Why pick a basic stay when you can check in to one of these?
The island of Penang is known for its exotic holiday experiences ranging from unique local gastronomical offerings to exquisite heritage sights. On top of that, the paradise is surrounded by mesmerising natural charms and countless hidden gems, which if you were to wanting to discover them all, you’ll be needing a place to stay for a night or two.
When it comes to hotels in Penang, there are so many options you can choose from the budget-friendly backpacker hotels to the luxurious 5-star suites. Listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, the island boasts an impressive lists of insightful historical buildings in which some have gone through gentrification and revived as new establishments — including hotels.
If you are looking forward to experiencing a unique stay, then you are on the right page because we’ve picked our personal favourites just for you. Shall we go back in time to, say, Edwardian era?
Located along Muntri Street in George Town, Muntri Mews was once a communal parking for horse carriages back in the 19th century. This double-storey establishment has undergone a few phases of restoration process with the architectural framework maintained as close to its original forms as possible with only minor additions to strengthen the structures as they are.
Muntri Mews is perfect for those who travel in big group as the rooms are spacious with the smallest being the Mews Standard Room which can fit a small family of four (terms and conditions apply). The largest is Mews Residence 1 which is located in the building opposite the Mews Cafe and it can house a maximum of 20 occupancies.
Quietly tucked at the corner of the same street as Muntri Mews’s, right behind Thean Hou Temple, Muntri Grove was once a row of 10 modest houses built as living quarters for workers serving the wealthy families of the grand houses of Muntri Street. It was originally among the earliest double-storey houses built in the 19th century with low roofs, small living spaces, and only two rooms each unit.
Muntri Grove, as opposed to Muntri Mews, is catered to couples who want a peaceful and pristine stay while experiencing the romantic yet unique ambiance of the Edwardian era. Due to the limited space, Muntri Grove offers only one type of room which is the Deluxe King Rooms. The rooms are so spacious, thanks to its high ceiling lined with burnished recycled timbers gives warmth and comfort.
Back in the 1900s, the building that houses The Edison was previously a residence where wealthy Chinese tycoons dwelled in. It was then transformed into a hotel post-Second World War before taking on another role as an administrative edifice during the Japanese Occupation. Fast forward to today, The Edison is known as a luxury hotel – the best role it has played yet.
A luxury boutique hotel that prioritizing the comfort in simplicity, The Edison keeps every part of the hotel straightforward. Each room of unique sizes and original layouts is decorated with modern touches of tiles and marbles.
Kim Haus Loft
More than just a boutique hotel, Kim Haus Loft right in the heart of Campbell Street has under its same roof a goldsmith museum that pays an homage to the building’s history as a renowned jewelry store in the 80’s and 90s’. The Goldsmith Museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia which offers an array of vintage goldsmith tools from different parts of the world.
Adopting a minimalistic yet functional decor, each room is fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a bidet and shower (except private room). There are three types of rooms — private rooms (hostel-style with common baths), standard and studio rooms with an en-suite.
Rope Walk Guesthouse
Rope Walk Guesthouse along Jalan Pintal Tali is 3 double-storey heritage shophouses combined. The name pays homage to the historical street it is built on. Tracing back to 19th century when ropes were in demand, there was a shop set up on the street by traditional rope spinner who made ropes out of coconut husk.
The Frame Guesthouse
The name speaks for itself. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 3-storey heritage shophouse was once a frame maker shop. The restoration process was carried out by only limiting it to the high necessary and leaving the rest untouched, including the traces of a removed electrical appliances as well as the rough, peeling walls.
*Featured image via George Town Heritage & Hotels.