Muntri Grove is a charming heritage boutique hotel along Lebuh Muntri, Penang under the George Town Heritage & Hotels group. The hotel was part of a row of ten old heritage houses built for workers serving the wealthy families then. Though restored, some fabrics of the building had been retained so that guests can experience the essence of Straits Chinese houses in the 19th century.
As we walked down the hallway towards our room, we saw a tranquil garden filled with lush tropical trees. There were large lounge-pods shaded by these trees in the garden, where guests can rest whilst enjoying the serene surroundings. Feels like a little cosy resort in a city.
Muntri Grove has a total of 16 suites. Rates are at about RM350 per night for last minute booking, but it can go below RM300 for early birds. The room itself was spacious and cooling despite the hot tropical weather of Penang. The comfortable four-poster king sized bed was draped with mosquito netting, and they had 2 electronic repellents to keep those annoying pests away. Keeping your windows and door closed would help too. There were multiple USB plugs in the room to charge up your devices, which was a big plus point. Other basic bathroom amenities, hair dryer, mini fridge, and safety box were available as well.
The living area was beautiful, adorned with cushioned long seats (nice spot for an afternoon siesta), throw pillows, 2 classic wooden chairs and table. But what I didn’t like was the layout of the room, as the bed was far from the living area where the TV was placed (shower and toilet was in between). A little inconvenient since it’s a habit of mine to watch TV in bed. The poor lighting also made it difficult for me to apply makeup and anything else I was doing over the vanity counter.
Muntri Grove is in a great location – accessible to many local eateries and tourist attractions. Although central, it is also secluded from the hustle and bustle. It was a bit tricky getting here since our Uber driver actually missed a turning into the laneway towards hotel as there was no obvious signage, so you might want to help look out as well. Also, if you are getting Uber or Grab to pick you up, I suggest to change your location to “Gala House” which is less than 100m from the hotel. It is a restaurant/bar at the intersection of Lebuh Muntri and Lebuh Leith. Very noticeable! That way, you could avoid trying hard explaining to the drivers the exact location of the hotel, or them canceling the ride (true story) which was an absolute waste of time.
A very nice breakfast area next to the pool is located on the first floor above the hotel reception. Breakfast is at RM25 per pax with limited choices. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed listening to the soothing sounds of splashing water by the pool. The entire hotel does make one feel very relaxed. I would highly recommend this hidden gem if you are seeking for something at an affordable price, convenience and a quiet environment.
What was good about Muntri Grove Hotel:
- Good value for money – about RM350 or less per night for a 40sq meters lovely suite.
- Great location – in the heart of city but hotel is quiet, walking distance to eateries and major tourist attractions
- Room is very cooling – air conditioned and 2 fans
- Multiple international and USB ports in the room
- Very pleasant and accommodating staff
- Pet friendly
What was bad about Muntri Grove Hotel:
- Poor lighting in the room (toilet light bulb also blew)
- Free wifi but couldn’t connect most of the time (especially during the day)
- Parking could be an issue (fits 3 vehicles only, guests who drove may have to park along Lebuh Muntri)
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 8/10