Also known as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, The Blue Mansion was once was used as a squat until a team of local conservationists restored the 19th century mansion to its former glory. To do this, careful planning and renovation was carried out utilising local specialist artisans. With their philosophy of 'treading lightly and touching softly', The Blue Mansion was brought back to life and has become one of Penang's most famous boutique hotels, recognisable by its iconic indigo walls.
There are 18 rooms in three categories – Tang Suites, Han Suites and Liang Collection – all decorated beautifully in keeping with the Chinese heritage aesthetic. If there was such a thing as discreet opulence, the décor here would be just that, and original artefacts from bygone eras only serve to enhance this. Most importantly, the beds are ultra comfortable and the complimentary jar of cookies was very welcome. An ideal retreat for culture buffs, as you’ll be able to boast of staying in a building that’s won a UNESCO award for heritage conservation.
Another way to explore this historical building is to join one of three daily guided tours departing at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm.
As featured in Time Out Penang's 50 things to do in Penang.