Penang has countless beautiful hotels. Especially in the capital Georgetown are a number of magnificent accommodations to enjoy a wonderful stay. The supply varies from luxury hotels to dirt cheap accommodations for backpackers, from affordable middle class hotels to splendid boutique hotels. Museum Hotel is located in the center of Georgetown, the capital of the island Penang. It is an affordable boutique hotel with a great location as it lies within walking distance of many attractions within the historical centre of the city.
A museum of a kind
The Museum Hotel is located in the centre of Georgetown, on walking distance from several popular spots. It lies hidden behind bigger streets like Jalan Hutton and Jalan Transfer, in a small alley – Jalan A.S. Mansor – going round in a circle. The hotel is a combination of a boutique hotel and a colonial hotel. The word museum in Museum Hotel applies to the hotel’s decoration; the lobby and the adjoining spaces have been decorated as a museum. The owner collects arts of the Baba-Nonya history that are being used as decorations. Guest can take a tour by the owner by appointment; he loves to tell about his greatest passion and how the hotel came into existence.
The staff at the reception are very friendly. They can give you tips and know all the popular restaurants and food courts nearby. At reception is a map available with all the attractions and restaurants. Checking in and out is efficient and quick.
The rooms are nicely decorated, again with furniture from the Baba-Nonya time. The beds are comfortable thanks to the deluxe mattresses. There is a separate shower area with a generous shower. The rooms have A/C, a safe, minibar, and a desk. There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The hallways on every floor are filled with art works and the walls are covered with stunning paintings.
There are also various single rooms available (great for single travelers). The rooms are affordable (from RM130) and like the bigger rooms, they come with a comfortable bed.
At the reception, you can indicate your choice for the next day. You can choose from a small menu. Breakfast is served in a beautifully decorated foyer; the hotel is not very big so it is not that crowded during breakfast. Breakfast itself was very good and so was the coffee.
The Museum Hotel lies on the edge of the heritage centre of Georgetown. It makes exploring the historical centre on foot easy. The following attractions are on walking distance from the Museum Hotel: Blue Mansion (5 minutes), Red Garden food court (5 minutes), Peranakan Museum (15 minutes), Penang Time Tunnel (15 minutes), New World food court (10 minutes), Jalan Nagor (with several restaurants and the cozy coffee shop Sitigun, 10 minutes), Komtar (10 minutes), Chinatown & Little India (15 minutes), Goddess of Mercy temple (10 minutes), Clan Jetties (15 minutes).
Free parking at the door
Next to the hotel is a guarded parking lot (of the hotel) where travelers can park their rental car. You can park your car in front of the hotel but during weekdays you will need a parking ticket (during the day).
Our final verdict
We liked the Museum Hotel very much. The atmosphere was excellent and it has its name for a reason as it is a beautiful museum and hotel in one. The hotel has many elements of a boutique hotel. The staff are very friendly and keen to help, the room was splendid and the breakfast of good quality. The location is perfect and the affordable nightly rates make this a good choice when you want to stay in Georgetown. The fact that they have affordable single rooms make the hotel a great choice for single travelers. Several popular attractions can be reached on foot. A tip: take the elevator to the second floor and you will find yourself on the roof of the building from where you have a nice view on Georgetown.