The moment when I stepped into this hotel I fell in love with the building. A 130 years old restored heritage hotel on Penang UNESCO world heritage site. The interior of this hotel were surrounded by rich vintage furnishings, beautifully carved wooden doors, colourful fabrics, carpets, hand carved tables & chairs, venetian mirrors and intricate chineses motifs of dragon and pheonix.
Staff were extremely helpful, motivated, friendly and caring. Their services were extremely wonderful and a lot of seriously nice people.
The best part about this hotel is the location, you can walk around the old town. Most of the restaurants and nice food were easily reach by foot. Food along Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Cintra, Lebuh Kimberley and Jalan Penang were just a few minutes away by foot.
The only one thing to watch out for, avoid having your room facing the street. I stayed in this hotel from 10 to 14 June 2012 and was given a room on level 2 facing the Jalan Pintal Tali Street. I could hear noises downstairs, a drinking cafe across the street, music coming from the karaoke a few houses away and engine roaring from the street. I do highlight this issue the next morning and the staff were quick and very kind, especially Christeen (Manager) and Louis (Chief Chef) who came to apologize and even offering me another room on level 3 facing the other direction.
Overall, my stayed and experience with this hotel were perfectly great. Will come back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1881 Chong Tian Hotel is the Chinese Culture hotel and is the first of its kind in Malaysia. Housed within a century plus year old building, it was also previously known as Chong Tian Hotel back in 1881. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1881 Chong Tian Hotel Penang/George Town