Chu­lia Court

Time Out Penang Visitors Guide - - Stay -

De­sign-wise, Chu­lia Court is hard to place, but its eclec­tic dé­cor is pretty spec­tac­u­lar. If a Per­anakan fam­ily left their mag­nif­i­cent shoplot to a stylish bene­fac­tor,

Chu­lia Court would be the re­sult. One sweeping look at the ho­tel’s court­yard reveals Chi­nese bro­cade next to beaded cur­tains, teak an­tiques in con­trast to mod­ern bar stools, and or­nate mir­rors re­flect­ing the warm glow of red pa­per lan­terns.

A long bar is the nu­cleus of all the ac­tiv­ity on the ground floor, and dou­bles as the check-in point for ho­tel guests. Hid­den be­hind heavy drapes, a short flight of stairs leads to the top floor where the lodg­ings can be found. Un­like the gaudy en­trance

and court­yard, Chu­lia Court’s rooms are more ba­sic, but still squeaky clean and supremely com­fort­able. The car­peted dorm fur­nished with 20 bunk beds is prac­ti­cally new, and pro­vides many a weary back­packer with respite from their trav­els.

All stays are in­clu­sive of hot cooked break­fasts and a wel­come drink from the bar. 357 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3809/ chu­li­a­court.com.my). Hos­tel bed, RM40; Stan­dard sin­gle, RM140; Su­pe­rior dou­ble, RM240; Fam­ily room, RM390.

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