We stayed here for several nights recently and I wanted to share my thoughts.
First up the room was really nice, perhaps not quite as luxurious as the photos on their website make it look but nice old colonial feel to it with a great looking four poster bed.
Their website does warn you about the noise but with us living in noisy Hanoi we thought we'd be able to live with it. The site does say they provide ear plugs - but there weren't any. Most of the time it's just traffic and street hum but there does seem to be a number of very noisy motorbikes who seem to use that street to accelerate down so there's little chance of a lie in.
The other problem is that the wooden ceiling is also the floor of the upstairs so every little bit of noise upstairs is magnified. Someone dropping a shoe or even a coin is enough to jolt you awake. Luckily we had quiet neighbours, you wouldn't want any night owls above you as their coming and going was hard to miss.
Finally the bathroom, which is lovely has two exits into the main bedroom and both only have net curtains up rather than doors. While this adds to the spacious feeling it does mean that you'd have to be fairly comfortable with the person you are sharing a room with. If this is an early relationship romantic get away then you might want to look elsewhere - if you're not quite ready to share your, err, "toilet noises" with your fellow traveller.
For all of the above we really enjoyed staying there. We liked the neighbourhood very much, even if it wasn't that central. We really recommend Annathai-Kitchen for brilliant Thai food. Also, take a left at the top of the road, then a right and there's a great little street food court - where my wife enjoyed noodle soup every day while I had French toast for breakfast.
Staff at Palanquinn were all very helpful. I did really like it but perhaps our expectations were raised by the praise. $20 a night less might have been more reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palanquinn is a captivating boutique Bed & Breakfast, comprising two lovely and private heritage suites, located on Bangkok Lane on the island of Penang, Malaysia. Our property is among the collection of colonial pre-war townhouses dating back to the 1920s, where two beautiful rows of heritage houses line this street, immortalized in time.At Palanquinn Heritage Suites, experience for yourself the legacy of its rich heritage and the intimacy of a comfortable and personalized milieu during your sojourn in Penang. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palanquinn Heritage Suites Penang/George Town