I stayed at the double-storey Steward Lane Suite of Seven Terraces for two nights. The experience was fantastic. The hotel has definitely achieved one of its objectives (as stated somewhere in a booklet) to make guests feel like they are staying in a rich friend's mansion, instead of a hotel.
Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Peranakan food at the Kebaya restaurant in the hotel was good. Some of the dishes, such as their Gula Melaka Mousse, came in a stunningly beautiful presentation. The Bababar is another cool (chic and air-con!) and pleasant spot to sit and relax on a handsome leather couch and sip a chilled fruit juice (or alcohol) in one of the hot afternoons.
Enough has been said about how beautifully decorated the hotel suites are. The rain shower and bathroom that took over the "enclosed balcony space" was cleverly planned and a nice touch. Motion sensors automatically switch the bathroom light on and off so that one does not need to look for a switch in darkness. All doors and windows in the suite come in an external layer of adjustable timber louvred door panels and an internal layer of air-tight door panels with half-frosted-half-clear glass (or probably acrylic) for air-conditioning - in my opinion a lovely feature for the guests to truely embrace and experience how the traditional locals built their houses with smart architectural features like these to really fine-tune the amount of daylight, ventilation and privacy one requires at different times of the day.
It is difficult to imagine a more pleasant experience staying in an architectural jewel like Seven Terraces located right in the middle of Georgetown I will be returning to Seven Terraces for my next trip in Penang. : )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seven terraces Hotel is a grand row of seven C19th Anglo Chinese terraces. The hotel is situated in one of Penang’s finest and most intact heritage streets which is in the very heart of the World Heritage Site and next door to the 1810 Goddess of Mercy Temple with just a few minutes walk from all the major icons. It successfully captures and celebrates the spirit of this world heritage town and its unique Peranakan culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seven Terraces Penang/George Town