Spice By The Park Boutique Hotel Hidden Mural Penang
Spices by the Park is a double story the 1940s building built in the art deco style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The boutique hotel address is at 89, Acheen Street, George Town, Penang.
The hotel faces the Armenian Park which was once a thriving flea market in the evenings!
Spices by the Park serves as an annex to the Spices Hotel on Lumut Lane.
The hotel is located within the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its close proximity to major heritage attractions is a boon. A short walk to the numerous picturesque murals and souvenir shop.
CHECKING IN AT SPICE HOTEL
You head to the Spice Hotel for checking in. The staff will lead you through a small metal door where you go up to your room by the rear staircase. There is another staircase that leads down into the cafe.
On the ground level, there is a restaurant, the Urban Spices Cafe. This bright café has windows to three sides of the walls which let in natural light. The cafe is well ventilated and cool. I find this a refreshing change from the crowded noisy cafes that are stuck in a hot spot without fresh air!
There are only six rooms at this boutique annex. Each room has its own spice name; the Lemon Grass, Ginger, Nutmeg, Mint, Tamarind and Aloe Vera. The deco is cool, comfy and calming with simple lines. The rates are affordable when shared, which makes it ideal for group vacations.
There is a purpose to a small room. It’s like Club Med, life is meant to be spent outdoors!
At the end of the building, there is an air-well and an open back door. You will find Russian artist Julia Volchkova’s hidden larger-than-life “Indian Woman” mural here.
Julia painted the popular Indian Boatman in Stewart Lane and Little Boy murals in Sia Boey. Her inspiration was to record the Indian community which was an integral part of Penang’s history and community.
Spice Hotel has a small café serving breakfast and all-day complimentary coffee, tea, and tidbits. There is a choice of local or international servings with generous portions.
WHAT TO DO NEARBY
You can rent a bicycle or a tandem to cycle around the Heritage Enclave to take some selfies with murals. If you like to picnic, you go across the Armenian Park.
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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