Book now  

Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Homely and luxurious

153 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown T: (0421) 89 858

Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Our rating:

Quick links
Our review | Walk-in rates | Address | Map | Agoda | Booking

Some of Penang’s most beautiful heritage hotels have been salvaged from decay and neglect by local developer Chris Ong, the man behind the Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka, often pouring profits into saving more crumbling buildings and the latest effort is the Jawi Peranakan Mansion.

This stately Anglo Indian mansion stands imposingly on Jalan Hutton, once known as Georgetown’s “Malay Millionaires Row”, about 400 metres north of Jalan Penang. Much of the original architectural elements have been bought back to life: wooden lattices, plantation shutters, and arched windows mix with Mughal and Indian motifs.

Pricey but well worth the dosh.

Pricey but well worth the dosh. Photo: Sally Arnold

Three styles of rooms: Mansion Room, Mansion Villa and Mansion Suite accommodate from two to four guests. We viewed the Double Mansion Room, a large and breezy space with cool terracotta tiled floors, high ceilings and lime-washed walls. Rooms are air-con cooled with the option of a ceiling fan too. Quality finishes and simple but luxurious decor affords a relaxed homely ambience full of charm and character.

A cosy living area with built-in daybeds and antique roll top deck is separated from the comfy bed by a glass-panelled screen. Textiles and linens reflect the origins of the original occupants and Penang’s early days of trade with kilim rugs, rich Indian hand-blocked textiles, silk throws and Moroccan lamps. The only thing we found a little odd was the placement of the TV—above the seating area, so not possible to view from bed, and also would mean twisting your neck at an odd angle if you were in the living room—but who’s here to watch TV anyway.

Rooms offer a relaxed homely ambience full of charm and character.

Rooms offer a relaxed homely ambience full of charm and character. Photo: Sally Arnold

Spacious ensuite bathrooms tiled with beautiful Peranakan and mosaic tiles provide hot-water rain showers. The Villa and Suite enjoy more space, with the Suite adding a second storey loft and additional double bed plus a tub in the bathroom.

Breakfast is served at a long communal marble-topped table offering an opportunity to meet fellow travellers. Outside a small raised swimming pool looks more like an attractive water feature with checkerboard tiles, arched relief elements and running taps, and even tough it’s rather exposed, makes a welcoming spot for a refreshing splash after a day in the heat.

The taps are running.

The taps are running. Photo: Sally Arnold

Friendly staff are able to offer recommendations as to which room is most suitable for you needs, and point you in the right direction for local food and sights. We think the location is excellent, a little away from the hubbub, although still on a fairly busy road, and be warned you may be woken early by the call to prayer from the nearby mosque—bring earplugs if it’s a concern.

While the rates here are in the top end, the quality of this beautiful and luxurious small hotel makes it very good value. Alternatively 23 Love Lane is an equally beautiful and good value top range choice with a slightly more eclectic style.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to support independent travel writing on Southeast Asia, please subscribe to Travelfish—it’s just A$35 per year (less than A$1 per week)!


 Check rates at Jawi Peranakan Mansion on
 Check rates at Jawi Peranakan Mansion on

Check rates with
Search hotels in Penang

Arriving on:
Leaving on:

Walk-in rates at Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
318 ringgit
424 ringgit
Mansion room
Deluxe double room
400 ringgit
450 ringgit
Mansion villa
Deluxe Suite
500 ringgit
600 ringgit
Mansion suite
Room: Superior double room, low season: 318 ringgit, high season 424 ringgit. Notes: Mansion room
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 400 ringgit, high season 450 ringgit. Notes: Mansion villa
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 500 ringgit, high season 600 ringgit. Notes: Mansion suite

 Check rates at Jawi Peranakan Mansion on
 Check rates at Jawi Peranakan Mansion on

Where is Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Jawi Peranakan Mansion
153 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown
T: (0421) 89 858
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º19'45.03" E, 5º25'14.87" N
Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit

Map for Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Map for Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Open in Apple Maps | Open in Google Maps

Popular attractions in Penang

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Penang.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


See below for more places to stay in Penang that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Penang? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

Top of page