Penang is well known for its heritage as George Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and people take great pride in it. So during our recent trip to Penang, we thought why not we try to live right in the midst of history? Tucked along the busy Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai), Mango Tree Place – Hideaway is a stylish boutique bed & breakfast place that is occupying two heritage shophouses.
We like how Mango Tree Place – Hideaway is being spotted with brand new renovation but keeping the character and facade of the old shophouses.
It is located within short walks to most of George Town main sights such as Lebuh Armenian’s murals, Prangin Mall, clan jetties, restaurants and quirky café’s. Parking is also aplenty along Lebuh Pantai.
Mango Tree Place – Hideaway houses only four suites which are available in four colours, all meticulously designed and planned around two internal courtyards. There are three suites located on the upper floor and one suite located on the ground floor. This allows the staff to have a lot of time to pay attention to each guests and to make them feel like home.
The slogan of Mango Tree Place is “a little unexpected happiness” and there were indeed a lot of unexpected surprises and small little details here and there.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Wei who took us to a resting area, brought us cold drinks and helped us with check-ins.
I like how the staffs gave us an extensive briefing on the hotel and its surroundings. They also provided us with a lot of insider’s tips on where to eat and where to visit. We really appreciate the little food guide book with pictorial description on Penang’s famous hawker food – extremely useful for foreign visitors especially.
We also enjoyed flipping through the guest book. It was very heart warming to read those comments left by the previous guests.
Located inside a heritage shophouse that showcases some architectural and decorative features, the boutique hotel is narrow in width, stretched long on the side, with covered sidewalk.
The lobby is a visual treat. It sets a relaxing mood, with warm lighting, soothing dark tone and the walls are adorned with photo frames and quirky quotes.
Do not miss the saucy quotes as featured above!
Bobo & Jo stayed in the RED suite aka the “sexy” suite located on the ground floor. Their room is nicely appointed with a comfy canopy bed, blue ray DVD player, flat screen TV, mini fridge with complimentary drinks, nespresso machine and working desk.
The room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. One feature that we particularly like is this private courtyard where one can relax and enjoy their complimentary cup of coffee or tea here.
The bathroom is kept meticulously clean and the basin area is overlooking the beautiful courtyard.
It is a spacious room with plenty of natural light and ventilation, ensuring a pleasant atmosphere.
A wonderful use of different textures is employed to create a room that is both individual and unique.
There are three suites located on the upper floor and we were staying at the GREEN suite.
The name Hideaway is well-suited to the concept of the rooms as most rooms are located at the corners of the shophouses. Our room is very unique as it is being divided into different areas – hallway, bedroom, bathroom, living hall, etc.
The green room is beautifully decorated and great attention to details. We greatly appreciate the Nespresso machine and complimentary drinks provided.
The hotel room is so spacious and absolutely gorgeous!
The flat screen TV with DVD player is a nice touch as Mango Tree Place – Hideaway provided their guests with a libraries of movies that we can choose from.
I loved those beautiful black-and-white tile entries in the bathroom. I told kampungboy that we got to have that in our new home!
There is also an attached cafe to Mango Tree Place – Hideaway. Guests are offered a 20% discount on all items here.
It is a small and cozy cafe which offers travelers a place to rest their weary feet and to have a cold drinks after a long day of sight-seeing.
We loved the atmosphere – you can choose plush seats or corner booths.
The offerings were so scrumptious, with local offerings such as murtabak, curry, char kuay trow, local delights, fresh fruit, juices and coffee or tea.
There is a 1934 la Nudité gallery at the upper floor of their in-house cafe.
These uber cool nude posters and photos collection belong to the owner’s father.
Check-out was smooth and efficient as well, and the complimentary mango candies was a very sweet gesture.
We really wished we could have stayed longer! We like how the Mango Tree Place – Hideaway offers warm spaces with something unique to offer and personnel who are very attentive to service and detail. So if you are visiting Penang island soon, do not look further as the Mango Tree Place – Hideaway is a great hotel from every aspects.