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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Historical splendour

14 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown T: (0426) 20 006

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

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Operated as a museum and presented a UNESCO award for heritage conservation, you know you’re buying into a special piece of Penang’s history when you spend a night at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion also simply known as The Blue Mansion.

Once the digs of Georgetown’s “Rockefeller of the East” this opulent and elegant boutique hotel is one of the city’s finest. Rooms are housed in a separate annex to the main museum, over two floors that open to an exclusive courtyard, so you won’t have the hordes traipsing though your private space during the daily tours, and once they’re left you have the run of the house.

This should do nicely.

This should do nicely. Photo: Sally Arnold

Voluminous rooms are full of delights with lofty ceilings, some with intricately embellish gilt Chinese screens and others with more quirky elements such as an old stove—each is unique and has its own story to tell. Much of the antique furnishings and art comes from the collections inherited from the family of Cheong Fatt Tze and luxurious amenities ensure modern comforts against this backdrop of historical splendour.

A handful of rooms offer direct access to the Chinese Landscape garden and swimming pool but due to the heritage restrictions, the smallish pool is not built-in, but raised and surrounded by wooden decking, however it’s still a welcome addition for a refreshing splash on a hot day. A couple of sun lounges grace the deck (be quick), but the whole area is quite exposed, and you’ll want to slap on the sunscreen.

Fancy a dip?

Fancy a dip? Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is included in the rate, served in the beautiful inner courtyard and you can enjoy an aperitif and watch the sun set from the bedroom balcony of the tycoon himself, and you may also care to indulge in some fine dining at the mansion’s Indigo Restaurant.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is certainly an impressive address, the only negative of this wonderful hotel is that it can get very noisy from the hawker centre next door, unfortunately you can’t choose you neighbours.

Relax well away from the hordes.

Relax well away from the hordes. Photo: Sally Arnold

If your budget isn’t quite at Rockefeller standards, you could join one of the daily tours and perhaps choose to stay at one of Penang’s more affordable heritage hotels such as Ren I Tang or Cintra Heritage House.

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Walk-in rates at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
498 ringgit
558 ringgit
Superior double room
598 ringgit
658 ringgit
Pool access
Family room
798 ringgit
898 ringgit
Deluxe double room
998 ringgit
1,098 ringgit
Room: Standard double room, low season: 498 ringgit, high season 558 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 598 ringgit, high season 658 ringgit. Notes: Pool access
Room: Family room, low season: 798 ringgit, high season 898 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 998 ringgit, high season 1,098 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
14 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown
T: (0426) 20 006
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'5.22" E, 5º25'16.44" N
Room rates: over 500 ringgit

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