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The Prestige Hotel

George Town, Malaysia

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The Premises 

The Prestige Hotel in genteel George Town is a white rabbit in hotel form, with many magician-worthy tricks up its sleeve – from floating beds to cage-style showers. Perhaps the rooftop infinity pool and gracious Glasshouse restaurant are the products of a successful ‘abracadabra’ or ‘alakazam’; we have the Ministry of Design studio to thank for the pearl-pale interiors and lashings of rose-gold. Beyond the windows, Penang’s cultural riches await, from time-worn temples to buzzing markets, languid beaches and bargain boutiques. Wands: optional.

The Prestige Hotel

8, Gat Lebuh Gereja Penang George Town, 10300Malaysia



Compliments of the House 

A non-alcoholic welcome drink and evening turndown service

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates usually include buffet breakfasts and speedy WiFi.


Victorian arcade with 12 curated retail and dining options; multi-use event spaces; mini gym with treadmills, cycles and weights; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: smart TV, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, TWG Tea selection and air-conditioning.


Bring something modest for local mosque and temple visits; leave room in your case for made-to-measure threads courtesy of Penang’s tailors.


Survey Penang Bridge, the port and the mainland from the serene saltwater pool, which occupies pole position on the fourth-floor rooftop. As if you needed additional reasons to pause here, there are pretty poolside gazebos.


The hotel’s magical styling and ivory interiors come courtesy of award-winning architecture and interiors firm, Ministry of Design.


Fancy hopping in a shower that’s tricked out with a magician-style cage? The Premier Deluxe room is for you then. Deluxe King and Twin rooms are admirably spacious, each one featuring an industrial-style metal adornment that arches gracefully above and across the TV.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The Glasshouse’s menu aces international comfort food, spanning soups and salads, a tempting pasta line-up – smoked duck carbonara, anyone? – and local favourites such as seafood stew and nyonya ulam rice (featuring roast chicken, salted egg, poppadom, anchovy crumb and shrimp paste on the side). Cheesy toast makes numerous appearances – and rightly so. Style-wise, the love-in with whiter-than-white walls, pops of pastel and romantic rose gold continues apace.

Liquid Bliss 

There’s no bar as such; quench your thirst in the restaurant.

Experience the Extraordinary 

Penang puts ancient temples, lively markets, hushed museums, an enticing food scene, artful galleries, shops aplenty and sun, sea and sand at your fingertips… If jetties could talk, we’d like to hear what the six remaining Clan Jetties have to say. Part of the Penang Heritage Trail, this floating village stars stilted houses, built more than a hundred years ago, belonging to various Chinese clans. Chew Jetty is the most tourist-friendly, boasting the most stilt houses, the longest walkway, a notable temple, plus plenty of photo opps. Continue the cultural kicks by visiting the 18th-century Goddess of Mercy Temple (aka Kuan Yin Teng), which is Penang’s oldest Taoist temple. Admirable architectural features include the sweeping roofs, the gigantic doors adorned with paintings of Taoist deities and the dragon-entwined pillars. On Sundays, Lebuh Pantai (also known as Beach Street) goes car-free for Occupy Beach Street market, with stalls a-go-go, live music, streetside football games, skateboarding and more. Peer into the past at the Penang Peranakan Mansion: a museum that richly showcases how the wealthy Peranakans lived in the 19th century. Pander to your beachy side at Batu Ferringhi, popular for its scenic sprawl of milk-white sand and lively night market, or at Tanjung Bungah: a pretty seaside suburb positioned between Gurney and Batu Ferringhi.


Naturally, the hotel occupies a prestigious George Town spot, perched between the banking district of Beach Street and the Weld Quay area. Many of the city’s highlights – shops, galleries, cultural treasures and co – are within easy reach.


Penang International Airport is 19 kilometres away, a 40-minute drive. Plenty of airlines fly here, including Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines.


Half an hour away by car, Butterworth Station is on Malaysia’s West Coast Railway Line, which runs south to Gemas via Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Butterworth is also connected to the KTM Komuter Line, which connects Butterworth to Padang Besar on the border with Thailand, where passengers can transfer to Thailand Railway Services for travel to Bangkok.


You don’t need a car, as it’s easy to gad around George Town on foot or by public transport. That said, the Prestige Hotel is a few minutes’ drive from central George Town; guests with wheels can park up in the on-site car park.


8, Gat Lebuh Gereja Penang George Town, 10300Malaysia

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