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Yeng Keng Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2013

in a word, we loved the yeng keng hotel. here are the things we appreciated most:

1. the staff is excellent. pointed out great eating places, bus routes, and arranged for our transfer back to the airport most efficiently. all while being very nice and professional about it.

2. we love the actual hotel. the converted house is something right up our alley. we thought all the open space was lovely. and the common areas were very cozy and welcoming.

3. the location is ideal. a few steps away from the bus stop and almost all the major sites of george town are just within blocks. not to mention all the good food in the vicinity.

4. the fruit and water for guests at the entrance is most thoughtful.

5. our room was comfortable and well-appointed. ample storage and amenities.

we understand how some people could find the room small. especially if they're caucasian. but we were two asian girls so we fit quite well. the bed was exactly right. i'm 5'5" so if you're taller than that there might be a slight issue.

it's true what others are saying that you will hear the mosque's call to prayer at 6AM. generally we're early risers so that wasn't a problem. and we actually advise people to get up and go around early before it gets too hot. most attractions open early anyway as they close at around 5PM.

the breakfast was adequate, but nothing special. enough to get you started on your day. must agree though with other reviewers about some food items being cold (like the steamed dumplings) which was unfortunate.

but our own stay was excellent and we have no trouble strongly recommending the yeng keng to any traveler to penang.

Room Tip: our room was 203 and we believe it must be one of the quieter ones as there only one other adjacent...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent 3 nights in total at the Yeng Keng Hotel in March 2013. This hotel is an ancient Chinese house very lovely renovated and located in the heart of the historical Georgetown. Most of the hot spots of the city are at a walking distance.The front desk staff is sincerely friendly and efficient. We had breakfast included in our package: the Chef proposes local specialties, which was very enjoyable. Although the room was a little bit small, it had all the necessary comfort for an enjoyable stay. A place to hotly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We love the whole feel of the place as it is very tastefully designed and very cosy. :) It's central location made exploring Georgetown so easy, and we could go back to the hotel to take short breaks conveniently. What really made our stay enjoyable and memorable is the friendly staff at the hotel! The staff were very helpful in giving us directions and recommending places to eat etc. They are also very attentive to details and try their best to made us feel at home. This is a place we would definitely consider staying again for our next trip to Penang. :)

Room Tip: try the yeng keng suite :) it is spacious and beautiful!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

My family and I, 5 people, stayed at Yeng Keng Hotel for 3 nights in December 2012. Overall, we are very happy with this hotel. Thanks to Tripadvisor! :)

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Location wise, this hotel is located in the middle of downtown Georgetown. A bus stop is only a few steps away. Actually you can walk to many attractions from the hotel such as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Khoo Khongsi, Fort Cornwallis, and Paranagan Mansion (the last two are ok for people who like to walk).

Room:
We stayed in 1 Garden suite, 1 Chulia suite and 1 Deluxe room. All rooms are very clean and nice decorated. Highly recommend getting a Garden suite for your stay. It's cheaper than Chulia suite but bedroom and bathroom space is bigger. The only setback of this suite is the living room space is not quite private as it's located outside of the room but there's a partition to separate the space from public area. Also, free wifi signal from a lobby could reach only a Garden suite and another 2 deluxe rooms upstairs as they're right on top of the lobby. Finally, people who are sensitive to noise might not like Chulia suite as it's right opposite to a masjid where there're loud prayers many times a day especially in the early morning.

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This hotel provides the best service I've ever experienced. Hotel staff is very helpful and friendly. Special thanks to Salam and Priya, front desk staff, who helped us with everything. :)

Yengkeng is truely a gem. No wonder it has got no.1 ranking here.

Room Tip: Highly recommend getting a Garden suite.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Booked on-line from the UK and from then-on this was a 1st Class experience. We stayed in the Garden Suite which is well worth the extra money paid, marvellously clean, quiet & extremely comfortable.

The Yeng Keng was the best hotel in our Singapore/Malasian tour - with helfpful & friendly staff, smashing meals including lovely breakfasts plus of course its central location in Georgetown.

We have no hesitation in recommending a stay here

Room Tip: As others have said before, Chulia Road to the front of the hotel is a main thoroughfare and can be...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is a small hotel in the centre of the historic district. The rooms are small but well appointed - don't expect a luxury hotel, but an authentic converted Chinese-style house. We were initially wary as we were given a room on the ground floor leading straight off the reception desk, but it was quiet, comfortable and clean. Parking is in a guarded compound at no extra charge. There is a small outdoor pool and an attached cafe where breakfast (hot/cold buffet and with egg dishes cooked to order, all included in the nightly rate) is served. Wifi is available in the room, again included in the rate. The staff are happy and helpful, and really made the stay for us. A delightful and good-value few days.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

This was one of our best experiences in our recent trip to Singapore and Malaysia. The hotel is in a wonderful location. We had a car, but for our two day stay just wandered on foot. The staff was wonderful. They recommended a local restaurant for dinner and we had the most delicious meal. It seemed to be mostly locals eating there. Our room was lovely. We had a suite, so our adult daughter could have her own space. The only negative about our whole experience was that her room faced the main street and it was quite noisy at night. The pool was beautiful, and the buffet breakfast terrific. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in central Georgetown.

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Address: 362 & 366 Chulia Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in George Town
#4 Family Hotel in George Town
#5 Romantic Hotel in George Town
Price Range: $75 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yeng Keng Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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