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Heard of Hotel Bali? It was located at Jalan Ali Pitchay. This picture was taken from their business card. On the back of the card is the following description: “Stylishly furnished modern hotel; all rooms with telephones and bathrooms; ample parking space; air conditioned bar and restaurant with beautiful waitresses in attendance; excellent Chinese and European food; special monthly rate available; moderate charge prompt service.”

Ever been to Hotel Bali?

  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia

    Ever been to Hotel Bali?

    The hotel was opened in the late ’50s but, no, I don’t recall ever staying there.

    In the photograph, the taller building on the right still stands: it’s precisely on the corner of Hugh Low Street and Jalan Ali Pitchay. It was and is owned by the Perak Kwangtung Association, which we discussed recently.

    The hotel building also still stands, on Jalan Ali Pitchay. It’s still a hotel, I believe, but, again, not my cup of tea.

    • ika says:

      Yes, the building still stands and you cannot miss it as it is bright yellow with red trimming. It is also renamed and today is known as Hotel Bajet Ipoh with a website http://www.hotelbajetmalaysia.com , but that does not reveal anything worthwhile in the way of history.
      According to the net it is one of 549 places you can stay in Ipoh!

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    So I was wondering about the name …

    In those days — the late ’50s — Bali was not yet the destination it is today, so I’m not sure a hotel in Ipoh would have been named after it. It’s possible, but I’m not sure.

    Whereas the hit movie “South Pacific” (based on a book by James Michener) was released in ’58, the year the hotel opened, and included a fictional location named “Bali Hai.” On top of which, (1) there were rumours that some scenes were shot on Tioman, and (2) Michener visited Malaya at around the same time.

    So I wonder if the hotel was named to coincide with the release of the movie.

    (An idle question, not important enough to warrant any research!)

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