10 Best Heritage Hotels in Penang

Best vintage hotels in Penang

Penang’s old world, vintage charm is a standout feature of the island state, from atmospheric Chinese storefronts doubling as restaurants with gorgeous or quirky interior designs (sometimes both) to local homes that have withstood the test of time. However, nowhere is this timeless charisma more ever-present than among the island’s hotel landscape, with colonial-era townhouses beautifully refurbished and converted into hotels that preserve their architectural roots.

Our list of the 10 Best Heritage Hotels in Penang covers a range of options that include sprawling, high end grand dames to quirky boutique offerings that are suitable for budget travellers. Read on to find out the finest heritage stays in Georgetown, all of which bring the past to life.

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    2014 Winner Certificate Of Excellence by Tripadvisor.1881 Chong Tian Cultural Hotel is a wholesome five-star boutique property set along Jalan Pintal Tali in the centre of Georgetown, just 20 minutes away from the Penang International Airport.A thriving hotel back in the 1800s, it has been given new lease on life with a facelift that has created a truly remarkable property: certain aspects of the building - in particular the lobby - are done up to look like a typical traditional Chinese home, adding hugely to the pleasure of staying here.The real centrepiece within the 130 year-old hotel is unquestionably its onsite 1,000sqft museum which houses a collection of antiques from the Ming, Qing and Tang dynasties sourced from the hotel owners private collection. Read More...

    Superb 4.9/5

    Clove Hall is an Edwardian Anglo-Malay colonial-era bungalow turned hotel, located along Clove Hall Road, its namesake: the property is small and intimate in comparison to big-name hotel brands but there is charm-a-plenty throughout.Hotel facilities are limited to apool but Clove Hall offers a personal trainer and yoga classes for guests who want to keep fit even while on holiday, while those looking in need of R&R can indulge in a manicure, pedicure or massage treatment in the comfort of their room.There are only six rooms available (ranging in size from 49sqm to 74sqm), each done up in rustic yet regal style. Read More...

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    Eastern And Oriental Hotel, a five-star Penang property founded by the Sarkies brothers in 1885, is steeped in history and gives the impression of containing a world within itself.A true homage to the British-Raj era, when it first opened it had the longest seafront (spanning 902sqft) of any hotel in the world, and went on to welcome world famous personalities of the time including Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Douglas Fairbanks and more.Set along Lebuh Farquhar, it is the only hotel in Georgetown with prime sea-facing real estate, making it well placed for sightseeing opportunities, allowing guests easy access to several Penang landmarks such as Fort Cornwallis, the Penang State Museum and the 1903 Victorian-style City Hall. Read More...

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    Hotel Penaga is the prototypical Penang boutique heritage hotel - a gorgeously-preserved collection of 15 pre-war terraces enhanced by antique Peranakan and Balinese furnishings and fixtures and turned into a hotel.However, this is one property which does things just a little bit differently - one of its unique features being an onsite program in which the hotel hosts a visiting artist (from anywhere in the world) for a few months.Given a stipend and free lodging, these artists are allowed to practice their craft and showcase their pieces in the hotels onsite artists studio: in exchange, at the end of their tenure at Hotel Penaga, they present a piece of their work to the hotel for display. Read More...

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    With a stay at East Indies Mansion in George Town (Downtown George Town), you'll be steps from Pinang Peranakan Mansion and 7 minutes by foot from Fort Cornwallis.Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and express check-out.Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite. Read More...

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    1926 Heritage Hotel is a great option for guests on a budget looking for a hotel with fun but traditional flair.History buffs will get a particular kick out of a stay here since it was built in 1926 (hence the name), and used to be home to British colonial officers and local administrators when the country was occupied by western forces during World War II.Playing up its Anglo Malay architecture, the interior design of its 96 rooms are a mix of styles.On one hand, Victorian style windows and polished golden wood floors are prevalent, while simple white bedspread covered beds and bucket armchairs keep them modern. Read More...

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    Armenian St Heritage Hotel is a three-star newcomer located along Lebuh Carnavon Street that surprises from the get-go.Its unassuming exterior facade belies its classy, polished interior: flying under the Tune Hotels brand, colonial charm is conveyed with minimal fuss but to maximum effect courtesy of polished wooden floors, gilded art frames with local artwork and plenty of woodwork.Its 92 air-conditioned rooms come with simple amenities such as a choice of a queen-sized bed or a pair of singles and an attached bathroom with rainforest shower facilities.In-room amenities for each unit include a luggage rack, working desk, flat screen TV with cable programming, hair dryer, electronic safety deposit box and free Wi-Fi. Read More...

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    Deluxcious Heritage Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah in the centre of Georgetown, just a few minutes walk away from the popular 32 at The Mansion, as well as Upper Penang Roads vast array of nightclubs.Guests in the mood to sample some of the islands best local cuisine will be glad to know that a couple of Penangs most famous nasi kandar restaurants, Nasi Kandar Line Clear and Restoran Sup Hameed Nasi Kandar, is only a five-minute walk away.However, those in the mood for fine dining cuisine will be glad to know that the hotels Deluxcious Restaurant is helmed by award winning Penang chef, Keith Khoo. Read More...

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    Palanquinn Heritage Suites takes boutique luxury to new heights.A bed-and breakfast styled with plenty of Peranakan flair, guests will be impressed not only by its attractive interior design and beautiful conservation efforts, but also by its top notch service.A set of two pre-war 1920s townhouses located along Bangkok Lane (off Jalan Burma), the hotel presents traditional, colonial charm with terracotta tiles, iron lamps, whitewashed powder-white shutters, mosaic-patterned ceramic sinks and tubs and more.Nearby points of interest to the hotel include Gurney Drive, where shopping enthusiasts will be glad to know that there are several island-famous malls such as Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon. Read More...

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    ke-lan-tan House, a historical and peaceful place to stay in the middle of Penang concrete jungle.The house originally was built by the immigrant from China who came for business or skill labor work in Malaya.It has more than 100 years House is a 2 storey tall building with 10 rooms.Three of the room is located at the ground floor and the rest of them located at the first floor.There are two rooms which we specially design for family with children.The room consists of a queen size bed and two single beds for their kids.The center of attraction in ke-lan-tan House would be the master bedroom. Read More...

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