5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang

SmartDory introduces 5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang. These once magnificent homes of the rich and elite; fallen into disrepair have been restored.

George Town’s old mansions have a timeless grace tied to Penang’s sense of place and her community identity. The refurbished homes continue to draw visitors and locals to visit, sit, live in and savor fine dining. Several of these beautiful mansions have been repurposed and now are open to the public and visitors.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The Blue Mansion is the best known is the UNESCO award-winning Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (CFTM) on Leith Street. CFTM is now repurposed as a boutique hotel with a fine dining restaurant on its premises.

The house sits elegantly on Leith Street was known as “Hakka Millionaires’ Row”. In a bygone era of the Straits Settlements, Chinese migrant, Cheong Fatt Tze’s rags-to-riches is one of hard work and sharp business acumen.

When Cheong built his mansion, he set out a style that is to be called eclectic in later years. It was a well thought out “hotchpotch” of marrying different styles of architecture. Firstly the mansion is built in the traditional Chinese courtyard style. Then Cheong incorporates the Western influences with stained glass windows, wrought iron balustrade, and spiral staircases.

Thus the “new buildings” earned the name of ang mo lau (foreign house).

It’s quite an experience to dine in the former home of a first-class Mandarin in the Manchu government. Read more here…

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang Photo: Doris Lim

Cheong Fatt Tze MansionFine Dining Restaurant | Boutique Hotel*
14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang | Telephone: 04-262 0006

ThirtyTwo at The Mansion

By far the most beautiful in Penang is the Italianate style seaside villa now named The Mansion. Built-in 1926 by the son of a tin miner, Leong Yin Kean, the house left in a desolate state to be used as a center for motorbikes!

The historical building has been restored to reveal its grandeur. Every minute detail of the original building including its beautiful Italian mosaic decorations has been fully restored.

A fine dining restaurant and bar occupies the ground floor with seaside terrace, the Beach Bar serving tapas and drinks.

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang
Photo: ThirtyTwo at The Mansion

ThirtyTwo at The Mansion | Fine Dining Restaurant | 32, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang
Business Hours: Open today 12 AM–3 PM, 7–11 PM | Telephone: +604-262 2232

Hardwicke House

Home of prominent lawyer Lim Cheng Ean, Hardwicke Hall was built in the nineteenth century. The building sits at the junction of Pangkor Road and Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. Lim was Penang’s first Chinese magistrate in the Straits Settlements Legislative Council. Hardwicke Hall was named after a mansion owned by the Duke of Devonshire, in Devonshire, England.

Hardwicke House was saved from demolition when the developers built Northam Towers (Vouk Hotel Suites)
This beautiful home is now stripped of its lawn and sits forlornly dwarfed by high rise buildings. Currently, Hardwicke House is occupied by a restaurant and a wine shop and is run by Vouk Hotel Suites. Check out the refurbished Hardwicke House. Read more here…

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang
Hardwicke House, Penang Photo: Doris Lim

Hardwicke House | Western Restaurant | 67, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang
Business Hours: 7 am–11 pm | Telephone: +604-370 8388

MACALISTER MANSION

Penang tycoon and philanthropist, Choong Lye Hock bought the mansion in the 1890s. Lye Hock is the father of local millionaire Ch’ng Eng Hye and the grandfather of badminton legend Datuk Eddy Choong.

Known as Macalister Mansion (MM), the restored mansion has eight rooms raising the bar for global travelers seeking distinct stays in a boutique hotel. There are two restaurants, The Dining Room and The Living Room, and two bars, Bagan Bar and The Den on the premise.

It’s always a great pleasure to experience dining at MM. Read more here…

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang
Macalister Mansion, Penang Photo: Doris Lim

Macalister MansionFine Dining Restaurant | Boutique Hotel* | 228, Jalan Macalister, Penang
Business Hours: DINNER: TUESDAY to SUNDAY 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm (last orders for Kitchen at 10.30 pm) CLOSED ON MONDAY | Telephone: +604-228 3888 

SUFFOLK HOUSE

The restoration of Penang’s first great mansion, Suffolk House is a journey best described as timelessness restored. Home of Penang founder Francis Light, the beautiful mansion was built in the Georgian style. On Light’s death, the house was left to his wife Martina Rozells. Suffolk House served as a residence for Penang’s early Governors.

In later years, it was left in utter ruins and despair before it was rescued and restored.

The successful conservation of the historic Suffolk House marks the restoration of Penang as the Pearl of the Orient.

Suffolk House has facilities for fine dining, weddings and corporate events. You can indulge in an afternoon high tea here. Read more here …

5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang
Photo: Suffolk House

Suffolk House | Fine Dining Restaurant | 250, Jalan Air Hitam, 10460 Penang
Business Hours: 10am–11pm | Telephone:+604-228 3930
*Star rating understates the quality of boutique hotels. 

Travel Tip: If you like the charm of the colonial past, do check out the 5 Most Beautiful Mansion to Dine In Historical Penang.

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