9.0

Exceptional

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 640 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Ipoh

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

Cheaper than 87% of all properties in Ipoh in the last 24 hoursCompared to 859 Ipoh properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money7.4
Distance to city center0 km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportSultan Azlan Shah Airport (IPH)
Distance to airport3.5 km

Rooms available at The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

Patio Cabin
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Patio Double or Twin Room
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Shower
  • 2 single beds or 1 queen be...
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Attic Cabin
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Family Cabin
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 king beds
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Attic Double Room
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  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Tent Style Cabin
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Family Room with Balcony
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Standard Double Room
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  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Tent Cabin
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • 1 double bed
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Twinkle Cabin
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town has a car park available for guests. Parking is available for an additional charge.

What is the smoking policy at The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town?

The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Great and friendly staff."

    Zam

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    April 18, 2019

  • 9.6
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Great staff and helpful."

    MICHAEL

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    February 5, 2020

  • 8.0
    Very good

    "Good to stay for travel"

    Zhi

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    April 12, 2019

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Room comfort score
7.2/10
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8.0/10
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Overall rating:
7.9
Very good
378 reviews
Cleanliness
8.0
Facilities
7.0
Location
9.0
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What travelers say they love:
Overall, nice place to stay.
Shah from Malaysia
Family with young children
More about The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

More about The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the city’s heritage and culture. The hotel is located close to the city center and surrounded by mouthwatering and savory food delicacies. Guests can enjoy easy access to Ipoh Town Hall and Birch Memorial Clock Tower which are within walking distance of the hotel. With its location, The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town is one of the most convenient hotels for guests to tour around the heritage buildings. Guests can choose from 18 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of blending nature with art and furnished with a wooden floor and wood furniture. The hotel also provides great facilities for guests’ greatest comfort such as internet access, complementary bottled water , an LCD TV, ironing facilities, and non- smoking rooms . The amenities included in each room ensure that your stay at The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town will be a comfortable one.

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7 mentions
Housekeeping
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Food & Dining
6 mentions
Car Park
3 mentions

What they offer

10.0
Exceptional

"Will definitely come back!"

Zam

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April 18, 2019

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Cleanliness8.0
Facilities7.0
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality7.2
Service8.2
Value for money7.4
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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
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
7.3
Very good
Zhi from Malaysia
Group
Attic Cabin
Stayed 1 night in September 2014

Stylish Boutique Hotel with nice staff n location”

Decoration, friendly staff and nice location

Located in the heart of ipoh old town, Happy 8 provide extreme convenience location if you would like to watch the wall art and sample the ipoh delicious food. Plenty of famous restaurant and shop are just around walking distant within 15 minutes. The staff is nice and friendly. They even give you a list of recommended ipoh famous food and the map of wall art, Thumbs up !!! The downside of this hotel may be the room is not so spacious and soundproof (you may hear the noise during night and morning from the cafe area). furthermore, our room hot water supply is not function at all and seem like the hotel staff forget to replace the complimentary item for our room. Anyway, it's still a happy stay at Happy 8 retreat hotel.

Reviewed September 17, 2014
10.0
Exceptional
Parimala from Malaysia
Family with young children
Family Cabin
Stayed 1 night in August 2020

Top location and staff”

This a character hotel in a reconverted shophouse in the old town. Location is perfect as it's on the next parallel road to Concubine Lane. We only stayed one night and chose a family with double bunk beds. Comfortable beds and the room had everything we needed for our short stay. Only cons: The room was a little small and my younger boy was badly bitten by mosquitoes (the rest of us were fine). I would have asked for mosquito repellent but it was 1am when my son complained and the reception was closed then. Kevin, who works at Reception and also helps out in the cafe at the back, was very friendly and ever so helpful. He was always asking if everything was okay. He's a real credit to the hotel. Take note: We had trouble finding the hotel and drove past it twice. It's the first shophouse on the left after the horse sculpture, with big wooden doors and a no.8 metal sculpture outside (which we failed to spot).

Reviewed August 16, 2020
9.0
Exceptional
Huei from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Attic Cabin
Stayed 1 night in February 2014

Amazed by the beautiful design. Feeling at home.”

Comfortable setting. Beautiful artistic design by mainly wood and custome made furniture. Check out the cafe, it was a real surprise. I love the design and enjoy the food.

Happy 8 give out a different experience from staying in odinary hotel. Every room have different design even the bathroom design is so thoughtful. There are 3 happy 8 one in taiping and two in Ipoh. I enjoy the experience staying in happy 8. The only down side is the parking. You have to park at public parking area so make sure you put parking voucher.

Reviewed March 03, 2014
9.3
Exceptional
Sabine from Malaysia
Group
Family Cabin
Stayed 1 night in September 2014

a retreat indeed”

friendly, serene, clean

loved it the moment i walked in. the staff are friendly, the ambience of the place is warm and welcoming, beautiful interior and very well maintained exterior. clean and very nicely planned layout. It's located in the heart of ipoh old town, and the hotel equips you with a list of activities and food joints within the vicinity if you are new to ipoh. would definitely stay again. only i felt that the price is quite luxurious.

Reviewed September 16, 2014
8.0
Excellent
Elvin from Singapore
Solo traveler
Twinkle Cabin
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Very good”

It's ideally located at Jalan market or locally known as second concubine lane (三奶巷), which is one of the key tourist attraction in Ipoh old town. Location is walkable distance from Ipoh railway station (about 10min) As this is located in old town, it's very easy to find the famous eateries such as 芽菜雞, 怡保白咖啡,點心,咖哩面,等等, and it's easy to get around just by foot. You can easily explore the vicinity and expect to spot the famous mural wall painting . The hotel staff are hospitable and friendly that they volunteer to explain to u the nearby attractions and where to have their local street food using their hand drawn map. Im impressed by their 服務周到。I am also impressed by the amazing decor of the boutique hotel. Only drawback is that this hotel did not displayed anything to show name of hotel so it's quite hard to spot this hotel from the street, and also, room is small as I get the corner room with the roof ceiling slanting and even with the mosquito net, I still get bitten by mosquito .

Reviewed May 30, 2018
8.4
Excellent
ROSMINA from Malaysia
Couple
Patio Cabin
Stayed 2 nights in December 2020

I’m very happy to stay here❤️❤️❤️”

The service during the stay at the hotel was excellent and very satisfactory. The staff named Kevin was very kind and very helpful & friendly throughout the stay. Please ask anything necessary, Kevin will try to help. He is very good. The hotel can tolerate early check-in but depends on the availability. Take a picture there is very beautiful and do not forget to try Durian cake in the cafe below, because it tastes very good and delicious. If the streets of Ipoh town are really close to walking, concubine street is just in front. I highly recommend staying at this hotel to feel the difference of accommodation in terms of rooms, surroundings and service. Thank you to all team hotel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’m very happy to stay here.

Reviewed December 31, 2020
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
8.8
Excellent
Tan from Malaysia
Family with teens
Family Cabin
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Satisfactory stay with lots of surprises around the hotel.”

When first walked into the hotel, we were impressed by the welcoming-aesthetic feel of the artistic and cultural design of the building. Surprisingly, every little corner of the hotel/cafe has not failed to convert its "old town" elements into a much elevated modern style. Overall, the place is a great therapeutic getaway as it gives you a comfortable environment to stay in. I particularly fond of the wood-hangers on the wall to save space of a wardrobe. Hope the water heater could work a little better. The room is considerably small but my family and I had enjoyed squeezing into this minimal space of comfort and fun. Breakfast includes the sandwiches and coffee/tea . Location is good as You can find lots of local food with walking distance. If you are photographer you shouldn't hv missed out this venue. We really had a wonderful & memorable stay here.

Reviewed December 13, 2016
9.0
Exceptional
Pakpoom from Thailand
Couple
Attic Cabin
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

Nice stay”

The hotel is cozy and beautiful. Breakfast is great. Location is superb.

The hotel is located at the middle od the old town within a walking distance to all the restaurants and local attractions. Breakfast is delicious but have only 4-5 choices. The hotel is beautifully decorated but the room is quite small. The area is quiet in the morning but quite noisy during the early evening upto midnight. The staffs are helpful. The room is clean and the shower os good with high water power. Overall, the hotel is great but a bit too expensive for its room size.

Reviewed January 03, 2016
8.3
Excellent
YinWai from Malaysia
Family with young children
Family Cabin
Stayed 1 night in October 2015

Happy 8 Escape”

Design, location and friendly staff

The location is fantastic, situated in the middle of old Ipoh town. Plenty of car park during weekends. Have restaurants nearby from low price to premium range to choose from. The hotel has exceeded my expectation and overwhelmingly nice interior design and decorations. It is definitely an eye opener for me. Unfortunately, the water heater is not hot in the morning, and the mattress is too hard for old man like me.

Reviewed November 03, 2015
8.7
Excellent
Leslie from Malaysia
Couple
Patio Cabin
Stayed 2 nights in March 2014

Great little boutique hotel”

staff, location, staff

A beautiful and charming hotel in Ipoh's historical old town. Loved the decor and the really wonderful staff who were better than many 5 star hotels I have stayed in. Location is great as you can walk to some of the best hawker food in Ipoh and also to the lovely cafes popping up nearby. It is also walking distance from the train station.

Reviewed March 12, 2014
8.0
Excellent
Thian from Australia
Couple
Patio Cabin
Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

Pretty and best location”

Happy 8 is a renovated shophouse and it's quiky and pretty. The renovation is nicely done with recycled timber. It is centrally located in market street in the old town close to all the food places and concubine lane. The room is a bit small but also nicely renovated. The slight issue is the walls r quite thin and u can hear people talking and water running next door. Also u can hear morning prayers at 6 from mosques around the area.

Reviewed August 14, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Wong from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Twinkle Cabin
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Natural wood crafted decor cozy boutique hotel”

Cozy, unique, back to nature leisure stay kind of boutique hotel comes with 12 differences room type. Nearby walking street of Ipoh old town, with lot of local & traditional foods cum heritage nearby

Reviewed September 18, 2018
8.4
Excellent
Sue from Malaysia
Couple
Attic Cabin
Stayed 1 night in July 2016

Very Artsy homestay situated in the heart of Ipoh Town”

This is a very cute and artsy homestay/boutique hotel located in the heart of Ipoh town. This hotel is very clean, well-maintained and unique. It's also very convenient to get to most interesting places in Ipoh. There were a lot of arts performances and showcases just right at the back of the street (it was on a Sunday). Absolutely one-of-a-kind and I would definitely recommend this homestay to anyone visiting to Ipoh.

Reviewed July 25, 2016
6.3
Good
wei from Malaysia
Group
Attic Cabin
Stayed 1 night in January 2014

clean small rooms”

Nice traditional outdoor alley dining area.

The Happy 8 Retreat is located in Old town of Ipoh. In some old shop houses and converted into a hotel. The hotel is designed with a jungle like theme in a three storey shop house. Furniture are new but with budget hotel quality not worth the price we are paying. We had a room on the top floor in the attic. It was very dark and there is no view. Rooms are very small. There is no lift we had to carry our luggage bags all the way up to top floor with narrow stairs on our own. The only nice part of the hotel is the cafe, its nice to chill out and walking distance to food amenities.

Reviewed May 28, 2014
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
9.2
Exceptional
Le from China
Solo traveler
Attic Cabin
Stayed 1 night in July 2016

Great hotel with nice decoration”

Great location in the old town. The whole building, especially restaurant and lobby. is nicely decorated with woods. Room is small but still acceptable. The hotel is not sound-proven, anything outside can be heard in the room. So better bring a pair of ear-plug if you are sensitive to sounds.

Reviewed July 25, 2016
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
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