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23 Love Lane
Ranked #15 of 174 George Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We have been travelling to George Town for over 5 years. This is a wonderful example of the careful conservation and adaptation of George Town's wonderful architectural diversity complete with a calming cooling garden and great service.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
5  Thank MandPSydney
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We've just returned from an Easter break in Penang.
We wanted to stay in Georgetown and wanted accommodation that was more inkeeping with the UNESCO feel of the area.

23 Love Lane was an incredible find and is one of the best boutique hotels I've had the pleasure of staying at.

We booked the Indian Shophouse as there were four od us (one couple, a mum and a daughter) and the Shophouse was perfect. Set on two stories, it had had two oversized bathrooms (the ground floor one was insanely large), twin beds upstairs and a king bed downstairs. Both levels had aircon and a massive fan, and the house was tastefully furnished with a nod to Penang's famous street art.
The accommodation had a small bar fridge with complimentary drinks, and breakfast and afternoon tea were included.

The staff were incredibly helpful. We didn't arrive until very late and they stayed around to make us a welcome drink and take our luggage to our house. They even organised a driver for us at a moments notice. Nothing was too much trouble.

They have lots of indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a library on the second level. The normal rooms (from what we could tell) looked as luxurious as our accommodation, too.

Despite being in the heart of the heat and bustle of Georgetown - you can walk to pretty much anything - the moment you walk through the gates at 23 Love Lane you really do feel like you've left it all behind. We will be back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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6  Thank cakeybees
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

From the moment I booked 23 Loveland provided exceptional customer service. I had a few questions before arriving and even managed to extend our stay over email the day before arriving.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a delicious drink, whilst the check in was dealt with.

The room (Eclectic Straits 2) is well kitted out, an extremely cosy bed, lights that can be controlled with remote controls, a great powerful walk-in shower and many other of the usual benefits. The decor is great throughout the entire hotel, in our room there was beautiful furniture and art work.

Breakfast, in the attached restaurant, is excellent. The offer a western breakfast (we didn't try this) instead opting for the local breakfast - highly recommended. They also freshly juice oranges and make a good coffee. Breakfast also has a wide array of fresh fruit and cheese and crackers.

The afternoon tea provided each day provides a welcome break from the heat, a few light bites to keep you ticking over before hunting down some street food.

Overall, our stay at 23 Lovelane was marvellous. We will definitely be returning to here to continue to explore this excellent city.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank James M
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Maybe someone should define "B&B" because in my mind, this was best described as a small hotel; it's charming to experience and beautifully arty from an aesthetic perspective.

From the welcome at check-in to departure, all the staff were always friendly and helpful throughout the whole stay. The rooms were very comfortable, clean, cool (ie air condtioning) with great shower rooms and good toiletries; for the price it was excellent and this is the key point (ie value for money). We stayed in the Anglo Indian Bungalow, which had a great lounge area outside our room.

Breakfast was good and we also had dinner in the same restaurant; all times it was consistently good quality food and service.

I would definitely recommend this small hotel.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
8  Thank Tom A
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

I don't know where to begin with this review, as I literally found every aspect of my stay here exceeded all reasonable expectations. First greeting on arrival with a chilled ginger beer cocktail and warm smile was a great way to start. Being introduced to our room, the Indian Shophouse, was even better. An absolutely impeccably decorated and maintained unique suite with a queen bed on the bottom floor and two beds for my children in the loft. I found myself wandering around the suite admiring the art all the time, The kids absolutely loved it too,

Staff were always ready to lend assistance during our stay, whether it be offering directions to different restaurants or suggesting activities. The afternoon tea was also a great feature, as it was a great reason to take a break from wandering the sweltering streets of Penang to rehydrate and replenish energy reserves with fritters, samosas and other nibbles, as well as fresh fruit juice.

Can't say enough good things about 23 Love Lane!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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8  Thank Ontheblackhill
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

This is not a B&B in my view. It is a boutique hotel and it is a lovely boutique hotel. We were greeted warmly by the staff as soon as we pulled up outside the front gate. We were shown in, given a welcome drink and escorted to our room immediately. Our room was upstairs. There was a nice common living room right outside our room. Our room was nicely appointed and in good condition - both the bedroom and the adjacent bath. The bed was OK, not great. I liked the scent of the candle which was burning in our bathroom, there was plenty of bottled water, the bath products were nice, rain shower head and the bathrobes were ok. The air conditioning is very powerful so you don't need to worry about the heat. There is air conditioning in the common library as well as the rooms.

The whole property has a cute feel to it. The wifi works well. The breakfast was fine. There is plenty of choice. Fresh fruit juice, coffee, water, cheese, fruit, western breakfast and asian breakfast. The daily afternoon tea was also a nice touch. There was always someone on the front desk with a smile, ready to help. While we were waiting for our cab to the airport, we were given fresh drinks.

The property is in a great location. We walked everywhere over two days and nothing was far - this is good when you need to come back to the hotel to escape the heat for a while. I would definitely recommend this boutique hotel to others looking for somewhere to stay in georgetown.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Constantlyontheroad
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Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

Boutique hotel or B&B? I don't think it matters at all; it's an excellent place to stay. We stayed for 3 nights. We were nicely greeted with a welcome drink and shown to our room, the Anglo Indian Garden. The room is spacious, if a little dark, with en-suite and a really nice garden bathroom. This had a good shower and a lovely wooden bath which must be tried.
The buildings have been lovingly restored with tasteful decor. There is a central garden where complimentary afternoon tea is served.
Free wifi is available but worked more consistently in the communal areas than our room.
Breakfast was comfortably better than many much more expensive hotels. Perfect, and not over chilled, fresh juices, cooked local or western breakfast to order, great fresh fruit, and the usual buffet items.
We had dinner one night in the Steak frites restaurant-simple and good. They concentrate on one item only and do it well. Beware the house rose though, unless you like fizzy wine ( I don't ).
Foursie and his staff were all flawless- helpful without being all over you.
The only reason we wouldn't stay again is that we don't plan to revisit Georgetown. Great architecture and interesting place, but 3 nights felt enough to us.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
12  Thank DullDave
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Additional Information about 23 Love Lane

Address: 23 Lorong Love, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 174 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
Price Range: £41 - £341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 23 Love Lane 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
23Lovelane Penang, A Heritage Boutique Hotel in George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... more   less 
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