With its vibrant blend of cultures, world-beating street food and high-end hotels, Malaysia’s melting-pot state beside the Malacca Strait boasts some seriously cool places to stay.
Penang’s intoxicating blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures has produced some of the most beautiful architecture in Malaysia. No surprise then, that the northern state is home to some of the nation’s most striking accommodation options. From tropical resorts tucked away on hillsides to Chinese shophouses converted into contemporary hotels, Penang offers a selection box of cool places to stay. Let’s take a look at some of the best – all bookable with Culture Trip.
Set in a restored early 20th-century building, each room at Museum Hotel features a unique design. For example, the Ba Bao room takes its name from the eight traditional Chinese symbols for good luck and features old English brass light switches and colonial-era furniture, while the Colonial Suite is furnished with blue glass chandeliers, an art deco-inspired bar cooler and a late 19th-century snooker table. Guests at this hotel also have exclusive access to the owner’s private antique collection, which includes an 18th-century ivory carving depicting Buddha’s head and a lacquer altar box dating back to the 19th century.
Jessica Dawdy contributed additional reporting.