As with many heritage hotels in Penang, the buildings that The Edison George Town is housed in boasts of a fascinating past. This Anglo-Colonial mansion is located on Lebuh Leith within the boundary of the UNESCO World Heritage precinct, and was designed according to the style of a time when tycoons made the area their home. Built in 1906 for a tycoon named Yeo Wee Gark, it comprised a main residence and an annex for servants’ quarters.
Today, after going through world wars, renovations and the passage of time, it’s one of the most well-known boutique hotels in George Town. By creatively melding the original architecture and design details with contemporary elements and comfort, The Edison George Town opened in 2016 and quickly became a traveller favourite. Winning top honours at both the World Luxury Hotel Awards and the World Boutique Hotel Awards, The Edison George Town is also the only hotel in Penang accepted into the prestigious affiliation of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Photo: The Edison George Town
What to expect
The current owners astutely retained the building’s rich heritage and added amenities like a salt chlorinated swimming pool, The Lounge (breakfast venue and lounge) and The Courtyard (a central courtyard featuring original cast-iron columns and frescos).
There are 35 spacious rooms – Deluxe, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Premium, and Suite – all elegantly decorated to showcase Penang’s distinctive heritage. Room rates include Continental breakfast, personalised concierge service, all-day snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and curated recommendations for what to see and eat in the vicinity. The Lounge also serves pre-dinner wine, which is a great start to an evening of sampling the wide variety of eateries near the hotel.
Gracious hospitality is the best way to describe service here and guests can expect personalised service from the moment they check in. Another advantage of the hotel is its location as it’s walking distance to all the significant sites to visit from the colourful nightlife and street food of Lebuh Chulia to the famed temples, churches and mosques that make the city so interesting.
Stay here to indulge yourself, to appreciate its history and architecture and simply because it’s a beautiful boutique hotel.