Located just outside the heritage zone, Macalister Mansion stands out in its white splendour. As you enter the driveway you can imagine how the original owners must have lived. Named after Sir Norman Macalister, one of the first governors of Penang, this grand house has been refurbished and upgraded to the highest level and is part of the Design Hotels group.
There are only eight rooms here, each with a different layout – the only similarity being the white colour scheme. All rooms come with Bang & Olufsen sound systems, Nespresso coffee machines, goosedown pillows (there is even a pillow menu), 400-threadcount linen and a selection of art you’ll wish you owned. Each room has its own unique feature as well – Room 4 has a gorgeous spiral staircase while Room 1 is also called the Bridal Suite and has a separate dressing area.
Commissioned works of art fill walls, nooks and crannies and veer from quirky and eclectic to classic and whimsical. There is a swimming pool in the front garden and four F&B outlets covering every aspect of dining, from all-day to fine, and even a whisky and cigar lounge.
228 Jalan Macalister, George Town (+604 228 3888). Between RM900 and RM1,530 depending on which room.