We booked this hotel through trip advisor (first time doing so) and it was so close to perfection!- mention combining was good---------!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The prime location was one of the reasons we booked this hotel and it definitely was worth it. This hotel is right in the centre of George Town, just walking distance from MOST major attractions. I recall only once having to pay for transport of any kind (a taxi to Kek Lok Si temple); saved us money and time. So nice not having to worry about how to get places.
When we arrived there was a slight issue where they couldn't see our reservation which delayed the process a bit but it was sorted eventually. The staff at the reception desk (2 girls i remember) were consistently lovely, always gave us information about attractions and directions. They called a taxi for us to Kek Lok Si temple and the company gave them a specific price. When the taxi charged us more and we told reception, they refunded us the difference!
The building itself is gorgeous; fairly small but still spacious, beautiful interiors throughout, especially in the bedrooms and restaurant. Lovely flooring and interesting open air design in most of the building. Our room overlooked the pool, beautiful. Nice high ceilings too.
Pool is simple but nice, but the staff from the restaurant would sit by it which made swimming in it quite uncomfortable as it felt like I was being watched.
This brings me to my next issue, the waiters in the restaurant (where you get the included breakfast) seemed very rude. There was one particular south Asian man who glared at me very passive aggressively when we came in for a light bite one lunchtime. No greeting, nothing. Just a passive aggressive glare. He then rudely gestured towards a table for us to sit at. These passive aggressive glared continued until I made it quite obvious that I didn't appreciate it, and then his attitude changed a bit. From then on at breakfast, him and the other staff weren't particularly polite, nor were they rude.
- 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