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Macalister Mansion


Photo: Courtesy of Macalister Mansion

228 Jalan Macalister
Penang, 10400, Malaysia
TEL: 604-228-3888
Take a hundred-year-old manor house and add mid-20th-century furnishings, life-size animal sculptures, and large bathtubs lined with silver mosaic tiles, and you’ve got Malaysia’s most stylish new hotel. Located on the island of Penang—home of the UNESCO-designated 18th-century George Town neighborhood—the eight-room Macalister Mansion references the destination’s colonial past, but with a bold nod to the future. To wit: the entrance’s eight-foot-high resin bust of the first British governor of Penang. Come evening, take a 20-minute taxi ride to the center of George Town to explore one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting street food scenes, or linger at the hotel for a dinner of assam laksa (tamarind-infused fish soup).

Room to Book:

The hotel's most spacious at 60 square meters, Room 3 features  an extra-high-pitched ceiling with an exposed timber truss original to the mansion, a glassed-in bath (given privacy by floor-to-ceiling drapes that close with the touch of a button), and its very own wrought-iron balcony overlooking the front lawn and swimming pool. Above the bed hangs a commissioned collage of MM's façade by Singapore-based Malaysian artist Lee Meiling.

Insider Tip:

Founded by the British over 225 years ago and with southeast Asia's richest store of historical architecture, downtown George Town's UNESCO world heritage conservation zone deserves serious exploration. The non-profit Penang Heritage Trust, which spearheaded the movement to gain a UNESCO listing for George Town, offers fascinating walking tours with informed guides (pht.org.my; from RM 180 for up to 3 people; book in advance).


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Concierge
  • Design Hotel
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Historic
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Maid Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking Available
  • Turndown
  • WiFi

Year Opened: 2012

Number of Restaurants: 3

Number of Rooms: 8


Number of Bars: 2


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