The Colonial Mansion on Macalister Road
George Town—a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site is an island city of living history. Travelers from all over the world would visit George Town to celebrate its expansive food culture and colonial heritage. Along the dense Macalister street lies an iconic mansion named after the former governor of Penang, Colonel Norman Macalister. The Macalister Mansion is a glowing example of dedication to respecting the road on which it is built. The hotel is not only pointed at couples and urbanites who are used to a cosmopolitan way of life. It can be an in vogue family-accommodating retreat.
As the only hotel in Malaysia that is a member of the Design Hotels™ group, the pressure is substantial on this island where colonial properties are attempting to stand apart. But a colonial hotel in George Town? That's harder work.
To have held such a solid feeling of this heritage while changing it into an absolute 21st-century, 8-room lodging is no mean feat. I felt it the minute I walked into the sleek lobby, masterminded around an oval rotunda behind a gallery inspired stairwell. Shockingly better are the common areas—The Den (Cigar & whisky bar), The Dining Room (Formal dining), The Cellar (Bar), The Lawn (Pool, bar and garden) and The Living Room (Casual dining)—a flabbergasting combination of British colonial gravitas—those segments, those roofs are cool, quieted, and blends perfectly with the contemporary interior.
The Macalister Mansion has eight rooms in the house itself. I stayed in Room Two and spent quite a bit of my stay enthralled by the staggering layout and spoiled by the comfort of the bed (the pillow menu is a plus). The insides were mellow and minimal, decked with great timber flooring, and a relatively impressive bathroom bragging two vessel sinks, a rain shower, and a bathtub.
The Macalister Mansion is a unique variety compared to the calm, old fashioned hotels that spot this area. Furthermore, the Macalister Mansion is something worth being thankful for. It feels inspiring, clever and crisp; a celebration of British style with Malaysian swagger. For the Macalister Mansion, the relationship lives on.
For reservations, visit www.macalistermansion.com
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