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Cintra Heritage House

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1-7 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown T: (0426) 28 232

Cintra Heritage House

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Think of Cintra Heritage House as an “entry level” heritage stay, here a row of four restored late 19th century shophouses offer comfortable homely antique-filled rooms and home-stay like hospitality at a more affordable price than many others in the city.

This charming guesthouse has preserved not only the facade, but the integrity of the building is still very much intact with shuttered rooms opening to the inner courtyards linked by gangways with beautiful ornamental Malay-style carved wooden balustrades.

Double room at Cintra Heritage House.

Double room at Cintra Heritage House. Photo: Sally Arnold

Well sized rooms are named after Penang’s streets with options to suite from singles to families, all with private bathrooms. Equipped with both air-con and ceiling fans—if you don’t mind a bit of noise, we’d keep the shutters open and flick on the fan as interiors can be a bit dark. Rooms are clean, but sadly a little ware and tear is showing in some, and they could do with a lick of paint, or you could just pass it off as authentic heritage (though there’s nothing ancient about the wear and tear!).

Antique style wooden furnishings includes a desk and seating in most rooms and the beds in the twins and singles are also lovely old-style wooden numbers, but in the doubles modern spring ensembles seem out of place—perhaps as the base is exposed, and could do with a cover. Nevertheless they are firm and comfortable, and sport clean linen and pretty batik bed runners. Amenities include a kettle in each room (and very non-heritage Nescafe sachets and plastic water bottles) and a minibar in some, but don’t expect a TV.

Plenty of wood within.

Plenty of wood within. Photo: Sally Arnold

Black and white tiled bathrooms are clean, but rather compact with the hot-water rain shower almost over the toilet. A couple of hooks and towel rails will keep for clothes off the floor, but not sure that they still won’t get drenched.

Guests are asked to remove footwear on the upper level to minimise noise and preserve the wooden floors, however it can still be a bit noisy as the streetside rooms catch some traffic noise, but they’re light and very airy, while the rear rooms are darker and while safer from the traffic, cop more sound from the nearby mosque. The furnished courtyard with potted ferns and piano is a pleasant spot to soak up the heritage ambience, or hang out with the buggies on the airy furnished terrace upstairs.

Street frontage.

Street frontage. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is included in the rate served in the small downstairs cafe by the very obliging Staff. Cintra Heritage House sits just off busy Lebuh Chulia, a short walk to sights and excellent food. If you’d prefer a quieter area (but not necessarily a quieter stay), Lang Hoose offers a lovely heritage feel and for a homely atmosphere in a more upmarket and spacious heritage hotel consider East Indies Mansion.

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Walk-in rates at Cintra Heritage House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard single room
115 ringgit
115 ringgit
Standard double room
155 ringgit
155 ringgit
Deluxe double room
170 ringgit
170 ringgit
Family room
180 ringgit
180 ringgit
Deluxe Suite
210 ringgit
210 ringgit
Room: Standard single room, low season: 115 ringgit, high season 115 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: 155 ringgit, high season 155 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 170 ringgit, high season 170 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 180 ringgit, high season 180 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 210 ringgit, high season 210 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Cintra Heritage House

Cintra Heritage House
1-7 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
T: (0426) 28 232
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'2.79" E, 5º25'7.7" N
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit

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