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.
- 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