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Nam Keng Hotel

Intimate heritage “business” hotel

17 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown T: (0426) 35 177

Nam Keng Hotel

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Nam Keng Hotel bills itself as a “heritage business boutique hotel”—we’re not exactly sure what that means, but this intimate eight-room hotel is in the business of providing some lovely rooms.

Located on a quieter cross street, Lebuh Cintra, in the heart of the Heritage zone, a row of three combined former shophouses harbour two rooms on the ground floor and the remainder upstairs. A central lightwell floods the interior with natural light (and a bit of water when it rains), and here a pleasant lounge and dining area is a delightful spot to enjoy a little peace from the streets, and the included breakfast or perhaps a private business meeting.

Comfortable and bright rooms.

Comfortable and bright rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Spotless air-con rooms are bright and airy with the smaller Standard and Superior rooms facing the street, and larger Deluxe and Family rooms in the quieter back of the house. The spacious Garden Suite occupies the ground floor at the back, opening to a tiny private courtyard.

For good Feng Shui, rooms are named for auspicious Chinese idioms—characters carved above the doors read in pairs with the opposite room to form a phrase—“May your life be as long as the time to form a mountain and prosperity as huge as the surface of the ocean” on the ground floor.

Charming interiors.

Charming interiors. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rooms are tastefully decorated, and the understated decor does indeed feel a little more businesslike and less like you are staying in an antique shop than some heritage properties in Penang. Amenities include decent sized TVs, tea-making facilities and a small safe, additionally, windows are double glazed, so noise is less of an issue than in some other nearby hotels. Compact and clean ensuite bathrooms provide screened hot-water showers and an electronic bidet.

If you get peckish and are too lazy to walk out the door, Nam Keng Hotel offers free food delivery from their sister property Yeng Keng Hotel. Staff are lovely, and with only eight rooms, the service is very personal. If you are keen for a swimming pool, Yeng Keng Hotel has almost identical but slightly older (and due to the pool, pricier) rooms, but we prefer the intimate atmosphere at Nam Keng Hotel.

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Walk-in rates at Nam Keng Hotel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
233 ringgit
291 ringgit
Superior double room
262 ringgit
326 ringgit
Deluxe double room
279 ringgit
349 ringgit
Family room
326 ringgit
408 ringgit
Deluxe Suite
349 ringgit
431 ringgit
Room: Standard double room, low season: 233 ringgit, high season 291 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 262 ringgit, high season 326 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 279 ringgit, high season 349 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 326 ringgit, high season 408 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 349 ringgit, high season 431 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Nam Keng Hotel

Nam Keng Hotel
17 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
T: (0426) 35 177
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'2.39" E, 5º25'7.65" N
Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit

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