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“Beautiful hotel in the heart of Georgetown”
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Yeng Keng Hotel
Ranked #8 of 84 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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89 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful hotel in the heart of Georgetown”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The Yeng Keng is a modernised old chinese house in the centre of Georgetown, greatly located next to bars and the famous food stalls. Everything is in a briliant shape, the atmosphere historic, modern and friendly at the same time. Compared to our last stay in Traders, this is a completely different experience that significantly enhanced our stay in Penang

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Somerset, England
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Had a couple of nights here and it is a lovely restored building with lots of character in the middle of a lively old part of Georgetown. Our room (the Garden Room) was large, well equipped and quiet. Breakfast was in their cafe next door and was adequate and there was a lovely swimming pool at the back which was much appreciated after a hard, hot day of sightseeing.
The location was very interesting, being in the heart of the old town with only a short walk to Chinatown and Little India.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Wonderful oasis in Penang. Excellent staff, attitude, service, suggestions and location. The small quiet pool is a delight and the morning breakfast is a great way to start the day. Go there!

Room Tip: Do not take the room across from reception that backs onto restaurant.....too noisy
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Purmerend
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

We liked this hotel so much in 2011 when it was new that we came back this year.
Before this was a rather seedy backpackers hostel, but now the building has been totally renovated in a very nice way befitting the Penang chinese heritage idea by the new owner; the lobby is fine with lots of room and seating; the staff is very helpful with all kind of tips about Penang, carrying your suitcases upstairs to your room if needed since there is no elevator, with online checkin for your flight out and printing the boarding passes should you request it.
The rooms are clean, shower does not overflow, good drainage, which is not always the case in other hotels I have stayed in.
As for the rooms I have been told if you want a larger room you should book the Garden Suite since it has the biggest bedroom, and it is just RM 55 more than the cheapest double room promotional rate. Alas this was occupied this time around.
There are a lot of books and magazines lying on the reading table on the first floor left by former guests.
The new restaurant has OK western dishes, the oriental ones tast good but limited choices, nothing spectacular or you should order in advance.
Just across the road the is a mosque, so you hear the muezin's call to prayer thru loudspeakers, last call around 8:15 pm, quite intrusive.

Room Tip: If you need a bigger bedroom, the Garden Suite has the biggest bedroom of all.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

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.

Room Tip: First floor rooms have a nicer common area and more privacy
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Yeng Keng Hotel

Property: Yeng Keng Hotel
Address: 362 & 366 Chulia Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in George Town
#4 Family Hotel in George Town
#5 Romantic Hotel in George Town
Price range (per night): RM292 - RM442
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yeng Keng Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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