STAYCATION: HOTEL PENAGA, GEORGETOWN PENANG

Hotel Penaga is situated within UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the heart of Georgetown, Penang Malaysia. The hotel was converted from a cluster of 15 pre-war terraces and shophouses, facing Hutton, Transfer Road and Clark Street into a boutique hotel with 45 beautiful spacing rooms, a restaurant, bar and a lounge that maintains the hidden gem of Hotel Penaga.

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The hotel has 3 room categories which comprise:-

 Clarke Terrace House – Traditional Terrace House (Internal stairs, 2 bedroom) – 5 units

Transfer Suites – Suites (Suites with 2 balconies / Suites without balconies) – 4 units each

Hutton Rooms (Deluxe Room) (Disabled access) – 32 units

Each room or suite has it’s own unique characteristic designs and furnished with antique cabinets, benches and chairs. We were fascinated with the charming and uniqueness of the Clarke Terrace that we stayed over when the moment we stepped in. It has an entire renovated terrace house all to ourselves. First floor offers a spacious living room and a bar area with a mini kitchen. At the back is a private jacuzzi perfect for chill out spa with few people. On the second floor, there are two rooms with attached bathrooms. One of the room has a private balcony with seating that can sit down and relax. Truly amazing facilities and enjoyment to explore the terrace.1Hotel Penaga 9 1Hotel Penaga 10 1Hotel Penaga 31Hotel Penaga 4

True enough that the modernize and vibrant designs details gives us a ‘wow’ impression. Mixture of modern and ancient decors with exquisite paintings from Asian artists enhance the beauty of the room. They even have the olden days switch in the room.Understand from the staff that, they have an artists in residence program where they are provided living space and an allowance for artists to soak up George Town and produce new works. The artist will then give a piece of their works to the hotel towards the end of the stay as a return. Thus, this explains that each rooms in Penaga has their own uniqueness of paintings, sculptures and pieces with their story.1Hotel Penaga 1 1Hotel Penaga 5

One of the room in the Clarke Terrace which I stayed over. The bed was huge and comfortable to get cosy with. I slept very well throughout the night.1Hotel Penaga 2

Just a random shot of the shower room with full-equipped facilities.Also, there is a walk-in shower with a rain shower head. Perfectly awesome after a long day sweating outside.

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The shot taken to see how transparent the glass to see through during shower time in one of the room in Clarke Terrace. The rooms are well-equiped with flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock. Suites also have an espresso machine as well. So do our terrace place where you can cup of espresso and read a book at the spacious living room.

The room has the stain glassed windows which is colourful and beautiful. However, it is unable to block the stream of day light. Fret not, the hotel has the wooden window to block the ray of light. Our room is just in front of the streets and got to hear some car and motorcycle noise.Thus, if you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs and eye mask to get beauty sleep.

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Breakfast are available in Hotel Penaga. The dining place is also Cinnamon Restaurant area where hotel guests can enjoy the sun ray lights from the huge glass with the swimming pool by the side. The hotel provides a spread of western and asian flavours which includes fresh fruits, pastries and breads, cereals and cooked dishes. The chef are there to prepare the choice of eggs that we want. You name it the types of the eggs and there you have it for your first meal of the day.1Hotel Penaga 111Hotel Penaga Restaurant111Hotel Penaga

Penaga also have in-house restaurant called Cinnamon Restaurant that offers a mix of Western and Asian Cuisine. Tanglung bar and Library Lounge offers a relaxing evening with variety selection of bar snacks to pair with beverages.1Hotel Penaga Spa 1 1Hotel Penaga Spa 3 1Hotel Penaga Spa 2

The spa in Penaga is inspired by the healing qualities of the indigenous plants of the Malay Penisula. There provide the ancient remedies and treatments which comes in various spa therapies to rejuvenate the body. The ambience of the spa room was so comfortable and relaxing to calm the mind while enjoying the moment of goodness. The spa room is furnished with separate changing room that include shower, sauna and toilet. This ease the convenience after treatment.

The staffs here are friendly and helpful towards the hotel guests. They provide assistance with a smile greeting. I personally feel that customer service plays an important role to provide a pleasant stay. If you are intending to explore Penang for next destination, why not try out Hotel Penaga with vintage feel? Indeed a different experience stay in a heritage boutique. It has an ideal location where easily walking distance away from the mural streets arts, attractions and local foods.

P/S: Thanks for Hotel Penaga & Migme for the kind hospitality and experience touring around the hotel. All reviews are purely based on my experiences and opinions.Stay tuned to my #MigupPenang post soon!

Hotel Penaga

Corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke

10050 Georgetown

Penang, Malaysia

Tel: +60 4261 1891

Fax: +60 4261 1893

Email: info@hotelpenaga.com

Website: www.hotelpenaga.com

STAYCATION: SYOK HOSTEL @ CHULIA STREET, PENANG

“Syok” is from Malay language and it means ‘good’. So when you heard people say ‘so syok’, it means ‘so good’. Ms Karen Tan is the woman behind Syok Management company. Located along Chulia street, Syok Hostel and Spices B&B started with boutique accommodation concept to accomodate different travelling styles.6SYOK Hostel 6 7SYOK Hostel 7
SYOK Hostel shines among others with the colour theme of orange accents that located at the corner of Lebuh Chulia in Georgetown area. The travelling distance from airport to the hostel is about 30-45 minutes drive. You can take a taxi with RM44.70 fare for one way distance or take a public bus to Komtar and walk about 15 minutes to reach the destination.5SYOK Hostel 5
With the unique hostel appearance, it attracts travelers from different part of the world. I was quite concern with the hostel stay. However, my worries and concerns gone after I stepped into the dorm. At SYOK, there are female and mixed dorms available with made to measure bed for occupants.The dorm has 6 to 8 bunk beds where individual bed has electrical socket and personal locker inside the dorm for mixed and female dorms. The hostel also cater a double room with queen size bed for those who prefer more privacy.
WI-FI services are available as well. Occupants are provided with towels and blankets upon checking in to the dorm with a miniumum deposit of RM50.This is the policy by SYOK management.8SYOK Hostel 8 14SYOK Hostel 14 9SYOK Hostel 910SYOK Hostel 10

What makes the hostel even comfortable and cosy, there is air conditioner in each dorms. Definitely a cosy and affordable budget stay for a hostel stay.13SYOK Hostel 13 11SYOK Hostel 11

Since it’s a hostel, occupants will need to share the common toilet and shower room. In Syok, there are quite a number of toilets and shower rooms to cater the facilities to the occupants. There is a separate female shower room where female occupants will not have any worries enjoying the facilities.1SYOK Hostel 1SYOK Hostel 1 12SYOK Hostel 12

As you walk your way up to level 3, there is the common room where breakfast is served and occupants can mingle and bonding area. Once you step in to room, there is a huge board where people write the things they want to do before they die. The comfortable sofa and colourful beans chairs are just nice to hang around and get cosy with some books and playing musics. Since it is a budget-oriented hostel, we need to wash and clear our utensils after having our breakfast or using their utensils. I personally think it’s reasonable to do so in hostel though. Also, SYOK has night movie on every Saturday night at 9PM.2SYOK Hostel 2 3SYOK Hostel 3

People in SYOK is also friendly and approachable. They provide guidance and maps for us when we were seeking for places to go around Georgetown area. I think this is one of the added advantage whenever you are travelling. Meeting with friendly people is all we need to make our trip smooth and enjoyable. Thanks to SYOK team for their kind and warm hospitality throughout the stay.

Overall Syok is a good place to stay if you are going with a big group of people or friends. This will be an awesome place for friends who travel together. We even heard compliments from a ‘AngMoh’ guest on the last day when we check out.

You can visit their website to know more in details:-
P/S: Thanks SYOK Hostel Team & Migme for the kind hospitality throughout the stay.Reviews are based on my experiences and opinions. I will blog about my #MigupPenang experience soon.
Location:
Syok at Chulia Hostel
+604 263 2663
+604 262 3018
458, Chulia Street
George Town
Penang 10200
Malaysia

SYNC Korean Tapas Bar – Christmas Menu

I am back again to Sync branch at Serangoon gardens. This time round, Sync Korean Tapas bar has launched the first Korean-inspired Holiday menu starting from 12th December to 2nd January 2015.Sync Korean Holiday Menu 1 Sync Korean Tapas Holiday Menu

There is a selection of six mouth-watering tapas and mains that start from S$9.90 onwards. Here are the enjoyable lists that I tried the other day :-Sync Korean Christmas Citrus Salad

Christmas Citrus Salad S$9.90 is the colourful salad made with pomegranate, orange and mesclum, topped with citrus dressing. The fruits combination into the salad enhances the fruity and refreshing after taste before mains.Sync Korean Sweet Potato Croquettes

Sweet Potato Croquettes S$10.90 which is the traditional Korean sweet potatoes fried with cheese and chorizo, topped with apple salsa. Combination of crispy layer with soft texture bites in the inner was nicely done and attractive presentation.Sync Korean Clay Duck Ssam

Clay Duck Ssam S$10.90 is the blending traditional Korean food with Christmas flavour. The clay duck meat is served with Korean daikon and a perilla leaf. Meat texture was soft and tender and balance off with the fragrance of the perilla leaf.Sync Korean Turkey Risotto

Turkey Risotto S$26.90 is something interesting. Turkey roulade with Korean barley risotto topped with sautéed mushrooms and cranberries. It’s my first time trying barley risotto and surprisingly it is quite filling than the normal ones. It’s like having bubble pearls and chewy. For barley lovers, you might want to try this special combination.Sync Korean Kalbi jim

Kalbi jim S$26.90 is the short ribs braised for 48 hours with Korean sauce,s erved with mashed potatoes, pickled daikon and marinated with kalbi jim, a Korean flavoring. We enjoyed this as the thickness of the beef was just nice to feel the texture and juiciness of the meat.Sync Korean Chestnut Crunchy Bar

Chestnut Crunchy Bar S$10.90 comes with the chestnut mousse in a chocolate tart shell, topped with crunchy pearls and orange gel. Loving the generous coating chocolate and gives the dessert a dazzling looks under the bright lighting. Neither too sweet nor overwhelming and this is just awesome to end a perfect meal.

SYNC Korean Tapas Bar

12 Maju Avenue

Serangoon Garden Estate

Opening Hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM (Mon, Wed, Thurs)

                          11:00AM – 12:00AM (Fri to Sun)

Closed on Tuesdays

Tel: 6282 0612

Facebook: facebook.com/syncbistro

Official Hashtag : #SYNCTapas


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