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Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, George Town

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Visit Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, a historical building and museum. Built by the Chinese merchant Cheong Fatt Tze towards the end of the 19th century, the house displays influences from the design heritage of his native land, local Malaysian aesthetics, and colonial British style. Its distinctive blue coloration was achieved by mixing lime with the natural dye made from indigo plants, creating a hue popular during the colonial era. Designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, the mansion exudes an atmosphere of calm and good fortune in many aspects of its design. Take a guided tour to appreciate its subtle nuances, and how they reveal the spiritual and cultural inclinations of its creator. Add Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion and other attractions to your George Town trip itinerary using our George Town itinerary maker.
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  • We stayed there for a few days - which I totally recommend as it was a great experience- but even if you don't, I recommend to pay a visit. The place has been refurbished with the greatest care and ta...  more »
  • Excellent restoration of property and the guide provides a lively interesting background to the family and history of the house and Penang. Amazing attention and detail given to the restoration. They ...  more »
  • Interesting visit. Tour was 1 hour and the guide was good - speaking loudly and clearly. You don't get to see a huge amount of the building as you only see the central courtyard on the ground level an...  more »
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  • The Cheong Fatt The mansion is a beautiful place. The tour is an interesting look at the history of the building, the man who built, and his family. It's worth a trip just to see the building. Where this place really shines, however, is the hotel. I would suggest booking early and through a third-party site to get the best deal. We paid under $70 American a night, which, while expensive by Penang standards, is worth it for the wonderful experience. If you are looking for cheap, this is not the place, but it's certainly not bad when compared to prices in the US for hotels. One thing to be careful of is the hot water: it is VERY got, so make sure to turn on the cold water or you might get scalded; additionally, there is a switch to turn the hot water on located somewhere on the fixture. If you can't find it, ask at the front desk and they'll turn it on for you. What makes thia place special? Well, the rooms are beautiful and decked out in antique furniture. However, the recent remodel means there is electricity, WiFi, and air conditioning. It's also the small things, like the staff leaving you little snacks in a bamboo steamer every day with a little note written on a bamboo leaf. The outlets already have universal adapters plugged in. The breakfast is free, and while it looks like a slightly underwhelming buffet at first, don't be fooled- the waitress will come out with a menu in a moment and the dishes are delicious- the roti canai is great and I tried the nasi lemak, which was good as well. Definitely try the porridge in the buffet, it's the standout of the buffet. There is also a restaurant upstairs. The décor is very tasteful and beautiful, and the food is very good. It is on the expensive side (probably $$$ if this were Yelp) but worth it. The staff were very attentive without being intrusive, even though we were the only people there that night. Overall, a fantastic hotel and a highlight of our stay in George Town.
  • Stayed 2 nights here during the Georgetown Festival, best decision we made! A wonderful weekend of heritage, art, culture & music for us, this centrally located, charming hotel allowed us to walk to almost all these major attractions! Added bonus for us -The most yummy chendol, lor bak, char kway teow are just a stone throw away...on Penang Road. This amazing building is more than just charming, it has a rich history behind it. Owned and managed by very knowledgable & passionate people, we count ourselves lucky to Hv stayed here & can take back memory of our unique experience at a UNESCO-recognized heritage site.
  • Not worthed, overpriced, not much to see, I recommended Penang Museum instead
  • Took the tour which wasn't to interesting. Also was very hot inside.
  • While the house is pretty interesting to look at, the rest of my experience took me on a solo adventure in hopes I could avoid the guide's dancing, joking, and story telling. Moreover, they claimed there were 38 rooms but I only saw the entrance, atrium, one room upstairs and then the gift shop when all of a sudden a manager of some sort appeared out of no where to coerce our guide into working this Saturday. By the sound of it, she succeeded. The back and forth between them in the final stop of our tour was the best part. Go to check out the architecture, but stay for the drama.