The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

46, Market StreetIpoh30000Malaysia
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About The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town

The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town is located in the heart of Ipoh’s Old Town which is famed for its colonial-style houses, cafés and street art. Ipoh Railway Station with services to Kuala Lumpur is just a nine-minute walk away.

The hotel offers 12 rooms, or cabins as they are called, each with its own quirky theme and styling, often incorporating recycled materials. A private bathroom and complimentary toiletries are provided as standard.

The Happy 8 Retreat @ Old Town offers free Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas while the front desk is on-hand 24/7 to provide assistance. Guests can also enjoy use of an outdoor terrace.

On-site Happy Café serves a complimentary breakfast and there are numerous eateries in the Old Town area: Thean Chun on Jalan Bandar Timah is recommended for its authentic Malaysian cuisine.

Around the corner, Han Chin Pet Soo is a fascinating museum which explores the region’s tin mining heritage and, a 23-minute drive, Lost World of Tambun Theme Park offers fun for the whole family.


46, Market Street, Ipoh, 30000, Malaysia
Telephone: +60(5)2438388 |

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony / Patio
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 12:00

Positive Reviews

Tasty breakfast

The breakfast served in the hotel’s Happy Café proves to be very popular with guests. It’s complimentary, delicious and filling, providing a satisfying start to the day.

Friendly and helpful staff

The hotel’s members of staff are praised for their friendly manners. Guests like the warm welcome they receive and feel comfortable approaching the staff members with any issues that arise.

Great location in the Old Town

This hotel offers an excellent location in Ipoh’s attractive Old Town. Guests love being close to the main attractions such as Concubine Lane with its shops and eateries.

Negative Reviews

Rooms perhaps on the small side

In an ideal world, guests would like this hotel’s rooms to be a bit larger. Guests also mention that the rooms lack a kettle, although it seems that the downstairs café may provide complimentary hot drinks, so check to make sure before booking if this is an important amenity for you.

Noisy at times

Guests report that the rooms suffer from a degree of noise disturbance at times. The walls don’t provide much sound insulation, meaning it is possible to hear guests in adjoining rooms. Noise also can be heard from outside with customers using the café below and traffic being audible.

Beds can be quite hard

Guests aren’t very impressed with the beds in this hotel. According to feedback, the mattresses aren’t very comfortable with guests complaining that they found them very hard. This made it quite difficult getting a good night’s sleep.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 59 reviews across the web
7.9 /10
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7.9 out of 10 based on 59 reviews