Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Man­sion

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It’s safe to say that The Blue Man­sion has be­come a sym­bol of how far Ge­orge Town has come since gain­ing their her­itage site sta­tus. This man­sion epit­o­mises the story of how a poor boy from China came as a teenager to seek his for­tune, which he made af­ter years of hard work, and fi­nally ends up be­ing known as the ‘Rock­e­feller of the East’. With eight wives and a brood of chil­dren, he in­stalled some of them at his re­mark­able home on Leith Street, which was then known as the finest Chi­nese man­sion out­side China and built in the late 1880s.

Fast for­ward to the 1990s and with the man­sion al­most in ru­ins, a group of Pe­nang con­ser­va­tion­ists bought the prop­erty with the sole aim of restor­ing it. To do this, care­ful plan­ning and ren­o­va­tion was car­ried out util­is­ing lo­cal and spe­cial­ist ar­ti­sans to main­tain the in­tegrity of the build­ing. With their phi­los­o­phy of ‘tread­ing lightly and touch­ing softly’, The Blue Man­sion was brought back to life and has be­come the most fa­mous bou­tique ho­tel in Pe­nang with its iconic in­digo colour­ing.

There are 18 rooms in three cat­e­gories – Tang Suites, Han Suites and the Liang Col­lec­tion – all dec­o­rated beau­ti­fully keep­ing with the Chi­nese her­itage aes­thetic. If there was such a thing as dis­creet op­u­lence, the dé­cor here is just that, and the orig­i­nal arte­facts from by­gone eras only serve to en­hance this. Most im­por­tantly, the beds are ul­tra com­fort­able and the com­pli­men­tary jar of but­ter cook­ies were very wel­come.

14 Le­buh Leith, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 0006/www. cheong­fatttze­man­sion.com). Depend­ing on sea­son and pro­mo­tion, from RM318.

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