Our beginnings would sound like it was lifted off some Corporate Social Responsibility program, but thats the real truth. Rewind to around the year 2000, our Ipoh Owners were toying with ideas to give back to their birthplace, and naturally the hotel business was one of the considerations. They had, for sometime now, wanting to rebuild Ipoh as they knew this sleeping town had potential; despite the then overwhelming business odds. As years slowly ticked along, a glimmer of hope appeared with the spearheading of Lost World of Tambun which towed along the birth of specialty home-stays in the city.
After nearly a decade, our Owners decided that the time was about right, but many friends thought is was a foolish business gamble in operating a full fledged boutique Hotel as they had no prior experience, in a town that was known as a stopover city in colluding to the fact that hotels in the city were not even renovating after more than a decade of operations. Despite the odds and in consultation with Lifeshop Atelier, our BFF, they forged ahead together in unison, assembling perhaps some of the most rebellious hotel personalities known in Malaysia; M Boutique Ipoh was born in October 2013 and still continuing on our life’s journey.
The M Boutique Family comprises a multitude 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 of today’s youth – able to consistently provide a good level of service or even exceeding all 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 forever young. We are a progressive thinking home, and we will continue to swim against the current, but continue to remain positive with our rebellious flair. We’ll promise our friends that we will continually be unpretentious and as honest as possible in all that we do. Pinky promise!
Despite looking like all fun and games, 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.
In short, we will be driven by a youthful exuberance, be filled with original ideas and provide 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 yup, that’s what we stand for!
We understand that we can only achieve so much on our own. Therefore, we welcomed the local community into our fold which you will hear us refer to as our BFF, working closely together to promote The Silver State (Perak in Bahasa Malaysia means Silver), given the limitations of tools and awareness provided to us on a personal, business, state or national level, we take action with whatever means at our disposal, even if it is just straws (grasping at straws perhaps?). It is through constant daily experimentation that drives us.
We did say that our founding would sound like a large corporation’s CSR, as we too, are consistently looking our for new projects, BFF’s and causes to champion, in our own way, via our own style of Social Responsibility.