Campbell House already has many, many, many excellent reviews, but JUST in case you were STILL agonising over what to book, hopefully this helps.
I have stayed in Yeng Keng (Mansion Double Room), Traders (Club Room) and I must say that Campbell House really stands out as it gives you:
*the beauty of a restored house (I actually find it is more beautiful than Yeng Keng because the common areas are wooden and with lovely decorations and furniture - never spent any time in the library but it is gorgeous!)
*spacious rooms (Yeng Keng's Mansion Double was tinnnnyyyy and roughly the same price as Silver Leaf) with ample privacy (reason why I was never keen on staying at Chong Fatt Tze with its tour groups)
*spacious common areas (the breakfast area is in the downstairs restaurant which is a lot bigger than Yeng Keng's and in air conditioning!)
*good location (great for walking around to different food places in Georgetown, though doesn't have any night life like you'd get with Yeng Keng on Chulia St with the night food stalls and backpacker hostels, nor does it have the convenience of being next to komtar/bus depot and shopping malls like Traders)
*a pretty good price - compared to what you'd pay at Clove Hall, the rooms (we stayed in Silver Leaf and my friend stayed in Opium) are very well priced
*free, cold lemon tea! (I don't drink coffee but there are free nespresso pods too to use with the machine in the rooms!)
Some weird/different things:
*you have to take off your shoes to go upstairs to your rooms, but that shouldn't be a deal breaker as the floors are kept fairly clean and it's good to preserve the wooden staircase and floors
*you have to leave your key with the front desk - this is apparently for security reasons and on the upside, at least you don't need to carry it around and worry about losing it
To answer some of the very few criticisms I read:
Re. food, yes I'd have is that it is kind of strange to have a only western breakfast offering (option of different types of bread/toast - even cake/fruit loaf?, fruit, yoghurt? - I can't remember as we usually would have an epic food plan and would skip breakfast to save on rom), but the owners are Italian (the coffee drinkers will be grateful) and so to me, it made sense that they would want to have a little bit of home in an Italian restaurant and offer something different (if you want a Penang style breakfast, there are PLENTY of options, even just across the road there was an EXCELLENT noodle soup cart!) Also, if you're also new to Asian food or don't want to be too overwhelmed/save room for the rest of the day like us, then having a western style breakfast (or just fresh fruit you can trust not to get sick from) this can actually be a really good thing.
Re. wifi, worked fine for us in Silver Leaf... think my friend was ok in Opium too. If you're paranoid, then pick the first floor rooms over the second floor rooms.
Re. noise, we never had any problems.
I am DEFINITELY staying at Campbell House again. Love, love, LOVED it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campbell House is a new class... a new breed of Heritage hotel in Georgetown. A stunning 3 story corner shop house lovingly restored by European owners Nardya & Roberto, located arms length from the madding crowd, with 10 individual suites offering today's modern traveller a luxurious home away from home. Campbell House has plenty of charm, and personal touches, modern amenities mixed with classic Colonial style at affordable prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Campbell House Penang/George Town