“Where in Penang are we staying this time?” I asked. As always, his response would be “It’s up to you. You know the budget, you choose.” At times a bit stressful, but most times I enjoy exploring the options. Good thing is both our preference would be in a charming boutique hotel. I’ve always had some names on top of my head as I came across them during my last stay. Given a short notice, I did a quick search on these places for the best possible deals that weekend. Most of the familiar names I knew were all booked out. Either that, or they were overpriced. Little did I know then, it was Georgetown World Heritage City Day weekend. There’s a festival held each year in the city in honour of this day.
So there I was struggling to find other alternatives, hoping not to give in to some place “not that nice”. Then I stumble upon Loke Thye Kee Residences, a very typical Chinese name (just found out it’s a Hainanese word for house of happiness) with very appealing photos of its unique architecture. We were sold by the photos eventually, though we told ourselves they looked too good to be true. Furthermore, it was only less than RM300/night. It was not easy to notice the main entrance to the hotel since it didn’t have an obvious enough signage. Our Uber ride ended up dropping us towards the side, in front of the restaurant due to busy traffic on the main road. Then it hit me – during my last trip here, mom actually told me that Loke Thye Kee was a very popular Hainanese restaurant during her younger days. There was an on-going construction of a pedestrian bridge somewhere between the restaurant and hotel that made the surrounding a little unpleasant. I began to have a slight poor first impression as we had to drag our luggage through here to get back to the hotel’s main door.
The negative impression faded swiftly after we got ourselves checked in, as quick as 5 minutes. The reception area was really simple. A desk, couple of stools, couple of chairs. But what else do you really need there? There’s only a total of 5 suites in Loke Thye Kee Residences. Their concept is a delightful mix of contemporary and classic. Cove lighting, exposed brick walls, but also restored the existing old school flooring, windows and doors. It goes the same to their suites as well. Please take note that the receptionist is off duty after 8pm. It was rather inconvenient as we forgot our passcode to enter the hotel. The security guard do not have access either. We had help from their restaurant staff next door, whom managed to get in contact with someone to assist us. Any services required should be made before 8pm. Otherwise you would have to wait until 8am the next day.
The whole setting on the walkway to our suite was contrary to the bustling streets around. It was surrounded by beautiful lush green plants. Although a little narrow but it was so serene and also very private, almost felt like I was transported to a countryside resort.
The suite was one floor above, with our very own spacious private terrace. All the suites in Loke Thye Kee Residences are 40sq meters large, brightly lit (good lighting matters a lot to me) and a loft like modern living design with a beautiful piece of sketch art by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean that portrays Penang’s heritage building in the early 19th century. A hand made stuffed dinosaur was even placed on the bed as a little token to take home.
The room was also furnished with a living area, desk, TV, state-of-the-art in room amenities and even a pantry area. Not only it was equipped with microwave oven and mini refrigerator, but also an induction cooker (but please don’t attempt to fry something and stink up the room). Snacks and soft drinks found in-room are complimentary. I was amazed to find 2 packets of the famous “MyKuali White Curry Instant Noodles“, and was so tempted to make them for supper.
I really liked the back-to-back vanity counter and “open” glass wardrobe. The soft subtle colours of the bathroom tiles and dim lights easily enhances a relax mood. Bathroom were also complete with high quality amenities and even bathrobes. It is the small details like these that count. The room of Loke Thye Kee Residences was completely on par with many luxurious hotel rooms.
Have I forgot to mention on how great the location is? Walking distance to many tourist attractions and local eateries. The famous Penang Road Teochew Chendul is literally right across the street. I didn’t have enough time to try some Hainanese delicacies in Loke Thye Kee restaurant
as I was too busy devouring other awesome Penang food, so I don’t know if it’s still as good as how mom said it was. Breakfast is excluded, but it could be ordered separately through room service.
What was good about Loke Thye Kee Residences:
- Suite is spacious and modernly designed with great in-room amenities
- Complimentary soft drinks and snacks
- Good value – Room is on par with many luxurious hotel
- Great location – walking distance to many local eateries, cafés, tourist attractions, Komtar and Prangin Mall
- AC power points available on each bed side
What was bad about Loke Thye Kee Residences:
- On-going construction next to hotel
- Hotel signage not easily noticeable
- No night shift receptionist/concierge
- Sounds of rumbling traffic during the day since all rooms are facing a busy main street
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 8/10
Loke Thye Kee Residences Details:
Address: 326 Jalan Penang, George Town 10000
Tel: +604 263 1929