Heritage Boutique Stay in Georgetown UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms


Our property is located in within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown, Penang. It was originally a three row, double storey building with terraced houses and shophouses. Built roughly in the 1920s the building was renovated post war

These art deco terraces are unique, but had fallen into disrepair because many had been vacant for years. In 2008 we bought them and began converting them into the type of hotel that we would want to stay in while exploring the delights of GeorgeTown

Originally we were just looking for one house that artists in our artists’ residency at Rimbun Dahan outside Kuala Lumpar could use. However, this hotel outgrew our original need and we decided to take the full plunge

Hijjas is an architect and Angela an environmentalist, so the renovation had to meet our expectations and respect our concerns. From Hijjas’ point of view, you only get one shot at renovating a building. New floors were essential once you replace the plumbing and wiring, so the cracked and aged patina that some renovations use was not for us

After finding factories in Indonesia, that still make the traditional encaustic cement tiles with presses from the 1930s, we were very happy and used them throughout the ground floor of the hotel. The original upper floors were made of timber some of which we were able to retain, but for others we sourced second hand timber recovered from demolished colonial buildings

The roof was made from corrugated asbestos which we replaced with second hand ‘Indian’ tiles that are used on all the older Penang buildings. Unfortunately we were unable to find the decorative tiles to replace the lost ones on the front walls of Lebuh Clarke, so after careful consideration decided to leave them plain. From the front view of Hutton and Transfer the windows and doors can be seen in the original house style. Both the tube line decorative tiles on the facade and granite slabs features in the garden came from China


  • Pets
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Parking
  • A/C
  • TV


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