It is an amazing nice old building and re-done in a proper way. With only 4 rooms it gives you the feeling of stepping back in history but with modern facilities like aircon, hot shower and wifi connection. My room was a suite on the ground floor and after entering a common hall, used by guests of another room there were 4 more areas to go. The biggest of them is the bathroom which also has the function of sitting area with some chairs and a table. The old building is extremely noisy so every step of your (upper floor) neighbour will be heard and the noise from outside can be quite annoying as well at certain times of the day. Every time I go to Penang and stay overnight I will try one of those heritage places and this has been the most disappointing one so far for many reasons. The wifi connection is extremely slow, the cabinet is not suitable for hanging your clothes as it has strange measurements and I even found a bra of a former guest inside. The breakfast is served with minimum portions, tasteless jam, chewy bread (including chewy croissant) and they were not able to serve any cheese. I took a glass of wine at the end of the day on their terrace and the first glass was overdue and the second glass (new bottle) was also not nice and next to my table other guests were drinking beer and they brought a lot of outside food to their table and the staff even brought them plates and bowls to eat this all; I really felt like sitting in a cheap hamburger restaurant instead of a proper establishment and it was not inviting me in any way to try more of their menu. Upon checking out a Chinese looking lady took my complaints and I left my business card so she could get back to me, which still did not happen after more than 2 weeks. This place can be a nice little gem but is in desperate need of proper management that is able to train the staff in all fields. Until that time I strongly recommend you to try one of the many other nice heritage places in the same area.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Coffee Atelier Penang/George Town