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“Originally Georgetown” 5 of 5 stars
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Coffee Atelier
47 - 55 Lorong Stewart,, George Town, Penang Island 10300, Malaysia   |  
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Quedlinburg, Germany
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“Originally Georgetown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This special place in the middle of the heart of Georgetown is not easy to find and somehow not easy to reach but if you have once been there you won't easily leave it.

It does not matter how you call it even though it is classified as boutique hotel. The rooms a built in four shop houses which are besides each other. Lovely rennovated with every room in a different style and a high attention to detail. A small gallery and a nice cozy restaurant belong to the hotel as well. The hotel is managed by a lovely swiss/hongkong chinese couple with great passion and always the view for a customer. This is even more to highlight as both do not have any background on hospitality...and this makes the different. Its not business ...it passion by heart.

The restaurant is another oasis you hardly find in Malaysia and maybe not even often in Asia. You can have a good breakfast with all you need, a simple straight but super tasty lunch...but the best of all is the "Tapas Style" menu. You have a choice of over 50 dishes...and actually you dont know what to choose first. Whatever I have tried it was just simply "yummy"... great braised beef cheek, sizzling prawns, tasty grilled eggplant, flavorfull grilled pork ribs, teriyaki salmon or or or... I make it simple go there and eat and you know what I mean. You can combine the great food with a nice bottle of wine. They do have a fair selection of international wines (try the spanish) and super fair priced.

I can only recommend the place go to Lorong Stewart, sit outside in one of the Rattan Chairs and enjoy Penang life... you will surely miss something if you dont try it out.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

at coffee atelier, i love that i get to live like the locals do in georgetown. it's like staying in an old house with attention to modern detail such as the dvd player, gryphon tea satchets and the toilet + shower area. i stayed in the ground suite with a courtyard. the suite has retained a lot of the old penang charm, which provides a much different holiday experience as compared to staying in a proper hotel. location is great and close to many attractions. staff were very friendly and helpful as well!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Great boutique hotel with excellent location and friendly staff/owners Our family stayed for 3 nights and we had a whole house for ourselves (ground floor for parents, 1st floor for our 3 kids).The owners (a Hong Kong and Swiss couple) renovatedthe whole building in a “soft” way. You can still experience the “old feel” and charmof a bygone area, without missing modern amenities like AC,TV, Shower, WiFi etc.The suites were nicely furnished and we felt like living in an old Chinese Shophouse. If you would liketo stay in a heritage boutique hotel -this is your choice. We foundthe location right inthe middleofthe GeorgeTown’s historic Heritage Zone just perfect. All majortourist attractions are within easy walking distance. Intheir adjoining restaurant they are serving delicious coffees and excellent food (tapas). Our kids just lovedtheir desserts! The owner andthe staff were very personal and helpful and always hadtime for a chat.They helped usto organize a fewtrips andtheir recommendations were just perfect. We would definitely staythere again and can highly recommendthe placeto anytraveler.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 4, 2012

Read about the place when it first started some time ago, and decided to give it a try to experience the different type of restored cultural buildings in Georgetown.

Coffee Atelier consists of a row of 4 shophouses, double storied. The corner lot is an in-house cafe restaurant, while the other 3 are accomodation.

Booked 2 units of rooms for my family, with the intention of being in the same shophouse unit. Upon arrival, the owner asked if we mind splitting into 2 upper floor units, as the the lower flrs have been occupied. Well not a problem for us !

The room is just as expected - original condition, not dilapidated, but restored to its original glory. The furnitures are not from the olden days, but constructed to mirror the architecture from the days. It's a spacious bedroom, and the complimentary 2nd room is a smallish unit but sufficient to fit 2 more people.

The owners - a German and a HK lady, they are absolutely lovely too. I'm from Malaysia, and they know more of the localities compared to me ! They take the time to chat and catch up with you, and it's heartening to see there are interested parties whom are not from the country, whom are just as enthused to preserve the local heritage and culture.

There are a plenty food choices in the vicinity being smacked in the midst of Georgetown, Coffee Atelier located just behind the Chinese temple, and just across from Love Lane and Muntri Lane. Spoilt for choices literally. You should try the local in-house restaurant too, love the meal set and the energizing fruit juices !

Not a posh swank place if that's what you're looking for, but i just love the place for what it is.. the simple but absolutely full of character as per the olden days!

Thank you for the memorable stay !

Room Tip: The upper floor has 2 rooms, good for family. Or book the entire unit of lower and upper floor, it w...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 October 27, 2012

I stay here went I went for a business trip to Penang. It was recommended by a local friend. It was no regret staying there. It's really show tourist who and what Penang is all about. The coffee and cake at the cafe was fantastic. I bought some to my friend house at Bukit Mertajam. Everyone love the cakes. Keep it up and wish to return soon.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

When you are reading my review, please bear in mind that I'm looking at the hotel via the eyes of a designer born in Malaysia but grew up in Singapore and Australia. My taste may not reflect those of Asian travelers who expect everything to be brand-spanking-new.

I know that's a strange way to describe a hotel, but you can hardly call Coffee Atelier a hotel.

First of all, it only has 4 rooms (or 4 keys as hospitality people like myself calls it). The name Coffee Atelier derives from the fact that one of the units used to be a coffee roasting factory. And thank goodness they preserve the coffee roasting machine, adding a unique charm to the property.

The first thing that strike me about my room is the sheer size -- it's more a suite than a room. I stayed in one of the units on the ground floor, and the bathroom itself is the size of a room in a normal 5 star hotel. My room is divided into four room -- a very small entrance, a living quarter (or a sort-of walk-in-wardrobe), the sleeping room and bathroom at the back, which has natural light filtered through from the ceiling.

The owner/designer did justice to this property -- they preserve features that are unique to Malaysian shophouses of that era such as wooden beams that run though the ceiling that reminds me of my grandma's house in the village, natural light that filters through from the ceiling in the bathroom, walls that are preserved instead of being knock down to make way for a more efficient lay-out, an old style kitchen counter with a hole for charcoal, square water tank etc. They even preserve the Kitchen God altar which made me laugh because I can't imagine any other hoteliers who would put up with something supposedly kitschy. Stefan (One half of the owner)'s reply to it was, "We saw this here, and didn't know what it was but thought it should stay." Good on ya Stefan!

I would recommend this hotel to someone who would like to experience how is it like living in a Malaysian shophouse -- and hence, sort of live like a local. But please remember what you'll have to put up with -- the layout of the room can be strange at first, with lounge chairs in the bathroom instead of living room (the old walls are positioned such that the room layout doesn't make sense to have lounge chairs in the living area). The owners probably started this as a hobby so it may not be professionally managed but they do try their best, and you'll hear people talking at the back alley into the wee hours of the night, which can be a bit disconcerting, but that really is how the locals used to live. And yes, some travelers might think it's expensive, but given the constrain of the property (Awkward walls and hence inefficient layout from an architectural point of view) you are getting a suite instead of the room. If you think along that line, the rates are in line with what you'd expect to pay.

I would recommend this hotel to people who are curious and would like to experience how the locals live 50 to 80 years ago.

Room Tip: There are only 4 rooms. I think they are all pretty good though I've never seen the other three...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 August 12, 2012

This is a great option for travelers wanting to stay in an authentic shophouse in old Penang. Located on a narrow side street, this place is a real gem. It's walking distance to many of the main sights in Georgetown and in close proximity to many restaurants.

We had two suites in the one shophouse - 49 A and B. What's nice about this place is that all of the shophouses (I believe they have 4 in all) have been lovingly restored...but not over-restored so that they still maintain their overall charm and uniqueness. Yes, there is a bit of noise from the street, but this *is* Georgetown after all -- this can be a noisy place! We didn't find the noise to be overly disruptive and the owner, who checked us in, had given us notice that there may be some noise -- which was a nice touch. The suites were beautifully furnished with attention to detail. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were spacious, if a bit oddly set up. Both the fan and aircon worked great. A very nice touch was the french-press coffee service that was included in the room!

We ate breakfast there on the two mornings of our stay and thoroughly enjoyed it. They do run a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, though we opted to eat out instead.

The owners were present on all days and took time to chat with us and provide some Penang travel tips. The staff were very nice, though they sometimes did have some troubles with basic questions. However, their pleasant demeanor overcame any shortcomings and we left the hotel wanting to return for another visit.

Oh, and hands down the best latte in Asia can be found here!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 47 - 55 Lorong Stewart,, George Town, Penang Island 10300, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in George Town
#6 Romantic Hotel in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
COFFEE ATELIER is located right in the core zone of George Town, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.It comprises a collection of five beautifully restored early 20th century shophouses. Today it houses an eclectic mix of a restaurant, an art gallery, a coffee museum and suites which are fully appointed with all modern amenities for short or long term stay. ... more   less 
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