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Yeng Keng Hotel
Ranked #10 of 88 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 March 2017

All members of staff were friendly and ever-ready to help, advise and answer questions, offer suggestions as to where and what to eat, or just chat a bit in passing... They're a credit to the hotel.

Breakfast spread was more than adequate and very tasty as well.

Room was comfortable and clean.

Location was ideal - on bus routes but not noisy. Also walkable to most places of interest such as the Peranakan Mansion and street art sites.

Quite a few good eating places in vicinity - from cafes and local coffeeshops to street stalls.

You can't go wrong staying here.

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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Thanks to the staff and owners of this establishment, I had a great stay in Penang, due mostly to staying at the Yeng Keng Hotel on Chulia Street, Georgetown, Penang.
Ill be going there again soon, hope that they are still doing a really good job, it'll be good to be there again.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

A very nice hotel no issues to report. This hotel has an interesting history of past use and development posted in the room. Property in well decorated and the facilities are maintained to a high standard (no mold to be seen anywhere). Reception staff very pleasant & helpful. Room had both AC & ceiling fan along with full opening window. Good size swimming pool catches the sun most of the day. Breakfast was included and the bar/restaurant menu was not lacking and catered for western & eastern tastes. Hotel has its own off road parking for cars & motor bikes.
Good location easy short walk to various bars, the Hop On Hop Off" bus stop, the Penang Mall & main bus station. I was able to extend with a better rate than available online. Grab taxi service can be arranged at reception.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Yeng Keng Hotel is an excellent choice at its price point. It is not a high-end boutique hotel and it is not a budget backpacker hotel--it's right in the middle and executes very well at that spot. It is an interesting historic building that is walking distance to all the main historic center sites. Great service from all the staff we interacted with. The hotel was recently renovated and has nice decor in the common areas. Our room was small but clean and functional. We got the package that included transfers to and from the airport and a one hour tri-shaw tour of George Town and I was very glad for both those added benefits, as we had a late night arrival into Penang airport and an early morning departure, and the tri-shaw was a fun way to get oriented to the historic center on our first morning. My only small complaint is that the complimentary breakfast buffet at the connected restaurant was mediocre in quality and variety.

Stayed: February 2017
3  Thank Phillip C
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

This hotel is a real gem. Located in a crusty neighborhood of George Town, the hotel stands out as a superb place to stay. The open spaces of the interior, especially on the second level where we stayed, are decorated with valuable antique furniture. We toured a museum that contained similar furniture, but the Yeng Keng furniture was nicer.

The hotel is well located. The staff are eager to help. The hotel is clean and spacious. The swimming pool is small but very nice. Breakfast was good. Sitting on the front courtyard having morning coffee and evening wine was especially enjoyable.

There are only two downsides to the hotel. There are a high number of mosquitoes in the area - bring repellent. Second, the hotel staff have a tendency to leave items in the corners of the second-floor common space - a ladder here, a cot there, a box of cleaning supplies elsewhere. They must have no storage space.

We highly recommend the Yeng Keng.

Mike & Bev
NYC

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
3  Thank M C
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Additional Information about 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: RM328 - RM545 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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