The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane – Penang
Spices Hotel was once a derelict block of shophouses razed by a fire. Rescued and restored by an architect owner, the boutique hotel features a living 150 years old Bodhi tree.
The boutique hotel is made up of 2 pairs of tiny identical shophouses believed to be built 100 years apart. The lot size is only 500 sq.ft. each. The unique architectural characteristics are maintained after the refurbishment. Perfect for a homestay vacation, the hotel is owned and designed by an architect.
THE PETITE GARDEN
One of the most prominent features is the presence of a huge living Bodhi tree with its roots growing into the walls. The old tree has co-existed with the building for more than 150 years. The naturally landscaped courtyard garden with good lighting is peaceful. Guests relax and indulge in the comfort of a home environment here.
Spices is a charming with its unique interiors, flavoured with the richness of Indian, Spanish, Moroccan, and local influences.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
After the refurbishment, Spices currently house 8 individually designed guest rooms.
This boutique hotel is perfect for visitors who are looking for an alternative choice of accommodation. The experience of living heritage enclave of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site is a big draw.
The many nooks and spaces carved out for the living room, dining, library and a family deck. The rich diverse experience and cosiness of a home, with a true sense of placemaking, is evident.
There are 8 guest rooms. Each is distinctly designed. The guest rooms have attached bathrooms, cable TV and free WiFi. The design of the Cumin and Clove room has a semi-loft concept with a “bunk bed” located on top of the bathroom.
Spice Hotel has a small café serving breakfast and all-day complimentary coffee, tea and tidbits. The room rates are affordable when shared. This makes it ideal for group vacations.
The Armenian Park, Khoo Kongsi and Acheh Street Mosque is a mere hop and a skip away.
Read more about: Did you know that the Armenian Park was once a flea market?
WHAT TO EAT
Urban Spice Cafe with annexes to the hotel makes a mean pork free Penang Char Koay Teow and Mee Goreng rival that of street food in town. Alternatively, if you don’t mind queuing then head to Hameed Mee Sotong for a true blue spicy version!
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