Cute Souvenir I’m sure you’ve heard of Robin Hotel. Do you know the history behind this place? Looking forward to reading your comments 🙂 Related posts: “..the way we were…” ‘King of Fruits’ at Osborne Street Out with the old, in with the new? News from the Bridge By felicia|2017-03-24T16:08:06+08:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town|9 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life Sports Idol Gallery Sports Idol 9 Comments sk March 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply Strangely, No, Felicia, this is my first time hearing it.Didnt know there was such a hotel.The one I am familiar is Hollywood Hotel NCK March 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply There’s one Robin Hotel at the end of ‘Desserts Street’ (tong soi gai) other than the Brewster Road end. There is no Clare Street in the image of an old Ipoh map that I downloaded from this blog, so I don’t know if this is the same hotel. Ipoh Remembered March 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply Dear NCK … On one end of Clare Street long ago was the old Cold Storage. The Robin Hotel was towards the other end of the same street, and, as far as I know, it’s still there, a three-storey corner building. I don’t know if the Merlin Hotel is still around but do you remember it? That was on Clare Street, too. NCK March 25, 2017 at 9:11 am - Reply Oh, yes. Clare Street was the old name of Jalan Mustapa Al-Bakri. There was an article about this street posted in this blog last October but my senile memory has failed me. Looking up on internet, this name of the road is still used by some who know it. I’m not against putting a local flair to our road names, but most of the new names are too long and too mouthful to be spoken or remembered easily. Ipoh Remembered March 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply Dear felicia, yes, it’s a cute souvenir and yes, I knew the establishment. Opened in ’59, across from the Odeon, near Jubilee Park, it was a nice-enough hotel for its time. There were maybe fifteen rooms, many of them air-conditioned. There was a decent restaurant and a well-stocked bar. On the roof, in a garden setting, there was a dance floor with live music in the evenings. During the early days of the hotel, while they were working so hard to build their base of customers, something terrible happened: just two or three months after opening, their very first night-watchman was killed while on duty. The killer was caught. The prosecution was handled by a young lawyer who eventually became the Sultan of Perak and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. Ngai C O March 25, 2017 at 12:09 am - Reply Hi Ipoh Remembered, You do have a good memory of Ipoh and many of its events in detail. I know the hotel, the surroundings, and some of the activities going on when I was growing up. I did not know the name until it was flagged up today. I had to do Street View to confirm my memory. The Street is now known as Jalan Sultan Ekram. There is another name somewhere as Jalan Raja Ikram. It can be confusing. There were many other hotels as well. Their services were mainly at the lower end of the market. Hence but not exclusively, seedy activities were part of the hotel fringe business. Intermixed with the hotel business, many clubs and associations were located along the street. Gambling dens, pin ball machines, snooker and mahjong were some of the activities. The area also attracted crime in the form gansterism. I wonder whether the murder in the hotel was a direct or indirect result of such criminal activities. I always felt uncomfortable and avoided the area totally. I am not sure whether things have improved. Below is link to hotel https://firstname.lastname@example.org,101.087041,206.8h,17.41p,0.65z felicia March 27, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply Don’t worry SK…I’m as clueless as you are 😉 Thank you Ipoh Remembered, NCK and Ngai. WOW! Imagine a murder taking place at a hotel back then…must have been the talk of the town! Would you happen to know who was the manager / owner of Robin Hotel back then? Ipoh Remembered March 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply Dear Ngai C O and felicia: Gambling dens, pin ball machines, snooker and mahjong were some of the activities. The area also attracted crime in the form gansterism. I wonder whether the murder in the hotel was a direct or indirect result of such criminal activities. Yes, the area is known for vice but when the Robin opened in the late ’50s I don’t think it was … how shall we put it? … fully integrated into local entrepreneurial networks. That took maybe five or ten years. And anyway, I think this particular killing had more to do with excessive consumption of alcohol. Two men had come to town with their families to enjoy the evening. Near Jubilee Park, not far from the hotel, the men got into an altercation with a group of soldiers who were also out on the town. After fortifying themselves with some adult beverages, the two men tried to get into the hotel to look for the soldiers but were not allowed in. Back outside, not far from the hotel, one of the two men hit the watchman, who then fashioned himself a club of some sort to retaliate but got beaten to death before he could take action. If I recall correctly, the charge was reduced from murder to some lesser offense before the defendant was found guilty. Would you happen to know who was the manager / owner of Robin Hotel back then? Sorry, felicia, I’ve tried to recall but it’s not coming back to me, not even a surname. Please accept my apologies. felicia March 28, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply No worries, Ipoh Remembered. Perhaps someone out there can help us out with the manager’s name… Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!