1. 1969 Business Suites, Ipoh

1. 1969 Business Suites, Ipoh

Featuring a golden-black-earthy colour scheme, 1969 Business Suites is Ipoh’s latest business boutique hotel. Opened its doors to guests since April, its soft launch ceremony was held yesterday morning, graced by the owners, management team, fellow colleagues from sister companies and invited guests.

 2. reception counter

2. reception counter

With the catchy name of 1969 Business Suites, which is easy to remember, this is not a conventional hotel. The owners repurposed two units of corner shoplots by converting them from two-storey buildings to three storeys, and renovating them into hotel rooms, putting every inch of space to good use, with attention to detail.

 3. a pair of lions bless the hotel during its launch, received by (L-R) Dalbeer Singh (Manager, Hospitality), hotel co-founder Mr. Tony Wong, hotel founder Datin Kelly Yang & Executive Chef C.S. Chu

3. a pair of lions bless the hotel during its launch, received by (L-R) Dalbeer Singh (Manager, Hospitality), hotel co-founder Mr. Tony Wong, hotel founder Datin Kelly Yang & Executive Chef C.S. Chu

The two new concept back-to-back shoplots, identified as Tower A and Tower B, has 20 and 22 rooms respectively. On the ground floor of Tower B is CawanMu, the hotel’s F&B outlet that serves a Malaysian fusion menu, with a twist.

4. ribbon-cutting ceremony

4. ribbon-cutting ceremony

If you had wondered why I did not capture a photograph of the hotel’s facade as I normally would do, it is because the hotel will unveil a secret design of its exterior next month. So, let’s just stay tuned!

5. a surprise soon

5. a surprise soon

Also under wraps is the addition of 19 guest rooms, a gym, two function rooms and a rooftop lap pool. All these amenities will be spread out over two other shoplots adjacent to Tower A.

6.  blessings of better business for the year ahead

6. blessings of better business for the year ahead

By the way, the minimalist 1969 Business Suites is a combination of modern chic and nostalgia, that is set up to “speak” to guests to patronise for a relaxing, comfortable and luxurious stay.

 7. Mr. Tony tries to catch the lettuce showered by the lion in a “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng)

7. Mr. Tony tries to catch the lettuce showered by the lion in a “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng)

1969 Business Suites, although the company’s first hospitality property, will soon be joined by another 130-room hotel-cum-serviced apartment development along Jalan Kampar and a high-end backpackers hostel in Tambun, both in the vicinity of Ipoh. These two properties in the pipeline, similar to 1969 Business Suites, will also create value to existing buildings.

 8. after “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng)

8. after “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng)

Starting with these three hotel properties, 1969 hotel chain plans to offer at least 1000 guest rooms, expanding beyond Perak, before they venture into China. It is clearly seen that the owners already have an eye on the Land of the Red Dragon. They are also planning to export their CawanMu F&B brand alongside 1969.

 9. official from The Malaysia Book of Records, Ms. Lee Pooi Leng, measures the 1 sen coin mural

9. official from The Malaysia Book of Records, Ms. Lee Pooi Leng, measures the 1 sen coin mural

CawanMu, helmed by Executive Chef C.S. Chu, offers a Malaysian fusion cuisine, with highlights of Nasi Biryani, Nasi Lemak and Nasi Hujan Panas.

 10. official from The Malaysia Book of Records, Ms. Lee Pooi Leng, records down the measurement

10. official from The Malaysia Book of Records, Ms. Lee Pooi Leng, records down the measurement

During the soft launch ceremony, there was another reason for the owners and management to be proud of. The hotel’s iconic backdrop, made entirely from one sen coins, gained an entry into the Malaysia Book of Records as the largest such mural in the country, measuring 5.73 metres in length by 2.62 metres in height.

11. official from The Malaysia Book of Records, Ms. Lee Pooi Leng, certifies the record

11. official from The Malaysia Book of Records, Ms. Lee Pooi Leng, certifies the record

The mural took artisan Wong Mun Hong and his team of three assistants two weeks to complete. First, the coins where glued onto the wall, then sections of the wall were polished to bring out the company logo. Last but not least, a coat of wax was applied. All in all, 53593 one sen coins were used, collected over the past few years.

 12. Datin Kelly Yang (R) and Mr. Wong Mun Hong (L) with the certificate from Malaysia Book of Records

12. Datin Kelly Yang (R) and Mr. Wong Mun Hong (L) with the certificate from Malaysia Book of Records

According to Mr. Tony Wong, co-founder of 1969 Business Suites, the mural preserves the value of the Malaysian one sen coin. He said, “I remember collecting one sen coins when I was a child, as 20 of these could buy me my favourite biscuits. Since Bank Negara has stopped producing these one sen copper coins, it is all the more important to keep them for the future generation. This mural at 1969 Business Suites has created another story for our guests.”

13. the Biggest Backdrop Display Made of One Sen Coins

13. the Biggest Backdrop Display Made of One Sen Coins

“What about the rooms,” I hear you asking. Calm down, they will be in another post on another day. So, what you must do is to keep your eyes peeled for that post! Till then!

 14. close up of the one sen coin mural

14. close up of the one sen coin mural

Great news! To celebrate the opening of 1969 Business Suites, rooms are going at RM195 per night, until further notice.

Event: Soft Launch of 1969 Business Suites
Venue: 1969 Business Suites
Add: No 2, Jalan Lapangan Siber 9, Bandar Cyber, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.
Waze: 1969 Business Suites
Date: 13th June, 2018
Time: 12pm
Web: 1969 Business Suites

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