Hotel Penaga, George Town, Penang – Travel Blogger Review

Penaga Hotel is located inside the Georgetown UNESCO world heritage city of Penang, Malaysia

Hotel Penaga is a boutique hotel located inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic city of George Town, Penang in Malaysia.  The advantages of staying in Hotel Penaga whilst in George Town are;

  • Location inside the UNESCO world heritage historic city of George Town
  • Unique design and attention to detail makes this hotel truly a boutique experience
  • Walking distance to the points of interest of George Town
  • Free Buffet Breakfast
  • Friendly English speaking staff
  • Free and fast WiFi
  • In room Jacuzzi and massage shower
  • Comfortable 4 poster bed
  • Swimming pool (free for guests)
  • Spa

Hotel Penaga is a property you should consider if you want to stay in a unique and luxurious hotel in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Book directly with the hotel for the best rates.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Check In

Hotel Penaga George Town – Check In

Check-in is quick and easy, the staff speak perfect English.  The reception area is clean, cool and refreshing after walking in George Town.  You should take the time to appreciate the tiled floor of the reception area which was created using traditional encaustic cement tiles from Indonesia which were pressed using presses from the 1930s.  A lot of thought has gone into the design, not just the design of the reception (above) but the design of whole building as you’ll see when you make your way to your room.

Hutton rooms are located on the 3 floors of the main building in Hotel Penaga, all accessible by elevator.  In the adjacent Clarke Terraces you’ll find suites suitable for family stays.  Above the Spa are the Transfer Suites which offer views towards Penang Hill.  In the garden are the Penaga Suites which are ground floor suites suitable for families.

Contact the hotel directly for special offers and more information on which room is suitable for you.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Rooms

Hotel Penaga George Town – Rooms

The rooms at Hotel Penaga come with a luxury 4 poster bed which is very comfortable, making it hard to get up in the morning.  In my room there was an embroidered Chinese chair cover from the 19th century framed on the wall (above left) which added to the uniqueness of Hotel Penaga.  If you like attention to detail you’ll find so much in your room as well as around the whole hotel and gardens.  The floors are timber as are the beams on the roof.  There is a fan as well as efficient air conditioning, if you wish to stay in a room with balcony you should request this at the time of booking.  Complimentary tea, coffee and water is provided in the room as well as information on the points of interest of George Town and Penang.

Something modernly unique about the rooms in Hotel Penaga is they each have their own Internet router and WiFi password.  This means you are guaranteed fast WiFi as no one else can use your bandwidth.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Bathroom

Hotel Penaga George Town – Bathroom

Each bathroom at Penaga Hotel includes a private Jacuzzi.  The most difficult choice will be whether to take a massage shower or a Jacuzzi (or both).  The bathroom amenities are excellent too, ranging from shower gel and shampoo to toothbrush and razor.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Cinnamon Restaurant - Buffet Breakfast

Hotel Penaga George Town – Cinnamon Restaurant – Buffet Breakfast

The buffet breakfast room has the uniquely tiled floor, like that of the reception.  There is a choice of western or local breakfast as well as an egg station.  There are polite staff happy to serve your coffee and bring your personalized choice of egg.  The view from the window is the swimming pool and garden of Penaga hotel.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Swimming Pool

Hotel Penaga George Town – Swimming Pool

During the day George Town is very hot, the perfect place to escape the heat is the swimming pool, you could even order a cocktail from the nearby Tanglung bar.  An alternative to the swimming pool is the air conditioned library, this would be the perfect place to read up on George Town and the sites of Penang Island before heading out to explore.  Fort Cornwallis, the largest fort in Malaysia is an interesting subject to read up on before walking from the hotel to see the real thing.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Tanglung Bar

Hotel Penaga George Town – Tanglung Bar

The interior of the Tanglung bar is as stunning and unique as the rest of the hotel.  The bar features glass lanterns from Guangzhou, China, Tanglung is Chinese for  lantern, this is how the bar gets its name.  From the exterior you can see the food promotions which were on when I visited.  It is rumored that the best cocktails in George Town are served in the Tanglung bar.

Hotel Penaga George Town - Spa

Hotel Penaga George Town – Spa

There are often special offers on in the Penaga Spa (ask in reception).  Pictured above is the entrance to the spa, the spa area has several traditionally designed rooms throughout the building.  The Penaga Spa is open daily 11 am to 7 pm (closed Wednesdays).

Enjoy your stay in Hotel Penaga, George Town.

2017-05-14T13:37:22+00:00May 14th, 2017|Asia, Malaysia|16 Comments


  1. Natasha May 15, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Glad to see a review of a nice hotel in George Town. We plan to spend some time in Malaysia next year with George Town being one of the places I want to visit the most. Thanks for sharing – will put this place on my list of hotels for the area

  2. Global Girl Travels May 15, 2017 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I’ve been to Penang but haven’t explored it much. I think it definitely merits a return visit. This post of yours only inspired that idea even more. I think this UNESCO site has much to offer and this boutique hotel looks like a great place to stay in- I love that relaxing interior decor!

  3. yukti May 15, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I liked the rustic decor of Tunglung bar. The detailed description of hotel and its facilities are very informative. As it is an UNESCO site I would love to visit this and being a boutique hotel I will bookmark this.

  4. Kevan May 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    The unique, non chain hotels are the ones we like to stay at. The photos of the property certainly make it an attractive place to stay. As comfortable as the jacuzzi tub looks, sadly one of the most important emminities this hotel has that I need is a staff who speaks English.

  5. Iza c/o Fill My Passport May 16, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    The tiles of this hotel reminded me of the beautifully designed tiles in Lisbon. I like when establishments put a lot of thought in making the floor appealing too. I like the bathroom a lot. I can spend hours there just relaxing and enjoying a luxurious bath. I would love to stay here if ever I would visit Georgetown.

  6. Vicki Louise May 16, 2017 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Oh my! The rooms here look incredible – and that corner Jacuzzi bath would be so refreshing after backpacking round the continent! It’s been a while since we visiting Penang, but the Hotel Penaga will definitely be at the top of list for places to stay when planning our next trip!

  7. Abhinav Singh May 16, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    I have always wanted to visit George Town for its world famous realistic wall art. This hotel seems as a perfect base for that. It’s a relief to know that the staff speaks English. Communication can be a big deterrent at times.

  8. Reshma May 18, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I’m planning to visit Malaysia and this post comes at a right time! George town looks fab and the hotel looks too cosy and a great place to chile while near Penang. I would love to try!

  9. Natalie May 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful place! I love the tile work – just stunning! That is a form of art I love to explore when we travel. If possible I purchase one as a souvenir. They are so pretty displayed in a cupboard.

  10. Genie | Gallivanting Bean May 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    ooo i love the swimming pool! Looks like a great place to stay. I’ll keep it bookmarked in case I ever back it to penang!

  11. Susanna May 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I love traveling to UNESCO sites, and would love to stay close to the one in Malaysia, especially at this hotel. It has a nice charming, yet rustic feel to it. The tiles in the pool at beautiful! Great review.

  12. Abhinav Singh May 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I have longed wanted to see Georgetown due to the realistic art on its walls. This hotel seems like a good base. I am most amazed by in room Jacuzzi and massage shower. I loved the way you clicked the picture of the room. Unique style.

  13. Arnav Mathur May 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    A jacuzzi in every room. Definitely one of the USP of the hotel apart from being located inside the UNESCO world heritage city of Georgetown. I would gladly spend the day chilling it out in the swimming pool with a beer in my hand. Would definitely like to sip the best cocktails of the town in the Tanglung bar.

  14. Cat May 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I used to live in Penang and didn’t know the existence of this hotel! I love that there’s a jacuzzi in every room! That swimming pool is the perfect place to relax given that the hot weather in Penang. I’d spend quite a lot of time at the spa for sure!

  15. eazynazy May 24, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

    wow I totally loved your review on this hotel,and your pictures are perfectly beautiful <3 Jacuzzi in a room is definitely a big YES.

  16. Agness of Fit Travelling August 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Excellent review, James! Seems like a place I’d love to stay in.What did you like best in George Town?

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