WHERE TO STAY
With an explosion of boutique hotels and guesthouses over the years in George Town, Penang, these top the list. 23 LOVE LANE Just like living in your Nyonya grandmother’s home—your grandmother with fabulous taste in art, of course—with the friendliest front desk staff in George Town and the best afternoon tea, served daily. SEVEN TERRACES Lacquered wood and genuine antiques from award-winning hotelier Chris Ong’s private collection are seen here. The architectural genius who knocked through seven shophouses and created that magnificent courtyard provides a cool, elegant respite from the bustle on its doorsteps. JAWI PERANAKAN MANSION Newly opened and the latest in Chris Ong’s stable of hotels, a tinkling fountain greets you in the courtyard. As you slink further into intricate latticework and silken Indian finery, this delightful hotel weaves opulence and intimacy together. CLOVE HALL RESIDENCE Situated slightly beyond the heritage zone, the private, black-and-white colonial house is set within delicate green gardens. This is the best place if you’re bringing kids. Even better, book up the whole hotel and take up all six suites with family and friends. MACALISTER MANSION Although Macalister is quirkily contemporary within its grandiose colonial walls, glass-walled bathrooms, an impressive library, and a fine dining restaurant await you.