I arrived in Penang around 10.30PM. I was completely exhausted from my 10 hours journey and was starving. I was glad when I reached Lorong Lumut and saw a nice home-like hotel, Spices Residence. The moment I walked into Spices Residence, I felt a strong sense of comfort. Malcolm, the guy in charge, greeted me with a wide smile. He told me to make myself comfortable, and no doubt the huge swing-sofa that decorated their beautiful middle room attracted my attention. As Malcolm grabbed a glass of water from the kitchen, I was left to awe the amazing interior inside the room. The plate of spices on the table, the bright blue lamp hanging from the ceiling, the rows of Moroccan plates along their upper wall – all I could utter was one word “wow” and I could only fall in love with this cozy hotel.
I have to admit that I love talking with the people of the place I stay in while travelling. Malcolm didn’t seem to mind my endless questions. That night, Timothy and I were taken to Chulia Street for a bowl of Curry Mee with Malcolm since he finished his shift and was also looking for a midnight bite. How lucky I was, the Curry Mee was extremely delicious and I knew I would enjoy my stay in Penang.
The room at Spices Residence is luxurious and charming. It’s not over the top but has a simplicity that really makes you want to stay longer. The huge bed and the decorations around the room is personal and elegant. Of course, for me, I love my room clean, especially the bathroom, I am extremely picky with that. Spices Residence put a smile on my face, their bathroom was clean with some amazing goodies of great smelling shampoo and shower gel that can only make a girl squeal with happiness.
There are only 8 rooms in Spices Residence, each one is decorated differently and has a name of a spice. The name of the hotel, Spices Residence, has a history of its own. Lorong Lumut, the location, used to be a place for trading, mainly spices. The property was built in 1800s and have only been renovated once for the hotel. Michael Ong, the owner of Spices, has huge respect for the place. One of the most important piece in the hotel is a huge Bodhi tree outside, Spices Residence was built specifically to adapt to the position of the tree. And a wonderful job did they do, the tree now stands outside where you can enjoy the warm sun and sit on gorgeously chosen seats.
Georgetown is a UNESCO heritage area in Penang. Spices Residence lies in the heart of Georgetown, only a few minutes from all the important sites. One of the site which is merely a 5 minutes walking distance is the Acheh Mosque. Built in the 1700s, the original house of Spices Residence was actually owned by this mosque. It was an important house since they used it as a gathering place for the hajis before making their way to Mekkah. I think Spices Residence has done its job in keeping the heritage of the house, keeping its originality and history intact within the place. It is no surprise if people come and go this place with a smile upon their face.
As I set my foot to explore Georgetown, the breakfast table at Spices Residence was filled with a lot of yummy goodness to boost up my energy. They provided Nasi Lemak, a favourite amongst Malaysians. The Nasi Lemak was wrapped in banana leaf, inside was this mountain of rice poured over with a rich sauce and salted fish. There were some samosas and spring rolls to complete the Nasi Lemak, which I indulged in happily. I was happy that Spices Residence provided an authentic Malaysian breakfast because isn’t that one of the reasons we travel? To enjoy the culture and to be enriched in the local food.
When I asked Malcolm what he would categorized Spices Residence as, he told me it has many names: a luxury hotel, a heritage home, a home stay but it has only one main concept: a place to relax. It is a home away from home, a place to be comfortable and to put your feet up after a long day of sightseeing. I had to nod my head furiously as Malcolm explained as it was exactly what I felt during my stay at Spices Residence.
Spices Residence is definitely a place I love, there was only one problem: I didn’t want to leave!
3,5,7,9 Lumut Lane, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Website : http://www.spiceshotel.com/
A big congratulations to Spices Residence for winning TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award!
I was a guest of Spices Residence, but, of course, all opinions and over-excitement are my own 🙂