So you’ve decided on a short getaway to Malaysia’s food capital and you already have an itinerary in mind — there’s just one thing left to do; locking down your hotel in Penang.
If you’re looking for a peaceful, personalised experience steeped in Penang’s culture, boutique hotels are the way to go. There are many boutique hotels in Penang which offer guests an authentic cultural experience combined with beautifully designed spaces. This article will uncover the 7 best boutique hotels in Penang for an unforgettable vacation. Let’s get started!
The Edison George Town
The Edison entrance, Picture credit: The Edison George Town
If you’re looking for aesthetic boutique hotels in George Town Penang which is close to all the must-visit places, you’ll want to check out The Edison. Exuding elegance, class and culture, this is hands down one of the best boutique hotels in Penang.
Located on Lebuh Leith (the street named after Sir George Alexander William Leith, the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Prince of Wales Island), this heritage building was designed and built in 1906 with opulence in mind. It features generous open spaces and elaborated use of stone, metal, glass and timber.
The Edison hotel lobby, Picture credit: The Edison George Town
The Edison’s interior design offers whimsical touches of heritage combined with timeless furnishings to create a charming ambience. The hotel’s generosity is evident as you step into the cosy lounge where you’re welcomed to help yourself to complimentary coffee, sodas, premium teas and a wide selection of local snacks and candy.
Address: 15 Lebuh Leith, 10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-262 2990
Campbell House Penang
Campbell House exterior, Picture credit: Campbell House Penang
This charming heritage boutique hotel in George Town Penang takes pride in its authentic style and quality service. It features cosy beautiful rooms which transport you back in time to 1903 when the building was built.
The hotel is owned by husband and wife power couple Roberto and Nardya, who bought the building in 2008 with the aim to establish a unique boutique hotel in Penang which leaves guests with fond memories. They are now proud that the Campbell House has become one of the best boutique hotels in George Town.
In addition to the hotel’s rich heritage and aesthetics, it’s also the perfect place to stay if you’re on a Penang food trip as it’s located close to some of the best food places such as Hameediyah.
Address: 106 Lebuh Campbell, 10100 George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-261 8290
Cheong Fatt Tze (The Blue Mansion Penang)
The Blue Mansion exterior, Picture credit: Cheong Fatt Tze -The Blue Mansion
Class, culture and luxury is at the core of The Blue Mansion where you’ll be given the opportunity to step into the shoes of the great Cheong Fatt Tze, the successful businessman and diplomat who built the mansion.
This iconic boutique hotel in George Town offers 18 individually themed rooms furnished with luxurious amenities and precious heirlooms. Enjoy breakfast and sunset drinks in the beautiful inner courtyards before experiencing a fine dining interpretation of traditional Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine at the Cheong Fatt Tze Restaurant.
Pool area at The Blue Mansion, Picture credit: Cheong Fatt Tze -The Blue Mansion
Other amenities include a swimming pool surrounded by serene Chinese gardens and a luxurious spa.
Address: 14 Lebuh Leith, 10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-262 0006
Noordin Mews Heritage Hotel
Pool area at Noordin Mews Heritage Hotel, Picture credit: Noordin Mews Heritage Hotel
This heritage boutique hotel offers the perfect balance of old meets new. It features timber floors, classic designs and a mixture of vintage and modern furnishings.
If you’re a fan of heritage building architecture, you’ll definitely admire the hotel’s classic symmetrical floor tiles, ornate archway carvings and framed photos from the early 1900s.
Aside from the architecture, this hotel has a few notable perks. It serves complimentary daily breakfast and pet lovers will be happy to hear that it is also a pet-friendly hotel — so no family member gets left behind!
Address: 53 Lebuh Noordin, 10300 George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-263 7125
Seven Terraces Penang
Courtyar, Picture credit: Seven Terraces
Built in the late 19th century, Seven Terraces is made up of a row of Anglo-Chinese terrace shophouses which have been transformed into 16 spacious suites. Fun fact: these houses were a redevelopment of the original Lee Kongsi building circa 1893 (the era when George Town’s Kelly maps were just completed).
The Seven Terraces architecture features colonial design, classical decorative details and a covered walkway which connects the suites on the ground floor. You’ll also notice striking traditional Chinese architecture such as open courtyards and air wells which allow light and air into all the rooms.
The ground floor is also home to the reception, swimming pool, lounge and Kebaya Restaurant.
Address: Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-264 2333
The Boutique Residence Hotel Penang
Pool area, Picture credit: The Boutique Residence Hotel Penang
Built on the grounds of the old trading port’s shophouses in George Town, The Boutique Residence Hotel has been transformed into a fusion of Asian and European design with accents of heritage and contemporary comfort.
Rain or shine, you’ll always have the chance to relax in the hotel’s indoor pool. There’s also the Little Boutique Cafe to satisfy any cravings for American food.
The hotel is also just a 12-minute walk from 1st Avenue Mall while the city centre is only 10 minutes away on foot.
Address: 133, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, 10400 George Town, Penang
Tel: 017-556 7619
The Prestige Hotel Penang
Bedroom, Picture credit: The Prestige Hotel Penang
The Prestige Hotel is a new boutique hotel in Penang offering guests a luxurious experience complemented by the charm of modern Victorian colonial design.
Inspired by its colonial Victorian heritage, the hotel boasts 162 beautifully designed rooms, an all-day dining area, event spaces and a gorgeous rooftop infinity pool — perfect for taking a dip on a sunny day while admiring the view.
Infinity pool, Picture credit: The Prestige Hotel Penang
The hotel is also located within walking distance to Penang’s famous cultural places and must-try dining spots.
Address: 8 Gat Lebuh Gereja,10300, George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-217 5888
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