Heritage Weekend Hotel Stays In Penang
One of the Top 10 Cities to visit in 2016.
Recently, the folks at Lonely Planet listed our Penang Island as number 4 on the ‘Best in Travel’ Cities to visit in 2016. Besides being our UNESCO heritage site, Penang is fondly known for its’ historical buildings, architecture and decades of traditional charm.
Usually when I visit this city, I would choose the normal modern looking hotels with swimming pools and basic facilities. However, to appreciate the charming and traditional aspect of Penang, I did a quick research on Agoda to see what came up. What is unique is that each hotel comes with its own history as most of these buildings were restored as close as possible to its original state.
Therefore for a budget of USD $30 – USD $99 a night, this is what I gathered. Between a splurge to mid-weight cost for a good nights sleep in Penang, these places will make us feel at home and at the same time understand the city or its’ culture better.
1. Straits Heritage @ Soo Hong Lane Heritage House
This boutique hotel is located in the center of Georgetown, a UNESCO heritage of Malaysia. The place reminds me of the Blue Mansion with its’ prosperity inspired decorations. From the auspicious bat symbols at the main entrance to the water koi pond, guests are able to feel the good vibes of feng-shui that fills the entire space. The Heritage House also comes with a rooftop and a view of Georgetown below. Interesting heritage sites and murals are also located within walking distance from the hotel.
Address: No.16, Soo Hong Lane, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-263 8128 | Additional Info: Airport transfer, comes with a garden, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $98.16 a night | Website: Straits Heritage Soo Hong Lane
2. East Indies Mansion
This gorgeous hotel used to be the former home of Koh Lay Huan, a wealthy and educated man who played an important part in the history of Penang. It took a lot of time to restore this residence to its original form, giving the guests a feel of the past during their stay here. What I love about this place is it’s wooden louvres window peeping from the entrance balcony, the small details in the decoration which truly makes anyone feel at home. The mansion has 8 rooms and comes with friendly facilities for your holiday stay.
Address: No.25, Lebuh China (World Heritage Zone), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-261 8025 | Additional Info: Bicycle rental, grocery deliveries, airport transfer, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $94.23 a night | Website: East Indies Hotel or East Indies Mansion FB
3. Coffee Atelier
Coffee Atelier was once a row of shophouses with different types of trades taking place on its’ ground floor premises. In this 5 interlinked, restored building is the number 55 coffee shop, a merchant workshop with the original wood-fired coffee roasting equipment which stands until today. The hotel also comes with a restaurant, an art gallery, a coffee museum (yes!), and family suites with modern amenities. I wouldn’t mind waking up to the smell of coffee downstairs before exploring the city.
Address: No.47-55, Lorong Stewart, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-261 2261| Additional Info: Babysitting services, coffee shop, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $71.43 a night | Website: Coffee Atelier
4. Noordin Mews Hotel
The website introduces the hotel as a boutique accommodation for today’s flashpacker, which resonates with most travelers. Located on Noordin Street, the design of the hotel was inspired by the street name which used to be a Wembley Cinema in the 1950s. The white walls makes the place look larger than life. The main building of Noordin Mews is a classic 1920s Peranakan shophouse, with its own laneway Mews. This lane was originally for trishaws, handcarts and servant quarters for the prominent families back then. It also comes with a private swimming pool for quality family time.
Address: No.53, Noordin Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-263 7125| Additional Info: Babysitting services, coffee shop, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $79.79 a night | Website: Noordin Mews
5. The Royal Bintang Penang
Something modern with a heritage twist to add to this list. The Royal Bintang Penang is a 4-star hotel, restored from a building built in 1892, with modern rooms and heritage class. If you’re in for a slight splurge whether for holiday or business in Penang, this hotel comes with a private swimming pool, jacuzzi, business center, and meeting rooms. The location is within walking distance to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Tanjung City Marina, and the Penang Heritage Trust.
Address: No.1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-259 8888 | Additional Info: Car hires, facilities for disabled guests, business center, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $66.72 a night | Website: Royale Bintang Penang
6. Noordin Street House
Another sister hotel by the owner of Noordin Mews, this boutique Noordin Street House is located right in the centre of Georgetown, close to most of the attractions. The street is named after H.M. Noordin, a prominent Indian Muslim merchant, philanthropist, and benefactor of the Kapitan Keling Mosque. The place is reminiscent of a Peranakan home with its’ retro wooden carvings seen on the doors, furnitures and even the beds. The hotel comes with an indoor pool, a roof-top garden and an in-house cafe serving delicious Asian and Western dishes.
Address: No.71-73, Noordin Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-262 7173 | Additional Info: Bicycle rental, babysitting, BBQ facilities, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $64.93 a night | Website: Noordin Street House
7. Ren I Tang Heritage Inn
At first glance, the Ren I Tang Heritage Inn looks like an ordinary shophouse corner building, with its long wooden shutters surrounding the top floors. One could have mistaken it for a local merchant trade if not for the entrance hall downstairs and hotel signage. This hotel was once a Chinese medical hall called Yin Oi Tong, established in 1796, founded by Koo Suk Chuan, a medicine-peddler immigrant from Canton. Chinese herbalists are still popular now with people visiting the shop to see the Sinseh (Chinese herbalist), to help identify their medical problems. In place of the medical hall, you’ll find the living quarters for your stay here along with the working areas such as a museum, courtyard herb garden, a bistro and a “Macam-Macam Souvenir Shop”.
Address: 82A, Lebuh Penang, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. | Call: +60 4-250 8383 | Additional Info: Library, luggage storage, family room, free wi-fi in all rooms. | Price: Starts from $59.98 a night | Website: Ren I Tang
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.