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Accommodations: Penang

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    • Unique Motel
        2/F 6914 Jln Ong Yi How (corner shophouse), Raja Uda, Butterworth, Utopia Map
        016-415-3050, FAX 333-7584, email

        Center of Raja Uda Town (Butterworth's Chinatown) on the mainland. Same row as MAYBANK Jln Ong Yi How Branch. Convenient to a lot of hawker foods and restaurants nearby. Inexpensive single, double and triple rooms with air-con, TV, and some with en suite bathrooms.
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    • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2020, UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2014
        14 Leith St, Utopia Map

        Gay and lesbian-friendly heritage accommodation just a couple blocks from the classic seaside Eastern and Oriental Hotel. Why not stay a night or two in the most beautifully restored traditional 19th century Straits Chinese mansion in Penang, nicknamed Le Maison Bleu for its exterior of period indigo wash, setting of the feature film Indochine? Billed as a "flamboyant masterpiece of 38 rooms, 5 courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 'yin-yang' windows," this home belonged to one of China's last Mandarins and one of Asia's first celebrity capitalists. Of special note, the home is designed according to fung shui to take full advantage of elemental wind and water forces, and is a masterwork of inventive ways to harness chi, including hidden rainwater channels throughout the structure. Rooms are furnished with antiques, art, photographs and objet from daily life in Penang of old. Rates are very reasonable and include breakfast. Unlike visitors on the twice daily guided tours (11am and 3pm M-F), guests have run of the mansion and may take photographs. Walking distance from nearby heritage streets and major architectural landmarks. Winner of a UNESCO Conservation Award and a National Architecture Award for Conservation.
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    • George Town Heritage + Hotels UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2020, UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        04-261-8888, 04-261-9088, email

        Utopia has been consistantly impressed by this dazzling, gay-owned collection of four, one-of-a-kind heritage courtyard suite hotels which have been superbly renovated with attention to authentic detailing as well as modern comfort (developed by the winner of a UNESCO Award of Distinction for heritage conservation and regular Conde Naste Hot List nominees). In the absolute heart of Penang's finest and most intact heritage lanes, you will encounter romantic, beautiful and timeless retreats: Muntri Grove, Jawi Peranakan Mansion, Muntri Mews and Seven Terraces. Features may include a lap pool, Asian fusion dining, suites with aircon with satellite TV, open plan bathrooms, carved Chinese beds, and exquisite collections of gilded Peranakan antiques. Just minutes stroll to George Town's major attractions.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "The hotel, Hutton Lodge, has closed. I miss this place, I have had fun there." -- yinghuantang, Mar 7, 2022

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