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1881 Chong Tian Hotel

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We arrived at the hotel on a hot afternoon. We were greeted with a cool refreshing and welcomed drink and a smile. The receptionist asked us to sit down and relax whilst she dealt with our check in. She then informed us that she was giving us a free upgrade due to some renovation work and an upcoming wedding. They... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

This heritage hotel is everything you imagine an old Straits house to be: wooden furniture, beautiful decor, high ceilings. Yes, you need to climb upstairs to get to most rooms, but really, there's no harm in walking up and down (if you are able to). The only reason why our stay was not perfect was that the breakfast was not... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

A fabulous piece of architecture with beautifully decorated rooms. This is a very special building and it's great it has been so well restored and operating as a hotel. HOWEVER...running it as a hotel seems to present some problems for the owners. Breakfast is practically non existent, cake one day and usually just noodles the others. The staff tried hard... More 

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Virum, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

This hotel is in many ways a contradiction: locals talk about it respectfully as the restaurant is considered best in class. We think it is most expensive in class. However, we agree with the locals that the chinese museum-like 1881 style hotel with antiques et cetera is second to none charming. But if you stay - like us - more... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The place had absolutely stunning interior and furnishing of the rooms allowed to envisage different era. Really interesting and beautifully renovated courtyard too. But service was very average, when we asked them to clean a room at certain time we came back and room was not cleaned yet. Then there was one evening when a celebration was going on downstairs... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The 1881 Chong Tian Hotel is one of those truly magical, unforgettable hotels. In a developed country this would be a luxury boutique hotel charging astronomical prices. In Malaysia it is accessible to mere mortal hotel-goers. The property itself is a lovingly restored set of nineteenth century "Chinatown" style townhouses tastefully decorated with lovely antiques. The rooms are similarly (if... More 

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We recently spent 2 nights/2 rooms in Chong Tian. The location is excellent, right in the middle of the old town. However, we were not happy with the overall cleanliness and management of the place. For the price one would expect a clean bathroom floor (was extremely black and dirty), good towels (ours had seen better days), reasonable furniture (seats... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Stayed 3 night in the Presidential Suite (Room 1 & 7 connecting). Upon arrival at the hotel about 4pm, the staff who greet us seems unsure about our booking. We would expect our rooms to be ready as it was already 4pm, however, the staff told us to have some tea at the reception area till 10 mins later, I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I stayed in the hotel as my original booking was cancelled at the last moment and I had to seek refuge somewhere late night. The hotel is conveniently located near the markets and culture hubs of Penang. The staff is courteous and welcoming. The interiors are beautifully maintained and are tastefully decorated. The room was huge with all wooden furniture... More 

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seahkokheng1881, Front Office at 1881 Chong Tian Hotel, responded to this review

Dear WanderlustFeet Good day to you. Thank you for your comment here. We will try our best to upgrade for breakfast and serve better for guest. You can have a try in our restaurant for next time trip here since you not tried yet. At last thanks again and have a nice day. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

1881 was a random find walking in from the street. Georgetown is mostly full of cheap hostels and we were searching for a hotel of slightly higher caliber in the center of all the action. The location is perfect and we found it to be a true gem in the hostel jungle. We were warmly greated and offered delicious jasmine... More 

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seahkokheng1881, Front Office at 1881 Chong Tian Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Syndrum Good day to you. Thank you for your comments here. We appreciate, and we will look more into your suggestion that given. Lastly, we would lie to thanks you again for choosing us as your stay and we do looking forward to greet you again in the future. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
1881 Chong Tian Hotel is the Chinese Culture hotel and is the first of its kind in Malaysia. Housed within a century plus year old building, it was also previously known as Chong Tian Hotel back in 1881. ... more   less 

Additional Information about 1881 Chong Tian Hotel

Address: 38, 40, 42 Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Price Range: $67 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 1881 Chong Tian Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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