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“Charming Hotel”
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Yeng Keng Hotel
Ranked #8 of 84 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
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“Charming Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We stayed for 4 nights last week. Plus points - excellent location for food and exploring, polite and helpful staff, simple but appetizing breakfast, cosy ambience (more like staying at home) and tasteful design.
Minus points - located in busy street (can be noisy for rooms at the front), only 2 of tv channels worked, repair works at 10pm, sole internet work station not working and no table for luggage.
It's value for money and we would love to return there; if they fix the tv!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We booked two nights as part of a self fly-drive trip around Malaysia. We liked both Georgetown and in particular this hotel so much we extended our stay by another two nights. All the good reviews are justified, best breakfast selection even compared to top 5* hotels around the world in my opinion; great selection of local favourites including seasonal fruits, cakes, roti and curry and all the usual western breakfast items. The pool is a great place to cool off in the afternoon before going out again in the evening due the hotels' amazing location and after dinner there's a lovely courtyard to have an evening drink. Private parking, beautiful decor, nice staff and generally a very well maintained intimate hotel full of charm and character. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. The place was clean, safe, unique, and we were always very warmly greeted. The hotel is small and personal, and our needs always seemed to matter to the staff. Its like they were looking to see where they could help (e.g., "what are you doing today? Oh going for a walk through the streets? Why dont you take an umbrella to stay cool? Heres one"). The included breakfast was delicious and filled us up for the day. The hotel is very centrally located -- right on the small but active main street. Its about 3km from the ferry docks and about 15km to the airport. Theres also a bus stop a block away. Worth the stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Incheon, South Korea
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

A very nice hotel that is located near all the sites and sounds of Georgetown. The food is good and restaurant is very nice, with great local and western selections. Try the bike tour to find all the street art around town.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

...we had a 'courtyard twin' room and we felt very cramped - small beds, nowhere to put suitcases and nowhere to put toiletries in the bathroom. It was a big comedown from the executive club room that we had at the Shangri-La in KL but then again so was the price!

We stayed three nights and breakfasts were adequate but not always sufficiently hot and nowhere near as good as others would have you believe however the glowing comments on the service are quite accurate.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

we were at this wonderful abode in georgetown; the boutique hotel is a haven of tranquility in the busy streets of a very walkable georgetown, penang.
The staff are wonderful and helpful in giving tips on where to go and see, what to do and the important sites in Georgetown like the museum and street-wall paintings on Armenian st. etc etc
The rooms are small but adequate; hard to handle floor space if you have 2 normal size suitcases !
Nice little pool and a wonderful breakfast with lots of local seasonal fruits.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank whynotnic
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

First time at this hotel. From the time I stepped in till I leave for home, the service and her friendly service crew were excellent. At no time were I disappointed in any way, it's better than the big hotel chains out there. Would highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Penang.

Stayed June 2014
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Additional Information about Yeng Keng Hotel

Property: Yeng Keng Hotel
Address: 362 & 366 Chulia Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in George Town
#4 Family Hotel in George Town
#5 Romantic Hotel in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yeng Keng Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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