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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 UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2017, 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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        Comments from Utopians:

        "I stayed at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion last week and just loved it. The rooms are huge. Food is wonderful and it is in the middle of town. You can walk everywhere, or free bus CAT, or trishaw if you want." -- Ian, Aug 6, 2017

    • George Town Heritage + Hotels UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2016, 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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    • Hutton Lodge UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2014
        17 Jln Hutton, Utopia Map
        263-6003, 263-6002, email

        Gay and lesbian-friendly budget accommodation located in the heart of the city, just off a block off Penang Rd and the start of heritage walking tours of George Town's many attractions. Experience living in one of George Town's few remaining colonial-style bungalows. The breezy and shady interior has been restored and decorated with renovation and hustorical details, but left mostly white/minimal. No frills, clean, comfortable, aircon rooms with large beds. Garden terrace, public telephone, laundry, luggage storage. Terrible Wi-fi connectivity is barely useful for 21st century travelers. Some rooms have attached shower/WC. Parking and bicycles for hire. Comfortable, low-frill rooms at extremely low rates.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT off regular room rates (excluding dormitory).
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Recommending B Street Hotel at 263 Lebuh Pantai, email: bstreethotel@gmail.com, 251-9999. Well-located, new and modern chic guesthouse in the heart of George Town, within walking distance of most things." -- Connie, Jan 6, 2017

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