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Penang’s Best Boutique Stays


A clutch of colorful stays in historic George Town. By ROBYN ECKHART

Published on Apr 7, 2010

Chris Ong, a native Penang-ite who co-owns Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka, chose a former coconut plantation as the site of his latest offering. Ong’s minimalist approach serves the gracious Edwardian bungalow well; dark timber, terra-cotta floors and eye-catching antiques grace the seven well-appointed suites. Should you be inclined to stay in, on-site facials, massages and yoga sessions can be arranged.
11 Clove Hall, George Town, Penang, Penang, +60 4 229 0818

Set in a painstakingly rebuilt Chinese merchant’s house in vibrant Little India, each of the two suites of this upscale bed-and-breakfast consists of a sitting room and bedroom and bath connected by a spiral staircase. There’s also a living area and shared veranda, where a breakfast of local specialties is served. Bicycles are available; upon arrival, the owner takes guests on a short walking tour.
25 China Street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia, +60 4 264 3580,

Heritage features and fashionable flourishes characterize these 10 individually designed suites occupying two rows of shophouses. At No. 93 Armenian (suites are named by address), hot-hued textiles complement exposed beams and white walls. Flatscreen TV’s, rain showers and 24-hour butler service add polish to your stay, though our favorite luxury bonus is the soaking tub in the sunroom.
91–95 Armenian Street and 47–53 Stewart Lane, George Town, Penang, Malaysia, +60 4 955 3643


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