Heritage hotels in Penang’s George Town are like sunshine in the tropics; there are plenty of them to go around. If you need a break from the clinical modernity of the high-rise hotel scene, get yourself to where local culture meets old-world luxury at these stunning vacation spots.
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Jawi Peranakan Mansion
This Anglo-Indian mansion was restored in 2012 and now boasts eight spectacular rooms and six family suites. Hutton Lane, where the mansion is located, was once called the Malay Millionaire’s Row of George Town, home to the upscale Jawi Peranakan community (local Muslims of Malay and Southeast Asian ancestry).
Room price range: RM424 to RM700 per night
153 Jalan Hutton, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-261 8888
Photo: Chulia Heritage Hotel/Facebook
Chulia Heritage Hotel
The Chulia Heritage Hotel is a great choice for group stays. The entrance to this beautiful 45-room hotel is disguised as a long, curved alleyway. It's just a walk away from great places like Chulia Hawker Street. Take your time exploring George Town with the free bike rental options at Chulia Heritage Hotel.
Room price range: RM92 to RM298 per night
380 Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04 -263 3380
Photo: The Blue Mansion
The Blue Mansion
You can't meander about in George Town without giving The Blue Mansion a try. Built by wealthy Chinese businessman and diplomat Cheong Fatt Tze in the late 19th century, the Blue Mansion features 18 lavish boutique rooms and offers daily tours around the public area of the mansion that is open to the public.
Room price range: RM500 to RM1,098 per night
14 Leith Street, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-262 0006
Photo: Campbell House Penang
Campbell House Penang
From its warm and welcoming lobby to its stylishly-decorated rooms, Campbell House Penang really draws in the crowd. Its centralised location puts it within walking distance of great street food, as well as everything from antique shops and book-cafes to a majestic mosque at the corner of the nearby Pitt Street and Buckingham Street.
Room price range: RM419 to RM507 per night
106 Lebuh Campbell, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-261 8290
Photo: Macalister Mansion/Facebook
The long stretch of Macalister Road is dotted with food stalls, tea restaurants and budget hotels aplenty. Along this road stands a restored colonial English mansion that once belonged to Sir Norman Macalister, one of the first British Governors of Penang. The grounds are extensive and the mansion's facade imposing, but the interior is even more impressive; each of the eight rooms here contains specially commissioned art pieces as part of the decor.
Room price range: RM720 to RM1,377 per night
228 Macalister Road, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-2283 888
Photo: 23LoveLane Hotel
This exquisite 10-room hotel has undergone multiple renovations at various points since the 1800s, comprising four heritage quarters: an Anglo-Indian bungalow, a Straits Eclectic building, a 1920s Jack Roof Annexe and an Indian Shop House. Located a few minutes away from the main building are the recently-added Muntri Suites, formerly a pre-war shophouse lot.
Room price range: RM364 to RM1,733 per night
23 Love Lane, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-262 1323
Photo: MuseuM Hotel/Facebook
This 1929 building holds nine terraces, each boasting elaborate decor with art pieces from the hotel owner’s private collection. True to its name, the hotel has a private museum (open to guests only) that features more antiques from the owner’s private collection.
Room price range: RM280 to RM625 per night
76 Jalan A.S Mansor (Off Transfer Road), Penang
Tel: 04-226 6668