Hotel Penaga

George Town, Penang, Malaysia

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Hotel Penaga
Hotel Penaga
Hotel Penaga
Hotel Penaga
Hotel Penaga



From US$160+ per night (inclusive of breakfast)

– Each guest room has its own fast wifi router.
– Super informative info in the rooms on the garden plantings, art in the hotel, favourite local crafts and sites, and hawker stall food descriptions.

– The large red plastic waste baskets are incongruous with the rest of the elegant decor.
– Sealing off the rooms from noise means that they can also smell a bit damp.


+604 261 1891


Johanna ReadJohanna Read
Contributing Editor

The owners of Hotel Penaga, an architect and his environmentalist wife, both lovers of art, set out to create “… the sort of hotel in which we would like to stay while exploring the delights of” the UNESCO world heritage city of George Town.

They’ve succeeded, and I know you will like to stay here too.

Hotel Penaga is a true boutique hotel. It is beautiful, rooms and common spaces are individually decorated, it provides all the luxuries you’d want, it isn’t too big, there’s great service, and it is unique:

– They have an artists in residence program, providing living space and an allowance for artists to soak up George Town and produce new works.

– They practice a real environmental approach, for example producing enough solar power to sell electricity back to the national grid; sourcing recycled and handmade products wherever possible; and received a gold Green Building Index rating, a first for a heritage building in Malaysia.

After exploring the sites all day, cool off in the salt water lap pool in the native plant garden, and then have a jacuzzi bath in your room before crawling into bed.