We spent three nights here, but wished it had been longer. Our room was 'small but perfectly formed': very well equipped with a comfortable bed and lots of hot water. The public areas of the building are particularly attractively furnished with lovely plants and quiet seating areas.
The hotel is in a good location for exploring Georgetown.
A bonus is the exceptional restaurant which is all the better for being separate from the hotel. Its colonial style with beautiful wood made it very appealing and indeed it attracts many people not staying in the hotel for its Nonya specialities. Breakfast was excellent, particularly the home-made cinamon rolls.
Clever use of space has enabled the squeezing in of a small pool and a few loungers, which provides a pleasant place to sit outside. The outside seating area at the front was quite sunny when we were there and rather hot.
The service was excellent. I was particularly grateful to the staff for sending on to our next hotel some items which I had left behind. This was dealt with very quickly.
- 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