23 Love Lane is like no other hotel or specialty lodging that I have even stepped in.
The property consist of an old mansion, servant quarters and a old indian shophouse dating as far back as 1860s. Penang being an up and coming tourist destination filled with UNESCO heritage sites, 23 Love Lane is essential to a culturally and historically filled experience of Penang. So when I researched for a place to stay in Penang, and saw this place, I booked the room for four - the Indian Shophouse - and crossed my fingers! (Since it was so new - 2 months! - I didn't really know what to expect!)
The place is amazing and exactly what you see in the pictures. You cannot imagine something so beautiful is so so very old! The conservation is superb and their effort to modernize the place for today is respectable. You really feel like being in the grand colonial era and yet with modern amenities! The details is simply amazing! Two thumbs up.
Service was also amazing! Fiona and Fariz were excellent host and takes care to your every needs. Fiona spent some time telling me about the history of the place which gave the place so much more character. 23 Love Lane (and the actual address!), is even applying for a UNESCO conservation site, which makes it even more respectable! They have to follow by strict conservation rules like absolutely no chemicals to clean, but takes some understanding from the part of the guest. (For eg, the property takes months to restore water leakages - not because of the conservation rules they have to follow).
Things we like (other then the charm of the place) - Good air conditioning, nice comfortable beds, SPACIOUS, large bathrooms, good shower, Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, good breakfast - eggs made to order, lovely freshly brewed coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice.. and on and on.
There were some minor things that can be improved, but, the biggest issue we have was the lack of parking. There are public parking throughout Love Lane, but sometimes its pretty hard to get. I don't know how the property can fix this though, but to be noted.
We stayed in the Indian Shophouse, which was perfect for a family of four. (Eventhough the upstairs was designed for kids, my husband and I were pretty comfortable. We loved that we got to spent time in the same room with my parents and yet we got our privacy by being upstairs!)
Highly recommend this property! It's not just a place to stay but an experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 23Lovelane Penang, A Heritage Boutique Hotel in George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 23 Love Lane Penang/George Town