We felt at home at the Yeng Keng. The hotel is set in a beautifully restored chinese building on Chulia Street which is within the UNESCO world heritage part of George Town. It is definitely one of the nicer hotels that have recently sprung-up in what was normally the backpacker area. You may find better, bigger and more modern hotels in other parts of town but the Yeng Keng does have its own charm and is good value.
We rented a standard room because we did not want to blow the budget by too much. The standard room is not huge but we found it was adequate for a couple. The hotel has a medium size pool which is ideal to cool down after walking around town.
We give the thumbs up to the Yeng Keng cafe. The breakfast was included in our hotel rate and we really enjoyed it. The breakfast is buffet style from which you can get you usual western goodies like eggs, bacon, toats etc...but my favourite was their selection of asian goodies including some nonya sweets and roti chanai.
Other good things; free wifi access and umbrellas! If you need to do some laundry you can get it done at 5MR/kg at a store across the street from the hotel.
Hope you found thus useful and enjoy your stay!
- 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