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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke
Tel: +60 4261 1891
Fax: +60 4261 1893