Aside for being the food Mecca of not just Malaysia but the entire region, Penang is fast becoming the cultural hub of the country. With its endless festivals, exhibitions and world famous street art, the state, founded by the British East India Company, is a colonial architectural treasure trove and teeming with history and diversity in design. Georgetown, its capital, is Malaysia’s second largest city and listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in its own right.

It is therefore understandable that Penang is home to a number of heritage boutique hotels, which many tourists find their preferred choice of accommodation when visiting. Immaculately restored and protected with the help of the state’s formidable Heritage Trust, we have chosen some of the most beautiful and interesting ones, in case you want to experience a little history the next time you visit.