If you’re looking for a slightly different heritage restoration building to stay in during your Georgetown visit then Hotel Penaga may well be where your search ends. Environmentally conscious travellers will be interested to hear that it was the first heritage building to get the top Gold rating by the Green Building Index. This boutique heritage-arts hotel has solar panels, gardens planted with indigenous plants that are watered by runoff from the roof and was built using recycled and salvaged products where possible.
The previously rundown buildings, in an area just outside of the UNESCO Heritage Zone, were turned into a small friendly boutique hotel. There is art on display throughout the hotel and guest rooms, created by resident artists from the owners’ private arts centre just outside of Kuala Lumpur where artists can take up residency.
There is a pool, spa, library and business centre for guests to use, all centred around lush gardens giving peaceful place to relax and cool down away from the hot, busy streets outside.
We stayed in one of the Clarke Terrace houses, a two storey, two bedroom terraced house with huge living space downstairs, including a kitchen area and outdoor jacuzzi bath and dining area. Upstairs, there was a balcony which overlooked the hotel gardens, offering a private space to relax in the sun. Each day the complimentary mini-bar was stocked with peanuts, soft drinks and beer. We loved the design and feel of the rooms which were a well balanced mix of modern and traditional.
Georgetown itself is a paradise for vegan travellers. Alongside a long list of places of interest to see in the heritage zone, there are a huge range of places to eat local and international vegan food, some of which are just around the corner from The Penaga.