I stayed at the Yeng Keng Hotel in October 2011 in a Courtyard Twin Room.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by a bellboy at the entrance who brought my luggage to reception. At the reception check in, to my surprise the girl at the desk addressed me by my name, before I had even introduced myself or produced any papers! Throughout the stay all of the staff were extremely friendly and eager to help, and the personalised service was one of the best things about this hotel.
The room was small was decorated with traditional antique furniture. It was clean and overall I was satisfied. However a small problem was that the room was located on the ground floor with the window next to the pool area, so the curtains had to be closed if we wanted some privacy.
The upstairs common areas were absolutely beautifully decorated, and were a great place to sit down and relax. They also supplied some board games and magazines for the guests to use.
I enjoyed the free bottles of drinking water provided to the guests. Breakfast was very small and simple, with the selection consisting mainly of Malay food, so it would be better to eat elsewhere if you do not enjoy local food. The food available was not really that great either.
The hotel supplies free wi fi, however the wi fi reception is bad in the hotel rooms, so you would need to come out to the lobby or restaurant to get good reception. The hotel also has a computer with internet which guests can use for free.
The location could have been better, it is fairly central but not many restuarants or shops in the immediate vicinity.
I thought the price was expensive, with everything considered.
I enjoyed the stay at this hotel and would recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in a place with a bit of character, rather than the usual high rise hotel block.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yeng Keng Hotel is a 20-room restored heritage boutique hotel located in one of the oldest surviving and intact 19th-century buildings at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town, Penang. Like many of the other buildings in the neighbourhood, it was originally built in the mid 1800's as a private residence. The Anglo Indian bungalow belonged initially to Shaik Eusoffe bin Shaik Latiff an Indian Muslim family and remains unique in Chulia Street for not being relegated to the rear of a row of shop-houses blocking its facade. In 1897 trustees of the Cantonese Club 'Ying Han Pit Shu' bought the building on behalf of the association, later donating it to the trustees of the Straits Chinese Building Association in 1939. The building was later leased to Yeng Keng Hotel. The conversion from a residence into a budget hotel was the prevailing trend along the street at the beginning of the 20th century. Small places of lodgings that were conveniently reached from the harbour were in great demand as the traffic in the port grew. An impressive traditional Chinese entrance gate was constructed announcing entry to the 'Lodging House,' adding grandeur to the commercial establishment and to distinguish it from the rest of the buildings on the street. Conservation and upgrading by the present owner, Hoo Kim Properties Sdn Bhd, was undertaken in March 2009 with the renewed Yeng Keng Hotel completed in April 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yeng Keng Hotel Penang/George Town