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“Unique Experience, Homely & Heritage Feel” 5 of 5 stars
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Straits Heritage
92 Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #29 of 107 George Town B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
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14 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Unique Experience, Homely & Heritage Feel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

My wife, siblings, niece stayed at the Straits Heritage Hotel from 06 to 09 Dec.
We were most pleasantly surprised when we first caught sight of the hotel's entrance.
It did not look like a "normal" hotel.
There was no signboard on the frontage.
Just intricately carved gold-plated wood board pieces which adorned the door.
You would be forgiven to think that this was a private residence.
The only giveaway is a small little red mailbox at the side "Straits Heritage, 92 Armenian St.
Access into the hotel is via Electronic Card Access.

On our way in from Lebuh Carnavon at about 7pm, we passed by what looked like a thriving Thieves Market.
Just opposite the hotel is a wrought iron caricature (cartoon-style), part of the series of Street Art commissioned in 2012.

On turning left from the hotel, just opposite the temple, there is a nice Hokkien Prawn Noodle stall in a coffee shop.
A convenient place for breakfast.
2 shop lots down is a stall selling 70's ice ball, with more Street Art murals by Ernest Zacahrevic.
Further down is the famous "2 Children On A Bcycle" Street Art Mural.
At the end of the street is Chew Jetty.

If you head left after reaching Carnavon St, the Seng Thor coffee shop is at the intersection of Carnavon St and Kimberly St - another nice breakfast location with good Lor Mee, Hokkien Prawn Mee from a push cart stall next to the coffee shop.
The neighbouring shop lot is a bakery that offers freshly prepared siew pau, woo kok and chuin tui (tau sar and peanut flavour) in the mornings.

For dinner, there is a bustling place from Carnavon St to wards Campbell St.
Many food stalls (ngoh hiang, sotong kangkung, char kway teow, char siew wonton noodle, apom, etc) with tables for patrons in the back lane. A most genuine local feel & experience.

The reason for stating the above amenities and attractions is to illustrate the fact that Straits Heritage hotel is in the centre & thick of all the Food & Heritage "action" - & the best part is that all these within walking distance.

Once inside, you are greeted with a large elaborately carved and gold-plated wood piece on the right.
The chairs are of the antique type, there is a grandfather clock, an authentic olde days wash basin, an old radio an even a postman's bicycle used in the old days.
You somehow get "transported" back in time.

While there is no reception, Mr Tee met us upon arrival to brief us on the details, features and facilities.
We stayed in the Peony Suite, 1 floor above the ground floor.

At the top of the stairs is a Common Area with a round coffee table & a study table (all old design).
There is a bottled water dispenser. The bathroom and toilet are for exclusive use by occupants of the Peony Suite.

2 steps up the Common Area is the Main Door (again decked with gold plated wood carved pieces).
Take note of the "wooden shutters" on this Main Door.

To the left of the Main Door is another door, leading to a flight of stairs to the Attic.
There are 2 Super Single beds, a Beanie bag at the corner with adequate lighting that does not encroach the bed area.
One therefore can enjoy a read at night, while others may be sleeping.

The door on the right (after the Main Door) leads you to the Master bedroom with a King Size bed.

Do note that I have not ranked the Service because everything is already available.
No need for Housekeeping, etc.

Complimentary WiFi access is provided.

If you are into antiques, have heritage related interests, chances are you will spend some time noting the items/carvings.etc and snapping pictures of the insides and outside of the hotel.

All said, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly at the hotel.
A homely, unique hotel experience like no other.
A must-stay for the heritage inclined.
2 thumbs up.

Room Tip: If you have a group of 4-5, get the Peony Suite. If you have a group of 8-10, get both suites in th...
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  • Stayed December 2013, 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
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed 4 nights in this beautiful heritage house. I had the entire house to myself, as there was no other guests for the 2nd room. The location is excellent to explore Georgetown on foot. The manager is available by phone if needed. I would stay again

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marbella, Spain
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The Hotel has only two bedrooms and from the very first moment you enter you feel you are in a special place.
The room we had was on the top fllor, it had no views but the decoratiin was very nice, kind of antique and cozzy, The size was superb, like a suite with a lovely shower with day light,
The owner was very kind to welcome us and block a parking space right at the entrance of the Hotel. The location is excelent to discover the city by feet.
The only inconvenient was that they serve no breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We got a very nice room on the top floor of this little hotel (only 2 rooms). Perfect welcome by the owner who explained us everything about the city and the restaurants to visit. He reserverd a parking space just in front of the hotel. Room is spacious and very cosy. Location of the hotel is good. Many restaurants and main tourist attractions from China Town are footsteps away. Only negative point is that the hotel does not serve breakfast and we had to walk around to find a European breakfast place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Staying at this beautifully restored heritage shophouse made our visit to Penang so much more special and memorable. Tee, the manager was very helpful, often going beyond what is expected, especially helping us with our elderly parents. He knows Penang really well, especially where the best hawker food can be found. Our day tour of the island with Tee turned into a food safari! We stayed 4 nights in the Peony Suite. The only negative we found was that the bathroom is accessed through the communal area but as we were the only people there for three of the four nights, it was not a big issue. The big jar of tiny iced biscuits brought back fond childhood memories ( we called them 'belly button' biscuits when we were children) and we almost depleted the whole jar. We loved the fact that the set up and that there are only 2 suites making the place feel more like a home.The house is in a great location within walking distance to most of the local attractions and the row of money changers. Staying in this authentically restored house made us feel as if we part of a bye gone era of Penang but with all the modern conveniences of the 21st century.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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36 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 1 night but wish I had stayed for another night in this beautifully restored Peranakan style hotel. We stayed in the Attic room which was roomy for 2, spaciously laid out with a queen size bed, living area, shower room, toilet and a high ceiling.

While the owners do not stay there, it was nice to have the place to ourselves with shops just a step outside. The building definitely looks authentic, with modern amenities to bring comfort to one's stay yet allowing the history and features to shine through.

No breakfast included, with wifi.

Definitely an enjoyable stay and hope to return again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 8, 2012

What a gem indeed! Everything about this place is special. Tee made us feel very welcome on arrival and the house is well set up with annotated maps of good local eateries, water and a fridge so we could buy supplies and make our own breakfasts. especially enjoyed the huge jar of iced gems that we managed to demolish. While we were here we were he only guests so really felt like the whole house was ours, amazing! The decor is beautiful, great air on, comfy bed (2 pillows now!) hair dryer, tea and kettle in the room as well as thick towels and sandlots for indoors. A really great set up with lovely attention for detail. We had the Peony room with stunning high ceilings and a second mezzanine bedroom which would have been great if we had kids or an argument! We didnt hear the mosque from this side either. The bathroom isn't en suite but it wasnt a problem as we're alone, and can't imagine guests from upstairs would use that area that much. There were also bikes to hire and antiques downstairs for sale. A fantastic find and such a treat not to be a large anonymous hotel.

  • 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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Address: 92 Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
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Ranked #29 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
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Number of rooms: 2
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