Thursday, March 28, 2019

[Hotel Review] The WEIL Hotel @ Ipoh, Perak.

An elegant-lofty building next to the central shopping mall of Ipoh- Ipoh Parade; apart from its strategic location in the heartland of Ipoh town, The WEIL Hotel is fully equipped with everything you need for a seriously comfortable stay. Opened in early December of 2014, WEIL Hotel has been upholding its status as the town's most glamorous hotel and to live up to its standard as a 4-star hotel. The city hotel is also the de-facto hotel choice for many corporate events or special occasions... or merely a time for celebration over good food.

Many Thanks to WEIL Hotel for hosting us.

WEIL Hotel houses more than 300 rooms and suites... which include the usual Superior, Deluxe, Premier Rooms as well as Suites and Concept Rooms. Though all rooms and suites would come with comfy beds, handpicked Italian amenities, standalone bath tubs, rain showers; the Concept Rooms are especially worth-mentioning. Overlooking Ipoh's beautiful skyline, the Concept rooms rest at the top floor of WEIL Hotel.... meant to be distinguished as a Boutique Hotel within a business hotel. Designed in 4 exclusive room types- Brewster (prepare for the Royal treatment with a touch of British colonial elegance), Summer Bliss (stylish urban retreat with relaxing charm), Miners (Oriental-inspired design features with old-fashioned charm and wood furnishings) and Telegraph (eclecticism of 1920s Soho when Art meets Jazz).

The Room- Concept Premier

In-Room Snacks and Drinking Water

Handy Smartphone


Bathroom Amenities

The Bathroom

Our Concept Room was under the category of Brewster. The room is artfully decorated in shades of dark wood, with terrazzo flooring and sophisticated furniture... which sets a cut above the rest. Like most hotel rooms, the room comes with a huge bed with silky soft sheets, a working desk, LCD TV and in-house snacks. Adding a warm touch, WEIL Hotel provides PAGODA Nuts aside from the customary Coffee/ Tea. In addition to that, the bath tub and rain showers at the bathroom would definitely add some joy to your stay.

Infinity Pool


Gym-goers or fitness fanatics would be glad to know that there is an infinity pool at the rooftop of WEIL Hotel and a Gym for hotel guests. The pool at the rooftop offers breath-taking panoramic view of Ipoh city while you soak and relax in the waters. It is also one of the popular spots for taking attractive Instagrammable photos. The Gym on the other side, may be a little small in size but the gym equipment and fitness machines are all in almost-new conditions, and you get to find all necessary equipment there too.

The Entrance to the Hotel/ Hotel Lobby

WEIL Hotel can be easily accessible from the main road of Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, a short walk from SMK Sam Tet and Ipoh's famous Tong Sui street; and of course, a short drive from the city center of Ipoh town. There is also a linkway at the hotel's lobby to Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall.

On Food and Beverages, WEIL Hotel houses 4 restaurants that would pamper all guests with ample dining choices. The 4 restaurants are Tiffin (All Day Dining Restaurant), Yuk Sou Hin (fine Chinese food), The Deck Gastrobar (rooftop dining bar) and Tea Lounge (Tea-riffic place known for its Afternoon Tea packages).

Concept Business Lounge and Canapes

Exclusively for Concept room guests, guests can indulge complimentary evening Canapes and beverages from 6 pm to 8 pm daily at the Concept Lounge.

Yogurt and Oats

Bread and Jam

Cold Platter

Nasi Lemak

Grilled Chicken

Beef Bacon and Baked Potatoes

Concept room guests can opt to have their breakfast at the Concept Lounge. Though slightly limited, the breakfast choices are of premium quality as compared to the usual options. The Premium Breakfast at the Concept Lounge starts from 7 am to 10:30 am. Perfect for guests who prefer quieter and more relaxing atmosphere.

Conglomeration of dishes from the buffet spread

Waffles and Pancakes

Clear Soup Noodles

Nasi Lemak

Tiffin, right next to the hotel lobby would be the restaurant offering hotel guests their buffet breakfast. More choices are available as compared to the Concept Lounge, with live cooking stations around. One of the highlights of the buffet spread would be their Nasi Lemak, Tiffin's rendition would make any Malaysian proud. The creaminess and fragrance of the Rice completes the delicacy, even more irresistible with its boldly spiced Chili paste. Daily Buffet Breakfast starts from 6:30 am to 10:30 am.

Tiffin's Buffet Breakfast

The Deck Gastrobar @ Weil Hotel Ipoh
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: Rooftop (13th Floor) of Weil Hotel Ipoh, 292, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, 30000, Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hours: 5 pm to 12 am on every Sunday to Thursday, 5 pm to 2 am on Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays.
Contact Number: 605- 208 2228
The Deck Gastrobar Facebook Page

Escargot Ala Bouruignonne (Rm 35) 

Bakso French Onion Soup (Rm 16)

Grilled 6 Secret Spice of Ipoh Chicken Tikka (Rm 20)

Perak Snapper (Rm 38)

Fresh House-made Bread (open food)

 One of the tallest restaurants in town, The Deck Gastrobar can be found at the top of Weil Hotel Ipoh... on the roof top to be precise. The height offers amazing view... overlooking the bustling Ipoh town. Guests get to choose if they would prefer to be seated outside for a more outdoorsy ambiance or the fully air-conditioned inside... equipped with comfortable seating and cozy atmosphere. The menu features a great range of Western-European choices, alongside with some Malaysian-influenced international dishes. The Chef's specials are good options for those who are new to the place. The budget-watchers would be glad to know that the price range is definitely affordable, with reasonable prices and generous serving portion.

Warm your tummy with Bakso French Onion Soup.... thick Onion soup with Bakso, meat balls served over a Cheese-topped Toast. The Onion soup is beautifully cooked with a generous amount Onions, so the outcome is a sweet, thick concoction while the meat balls offer a meaty, satisfying bite and complete the dish. A more exquisite choice for starter- the Escargot is cooked using its house-made Butter, served over a piece of Garlic Bread.

A show stopper (also a signature dish), the Grilled 6 Secret Spice of Ipoh Chicken Tikka is basically a deconstructed Chicken Tikka Briyani... save that the Rice is being replaced with mashed Potatoes. The in-depth flavor of the Chicken Tikka is beyond amazing and the mashed Potatoes is a lovely complement to the rich, thick and flavorful curry. The Chef uses Chicken Thigh in lieu of breast... and thus, offering a plump yet meaty bite. A perfect item for sharing, in case you are worried that it may be a little too heavy.

Equally delicious is Perak Snapper.... skillfully cooked Snapper topped with a winning Nyonya-together with the firm-fresh Snapper, the combo is most lovely and delectable. On a side note, guests will be served with their in-house baked Bread... an outside-crisp and inside-fluffy Bread, to be enjoyed with their home-made Herb Butter.

Yuk Sou Hin 玉壽轩 @ Weil Hotel Ipoh
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: 1st Floor of Weil Hotel Ipoh, 292, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, 30000, Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hours: 7 am to 11 am for Breakfast, 11 am to 2:30 pm for Lunch, 6 pm to 10 pm for Dinner. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 605- 208 2103
Yuk Sou Hin Facebook Page

Signature Smoked Duck with Lychee Wood 招牌茶叶荔枝木烤熏鸭 (Rm 45/ half bird)

Steamed Cod Fish Deluxe Dumplings 鳕鱼帝皇饺 (Rm 12/ 3 pieces)

Steamed Crab Meat Dumplings 蟹肉水晶饺 (Rm 12/ 3 pieces)

Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings 香斋八宝袋 (Rm 7/ 3 pieces)

Deep Fried Chives Dumplings with Prawns 鲜虾韭菜角 (Rm 10/ 3 pieces)

Signature Baked BBQ Honey Glazed Chicken Bun 招牌雪山包 (Rm 12/ 3 pieces)

Steamed Rice Rolls with Prawns and Asparagus 芦笋鲜虾肠粉 (Rm 12)

Pan Fried Chinese Pancake with Red Bean Paste 酥皮豆沙锅饼 (Rm 12/ pax)

Chilled Avocado Puree with Sago 牛油果西米冻 (Rm 12/ pax)

While Ipoh is blessed with many Dim Sum outlets and Chinese restaurants but this particular restaurant housed in Weil Hotel Ipoh is top of the notch. Yuk Sou Hin 玉壽轩 is a restaurant that deserves a Michelin Star! Being one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in town, Yuk Sou Hin has a bible-thick menu that has something to satisfy everyone- it serves Dim Sum dishes in the morning and classic Cantonese dishes the rest of the day.

Start with the various beautifully cooked Dumplings, there are plenty of options to choose from (in terms of fillings), even some for vegetarian diet. Another worth-trying item would be their Signature Baked BBQ Honey Glazed Chicken Bun... almost similar to famous Michelin-starred Dim Sum restaurant- Tim Ho Wan's but unique in its own way (cheaper too!). 

But the must try item would be their (at least for me) Signature Smoked Duck with Lychee Wood... a dish that cannot easily be found elsewhere (non-existence in Penang). The Smoked Duck comes with crisp skin and juicy meat. The flesh is cleverly imbued with a unique, second to none smokiness. The Duck is more than good enough on its own but if you would prefer a little sour-sweet touch, the Plum sauce would be a nice addition. Before you end the meal, complete it with a sweet ending by having the Pan Fried Chinese Pancake with Red Bean Paste and Chilled Avocado Puree with Sago; the former one comes with crisp-flaky pastry skin sandwiching lightly sweetened Red Bean paste while the latter choice satisfies the palate with its refreshing but alluring flavor.

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