A stay at the 7 Terraces: George Town, Malaysia

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.  

7 Terraces

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.  

Inside our room at 7 Terraces
Inside our room at 7 Terraces

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.

Pool side at 7 Terraces
Pool side at 7 Terraces 

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. 

Dinner is Nyonya style but breakfast at 7 Terraces includes fluffy pancakes
Dinner is Nyonya style but breakfast at 7 Terraces includes fluffy pancakes

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


  1. I love four poster beds. They always feel so romantic! lol

  2. Helen – I always wanted one when I was a kid, now it is a bit of a treat if you stay in a hotel with one!

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