10 Jan Review – The Edison Hotel, George Town Penang
I can’t believe it’s been a week since I was in Penang. It was my first time there and we chose to stay at The Edison Hotel, a new luxury boutique hotel under the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World™” collection. Situated on Lebuh Leith, it is within walking distance to various popular hotspots in town like the UNESCO World Heritage Site George Town and Pinang Peranakan Museum. From the outside, it looks majestic with its gleaming white and grand architecture while within, there’s so much more than meets the eye.
Upon arrival, we were pleasantly greeted by the super warm and friendly staff. Built in 1902, The Edison was originally a mansion rich with historical Anglo-Indian architectural elements belonging to a local Chinese businessman. Fast forward to today, the hotel now beams of a new modern appearance, inside and out, seamlessly blending in old colonial details and Peranakan elements. The property is so Instagram-worthy that I couldn’t help but snap, snap, snap . I ran into Ivan Khoo, Executive Assistant Manager of The Edison, who gave us a tour of the hotel.
The next morning we woke up and had breakfast at The Lounge. Fruits, pastries, cereal, yogurt, and tea are all buffet style and they also cook eggs according to your preference. They also have Penang’s old-fashion bread, Roti Benggali, to go with fancy French Lurpak butter and traditional kaya (coconut egg jam) which I had 4 slices of. Yummy! There is also unlimited access to snacks and beverages at The Lounge 24/7 with a mix of local favourites (Twisties, Chipsmore, Super Ring, and my nostalgic childhood biscuit; the iced gem biccie!). They even serve afternoon tea fron 3-5pm with an assortment of nyonya kuehs!
Boutique hotels are usually sought after for its unique design and The Edison‘s is just breathtakingly stunning. I was originally planning to stay at another boutique hotel recommended by my colleague but it was fully booked. No regrets here because I can’t even describe how gorgeous and elegant the whole place is, especially our Deluxe Room where it’s essentially #roomgoals; especially the bathroom with a marble table and toiletries from Appelles, an organic Australian apothecary brand. After a day of exploring George Town and all its glory, it was really nice to come back to The Edison which felt so homely, thanks to the warm staff who greeted us by names and their signature turndown service with with fruit-infused water and snacks.