Our origins may sound like it was lifted off the pages of a large organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, but thats the real truth. Rewind to the year 2000 or thereabouts, our Parents were toying with ideas to give back to their birthplace or more affectionately known as kampung; and somehow opening a hotel was amongst their topmost consideration. For sometime, they wanted to breathe new life into their beloved Ipoh City despite discouragement from their close friends and family members coupled with the gloomy business outlook then. After all the Tin, Ipoh seemed like it was only remembered in the annals of history, and sadly they decided to shelve the idea. Fast forward a couple of years later, and a glimmer of hope appeared as Lost World of Tambun began construction, and in it’s wake, gave rise to specialty home-stays in the city.
After nearly a decade, our Parents were reinvigorated and started afresh, despite discouragement from their close circle as many viewed them as having no prior experience in the Hospitality Sector let alone building a Boutique Hotel of quality. Moreover, big hotels in the city were not even renovating after more than a decade of operations; something which speaks volumes about Ipoh Hotel business then. Through their insistence and with rebellious consent from our BFF : Lifeshop Atelier, they forged ahead in unison, in assembling perhaps some of the most quirky interiors unheard of in Ipoh including recruiting the most rebellious, perhaps, hotel personalities known in Malaysia. Through loads of blood, sweat and tears in October 2013, M Boutique Ipoh was born and the M Boutique Family is still continuing on our life’s journey to date.
The M Boutique Family is a multifaceted, complex concoction of a multiverse of personalities, but we do have one strong common trait; we are Young and/or Young at Heart. We aspire to change the mindset of the Malaysian Hotel industry by showcasing the talents and capabilities of today’s youth – to consistently provide a good level of service or even exceeding expectations, despite their age. Being operated by the youth of today, we know that we have to be as honest as possible with ourselves, and have come to accept both positives and negatives of being young. We are progressive thinkers, and we will continue to swim against the current, consistently remaining positive with our rebellious flair. This is a promise to all our friends, “We will continually be unpretentious and as honest as possible in all that we do. Pinky promise!”.
It definitely looks like all fun and games here, but we are guided by our founding parents fundamental philosophy and culture of M Boutique; “Let’s us be a young upstart, full of youthful enthusiasm. In creating an attitude, let’s us exude confidence from being the best that we can be. We will not be grand because we can never be, so let us be unpretentious but sure of ourselves because we are a hotel that will give you more than what you expect”.
That’s just a juicy tidbit, but we are driven by a youthful exuberance, filled with original ideas in providing our services with an unpretentious flair that can only come from being confident and totally at ease with our competence. Trust us, we know that’s a mouthful but that sums up the overall family vibe and what we stand for!
Since our inception, we have been imitated, copied and plagiarised by many in Malaysia from North to South and East to West. We’re not complaining …. as we set out to be the trendsetter as a “Boutique Lifestyle Hotel” organisation when many were still trying to understand what a Boutique Hotel was. We will be bold to say that we played a big part in escalating the Boutique Hotel movement in Malaysia, via showcasing what can be done in smaller properties; setting the benchmark for others to follow.
Wanna take us home but worried about our frankness? We find this curious, as global business trends and expectations have changed; we do one thing well – we consistently change to adapt as business like life is all about change. So if you are interested in an open collaboration, just drop us a PM on any of our online pages!