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Yeng Keng Hotel
Ranked #9 of 79 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
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8 reviews
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“More than expected ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

My family was here for a family reunion and vacation. There were altogether 13 of us. The staff was more than friendly. Every one of them, from manager to the housekeepers, was always ready to offer their help, with a smile, if I may add.

Location was superb as all the great and delicious local delights are within walking distance.

Kudos to the restaurant staff too. The chef made our stay especially memorable when he graciously accepted our humble request of making prawn noodle for breakfast on our day of departure.

First class hospitality, friendly staff, yummy food, comfortable accommodation and great location. Will definitely stay here if we are ever back in Penang.

Thank you, Jackie, Winnie Aziz, Chef Tan and many other staff whom I can't recall your names.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

Just check in today and am very impressed with the overall layout and design. From a depleted mansion to a very well designed hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

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!

Room Tip: For a bit more privacy ask for a room that is not located at the reception (though it is very quiet...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

Super location with 5 star well maintained boutique hotel. Nice breakfast provided in private cafe just beside the hotel. Convenience to access to any attraction in Komtar town area. Friendly Yeng Keng's staffs willing to help to arrange transport to any attraction that we planned to visit. Small pool built inside Yeng Keng could cooling us after a day walking in Georgetown. We stay 2 nite at Yeng Keng before leaving Pulau Pinang. Yeng Keng brings us a sweet memory. Highly recommended to whose like boutique hotel (somethings that you can't find in conventional hotel). Cheers~ YENG KENG!

  • Stayed February 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

We chose the Yeng Keng after reading all of the positive remarks on Tripadvisor, and the hotel did not disappoint us. The hotel i beautiful and with lots of character, our kids loved their afternoon swim in the little pool. In general it was a positive experience. Only problem I have is with the taxi service. The staff is keen to offer calling a taxi for you, but the price you pay for the fare is often twice as high as when you hail one from the street and ask the driver to use the meter (that he is supposed to use - but most drivers don't). We ordered a taxi through the reception - the fare was supposedly RB50, but when we asked to use the meter, our final price was on RB26. This kind of 'service' is not in the customers interest.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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
Phone Number:
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): RM311 - RM498
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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