LOCATION: This 10-room boutique hotel is located @ 23 LOVE LANE, hence its name. It is conveniently situated in Georgetown's Core Heritage Zone and most attractions & sights are within easy walking distance.
In the vicinity are several historic churches, mosques, Chinese and Indian temples. There are also numerous colonial buildings & pre-war shophouses with interesting architectural features. Just grab a free Penang Traveller's Map & explore on foot, you'll be rewarded with unexpected finds along the way such as whimsical wall murals & quirky street art...
OVERVIEW of PROPERTY: 23 LOVE LANE comprises several structures built during different periods with the oldest dating back to the 1800s, all of which are housed within a huge walled garden. It was originally built as an European private residence but was later sold off & converted into a budget hostel. The current owners lovingly restored the entire complex to its former glory over a 3-year period, paying meticulous attention to details covering all aspects of the restoration project.
Their laborious efforts at heritage conservation have clearly paid off as the property is now a splendid architectural gem beautifully furnished & stylishly decorated with choice picks from the owners' impressive collections of antiques, vintage furnishings & contemporary artworks.
The 10 rooms @ 23 LOVE LANE are spread across a few buildings: Anglo-Indian Bungalow; Eclectic Straits Building; Indian Shophouse; & Jack Roof Annex. Each has its own unique layout & distinctive decor, you can view them all on the Hotel website's photo gallery.
ROOM: We stayed on the ground floor in the Anglo-Indian Garden Room with an eclectic Straits Chinese decor. The inviting room was very spacious & comfortable. It was tastefully furnished with the following: a double bed; 2 bedside tables with reading lamps; a pair of armchairs with small coffee table; writing desk with stool by the window; a pair of red lacquered cabinets; luggage rack; multi-channel flatscreen TV; air-conditioner & ceiling fan; wardrobe with hangers & a small in-room safe. Bottled water and coffee- & tea-making facilities were also provided.
BED: The huge bed was comfortable with clean sheets, warm blanket & ample pillows.
BATHROOM: The enormous bathroom was partitioned into 2 separate dressing & bathing areas. The Dressing Room was furnished with a long vanity counter with twin basins & a huge mirror above; bathrobes & slippers; toilet. Ample clean towels were provided & replaced with fresh ones as required. Amenities provided were comprehensive: hand soaps; toothbrushes; comb; cotton buds; shower caps; mini sewing kit; etc. The Bathing Room has a quaint wooden bathtub (apparently still functional); a red bamboo ladder for hanging towels or clothes; Crabtree & Evelyn Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner; and a powerful rain-shower with consistent hot water supply.
F&B: Our room rate was inclusive of daily breakfast which is served in the Café next door. The breakfast buffet was rather disappointing with a limited spread of white & brown bread with jams & butter, assorted cereals and cheeses. For beverages, they offer the usual coffee, tea & fruit juices. The only cooked food available are eggs (prepared any style you like), roti canai (flat round Indian bread served with curry) or nasi lemak (Malay rice cooked in coconut milk & typically served with cucumbers, fried fish & egg).
Would prefer having more familiar Western breakfast items like baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, sausages, grilled tomatoes, etc. Did not enjoy the breakfast here else i would surely have given an “Excellent” rating...
If you wish to dine in for Lunch or Dinner, the Café serves steaks & fries ~ only that & nothing else, which is peculiar... The Bar serves drinks & snacks from 7am to 10:30pm. In addition, there's daily Afternoon Tea in the lounge between 4-6pm for in-house guests.
SERVICE: Room Reservation, Check-In & Check-Out all proceeded smoothly. Being a small boutique hotel, the handful of service staff soon recognized us on sight & even greeted us by name. Service rendered was warm & attentive; especially that by the Duty Manager, Mr Fauzi who embodies the very essence of gracious hospitality. The frontline staff speak fluent English & Bahasa Melayu.
We were made to feel welcome like friends staying over in a private residence rather than guests at a hotel. Mr Fauzi is very approachable and ever ready to assist with any request or query you may have. We were departing on a late flight so he kindly stowed our luggage after Check-Out & even allowed us to relax in air-con comfort up in the Library where we enjoyed a complimentary pot of tea.
The only thing which considerably marred our stay was that curious folks would often walk in to explore the hotel grounds, many boldly entering the main building & even upstairs to take photos... Since most guest rooms @ 23 LOVE LANE open up to communal areas like the Library, Lounge or Terrace, having strangers wandering around the premises at all hours is really quite intrusive on guests' privacy...
FACILITIES: There is Free Wi-Fi throughout the property but connection seemed better in the communal areas rather than inside the room. The Library in the Anglo-Indian Bungalow has a wide & diverse selection of English books as well as coffee- & tea-making facilities. Besides offering Laundry service, the Hotel will also help you arrange for Airport Transfer, Heritage Tours & Massage.
In SUMMARY: Penang offers its visitors plenty of accommodation options to suit every budget. As a mid-range property steeped in history & cultural heritage, 23 LOVE LANE is an excellent choice for a memorable stay in a beautifully restored 19th century residence with an eclectic yet elegant decor, modern comforts and touches of luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 23Lovelane Penang, A Heritage Boutique Hotel in George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 23 Love Lane Penang/George Town