What struck me about this lodge in Ipoh, Perak, was its standout lavender exterior.

Was the owner a fan of the Purple One? Is he a fan of the recently departed and very much missed Prince – the genius singer, musician and composer?

Owner and operator Edmund Chak refutes any links to Prince. He says purple, in all its various shades, has been his favourite colour since his schooldays. He’s not kidding as he had on a purple T-shirt matched with purple shorts. And did I spy a purple pair of slippers?

The colour theme is carried on in the interior but it’s all tastefully done. Sorry to disappoint any fans out there but there was no sign of Barney the Dinosaur (thank the heavens for that).

There are four large rooms at the lodge, all appropriately named – Amethyst, Violet, Lilac and Lavender.

“I might expand and include more rooms, so I am looking out for more names for these additional rooms. Do you have any suggestions?” asks Chak.

Most visitors are only familiar with Ipoh’s old town, and they all converge here for its famous restaurants and coffee shops that supposedly serve the best cuisine and snacks in the state capital.

Ipohites (though some say Ipohans), however, scoff at these tourist haunts with their congested road and terrible parking. They prefer to have their meals in Ipoh’s suburbs where the food is more delicious and much cheaper. One such locale is Pasir Pinji, where the lodge is located, about 2.4km from the city centre. It abounds with so many delectable food choices.

One of the larger rooms in Lavender Lodge which sticks to the purple theme.

One of the larger rooms in Lavender Lodge which sticks to the purple theme.

The lodge is on a road parallel to the main road leading into Pasir Pinji. On that main road, there are shops, banks and restaurants all within walking distance from the lodge.

There is ample parking at the lodge.

In fact, it has so much room it could fit a truck or two. And there is still space for a garden.

The living room is quite pleasing and the flowers discreetly carry the lavender theme along.

The living room is quite pleasing and the flowers discreetly carry the lavender theme.

The living room is nicely furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs, where you can watch television. There is a big dining area at the back equipped with a refrigerator, water dispenser, crockery and utensils. The rooms have comfortable beds and there is WiFi.

The rental is a steal with double rooms going for RM50 and RM60, and at RM80 per night for the larger ones. You can request for additional beds at RM30 each per night. Chak stays next door, so he is around to offer suggestions on where to go and where to eat (important for us Malaysians). Guests at this homestay are given their own set of keys so they can come in and out as they wished.

Going by the reviews I’ve seen so far, all his guests are pretty happy with the facilities and the smiling, courteous and helpful service Chak provides.

Add one more happy camper to the list.

Lavender Lodge

7 Jalan Teh Lay Seng, off Jalan Pasir Puteh
31650 Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 012-288 2722
www.facebook.com/LavenderLodgeIpoh