Peranakan Jawi Mansion
The George Town Heritage Hotels collection is known for its perceptive views on the restoration works of heritage buildings. Hotelier Chris Ong has made a name for himself by taking over buildings sorely in need of work and having the vision to return them to their former glory with the addition of contemporary details needed to keep guests satisfied.
The latest addition to the group is the Peranakan Jawi Mansion and differs slightly from the other hotels as it’s located on the edge of the heritage zone on Hutton Lane, which was once known as the ‘Malay Millionaires Row’. It’s a nice departure from the Peranakan theme that pervades George Town. Locally born mixed South Asian and Malay Muslims were called Jawi Peranakans and were considered part of the elite in 19th century Malaya.
Location-wise, this is the quieter part of town, and quite the oasis after a day of exploring. The minute the gates open, it’s like you’re returning home to your very own estate. What was once a mansion in a state of disrepair has been elegantly restored to the grand Anglo-Indian house it was meant to be. Architecture aficionados will be pleased to note the original details like wood lattices, cornices and columns remain, as do the Mughal influences.
There are eight mansion rooms and four family suites decked out with daybeds, Kilim rugs, Kashmir throws, comfy king-sized beds, gorgeous roll-top writing desks and brass lamps; accentuated by hand block print textiles and Mughal tiles.
153 Jalan Hutton, George Town (+604 218 9858/www. georgetownheritage.com). From RM380, Mansion Room with breakfast; from RM590, Mansion Suite with breakfast.