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Yeng Keng Hotel
Ranked #8 of 88 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 April 2017

A lovely heritage hotel right in the middle of Chulia Street. Old world feeling! The rooms are not exactly the biggest but then being in Penang you would be probably coming back in the early evening. Chulia Street is quiet by day but if you stroll along it you may well see some ancient craftsmen at work - like the aging tinsmith I chanced upon. And when the sun sets Chulia Street comes alive. Great street food, tons of bars. There is a decent car park at the back of the hotel and bus stops and a convenience store close by. The breakfast was smashing and it was a delight eating 'nonya' delicacies I hadn't had since my youth.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This was the most beautiful hotel I have stayed in. In the centre of George Town, walking distance to most tourist attractions or small taxi cost. Not far down the road, we used the Laundromat which was great.
The staff at this hotel were excellent, so helpful and friendly.
Would recommend to any traveller.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SurelyC
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

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.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Still the best place to stay in Georgetown. Lovely welcome from the best hotel team in the business! The pool area is a cool retreat from the heat of the day and the ice cold Tiger beer is just great. Our thanks specially to Hanif and Ryan, well done boys, you nailed it again.

Room Tip: The rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter off the Main Street.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Gerry L
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed in this impressively renovated hotel. Very nice familiy-room. Very clean.
Very helpful service, very familiar.
Good breakfast with very friendly Service!
Also our kinds always welcome!
Strongly recommend this lovely place!
Little pool, unfortunately too much chlorine in there.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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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: RM333 - 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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