For the past few years, Penang has been sprawling with hotels ranging from backpackers’ lodges to high end luxurious chains. This is no surprise as the island has been a favourite holiday destination for many because of its heritage charm and delicious street food.
During my recent trip to Penang, I decided on 23 Love Lane as I do enjoy my stays in boutique hotels. Reason being; many of these hotels have their own unique characteristics and they also create an intimate environment as compared to large chain business hotels. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean I don’t settle for budget hotels or get spoilt in luxury.
23 Love Lane is an excellent location in George Town city. It is walking distance to many tourist attractions like Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Clan Jetties and Ernest Zacharevic’s murals. There’s also plenty of cafés, eateries, and bars just around the corner. Besides the location, staff here are also helpful, friendly and definitely make you feel like home.
This hotel keeps its old architecture but it is also designed with a mix of vintage and modern quaint decor, giving it a playful yet comfortable feeling. The room we stayed (Anglo Indian Bungalow) had adequate space, was clean, and had all the necessary amenities (of high quality). The only problem was I could hear almost every noise from chattering to vehicles since this room was facing the hotel’s main entrance. It is after all an old building, not much I should expect of soundproofing.
A decent enough breakfast is included, with choices in the menu from local delights to a typical big breakfast at the restaurant adjacent to the hotel (Steak Frites), which turns into a steak house for dinner. Though it’s pretty tempting, I had no chance or time to try. For a short weekend in Penang, confirm it’s going to be laksa, CKT, and nyonya food all the way lah! Right right right?
There’s other facilities like a bar on the ground floor, library with a shelf of books, board games and cards. Complimentary tea or coffee is served with fruits and local snacks between 5 – 7pm at the bar/lobby lounge. However, I think it would be nice if the garden area had a pool for dipping in the evening.
In terms of value, it is slightly above average (>RM500/night) during peak season considering it doesn’t have all the standard facilities like pool, gym, and carpark. Have a mind set that you are paying for the experience here, as many would prefer to stay in business hotels or resorts with the same price. At the end of the day, it really depends on what your priorities are. Try looking out for special deals during low season, it can go below RM400/night. I’m sure you already know how it works. I want to also highlight that the reception guy, Fauzi who was extremely kind to send us one of our passports that was left behind, on his bike all the way to the airport despite the rain. That was definitely a big plus point!
What was good about 23 Love Lane Hotel:
- Great location next to some of the best Penang restaurants and cafe
- Quiet part of Love Lane
- Eclectic decor which made it great for photos
- Friendly and attentive service
What was bad about 23 Love Lane Hotel:
- No international power adapters inside the room
- Light and aircon switches were hard to figure out
- No swimming pool and gym
- No carpark for guests
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 8/10