More Than A Boutique Hotel – Indulgence Living @ IpohOctober 10, 2010 | 15,429 views
Giulianna @ Indulgence Living, Ipoh – Timeless Italian Influences
“Whimsical cabinetry is faux painted and small mirrors are flushed into the mantle piece. Above the king bed hangs the proud silver framed mirror of Toi. It is an art nouveau piece ….” (snippets from Indulgence Restaurant & Living)
Thanks to a kind (and timely) invitation from Julie Song, the proprietress of Indulgence Restaurant & Living, I was treated to a fabulous stay at one her passionately designed room; Giulianna.
“The underestimated elegance offers a Versace feel of grandeur with a plush avant garde leopard-printed seat placed against the windows ….”
Indulgence Restaurant has always been the hallmark of gastronomy in Ipoh. Setting an admirably-high standard amongst the dining establishments in town, Julie injects so much passion into her works; from the running of the kitchen (yes, she STILL cooks amidst the misconceptions about her delegating all the nitty-gritty stuff to the kitchen staff), baking her range of famously decadent desserts, on the grounds and taking orders from the diners, and overseeing the operations of her 7-rooms boutique hotel; aptly named Indulgence Living.
“The loud aqua walls with drapery of teal blue jacguard and similar brown hues transports you back in time to the foxy era of the silver screen …..”
There are a total of SEVEN different rooms available at Indulgence Living, situated on the upper floor of Indulgence Restaurant. Each room has its own theme; from Moroccan (Tzarrah) to Thai (Kinnaree), as well as English Country (Beverly) and contemporary (Ildi).
The interesting fact is that Julie designed all the rooms HERSELF; the diverse array of influences accumulated from her years of travel all over the world. If she feels that the room is not good enough for herself to sleep in, then it’s definitely not good enough for the guests.
How did she gauge this? She had slept in all the rooms before, experiencing the comfort and hospitality of Indulgence Living first hand, like a trial run. Much like how she stands adamant on the principle of cooking food that she loves; reflected in the passion and warmth that goes into her cooking.
Even after 3 years+ in business, the rooms at Indulgence Living are still of top notch quality; with constant maintenance being done and manual inspections by Julie herself.
Stepping into my designated room; the Italian-themed Giulianna parked at the end of the corridor with windows overlooking the lush green compound (and a fanciful jackfruit tree in clear view), I was mesmerized by the sheer amount of intricate details she went into.
To project a glitzy, opulent yet classic ambience; a throwback to the foxy era of the silver screen, Julie incorporated various elements into the design of the room. From the attractive combination of stark, bright blue hues of paint and teal blue curtains draping the walls and windows, to the cleverly-built closet that opens two-ways (so you can reach for your hair-dryer/bath robes from your room AND from the bathroom). And let’s not forget the leopard prints on the seat placed by the windows, and on the headboard of the plush, king-sized bed.
The windows to my room overlooking to the lush and tall trees commanding a swaying presence at the back of the compound
A personal touch – Welcome message from Julie herself.
But of course, no handwritten message can compete with the tiers of light bites provided complimentary to all hotel guests. Desserts and pastries from Indulgence, nonetheless.
Trying to create a swanky outlook yet retaining that homely charm. Difficult to explain on paper, but had to be experienced before concurring. I know I did.
My room came equipped with all the amenities you usually find in hotels; large LCD screen with Astro channels, safe deposit box, fridge with bottles of Evian water, coffee/tea making facilities, bath robes (for two, since every room at Indulgence Living is for TWO pax only), free Wifi for hotel guests as well as breakfast for two at Indulgence Restaurant.
Every ornament, every piece of furniture and every drawing on the walls speak volume of the effort she took in the design of the hotel.
Since the dining hall is but a flight of stairs away, one can’t help but feel so much at home when staying in any of the rooms. I was tempted to walk in my sandals and shorts for breakfast, but held back on the thought for I did not wish to project a sloppy/unprofessional image.
Only to be reprimanded by Julie herself, proving that people DO eat their breakfasts at Indulgence in their most comfortable self. Even the NON-hotel guests. And she never wanted Indulgence to be seen as a rigid/formal fine diner with all the bells and whistles anyway. But instead as just an unpretentious, cozy and homely place for one to fully indulge himself in his meal, taking his own sweet time appreciating her passionate cooking.
(More on the breakfast @ Indulgence in the next post)
The lounge for guests upstairs, where you can mingle with the other guests or just kick back and read some books/magazines.
Indulgence Restaurant & Living @ Jalan Raja Di Hilir (Tambun Road), Ipoh
Words can’t explain the complete Indulgence experience; it had to be felt to be understood. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the room, the hospitality (from the staff as well), the FOOD, and the overall experience. This was a whole world of difference from my initial reservations (to be fair, you can read about my previous not-so-positive experience at Indulgence) of the place.
And no, I did not get a single cent from Indulgence. Nor was I urged, compelled, forced, threatened, coerced, etc etc to write this review. Yes, the room and the ensuing meals (to be in the next posts) were on-the-house, but Julie extended this invitation without any clause or prior arrangement.
Plus, she had always known that I don’t mince my words anyway … 🙂
Indulgence Restaurant & Living
No 14, Jalan Raja Di Hilir (Jalan Tambun),
30350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-255 7051
Business hours : 9am – 11.30pm daily.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Indulgence Living : All year round
Google Map to Indulgence
Website – Click for more information on Indulgence Restaurant & Living
(Rooms at Indulgence Living are priced from RM420/USD135++ onwards. Reservation is a must. The room comes with breakfast for two. Note that for children above 3 years old, sharing is prohibited)
Stay tuned for the next installment of The Indulgence Experience ……