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.
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- Also Known As:
- Straits Heritage Penang/George Town