Ipoh, the capital city of Perak state, is well-known for its food trail that competes with Penang food, and its charming old town. It’s a jump-off point to Perak’s best attractions, such as adventure capital Gopeng, Taiping, with its hill station Bukit Larut, scenic Taiping Lake Gardens, and delicious Taiping food (too much to do in one day – book a stay at Taiping best hotels) or the mangroves of Kuala Sepetang. The blissful Pangkor island, with its Kali Amman temple, is also close by.
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There are many hotels where to stay in Ipoh, but what if you wanted a cozier, more homey, apartment-like accommodation?
Then you should consider renting an Airbnb in Ipoh.
Ipoh’s Airbnbs are often upholstered from private apartments, and have some great price deals and perfect locations — ideally, you should stay either at the edge of the Old Town or in the midst of Ipoh’s New Town, just across the Kinta River.
Why Choose to Stay in a Homestay in Ipoh?
Because homestays in Ipoh are run out of very modern apartments, most often located in areas of the city that are perfect to get around on foot, and located near to some lovely food options in Ipoh.
Homestays and Airbnb in Ipoh are particularly suited for families and larger groups, as these apartments can often accommodate up to 8 people at very competitive prices. Also, homestays in Ipoh have kitchen facilities you can use to cook up a meal, relaxing with friends and family, and can at the best of times be rented long-term at very competitive prices.
Best Homestays in Ipoh
The following is a selection of what we think are some of the best Airbnb accommodation in Ipoh. From fully furnished loft-like apartments that can host a whole family, to more intimate, heritage-styled private rooms, you’ll have all the inspiration you need to book your perfect Airbnb stay in Ipoh.
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1White House Homestay
Location: Southeast Ipoh city center – very close to Ipoh Cave Temple
Best for: Large groups or families
This nice house is located in Ipoh’s southeastern side, only 20 minutes drive from adventure central Gopeng, and is perfect for long stays or a cosy night with family or a group of friends. There’s a wide range of rooms inside this landed property, meaning you will have space for yourself and also private parking for your vehicles. There’s a fully furnished kitchen, washing machine, LED TV for watching movies and, of course, has high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity.
2Jomstay Octagon Suite
Location: Ipoh Old Town — 5 minutes on foot from the Old Town
Best for: Central stay for the city’s heritage exploration
Enjoy the best that Ipoh Old Town has to offer at this swanky apartment that can host up to 5 guests. There’s a queen bed in one room and one in the living room, equipped with a balcony and a bathroom with bath-tub to soak and relax. It’s in walking distance to town and some of Ipoh’s iconic attractions like Concubine Lane and the Gerbang Malam market. For those who need to work, there’s high-speed Internet and a work station with a fully furnished kitchenette ready to use.
Take a walk outside and you’ll be close to many of Ipoh’s famous hawker centers, where you can find famous Ipoh food like curry mee, chicken rice, chicken sliced hor fun, tou fu fah, moonlight hor, nasi kandar ganja and more.
3Ipoh Experience Homestay @ Ipoh Tower
Location: Between Ipoh’s Old and New Town
Best for: Families or Romantic Getaways
Set across the Kinta River in a quiet area of Ipoh, Ipoh experience homestay is a loft-like apartment with a large balcony that’s perfect to soak in the sunset or sunrise. It’s very stylish and personalized, with fast Internet, swimming pool and gym access, and guests reported that is also very well maintained and clean. It’s within walking distance to not-so-crowded eateries and hawker food joints, and is also not too far away from the Old Town. All in all, a good spot to experience offbeat Ipoh like a local, and yet staying close enough to the Old Town’s most famous attractions.
4 The Octagon Ipoh Guesthouse
Location: Ipoh New Town
Best for: Families with children and those who want to explore Ipoh’s New Town famous food
This very large apartment is housed within the popular and central Octagon condominium. Cosy and well-appointed, it can host up to four people and is pretty close to famous eateries such as Ipoh Tauge Ayam Lou Wong. By staying here, you can access a gym and swimming pool, and climb to a rooftop deck for chilling and enjoying perfect sunset views. The Old Town is a few minutes drive away, too.
5Secret [email protected] Studio Octagon Ipoh
Location: Ipoh New Town
Best for: Chic stay for a food bonanza
A nice private apartment with blue-hued walls and warm parquet floors to welcome your family or group of friends in a hotel-like environment. The bathroom has a bathtub and there’s a washing machine, and the kitchen is fully furnished — all ideal details for those who like to stay back and cook for themselves using the induction cooker or microwave provided. Truth be told it’s not that you need it at all, as the place is smack center in Ipoh Old Town, and in walking distance to some of its best eateries, such as Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, Restoran Tuck Kee, Ching Han Guan Biscuits, Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd, and Tong Sui Kai.
6MCZ [email protected] Tower
Location: Ipoh Tower
Best for: Comfortable stay with great views near to shopping malls and amenities
The popular Ipoh Tower is a swanky condominium in the north-central part of town, in five minutes walk to the popular shopping mall Ipoh Parade. This apartment is tailored to host a maximum of five people — an ideal haunt for families and small groups looking for a central homestay in Ipoh. One of the perks is the balcony, which grants perfect views of both sunrise and sunset over the city and the nearby limestone peaks of the Kinta Valley. Recommended.
7Jomstay Majestic Premier Suites
Location: South of Ipoh’s Old Town
Best for: Family stay with great views and in walking distance to Old Town
A whole apartment catering to up to 7 people, the Jomstay Majestic Premier Suites is tucked at the top floor of an upmarket condominium and boasts amazing Ipoh city views. The condo is in a quiet area of town, just to the south of the atmospheric Old Town, which can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. There’s car parking and of course, the condo’s Sky Deck is another good reason to stay here. The host manages several units in this place, so even bigger groups can be accommodated here easily. Check it out.
8Jomstay – Octagon Suite 3
Location: Ipoh New Town
Best for: Large group stay in the midst of the action
Grey and white hues make this apartment a relaxing, smart option for groups of up to ten people. It’s located in the center of Ipoh’s New Town, in walking distance to both the famous Lou Wong Tauge Ayam restaurant and the Old Town — you can drive there in a few minutes. There’s one bedroom with a queen bed and a large living room that also acts as a sleeping space for an additional three people. The condo comes with a swimming pool and private car parking, and it’s a steal for the location and the services offered.
9Ipoh Premium Homestay @ Majestic
Location: Majestic Condo, New Town
Best for: Big group or family stay near food and shopping
This is another ideal apartment housed within the Majestic, where a swimming pool, gym facilities and private parking are available for you. It’s designed to be extremely comfortable while fitting up to 8 people in different rooms. There are two private bathrooms and a kitchenette. It’s an ideal springboard to get out and explore the city, both the delicacies of the Old Town, and the shopping and lesser-known food options in the New Town.
10i8.8 @ Majestic Condo
Location: Ipoh new town just off the Kinta River
Best for: Central and cozy homestay to experience Ipoh’s food and culture
The Majestic Condo is a hot address in Ipoh: in walking distance to the Old Town, it boasts a swimming pool and all the facilities of a great homestay. This apartment is cozy and modern and fits up to a large group of 10 people. It has wi-fi, Netflix, and is set in the proximity of most of Ipoh’s famous eateries and night market. There’s a parking lot, but you can literally walk anywhere noteworthy from here.
11Le Maison GuestHouse
Location: Ipoh New Town, walking distance to the Kinta River
Best for: Luxe homestay experience for families or large groups
Even if it’s called a “guesthouse”, this central Ipoh apartment is the perfect homestay solution for families or large groups who want a stylish place to be at a very reasonable price. The two bedrooms here can fit up to 6 people with four beds, there are two shower rooms, a large living room and balcony, plus a fully-equipped kitchen for those who really want to chill with their loved ones. All the beautiful things that Ipoh Old Town is known for, and the food of the New Town, are just a few minutes walk away. At last, the condo has a swimming pool, sauna, and 24-hour security.
12My Deer @ Majestic Ipoh
Location: Ipoh new town just off the Kinta River
Best for: Those who want to have a bit of Animal themed fun
The Majestic has plenty of comfortable apartments on offer, but this, all themed and dedicated to deer, is one not to miss for a quirky Ipoh stay. It fits four people, a perfect option for a small family, and it’s obviously very central and close to Ipoh Old Town. It’s also within walking distance to many famous eateries: just 5 minutes to Lou Wong chicken rice shop, and about 12 minutes on foot to Tien Chun coffee shop and Concubine street