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Hotel Penaga
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corner of Hutton Lane & Clarke Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10050, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #8 of 51 Hotels in Georgetown
Sydney
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4 hotel reviews
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“Love this hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We were looking for a nice and well priced hotel to explore Penang and Georgetown and booked this hotel for one night. We ended up staying five nights. The building is a row of old terraces tastefully restored and added to. The furniture in the rooms, bars, dining room, garden area etc all add to the charm of this place. They have pieces of replica antique chinese furniture mixed amoungst contempory sculptures. You can tell that alot of thought has been put into creating this place. I want to take half the furniture and sculptures home with me. The staff are so friendly we will be sad to leave. Even the food is great!

The hotel is located just outside the hussle and bustle, but close enough that you can stroll into china town or little India and is close to a bus stop to get to other parts of the island.

With only 45 rooms in the hotel and it only being a year or so old, it has all the mod coms with the charm of a boutique hotel. I would recommend it for families and couples.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The Hotel Penaga is one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in. It has been lovingly restored and furnished to high standards. The attention to detail in the decor is wonderful, blending the old and new together. The selection artwork on the walls is amazing.

The hotel was full during our stay so we were unable to get a room with a balcony. The room we did have (H08) whilst furnished well was just a little on the small side.

The lap pool was a welcome sight after spending long days sight seeing in Georgetown.

The jewel in Penaga's crown though is its staff. They made us so welcome and could to do enough for us.

We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malaysia
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

What a wonderful hotel, great service and amazing rooms. This small boutique hotel has been developed through the restoration of some old buildings on Jalan Hutton and the restoration is superb. The attention to detail is amazing and with original artwork on the walls plus great bedrooms, this really is one of the great places to stay in Georgetown. We had a bedroom which was large and with lovely old-time Chinese furniture plus an en-suite bathroom with huge shower and a jacuzzi as well. Plus all the modern necessities - flat screen tv, dvd player, free wi-fi and mini bar..
The place is immaculate, the bar cosy and relaxing, the staff are attentive and friendly - wehat more can one say. Superb - wonderful - a truly enjoyable visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Stayed 3 nights here over a public holiday in Malaysia and we were very impressed with this hotel. The check in was friendly and efficient which can be hard to find in Malaysia and our room could not have been better. We were on the first floor with a view over the pool, a four poster bed and a lovely big bathroom with shower and jacuzzi bath. The bed was extremely comfortable and both of us slept well for our entire stay. The breakfast was freshly cooked and hot- unlike most buffet breakfasts and they even offered eggs cooked to order. A nice selection of Asian dishes and western breakfast items, along with pastries and cereals. The pool is fantastic after a very hot day of sightseeing in Georgetown. The location is perfect for exploring by foot and we found some great stalls and restaurants nearby. The bar in the hotel is also surprisingly impressive- old-fashioned colonial type cocktail bar serving classic cocktails and great 'tiger' beer on tap. On top of all this, the hotel is eco-friendly, clean and well maintained- a real find. We will most definitely be back with friends and family.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

It made a wonderful impression when we first arrived. The building and area was very clean and well maintained. We were greeted by their very friendly staff who checked us in early with no fuss whatsoever.

The room was beautifully decorated and spacious with a four poster bed. I loved the bathroom as well - they have a rainshower AND a jacuzzi! Just one note of advice - don't have a shower while the bathtub is draining otherwise you might find yourself in a bit of a flood.

Our pillows smelt a little mildewy, and really we should have just asked for replacements! Otherwise we slept extremely well. The bed is super comfortable.

Its location is ideal, a lot of places were within walking distance - even Cheong Fatt Tze's mansion. But in the heat, maybe renting a car with the aid of GPS might be a better idea!

Breakfast was good and of high quality, and there was a good selection. It can't compare to big hotel chains which cater to business travelers but it held its own by serving yummy food and a good variety.

All in all, this place is a gem. The price is more than reasonable and I would definitely recommend it to couples and families.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 November 9, 2012

It was a very good decision to stay in this renovated boutique hotel in the heart of Georgetown. The location was walkable to the rest of Georgetown area, 15min walk to the rows of shopping malls with Parkson Department Store inside it. The many details of sofas, paintings, old photos, Chinese curios, Chinese wooden boxes made the hotel even more charming.
We stayed in one of the suites. So, we had the very spacious room with four-poster bed, completed with fluffy pillows and duvet.
The shower with rainfall shower head and perfect hot water was definitely a highlight. The hotel amenities include high quality and thick black slippers in the room. It was just a great weekend getaway.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

location, location, location.

Hotel Penaga has one of he best locations from which to visit the world heritage area of Georgetown and gorge yourself with all the local delicacies nearby. A few minutes walk to Penang road, Jalan Muntri and Kapitan Klang is all it takes. Easy parking and comfortable rooms, the hotel is very boutique and pleasant, good for business and leisure.
I was there for both and found it very convenient. Staff very pleasant and efficient made my day on several occasions. Yes, breakfast is very good in the hotel, but if you are on leisure, the mamak shop across the street is also very appealing and much more fun!!

Loved the gardens of the hotel that give the place a private dimension very unique in the middle of the city. Hotel has almost finished fitting double glazing in all street facing rooms, so rooms facing the street will be just as quiet as those facing the back.
Bed are comfy and bathroom has all the modern conveniences, including separate shower and a whirlpool bath (kind of unexpected in that class of hotel). So yes, good value for money !
My only "negative" comment would be that the hotel is bit somber due to dark timber floors, dark furniture and moderate lighting.

Art pieces abound in the hotel and I was told those are part of the owners' collection. Some really nice pieces to browse through.

Spa was closed during stay, but should open soon.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corner of Hutton Lane & Clarke Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10050, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Georgetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Georgetown
#6 Family Hotel in Georgetown
#7 Romantic Hotel in Georgetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Penaga 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, this hotel is a hotel with its own heritage charm while providing finest modern hotel expectations, is converted from a cluster of 15 pre-war terraces and shop-houses which spans along Hutton Lane, Transfer Road & Clarke Street. Within walking distance, the hotel is just a few minutes’ walk away from amazing heritage temples, pre-war heritage houses, churches,museum and variety of antique shops, restaurants & bars and not forgetting local hawker foods stalls. ... more   less 
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