My family and I, 5 people, stayed at Yeng Keng Hotel for 3 nights in December 2012. Overall, we are very happy with this hotel. Thanks to Tripadvisor! :)
Location wise, this hotel is located in the middle of downtown Georgetown. A bus stop is only a few steps away. Actually you can walk to many attractions from the hotel such as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Khoo Khongsi, Fort Cornwallis, and Paranagan Mansion (the last two are ok for people who like to walk).
We stayed in 1 Garden suite, 1 Chulia suite and 1 Deluxe room. All rooms are very clean and nice decorated. Highly recommend getting a Garden suite for your stay. It's cheaper than Chulia suite but bedroom and bathroom space is bigger. The only setback of this suite is the living room space is not quite private as it's located outside of the room but there's a partition to separate the space from public area. Also, free wifi signal from a lobby could reach only a Garden suite and another 2 deluxe rooms upstairs as they're right on top of the lobby. Finally, people who are sensitive to noise might not like Chulia suite as it's right opposite to a masjid where there're loud prayers many times a day especially in the early morning.
This hotel provides the best service I've ever experienced. Hotel staff is very helpful and friendly. Special thanks to Salam and Priya, front desk staff, who helped us with everything. :)
Yengkeng is truely a gem. No wonder it has got no.1 ranking here.
- 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