We checked out of Copthorne Orchid Penang on day 2 to stay at Chulia Mansion (413 Chulia Street, 10200 Georgetown Penang) in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Penang. Reason for choosing this relatively new boutique hotel that opened only since July 2014 was because the price was quite affordable (about S$68/night for a deluxe twin room) in a convenient location with great reviews.
The hotel doesn’t look impressive from the outside, & to a certain extent, I thought it looks like some sleazy hotel haha. Compared to the Nam Keng Hotel just across the road from Chulia which is housed in a heritage building, it definitely pales in comparison. But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover! Read on to find out more about our stay. 🙂
As we stepped into the hotel lobby, I can only say its exterior is really misleading. The hotel lobby on the ground floor is spacious & brightly lit with contemporary design. The reception staff were professional & friendly, attending to our check-in promptly, while assisting with our queries on how to get to recommended food & attraction locations.
The lift lobby area on level 2 is also spacious & brightly lit, just like the main lobby downstairs. There is a hot & cold water dispenser at the lift lobby on each floor so guests can just fill the flask provided in the room with the water here. We love our deluxe twin room the minute we entered:
The room decor was simple but looked very cosy, clean & new. I thought it was a nice gesture to provide 2 pieces of free chocolate (albeit just a small piece) beside the free bottled drinking water. If we really had to pick on the room, it would be the 2 single beds. Both of us aren’t big size ladies but we thought the beds were really small, don’t know how we would be able to turn on the bed easily without falling down, & wonder what would happen to the bigger size guests like the Caucasians (who are usually larger frame than Asians). 😛 The other fault we thought would be the absence of a “dressing table” or the likes in the bathroom, as there was not enough space to place our own toiletries! But these are just minor faults to us anyway… Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel & the connection seemed fine on lower levels but somewhat laggy as we go up to the rooftop bar on level 5.
Speaking of the rooftop bar, we could each redeem a complimentary drink at the rooftop bar, & the selection includes all soft drinks, red & white wines. So after dinner, we went up to check out the night view of Georgetown from the bar as well as redeem the free drinks. It was hot but breezy that night after a heavy downpour. There is also an outdoor jacuzzi on the other side at the rooftop but it’s closed at night.
It’s hard not to like Chulia Mansion. Besides free breakfast in the morning for all guests at its cafe on level 1, free flow of beverages (coffee, tea, water), biscuits & ice cream are also available to guests from 2pm onwards. Guests can just walk in to the cafe & enjoy the freebies. As it was raining that evening, we bought back food from the nearby Chulia Street Night Market & sat in the cafe to enjoy dinner in an air-conditioned & comfortable environment. More hotel guests streamed in later at night to enjoy the free flow of goodies too.
The next morning’s breakfast buffet was a pleasant surprise for us as we didn’t expect that a boutique hotel like Chulia would have special items like eggs benedict, ginger cream brulee, mini burger etc! Not all food suited our tastebuds, nonetheless it’s a nice touch by the hotel to provide a nice variety outside the usual suspects like toast, cereals & croissants.
Overall, we must say we love this hotel so much & already thought of returning to stay longer again so as to enjoy the facilities fully. Oh, did I mention that there is complimentary laundry service provided to all guests too? If you would like to enjoy the free 1kg laundry service, just send your laundry in by 5pm daily. Since we were only staying 1 night here, we didn’t make use of this service. Besides the great services at the hotel, Chulia Mansion is also located in the heart of Georgetown, with close proximity to attractions, food & transport options. So we would gladly recommend a value-for-money stay at this boutique hotel if you are visiting Penang! 🙂