Furnished in antique splendour, this romantic luxury hotel celebrates Penang’s history while offering one of the best locations in the city centre.
The location of Seven Terraces is hard to beat. The historic Guan Yin temple is just around the corner, as are the popular hawker stalls of Chulia Street and the bars of backpacker hub Love Lane.
Bustling through the area may be, the architecture of the hotel allows it to feel peaceful and secluded. Rooms are accessed through a private courtyard and the main entrance is on a quiet lane.
Address: Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Malaysia.
Style & character
Seven Terraces occupies a row of pre-war shop houses, which were carefully restored and now stand as a grand tribute to the past. Period details have been fitted throughout, from tall wooden doors to traditional floor tiles and a winding staircase.
Hotel owner Christopher Ong has drawn on his own Peranakan roots to evoke Penang’s history in every nook and cranny. Everywhere you look, you’ll find antique furniture and trinkets – even breakfast is served up on dainty chinaware.
Service & facilities
There’s a small pool and lounge for lazy afternoon laps and al fresco dining. Wi-Fi is free but seems to function best in the suites. Service is prompt and friendly, with in room telephones connecting to the concierge (though not available for outside calls). Massages can be arranged at the hotel.
Guests can enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea each day, served with delicious Nyonya kuih. There is also an antique shop and plenty of books on hand for those curious about local history.
Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are decorated with ornate antique furniture and rich textiles. Highlights include the beautiful aged wooden floorboards (made from recycled timber) and carved four poster beds. The bathrooms are impressively large and fitted with rain showers.
Most suites are duplexes for couples with a separate lounge, bedroom, bathroom and additional washroom. There are also two larger suites, designed for families or groups. Rooms are air conditioned and come with a TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, Bose speakers, shower amenities and bathrobes.
Food & drink
Breakfast is freshly prepared by the hotel’s chef, and served with tea or coffee, cold pressed juice and a large bowl of fruit. Options range from Western dishes such as eggs Benedict and French toast to local dishes like nasi lemak.
There’s a small but hearty lunch and room service menu, which includes beef burgers, Chinese pork mantou and chicken schnitzel. For dinner, the hotel’s Kebaya restaurant serves a set menu of gourmet Indochinese dishes each night. There’s also a small but beautifully styled bar, where the resident mixologist will shake up speciality cocktails.
Access for guests with disabilities?
It’s not a wheelchair friendly hotel. While there is a lift, it’s fairly small. Entrances to the rooms also require going over wooden thresholds.
Infants under three are not permitted to stay in the hotel.
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