This boutique luxury hotel sees a heritage 20th-century mansion restored with beautiful Art Deco details and modern comforts, situated on the edge of a Unesco World Heritage site.
Sitting on the edge of George Town’s World Heritage Zone, The Edison is removed from the busier tourist stretches of the city. But it’s still within 10-15 minutes’ walk to plenty of attractions. It also happens to be on the same road as the city’s prized historical gem, the Blue Mansion. There’s a hawker food court opposite for cheap and tasty local food, but be warned: it also hosts nightly karaoke sessions. Ask for a room near the back of the hotel if you wish to avoid the noise.
Style & character
Grandeur is the hallmark of this hotel – which isn’t surprising, since the building began life as a local tycoon’s mansion in the early 1900s. The original structure has been restored, and original details such as the open-air courtyard, marble tiled floors and Peranakan tiles are – wondrously – still in tact. However, the décor is freshened with contemporary comforts, bright accents and new furnishings, with an Art Deco design theme. The hotel feels welcoming rather than fussy.
Service & facilities
Service is attentive and friendly. The hotel also contains several thoughtful touches: there’s a communal lounge stocked with snacks, fresh fruit and drinks for guests to enjoy 24 hours a day, which includes a Franke coffee machine. The lounge leads to an al fresco dining area, with a charming landscaped pond. Upstairs, there’s a cosy lounge complete with wooden rocking chairs – an excellent place for an intellectual debate, an afternoon nap – or both. The Wi-Fi connection is good throughout the hotel.
The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed with more Art Deco detailing. The beds and linen are excellent quality and the lighting is well designed. Rooms include an espresso capsule coffee machine and kettle with a selection of tea, as well as a welcome basket of fruit. There’s a TV, USB charging port and telephone. The bathrooms are stocked with bathrobes, electronic weight scales and shower amenities by the luxury Australian skincare brand Appelles.
One of the few shortcomings is that some rooms only have windows in the bathroom, so the bedroom doesn’t get much natural light. The bathroom is also separated from the bedroom by a fabric curtain, which may be a drawback for guests wanting more privacy.
Food & drink
The lounge only serves breakfast, which is not really a problem in a city that’s famed for its street food. The breakfast is a continental selection of cereal, toast, fruit, pastries and pre-cooked eggs, with one or two local offerings such as nasi lemak. While the quality of the tea and coffee is excellent, the breakfast selection could benefit from freshly cooked eggs.
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