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“Spotless character, and elegance in the heart of old China town”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Campbell House

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Campbell House
Ranked #1 of 169 George Town B&B and Inns
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2 reviews
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“Spotless character, and elegance in the heart of old China town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

This hotel is for the discerning traveller who enjoys understated elegance while being located in the heart of Georgetown's vibrant old China town, where things have little changed in several hundred years; for the spice, smells and hum of the east this is the authentic place to be for the traveller who does NOT want the big homogenised and soulless hotel experience. At Campbell house you know you are in a foreign and exotic country and enjoyment of the Asian experience starts right outside the front door by rickshaw or by foot; no need for long taxi rides or buses!

The rooms have the understated colonial chic that is the mark of this establishment. everything is refined, elegant, spotless. The bathrooms feature the classic style of tiling which was original to the building before its immaculate renovation but the plumbing provides the best of modern showers with a wide plate rain forest type fall of water.

The matresses at least equal the most comfortable and sleep inducing in my life's experience while the linen and room fabrics are exquisite. The decor of each room varies but the understated colonial chic, four poster beds, wooden floors, louvred windows, and retro ceiling fans [backed up by air-con] are universal themes.

The hotel is backed up by a fantastic Italian understated taverna-chic style restaurant, with great food at great value, for the moments when you are dim sum-ed, noodled or curried out. [see fab restaurant reviews for Il Bacaro at Campbell house]. Breakfasts are also a real treat. The hotel, constrained by its historic building and location, is fairly short on ammenities or common spaces but guests come here because the ammenity of old China town and little India is right on their doorstep.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent, but for high ceilings and a little more distance from the street try the 2n...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Eric F, General Manager at Campbell House, responded to this review, November 26, 2011
Dear JohnP,


Thank you so very much for what is really, such a kind review. And I hope your trip home was a safe and pleasant one and if you do find yourself on our side of the pond again, please stay.....or at the very least, drop in for a slice of your favourite pizza. And yes, you are spot on in pointing out the differences between the 1st and 2nd Floors....however, noise is about to become a thing of the past. After much deliberation and weighing factors that include the need for complete silence and aesthetics, we are having soundproofed windows installed in the rooms on the 1st floor.

Once again, thank you so much.

Eric
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

I travel to Penang a lot and was pleased when my friends booked me into Campbell House as one of its first guests. Everything is brand new all done with excellent taste in a more traditional style with lots of Chinese antiques. The owners have gone to considerable effort in its furnishings and adding the little touches like an espresso machine each room which makes first grade coffee instead of just instant coffee.

The staff are very friendly and while they are still getting their overall package in order, the management went to great lengths to ensure my stay was extremely comfortable. Breakfast was to order and was simply sumptuous.

The restaurant, il Bacaro serves Italian and being a chef I was pleased with the style and quality of the food they served and look forward to returning to an expanded menu. I think it will become one of the more popular restaurants in a city known for its food.

I can highly recommend to anyone who wants to stay inside the Heritage zone and within easy walking distance to all of the things that visitors would want to see in Penang including the nightlife areas.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Eric F, Manager at Campbell House, responded to this review, November 13, 2011
Dear Sir,


We aplogise for the tardiness of this note in reply to your review. Thank you so much, sir, for your review. We hope to receive more guests such as yourself in the near future. And concerning breakfast, you may be pleased to know that we have introduced several new items on the menu.
Do keep us in mind should you ever plan on coming back to Penang.

Regards,

The Management
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Additional Information about Campbell House

Property: Campbell House
Address: 106 Lebuh Campbell, George Town, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 169 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Campbell House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Campbell House is a new class... a new breed of Heritage hotel in Georgetown. A stunning 3 story corner shop house lovingly restored by European owners Nardya & Roberto, located arms length from the madding crowd, with 10 individual suites offering today's modern traveller a luxurious home away from home. Campbell House has plenty of charm, and personal touches, modern amenities mixed with classic Colonial style at affordable prices. ... more   less 
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