Plenty has been said about this hotel already, but staying there took my breath away. Superb reimagining of a heritage building with oodles of charm and character. Staff were excellent help, and the daily cakes that were left in our room after turn-down service were a nice touch.
We did not see any other guests the three nights we were there, so it felt private, secluded and unique. Dining Room serves world class fare, we took the wine pairing menu and were not disappointed.
We spent a lot of time by poolside and never saw another guest there, we had the pool and surrounding environs all to ourselves. Yes there was some construction taking place next door but we didn't feel it detracted from the experience. The only slight downside was that there weren't any attendants by poolside, we did eventually manage to find someone to come out from the main hotel to the poolside bar to serve us a drink but it wasn't easy!
As for the room itself, Room 7, it was elegant and luxuriously styled. It felt a shame every time we had to leave to venture outside.
A small fitness room caters for anyone who wants to run, but don't expect weights and a full gym set-up.
I expect this hotel will become very difficult to book in the future, it is a slice of design heaven that is a welcome addition to the Penang hotel scene. Clearly it's not for everyone, as it is not a full resort-style experience, but if ever there was a hotel that summed up "boutique", then this is it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eight Rooms at Macalister Mansion promises a quirky and sophisticated new destination to relax and unwind… Set amidst a lovingly restored colonial mansion that was built in the early 1900s, we invite you to embark with us on a luxuriously new boutique hotel adventure within each of our individually designed 8 suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macalister Mansion Penang/Georgetown