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About this listing

Standard Double Room with Attached bathroom. Uniquely design .

The space

East Indies is a distinctive boutique heritage property in the heart of the UNESCO Heritage Core Zone in Georgetown.

This former residence of Koh Lay Huan, a founding father of Penang, has been painstakingly restored to transport guests back in time to reside in the private mansion of a prominent wealthy merchant in 18th century Penang. The history of the House of Koh Lay Huan and its restoration process are carefully documented and available for guests to peruse.

Surrounding two tranquil internal courtyards, each of the seven luxuriously curated and air-conditioned suites is spacious and private. Beautifully appointed antique furnitures, historical relics, artworks and books immerse guests in the storied history of this romantic heritage masterpiece. Completing the property is a large central dining area and functional kitchen quarter in the rear of the house.

Perfectly located on China Street, also known as "Tua Kay" or Main Street in the Chinese Hokkien dialect, East Indies is within walking distance of major heritage icons in Georgetown. The area is known for being Georgetown's melting pot of ethnic diversity and the cultural heartbeat of Penang.

Our hosts are ready to help personalize an exclusive journey through Penang's rich cultural heritage, starting with an exclusive stay in a living, breathing piece of history - East Indies: The House of Koh Lay Huan

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM



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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

4 Reviews

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Joris & Sabine User ProfileJoris & Sabine is a superhost.
February 2016
Was a truly beautiful stay at Jess. The apartment is amazing, even more pretty then the pictures. Definite recommendation!

ZhiGuang User Profile
November 2015
i stay here one ninght, it`s a great experience. It is located in the heart of GeogleTown,so you can easily go everywhere you want. Room is quiet and (URL HIDDEN) particular,the house has a long history and great design. Highly appreciate it. By the way,there is a lovely cat,it love sleep so much like me.

Priscilla User Profile
July 2014
Really nice mansion in the heart of Georgetown, interior design is wonderful - the team really takes care of the host, we totally feel welcome! And also Good breakfast.

Yang User Profile
April 2015
非常棒的体验,给槟城之行增色不少。 屋子很大,很古朴,更赞的是院子,坐在天井侧面的沙发或椅子上,喝杯茶,捧本书,傍晚天空飘来淅淅沥沥的小雨,很有感觉。 房东人特别好,非常热情,我们外出时还帮我们在床上撒了玫瑰花,点了香薰,开了壁灯,格外温馨舒适。 早餐也很有水准,总之都非常满意,遗憾没有住更久的时间。唯一小瑕疵是老房子隔音稍差,当天有位房客带了只猫,叫了很久……

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Penang, Malaysia · Joined in December 2013
Jess User Profile

Hi, My Name is Jess . I will be your host to taking care all your needs. Please feel free to contact us for further enquiry and etc.

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