Penang is famed for its rich history and vibrant culture, and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in George Town. One to definitely check out is Areca Hotel, a collection of 12 newly-renovated pre-war shophouses located along Jalan Khoo Sian Ewe, a street named after one of the most influential business leaders in post-colonial Penang.
Areca Hotel features 48 well-appointed rooms comprising family suites, heritage rooms, heritage lofts and garden rooms. Chic contemporary furnishings blend seamlessly with the heritage architecture ensuring a comfortable stay, and providing welcome respite after a day of exploring the surrounding UNESCO heritage areas. There’s also a children’s room with toys to keep the little ones entertained, and a library and computer lounge to relax, read and catch up on emails.
If you want to take a break from Penang’s rich and diverse food scene, the Areca Café offers a delicious menu with dishes created by Swiss-trained Chef Azman Othman. Expect an interesting mix of modern European dishes and local specialties like Swiss Rösti, Lontong Soup and yoghurt marinated chicken to cater for all tastes.
This charming boutique hotel is strategically located in the centre of George Town and is the ideal spot to begin your exploration of the heritage zones by foot. It’s also just a 10-minute walk from Komtar where you can catch the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off bus and access all the top sights on the island. And just across the road from the hotel is the Penang Road Teochew Chendol stall – one of the most famous and a must-try while in Penang.
For more information on the hotel and room rates, visit www.arecahotelpenang.com