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“Home in Penang”
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23 Love Lane
Ranked #17 of 169 George Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Home in Penang”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Just had a fantastic stay at 23 Love Lane! It is located among backpackers' hostels, lending the area a bit of edginess in the sedating penang heat. The busy-ness of Georgetown was left behind once we walked through the gates. We stayed in the Straits Eclectic room, which was very comfortable and felt very private even though it is located near the main lobby area.

The communal area is well-maintained and it’s very peaceful to just sit and enjoy the day in the beautiful garden. The best part of it is, there is free afternoon tea (local delights!) served around 4pm. We even got to taste the famous teochew cendol without having to queue for it!!! If you love your food, the hotel is also within walking distance of very good wanton noodles (opens from 8pm onwards) at Lebuh Chulia, near Lebuh Carnarvon. Also try the roast chicken rice at Kedai Kopi Thew Chik Café along Lebuh Chulia for lunch. Line Clear Nasi Kandar and claypot Briyani at Kapitan are also a skip away from the hotel.

Service was also amazing as many other reviewers have mentioned. Its service with sincerity, which really set this place apart from other hotels we have stayed at. I must really commend Mr Fauzi and Mr Nelson for making our stay so comfortable. We felt right at home. Staff at the restaurant was also very kind and helpful. We came back to the hotel one night with takeaway food and drinks and they provided us with plates and cutlery. However, there were times when other staff was not quite sure when we asked about prices of taxi rides etc. One minor thing that can be improved is the central controller in our room for the lights/fans. It doesn’t work very well all the time and given the generous size of the room, i had to run around quite abit to off the lights.

We highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Only booked this place 3 days before arrival. had only 10 minutes to pick a hotel from Tripadvisor and this was the best place we had in our 4 weeks in Malaysia.
People are very, very friendly. Breakfast is great, you can just order what you like and each day they have another local speciality.
Our room was the Indian Shophouse; a duplex house with a big room downstairs with an enormous bathroom and a another room on the mezzanine floor, also with a bathroom.
You can sit outside in the garden, enjoy an afternoon tea and fall asleep in the lounge chairs.
The B&B is in the middle of Georgetown.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Phuket Town, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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
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Ottawa, Canada
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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
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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
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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 #17 of 169 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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