Stayed two nights in January 2013 before going to the beach at Batu Ferringhi & really glad we did. The historic centre of Georgetown is fascinating and lively and hot and dirty. You have to watch where you're walking all the time as there are no level surfaces and many impediments as well as a lot of traffic. There is a lot to see, a delghtful jumble of temples, clan houses, shrines, hawker stalls and shops that range from the boutique to quite industrial. We were so glad we were staying at the Yeng Keng, to step through the gate to the calm courtyard was to come home and relax. The rooms are not huge but are clean and the bathrooms are very nicely finished. We had rooms 212 and 210 upstairs at the back and we were not disturbed by any noise from the road. Must mention Ms Yeoh the receptionist, a great welcome and very helpful in suggesting sights, arranging taxis etc. She is a real asset to the hotel. We tried to sightsee in the morning while it was cooler and then spent the afternoon in the hotel pool. I don't imagine there are many places in the local area where you can while away the afternoon heat with a cooling swim, it was great.
One gripe, when you are in the courtyard and order drinks from the cafe they also bring a bowl of peanuts. We assumed that they were complimentary and were surprised to be charged 2 ringetts for them. They are on the menu as "tid bits" but had not been ordered. This happened every time we ordered a beer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yeng Keng Hotel is a 20-room restored heritage boutique hotel located in one of the oldest surviving and intact 19th-century buildings at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town, Penang. Like many of the other buildings in the neighbourhood, it was originally built in the mid 1800's as a private residence. The Anglo Indian bungalow belonged initially to Shaik Eusoffe bin Shaik Latiff an Indian Muslim family and remains unique in Chulia Street for not being relegated to the rear of a row of shop-houses blocking its facade. In 1897 trustees of the Cantonese Club 'Ying Han Pit Shu' bought the building on behalf of the association, later donating it to the trustees of the Straits Chinese Building Association in 1939. The building was later leased to Yeng Keng Hotel. The conversion from a residence into a budget hotel was the prevailing trend along the street at the beginning of the 20th century. Small places of lodgings that were conveniently reached from the harbour were in great demand as the traffic in the port grew. An impressive traditional Chinese entrance gate was constructed announcing entry to the 'Lodging House,' adding grandeur to the commercial establishment and to distinguish it from the rest of the buildings on the street. Conservation and upgrading by the present owner, Hoo Kim Properties Sdn Bhd, was undertaken in March 2009 with the renewed Yeng Keng Hotel completed in April 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yeng Keng Hotel Penang/George Town