The Edison, Penang


Heritage seeps from the walls of The Edison, a meticulously-restored Colonial mansion located in the heart of Penang’s historical capital, George Town.

The boutique hotel holds a covetable position on the edge of its UNESCO-protected heritage centre. 113 years old, and once an opium den, then occupied by Japanese during the war, the mansion lives and breathes history.

A stay at The Edison means being surrounded by this encompassing history and thriving culture. Wander through Little India or China Town and watch how heritage shifts around you. Stop for a chai tea here, or curry in a banana leaf there, and appreciate temples, colourful shophouses, spice markets and architecture that spans Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. Ornate indicators of the dominant 19th century Chinese presence are seen in the fascinating Clans Houses, such as the elaborate Khoo Kongsi.

Back at boutique luxury hotel The Edison, original features merge with Art Deco design and the open-air courtyard, tiled flooring, carved screens and shuttered windows give this colonial mansion an air of cool grandeur. Rooms are stylish and spacious with pops of colour and outside, the turquoise lap pool edged by padded loungers is a perfect place to cool off. Generous extras mean that guests can enjoy complimentary tea and from 6pm the hotel provides wine and cheese. From here you can head out for a stroll on the waterfront or to the food court just opposite the hotel. Also nearby is the exquisitely- maintained Blue Mansion, a tour of which shows an important part of Penang’s history.

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Penang International airport is a half-hour drive away.

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