Clove Hall is a small boutique hotel in the centre of Georgetown on Penang Island. For years it is considered one of the most beautiful places to stay on the island, and it has been rewarded with the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice award several times. You will find the hotel mentioned in many magazines, one raving review after another. The splendid building is located along Clove Hall Road (no. 11), a quiet street just outside of the city centre of Georgetown. When the gate is closed it would easily be overlooked as the house cannot be seen that well from the road. Once inside you will not notice at all that the building lies in close vicinity Georgetown’s city centre. Once you enter through the gate, you won’t believe how stunning everything looks.
The beautiful Edwardian Anglo-Malay bungalow was thoroughly renovated before it became a hotel and everything was restored to its original state as much as possible. There is a lovely colonial atmosphere about it. The garden is magnificent and especially the swimming pool will capture your imagination. Inside it is almost like a museum. The design is in Peranakan style and it looks wonderful (Peranakan is a term used for the descendants of Chinese immigrants that settled in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore). The staff are well trained and without exception they were kind and very helpful all throughout my stay. Owners Jo and Jim try their best to welcome each guest personally. I had a lovely conversation with both of them; they are really passionate about the residence and about Penang.
There are six rooms in total, each with a grand colonial design. Each room is named after a well known spice. You have Clove, Saffron, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger and Cardamom. I truly enjoyed my stay in Cardamom, a beautiful room on the second floor. The rooms are equipped with a comfortable bed with mosquito netting, an air conditioner, a separate shower (this is especially nice as the room will get less damp and less humid), a sitting area and a balcony (at the top floor). If you are staying in one of the rooms at the top floor, you are requested to take off your shoes downstairs. The whole residence has free Wi-Fi, with a good signal in the rooms. The three suites on the ground floor each have their own entrance as well as a small patio to sit on. Mosquitoes are almost non-existent because at night mosquito coils are lit. Besides, each room has an electric mosquito deterrent.
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