I’m a bit of a boutique hotel junkie and as soon as I heard about the 7 Terraces hotel I knew I had to stay there on my trip to George Town, Malaysia.
The owners of 7 Terraces are Chris Ong and Karl Steinberg, the former owners of Sri Lanka’s gorgeous Galle Fort Hotel, where Meat-and-Three-Veg and I stayed on our honeymoon.
The hotel is housed in some beautifully restored old shop houses in the middle of historic George Town. There are only 14 rooms laid out around a central rectangular courtyard which is open to the sky. Each one is chock full of antiques from Ong and Steinberg’s fabulous collection. I loved the feel that you were staying inside a very stylish museum. Luxurious rain showers in the bathroom provided a more modern treat, although baths in the rooms would have made the hotel even better.
The whole ground floor of 7 Terraces is taken up with a small pool and a restaurant and bar area. The restaurant, Kebaya, specialises in traditional Nyonya cuisine with a modern twist. It’s a nice concept but in a town like George Town with it’s amazing street food, I preferred experiencing modern Nyonya food at the markets.
Details:7 Terraces, George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Damage: Budget Breaking. Rooms start from RM550.
Gourmet Travel Tips
- I flew to George Town from Langkawi and then on to Singapore with Air Asia. Flights were the equivalent of $50 and the flights took less than an hour from Langkawi.
- In George Town we spent our time poolside, eating, exploring the old town and we did a cooking course with Pearly Kee.