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1881 Chong Tian Hotel
Ranked #79 of 174 George Town B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 15, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

My partner and myself landed on Penang while doing our visa run from Koh Lanta. After a 10 hour trip we just wanted to rest our weary heads. We were dropped off on Jalan Chulia and popped into a couple of hotels. We then went to Chong Tian and we decided to stay here. The reception staff were so helpful and friendly and we stayed in a beautiful room, so clean and the furniture was stunning and most importantly, the bed was so comfortable, just like home!
Would definately stay again!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

I was traveling solo and stayed here in January right around the Chinese new year. This is a lovely new hotel, just opened with two very good restaurants (chinese and western) downstairs. What struck me most was how motivated and caring all the staff were, obviously so proud to be part of such a terrific restoration and in the center of Penangs Georgetown district. Of particular note was Lawrence (the nephew I believe) and Sean the owner. Both have done a wonderful job restoring this old hotel to its new and opulent self. If you are looking for the pool scene, this is not for you. If you are fond of deco hotels, bright and bold deco whilst incorporating chinese antiques and lots of love and pre thought then this is the place for you. Good luck to you all and thank you for a memorable (and very last minute) stay with you. Penny

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Had the western set lunch - 4 to choose from. Had the lamb. Friend had the chicken. Good quality for price. Beautiful restoration - would have been nice if they allowed us to take photos.

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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 4, 2015
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Stayed: August 2015
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Additional Information about 1881 Chong Tian Hotel

Address: 38 40, 42 Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #79 of 174 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
Price Range: $70 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 1881 Chong Tian Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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