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The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane – Penang

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The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane - Penang

The charming interiors of Spices Hotel, Penang

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 Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane - Penang
Spices Hotel at Lumut Lane, Penang. Photo: Doris Lim

Spices Hotel’s 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.

The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane - Penang
The interiors of the Spices Hotel. Photo: Doris Lim
The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane - Penang
There are slippers to use in the courtyard. Photo: Doris Lim

The Interiors has rich influences

Spices Hotel is charming with its unique interiors, flavored with the richness of Indian, Spanish, Moroccan, and local influences. 

Nooks and Spaces, Sense and Sensibility

After the refurbishment, the Spices Hotel 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 coziness 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.

The room rates are affordable when shared. This makes it ideal for group vacations.

The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane - Penang
The charming Lobby of Spices Hotel, Penang
The Intoxicating Charms of Spices Hotel Lumut Lane – Penang
Spices Hotel Penang Guest Rooms

Things to do near Spices Hotel

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.

  • Areca Books
  • Armenian Park
  • Armenian Street
  • Asia Camera Museum
  • Black Kettle
  • Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion (Guided Tours)
  • Clan Jetties Of Penang
  • George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)
  • Georgetown UNESCO Historic Site
  • Ghost Museum
  • Hin Bus Depot 
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque
  • Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
  • Penang Hajj Gallery
  • Penang Little India
  • Penang Street Art
  • Pinang Peranakan Mansion
  • Rozana’s Batik
  • Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
  • The Camera Museum
  • The Top Penang
  • Wonder Food Museum
  • Yap Kongsi

Spices Hotel Review:

Spices Hotel’s location is central to the arts and historical streets of George Town.

The hotel is on  Lumut Lane, a side street, just around the corner from the Armenian Park.

You can join locals for a morning exercises or an evening walk. The park setting is lovely in the heart of the historical city. Before the city’s intiative to create pocket parks.

The area was disused and a thriving flea market in the evenings.

The boutique hotel is charming. Each room was named after a spice. If you are looking for a clean, beautifully decorated historical lodgings this is the place to call home for a few day.

The rooms are smallish but comfortable and clean. You have good walking access to all the sights and tasty local kopitiams where the locals eat. There are excellent restaurant in the vicinity too if  you want to spend a bit more.

Room tip: If you want to stay in a central historic area, be out most of the time exploring, Spices Hotel is a good choice!  As the hotel is nearby a mosque, you will experience the Muslim call to prayers.

Local Food Recommendations near Spices Hotel

There are lots of kopitiams and sightseeing spots in the vicinity where you can walk or cycle to explore George Town’s Heritage Trail.

For Muslims travellers there are many Halal places to eat.

Hameed Pata Mee Sotong makes a delicious spicy Mamak Fried Noodles at Esplanade Park, Lebuh Light.

If you like local Char Kway Teow, you will enjoy exploring the stalls for breakfast, lunch, tea and night time treats.

For a late night cuppa, you can have coffee and freshly baked cakes at ChinaHouse or Black Kettle on Beach Street. There are a number of clubs and night spots you can safely check out on Love Lane and Chulia Street.



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