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“one of the best boutique hotels in penag .” 5 of 5 bubbles
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23 Love Lane
Ranked #18 of 170 George Town B&B and Inns
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Phuket Town, Thailand
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“one of the best boutique hotels in penag .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

very friendly staff and incredible cozzines. the staff made us fell right at home Imedieatly for the two nights we were there. We were even able to change rooms to accommodate an extra person that joined our group and the manager didn't even charge us. if your going to Penang and want a B&B with lots of character and charm and an all star staff to boot, the Lovelane 23 is your place.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank guiguy2
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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121 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

We'd read about 23 Love Lane and wanted to be in the centre of town; little did we know that being there would allow us to nosh non-stop, day or night, as we visited. From the moment we arrived, almost at midnight, to the morning we left, Mr Fauzi and his team took incredibly good care of us -- leading us to the food stalls open at all hours, booking vehicles for us, suggesting areas to explore for the best cendol, and being hospitable as could be when three friends we were meeting up with showed up for tea.

We stayed in the two Jack Roof Annex rooms which were both incredibly comfortable, beautifully designed, and right in the middle of the garden. Breakfast in their new shophouse restaurant was gorgeous: the local specialty, roti canai, perfect, one day, and nasi lemak, brought in from where they said the best in Georgetown was made, the next. Accompanying the main breakfast dishes were plates of supremely fresh fruit, fresh juice, Dilmah tea or local coffee, and...whatever else your heart desired. Mr Fauzi informed us that they would not be happy unless we gained at least two kilos on this trip and they certainly did their best to make their wish come true. Locals joke that they eat six meals a day, and they are not kidding. But it's all so delicious!

The common spaces and gardens at 23 Love Lane are immaculately maintained, with great reading material, including the plans submitted to UNESCO to meet their heritage restoration requirements. Fascinating reading.

We felt very welcome at 23 Love Lane and are already plotting a return trip.

Room Tip: For maximum quiet, aim for a room that doesn't give to the street: the green Jack Roof Annex and...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank RebeccaLawrence
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

We booked 23,LoveLane on the basis of the website and location and it delivered all that and more. We stayed 11-16 July 2012, probably overlapping with the 'Hidden Gem' reviewers. We totally endorse everything said in that review. All we would add is that a stay in Georgetown is highly recommended esp if you are passionate about experiencing World Heritage sites (e.g New Orleans, Havana Cuba). There could be no better base for that experience than 23, LoveLane.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank suzEQ272
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

I booked this hotel solely based on the reviews here on TripAdvisor So when i told my Penang friend about it she did know of this place but said it sounded like a burget accomodation Needless to say i started panicking.... but am glad to say it was the one the best decisions i made. The rooms were far more luxurious than some of the 5 star hotels and the grounds in the absolutely quaint hotel was simply stunning We booked 3 rooms here and all the rooms were different but amazing But the stars of this hotel are the staff, from the fantastic Fauzi to the humble and kind Redho to the eversmiling security guard I have never felt so looked after in any other hotel i have stayed in It was so wonderful that my husband is planning on celebrating his 50th birthday here next January

Room Tip: There is no pool here but it did not matter to us
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank purplemini69
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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to stay here for 2 nights, and the service here surpassed that of some of the high quality 5 star hotels around the world. You will enjoy this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank GlobalTraveller23
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New Delhi, India
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We are so glad to have chosen 23 Love Lane for our 4 day holiday in Penang. We were booked at the Indian Shop House, which turned out to be perfect - kids (aged 5 and 9 years) were in the little room upstairs. The property is a beautiful 1920's building. The rooms are so stunning that we did a tour of the entire property to look at how uniquely each one of them had been done. The hospitality beats any hotel I have ever been to in my life! Although its a Bed and Breakfast, the warmth is there at every corner. Each and everyone of the hotel staff go out of their way to make you comfortable. The breakfast - wow! wow! wow! Trust me you will not be disappointed. It is a full breakfast, cooked fresh and served piping hot. Do try Mr Fauzi's butter eggs, its a speciality of the house! Before I end, the one person who made this absolutely memorable for us was Redho. This man is by far the most humble, respectful, polite person I have met in my life. My entire family talked about how he was like a genie for us, always there to help and advise! Don't miss to meet him if you are here. We would always come back here :-) and recommend this highly. Btw - fabulous location too, right in the heart of the old Georgetown. Everything is walking distance.

Room Tip: If you are traveling as a family with children go for the Indian Shop House. Your kids and you will...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank Shyatto
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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134 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

We were meeting up very dear friends and they recommended this new hotel. One word to describe it. Amazing! An old Chines Villa completely renovated with delightful ambiance in the rooms. We loved the library area which gave us a great place to sit and catch up with our friends. The breakfast was delightful and made even more special by having it specially cooked for us. Our friends were celebrating a milestone birthday and the hotel went out of their way to provide a cake and make it special. We just could not fault this hotel for its attention to detail and service.

Room Tip: THis is the place to stay in the heart of Georgetown. Even the taxi driver didn't know such a gr...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank whowesit
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Property: 23 Love Lane
Address: 23 Lorong Love, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 170 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — 23 Love Lane 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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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