Hotel Penaga, George Town, Penang – Travel Blogger Review
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).