Per­anakan Jawi Man­sion

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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.

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