The hotel is beautifully done up with a good mix of traditional and modern fittings. The rooms are very clean. It's in the middle of the UNESCO Heritage area and easy walking distance to eateries and sights. I would think twice about taking a public bus and dragging bags along the road to the hotel, though. After reading so many good things about the staff in previous reviews we felt sorely let down by those we encountered.. When we arrived in the evening we were ignored by the guy standing around in the courtyard as we struggled to bring our baggage to the reception desk through the courtyard from the road. He later gave us a cursory introduction to the room facilities and was quite incorrect in telling us in response to our query that there was no in-room safe (we found it behind a closet door minutes later). WiFi is free throughout the hotel, but was so weak inside our room that we had to sit outside the room in the upper floor lobby to get a working connection. This problem probably does not apply to rooms that are nearer the lobby. Provided toiletries were very basic (soap, shampoo, no conditioner or body lotion) and of poor to average quality. The air-conditioner in our room struggled to cool us down in hot weather despite maximum settings. Fortunately, it rained in the nights when we were there. Showers were hot with good water pressure though. Breakfast provided a decent choice of food, including local cakes and savories - some things I had not eaten for years since my teen years in 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