Spices Hotel

Spices Hotel

No 5 Lorong Lumut, George Town, Penang Island 10200 Malaysia
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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An award-winning boutique hotel in the core UNESCO Heritage Zone of George Town, Penang, truly presents its charming history and cultural richness by its Moroccan, Spanish, Indian and local flavoured interior decor. Spices Boutique Residence Hotel was presented with the “Adaptive Reuse" Award by the Architectural Association (Malaysia) in 2014. Spices is made up of 4 unique pre-war houses and it current houses 8 individually designed guest rooms. Lumut Lane was once the centre of Islamic studies and one of the earliest Malay settlement in George Town that was frequented by traders from the Malay Archipelago, Arab and India. Back then, spices was indeed one of the main trade……hence the name Spices Boutique Residence Hotel. A petite garden with a preserved big tree (>150 years) co-exist with the building and some evergreen trees which form the canopy of the garden. Spices is surrounded with an abundance of heritage buildings and museums, and not to mention world class street arts. Spices Hotel is managed by Spices Collection chain of boutique accommodation with the theme, "LIVE . LOVE . LAUGH. SPICE". #spicescollection #spiceshotel #sweetcili
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Street parking
Wifi
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
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No 5 Lorong Lumut, George Town, Penang Island 10200 Malaysia
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Great for walkers
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ThomFu wrote a review Sept 2020
Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are so many good things to say about this amazing find in Georgetown's heritage zone! First, the location itself to tourist attractions is an absolute reason why you should stay here. Almost all major attractions can be reached on foot, and there are bicycle rentals nearby, should you wish to leisurely bike around.

Then there's the tastefully decorated interior, with Moorish accents. The living spaces are just an absolute delight to sit around with a good book while soaking up the atmosphere. You'll have to take off your shoes and put in the cubby while at the hotel. This makes the place so much more cleaner, and a good practice due to the recent virus.

Rooms are named after spices, and I stayed in "Clove" when I was here. The high ceilings make the room seem spacious and airy, while the lattice windows add so much character to the room. It really reminded me of the old, pre-war shophouses I have in my hometown in Kuantan.

Amenities are adequate, shower was great after a long day of walking. The bed is very comfy, with two different pillows provided to cater to your preference. Service is attentive yet unobtrusive; our room was made and water replenished while we were out exploring.

As I am writing this, I've booked my future stay with Spices Hotel, and I look forward again to this beautiful, hidden gem in Georgetown.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: There is a mosque nearby which may interrupt light sleepers in the early morning. Choose a room...
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Nish wrote a review Jul 2020
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here in Nov 2018 during for four nights in a Deluxe room which was upstairs. The room was large and had HUGE ceilings which made the room seem bigger and airer. The bathroom was a little small and the doors to the bedroom were a sliding door which wasnt ideal since it got stuck a couple of times.

The front desk and staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. They were more than willing to help with advice on where to go and eat etc.

The boutique hotel itself is absolutely beautiful with a small courtyard and was quite charming. The room was also beautifully decorated.

The only negative was that our air-conditioner wasnt working well when we arrived in the morning and when we came back in the afternoon it still hadnt been fixed but as soon as we raised it that afternoon the team came quickly and fixed it.

Location of the hotel is EXCELLENT! perfect walking distance to all the must see areas in GT and centrally located. Quite close to the mall and to the shops in heritage area.
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Date of stay: August 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Spices Collection, Marketing at Spices Hotel
Responded 12 Aug 2020
Dear guest, Thank you for the review and we shall improve further for the comfortable stay of our guests. Hope to see you again in future. Thank you.
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HappyFamily2011 wrote a review Jun 2023
Mornington Peninsula, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a funky little hotel amongst the heritage area of George Town, but away from the hussle bussle which suited us fine. It’s easy walking distance to everywhere. The staff were polite and helpful. We did have issues with aircon but it was attended to straight away. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable. We stayed in “Nutmeg”which was up a flight of stairs. The room did not have a fridge but guests are welcome to use the fridge located at reception. The staff were friendly and helpful and if you’re not looking for 5 star but rather mid range, then I would highly recommend this hotel. I’ve read poor reviews but found our stay great!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Try Teksen Chinese restaurant. Well worth the 20 min queue to get in.
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SanJK89 wrote a review Oct 2021
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located in a very strategic and quiet place of Georgetown with a walking distance to shops and restaurants. It's a very quiet and peaceful place to stay. This place looks very beautiful and vintage looking. Reasonable price and friendly staffs. Parking are also available right outside and not congested. Will definitely go again.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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smale3000 wrote a review Nov 2022
Krasnodar, Russia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a terrible experience at this hotel.
We have stayed here before.
And pre-booked the same room with two children. One baby is breastfeeding.
However, on our second check in, our booking was changed.
We were given another room where the stairs for the bed to the 2nd floor. And the toilet is downstairs. The number itself is much smaller.
When we asked for the room we had bought, we were told that the room was busy. I showed a photo of the room when booking. However, they called me a liar because the hotel staff changed the photos to this room category and were surprised that I had a scan.
Carefully.
If you value comfort, find another place to stay. That's why there will be problems.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kezsin wrote a review Jan 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My trips to Penang are usually automated check-ins into a chain hotel group fronting the sea. It does not matter which, as long as our mood decides what we should see when we draw the curtains, or hear when we close our eyes.

Thus, having come across a boutique hotel in the heritage site of Penang drew mixed feelings on whether I was up to something different.

I confess, without the aid of Waze (tip: "Lorong Lumut. Georgetown" gets you there), it would have been a daunting task. And my, Waze took me through the smallest streets in this country! Negotiating mini-streets in a 4WD is not for the faint hearted. But I arrived right in front of the Spices Residence.

Surveying the sight of old pre-war shoplots brought back memories of my short stays in a similar building in Taiping. Except, it was obvious that Spices have conformed to modern times but maintaining the crucial identity of its rich heritage. I was told Spices used to be the row of shoplots where the local Indian communities traded spice (hence the name-sake).

I was greeted at the door by the lovely team from Spices, Celeste - who was already expecting me. With 8 rooms, it is quite impossible not to recognise your guests I suspect.

My first observation was of a place where time has stood still, but somehow the soul has renewed itself through the hands of its new owner(s). The structure and facade was left as original as it was, but the interior - you have to see how they have cleverly worked with the old to produce the new.

Very careful craftsmen and skill have been deployed to ensure the building remains as close as you get in its hey day, and the attention to detail is superb! The conservation goes further to ensure that the tree bark growing from within the building (through years of neglect) have been preserved, and the roots that line the back wall - a work of art by itself. This is conservation at its peak.

The rooms were comfortable, and the en suite (very important) - modern with good plumbing.

Those were the days of old when buildings such as this did not come well equipped with modern toilets. I hated the old Taiping shoplots especially when I had to use the loo. It was all out-door bucket-system (know what I mean?).

So, seeing modern toilets with good water pressure (a must!) is definitely welcoming.

The team at Spices is excellent and hospitable. I know I arrived a stranger, and left a friend.

The location of Spices speaks volume. It is located right in the heart of the UNESCO heritage area. You must visit the 3-D artwork murals. The best way of doing this: hire a tri-shaw for RM8, today's prices subject to change), and you get to see the whole of the area without moving a leg. Then, you may decide which area you intend to walk and explore further. I felt just walking along the old shoplots and seeing how those businesses were conducted was an insight and experience by itself.

Drawback?

Although I must say that I grew up in a kampung surrounded by mosques, I was quite used to the call to prayers in the morning (in surround sound). But what greeted me in the wee hours of the morning was audiophile quality - in very high definition.

For me, its fine. But for city slickers or foreign guests, it can be quite an experience. I understand the hotel staff is proposing to supply ear plugs, but I would highly recommend all guests to take in this exceptional experience that you can find living in a community as old as the buildings around it.

A lovely place, which I certainly will return.

Soon!
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Date of stay: January 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from NPrem1, General Manager at Spices Hotel
Responded 25 Aug 2015
Dear Guest, Thank you for your taking the time to write a review and for your feedback and comments. Best Regards, Spices Team
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C. Haglund wrote a review Feb 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
After traveling to a total of 34 countries over the past few years and staying in countless hotels, for the first time I must give a negative review. The Spices Hotel in George Town Penang Malaysia is NOT AT ALL what it appears to be on Trip Advisor. As a reference, Trip Advisor reviews tend to be very helpful and quite accurate, but not in this case. First off, I was given a different room than what I paid for. On Spice Hotel's own website it clearly states that all Superior Double rooms are located on the ground floor. I was given the Nutmeg room (upstairs). Tiny, no hot water after 2 minutes and the TV picture is very blurry without sound. Clearly not the room I booked and paid for. I was unable to bring this to the staff's attention immediately because of a tour I had scheduled. So, that evening around 8 pm, I went to the reception desk. I wanted to inquire about the room type and also get towels as there weren't any in the room for whatever reason. The man at the reception, although very polite, gave me towels and asked me to return in the morning to ask about my room. I returned in the morning and spoke to Dell. She walked me into the restaurant area where her boss was located. Her boss just looked at me and informed her to tell us that we could leave if we weren't happy, but had no intentions of refunding our prepaid stay. I was quite surprised. So, after returning with Dell to the reception desk, she phoned Ms. Chang. I spoke to Ms. Chang on the phone and relayed my concern about the room. After handing the phone to Dell, she upgraded me to a different (bigger) room. This should have been a resolution, but unfortunately not. That evening, after attempting to shower, no hot water. I redressed, went back to Dell, and told her. She and 2 other hotel employees came to my room. They couldn't understand why the water wasn't hot. So, I was put into yet another room "Cardamom". This one was finally okay. Still after 3 or 4 minutes, water was only lukewarm. I don't take 30 minute showers, but it should stay hot for at least 10. Not at Spice. Now the problem is that the bathroom sink doesn't drain. Went down to the receptionist, Dell, yet again. They managed to get the sink water to drain with a plunger, but by the next morning it was full again. By this point, so was I. Full and fed up of Spice's lack luster customer service. And, every time I left the hotel, even for just 10 minutes, they entered my room to check that everything electric is turned off. If it isn't, they turn it off. No harm in running a profitable business, but blatant greed like this is rude and inhospitable. Also note that each time you enter the lobby, you must remove your shoes. Quite unusual and also a hassle when your hands are full with luggage or bags. Oh, and, all 3 rooms had LOTS of mosquitos and lizards too. If it wasn't for Dell, I would have walked after the first night. She truly cares about customers. Unfortunately she's fighting a losing battle at Spices. Management here is deplorable and I have no idea how they've gotten so many great reviews on TripAdvisor. Leads me to wonder who's been writing them...
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Date of stay: January 2017
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pmdaguet wrote a review Jan 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Right away when you enter Spices at Lumut, you will realize the talent of an architect behind this beautiful renovation. Spices is composed of a series of shop-houses, some of them being over 100 years old, connected together to form an interesting 8-rooms home-stay. I was privileged to be given a tour by the (local) architect who designed this pretty place. I really liked that he kept some of the old trees that grow on the walls and through the roof (he explained that he had to reinforced the wall with steel structure to be able to maintain these trees). The place has a lot of natural light and air, which makes is a confortable haven after a long day in the streets of Penang.

Lorong Lumut is ideally located in the heart of a vibrant heritage district of Penang, close to Armenia street and its Kongsi (chinese temples). You will also hear the muezzin of a neighboring mosque singing at prayer times; what a mix of cultures! A great place to stay to enjoy the really Penang life.
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Date of stay: January 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 25 Aug 2015
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback and comments. Best Regards, Spices Team
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Abby L wrote a review Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Spices is a small boutique hotel, well located in the old part of Georgetown. The lobby is cosy and decorated with oriental antiques, and our spacious room (family suite Saffron, with downstairs mezzanine bedroom) could easily accommodate a family of four. The hotel provides room amenities of soap, shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes, bottled water, dressing gowns, a safe and hairdryer. The beds were firm and comfortable and the air conditioning worked well. Everything is spotless, although there are ingrained mould marks in the painted shower cubicle. Perhaps management could look into tiling the shower recesses. You are required to remove your shoes upon entry to the hotel, and this helps keep everything clean.

Note: the hotel is located almost next to a mosque and the call to prayer starts about 6am but is very short. Ear plugs and ‘white noise’ won’t work in this instance, but we managed to fall back to sleep every morning, even though I am a light sleeper. If included, breakfast is served in a tiny dining room next to the courtyard and you can choose western or local. The staff are friendly and helpful. A great value stay if you want to experience authentic, heritage accommodation in the heart of Georgetown.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mark Fletcher wrote a review Feb 2016
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at Spices for 4 nights in Feb 2016. The location is excellent close to tourist spots, food (Kimberly St hawker area, plus plenty local cafes - you'll never go hungry) and the CAT bus stops nearby but the hotel is in a side street away from any noisy location. You can hear the call to prayer from the mosque, plus the some bell ringing in the morning from the Hindu temple across the street, but they both add to the ambiance in my opinion - and the Hindu temple doesn't open early anyway ;-)

The bed, and room in general was comfortable and the shower hot and spacious. The building was a very nice renovation of a traditional building - much better than the pictures show. Also the breakfasts at their cafe were generous and I loved the omelettes.

Lastly, the staff were always friendly and helpful and made the trip special. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We were in Cumin, views to the street.
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AdeTiti asked a question Nov 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia37 contributions14 helpful votes
Which is better for 2 pax : superior double or deluxe double room? Any suggestion?
Answer from bklynami
Stamford, Connecticut131 contributions64 helpful votes
I booked a deluxe double with city views. My room was sufficient for 2 persons. There was one queen size bed with high ceilings. The bathroom was small but I felt that the room had space. There was even a small loft above the bathroom. I haven't seen a superior double to compare.
Pigkiller asked a question Oct 2018
Asia280 contributions98 helpful votes
Do you have baby crib?
Answer from sitiaishah2017
3 contributions
Sorry for the delay as i was away. Yes. Please put a note with your booking that you need a baby crib
Answer from Francois T
Johannesburg, South Africa1,289 contribution113 helpful votes
Hi, I would recommend you confirm with hotel but if I recall correct the loft room has stairs to reach it but I am not sure about the family suite. We stayed in double room on ground floor and if it is an option for you they may be able to give you two rooms next to each other. Good luck and hope you enjoy your stay. Regards Francois
Answer from EricHTY
Selangor, Malaysia18 contributions4 helpful votes
You need to call the hotel so that they can reserve a parking space for you. However you will need to buy your own parking ticket as it is not private parking. Not sure if the parking space got enough space for 4x4 as the space is quite small.
HappyFamily2011 wrote a tip Jun 2023
Mornington Peninsula, Australia41 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try Teksen Chinese restaurant. Well worth the 20 min queue to get in."
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Dymita wrote a tip Jul 2022
Bogor, Indonesia67 contributions27 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose the family loft or suite in the main building. Avoid the seperate building's rooms with the restaurant in the ground floor."
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ThomFu wrote a tip Sept 2020
Malaysia97 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a mosque nearby which may interrupt light sleepers in the early morning. Choose a room that's facing away from the main street."
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Philippe D wrote a tip Apr 2019
Huy, Belgium124 contributions104 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the room in opposite building"
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puilin93 wrote a tip Jul 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia20 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Strategic Location due to located near to all tourist spot"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spices Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Spices Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Asia Camera Museum (0.1 km), Armenian Street (0.1 km), and Khoo Kongsi (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Spices Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Spices Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Spices Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Spices Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Reggae Cafe Penang, My Own Cafe, and Junk Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Spices Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Hindi, Malay, and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Spices Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Armenian Street (0.1 km), George Town (0.8 km), and Sun Yat Sen Museum (0.1 km).
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