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Staying Historical in Georgetown

July 14, 2012

For our stay in Georgetown, I did a lot of research on Trip Advisor and other sources before selecting an accommodation.  Hotel Penaga, located just outside the official “core zone” of historic Georgetown, had fabulous reviews, which it lived up to and continued to exceed during our three-night stay.

Pictures of Hotel Penaga, Georgetown

Hotel Penaga in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor.

Hotel Penaga began as a group Chinese shophouses that were renovated to create this impeccable boutique hotel, which blends traditional architecture and Chinese antiques with modern touches.

These ranged from the red leather sofa and brushed brass lamps in our room (Hutton Suite) to some of the amazing contemporary art decorating the reception, hallways, and dining room.  In fact, the hotel hosts artists in residence, making it one of the hippest places ever to this art-lover.

The gorgeous Chinese antiques and modern decor aside, we found the accommodations to be just what we were looking for.  We had a corner room on the third floor, which was perfect for privacy and felt like our own retreat away from everything.  I would highly recommend requesting the third-floor if your room is street-facing, as the road noise is rather loud even at that level.  Luckily, WWW and I are naturally hard sleepers and were sleeping extra hard after hiking around in the heat and humidity all day.

Perhaps my favorite part of the entire stay was basking in the large walk-in shower with a rain shower head.  This was exquisite after a long, sweaty day of seeing the sights.  The jacuzzi tub was another plus.  I know, I know– I just complained about the heat, and now I want a bath (?).  Sometimes I don’t make much sense.  But, it was perfect for my aching muscles and tired feet.

Lovely bathroom with rain shower and jacuzzi tub

Another highlight of our stay at Hotel Penaga was the breakfast provided in the dining room each morning.  This was included with our room rate and infinitely better in my opinion than the over-rated breakfast at the Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur.  Here, we had fresh eggs, breakfast meats, yogurt, cereals, fruits, a wide assortment of scrumptious pastries (they have a French chef), and several Malay and other Asian dishes that varied each morning.  The chef also made omelettes to order, and there were a variety of juices, teas, and coffees to choose from.

We also tried the hotel bar and the restaurant for dinner one night.  These were nearly deserted, but I found both perfectly acceptable (particularly the laksa I ordered) for the convenience and good price.  We’d highly recommend walking to the nearby Eastern & Oriental Hotel for a truly superior cocktail experience though, and there are plenty of cheap and delicious restaurants all around Georgetown, as well as several night food markets.

Photos of Hotel Penaga, Georgetown

Lap pool beside the dining room. Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Aside from one supremely bizarre afternoon when we came back to find our room key not working, the batteries to our safe dead, and the air conditioner leaking (all of which the staff tended to happily and promptly!), our stay at Hotel Penaga was seamless.  The staff was friendly and helpful, and– while not a five-star establishment– I much preferred the hospitality and genuineness of Hotel Penaga to our stay in KL.  I guess I’m more of a boutique hotel or B&B kind of girl.  They even provided us with breakfasts to-go for our early departure for the airport.  These special touches made our stay, and you can see why this was a great place to “come home” every night in Georgetown.

Hotel Penaga ($100-250 USD/night, including breakfast)

Corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke, Georgetown, Pulau Penang 10050, Malaysia
Phone Number: (+60) 4-261 1891
*Disclaimer: This review reflects my honest personal experiences and opinions and was unpaid and unsponsored (though I wouldn’t say ‘no’ if Hotel Penaga would like to sponsor my next stay?).
Have you stayed in any stellar (or maybe not so much) places in Penang or Malaysia?  Tell us about it in the comments.
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