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“Absolute perfection!” 5 of 5 stars
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Clove Hall
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   11 Clove Hall Road, George Town, Penang Island 10050, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 147 George Town B&B and Inns
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“Absolute perfection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

I'm sorry this review has taken us so long to write. After daydreaming for the millienth time today about how fantastic Clove Hall was I finally got round to it. We absolutely LOVED it! We stayed on our honeymoon in May 2012 in the Clove Suite. The Suite was gorgeous, spacious, quirky and had the most amazing bathroom (plus gorgeous Thann products I've been trying to chase down in the UK ever since!). I would absolutely recommend choosing this room if you can. It is separate from the main building but only a few steps away. The pool and pool area are lovely and a perfect oasis to relax in the afternoon after wandering around Penang all morning. Jo and Jim are fantastic hosts, taking the time to talk to everyone and help them with local information and recommendations that may interest them. George the dog was a fun and entertaining character and all the staff were friendly and attentive. The breakfasts were up there with the best we had whilst we were travelling round Malaysia and the afternoon tea was a really nice treat whilst relaxing by the pool! We found the location ideal for exploring as it was only a short walk into Georgetown. Our other honeymoon highlights were Nazlina's Cookery School and the restaurant Thirty Two recommended by Jo and Jim - the tastiest food we had in Malaysia. We spent a month travelling up the West Coast of Malaysia and Clove Hall was without doubt my favourite place which I often think of fondly, thank you Jo and Jim for the beautiful memories!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We loved everything about Clove Hall. Stayed for three nights and didn't want to leave. Jo and Jim as well as everyone who worked there were so friendly and helpful, and George, the resident dog is the cutest most adorable creature!! The house is so tasteful, airy, spacious and charming in every way. We stayed in Cinnamon room which was amazing, huge, with a 4 poster bed and lovely living room, although it doesn't have a balcony, which, given a choice I would have preferred - the other rooms in the house do have them. However, it was still a brilliant room.
The pool is small but really lovely, and a perfect retreat after a hot day. Breakfast is made to order - the coconut jam was divine. The location is great, slightly away from the centre, allowing for a sense of peace, but only a short taxi ride away for all the sights. We strolled to Little India and it didn't seem far at all. Would definitely stay here again on our next visit. Thanks again Joe and Jim making our stay so perfect.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We researched Georgetown hotels before booking Clove Hall for 3 nights during Chinese New Year in Februray 2013. We enjoyed our stay enormously thanks to splendid accommodation, great service and attention from the staff as well as the warm and friendly reception from Jim and Jo. We must also not forget to mention the endless friendly attentions of George! The tastefully renovated house has only 6 suites; we were in Ginger which was huge and very comfortable. The atmosphere at Clove Hall is one of complete relaxation and although slightly away from Georgetown centre it is easily accessible by inexpensive taxi in 5 minutes or a 15/20 minute walk (although the heat put us off trying this option!). The pool is a great source of relaxation after wandering around Georgetown. We hope to return one day and will most certainly seek out Clove Hall again. Thank you all for a splendid stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Clove Hall is absolutely fabulous. Jo, Jim and the rest of the team were friendly, helpful and attentive. And George, the dog, is the cutest!

Great location. Just outside of Georgetown, i.e., away from the traffic and people. Many food choices around Clove Hall. The Thai restaurant opposite Clove Hall was great.

It is a place where you can just chill and chat. Truly relaxing.

Highly recommended for couples, families, friends.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The Clove Hall is a real boutique hotel - antique furniture tastefully arranged, perfect staff and friendly hosts and breathtaking rooms. We stayed in the main house in the room right above the porch. When you make your booking ask for this room - it's the best. Generally, I recommend to get in touch with Jo or Jim (the hosts) before your arrival. I need however to point out that the hotel is a bit outside the centre of Georgetown. It's a 25 minutes walk or a 5 minutes taxi ride. Apart from that the services and facilities provided (pool, drinks, massage (upon request)) are that good that one rather prefers to stay in this oasis than going out to see Georgetown.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Coming back to Penang since October 2012, I stayed at Clove Hall Boutique Hotel for part of my time here. Again I have to say the service and accommodation was excellent. The decor and environment is full of tasteful antiquities from the past. I look forward to my future stay there on my next trip.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Georgetown is a special place and accommodation options like Clove Hall make it even more special. Beautiful old charm, flawless service, all in a warm and friendly environment tha will suit large families or groups of friends as well as small parties. It is an oasis which allows you to relax by the pool between trips to the city or the not too many other Penang attractions.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: 11 Clove Hall Road, George Town, Penang Island 10050, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 147 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clove Hall 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Privately owned,restored black and white Edwardian Anglo-Malay bungalow. On the site of a former plantation and set in half an acre of tropical garden with a swimming pool. This house offers classy colonial bed and breakfast,with just six suites.Located in a quiet residential street but well within walking distance to Georgetown. Clove Hall offers a unique experience, privacy, personalised service and modern comforts.Car and driver can be arranged for transfers. Tours can also be arranged. Many restaurants serving local food are within ten minutes walk of the hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Clove Hall Hotel Georgetown
Clove Hall Penang/George Town

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