Assessment: The Edison George City, a colonial allure of the Orient
Seated on the sting of a UNESCO World Heritage web site alongside the bustling avenue of Lebuh Leith – named after the primary Lieutenant-Governor of the Prince of Wales Island, Sir George Alexander William Leith – is a quaint boutique lodge, named The Edison, which serves as a superb addition to the profitable restoration and rehabilitation of distinctive colonial structure in Penang.
Earlier than The Edison opened its doorways in 2016, the property first began out as an area tycoon’s personal mansion within the early 1900s, transitioning from one proprietor to the opposite. Nonetheless, it was not till developer Eugene Tan—son of veteran hotelier and ET Hospitality Ventures founder Eddie Tan—stepped in and put it by way of an in depth two-year renovation that introduced the constructing to its present type.
Since then, The Edison has gone on to redefine Penang’s boutique lodge expertise, and its encouraging first yr in operations was capped with just a few awards and accolades together with World Luxurious Inns Awards 2017 and World Boutique Lodge Awards 2017 for its hospitality design and excellent service.
Grandeur immediately involves thoughts as one enters the restored colonial mansion and takes in its meticulously designed quirky inside that expertly combines each outdated and new components.
The painstaking effort to salvage most of its current construction is definitely evident in its grand staircase, open-air courtyard and real Peranakan tiles whereas every house is additional highlighted with touches of idiosyncrasy such because the panels of porcelain blue and wealthy jade adorning the foyer partitions.
The Lounge, combining each breakfast venue and communal lounge, is the right gathering place for company to socialize, replicate and work. Most locals will recognize the limitless childhood snacks offered on the self-service counters like lemon tablets, hawflakes and roti kapai which give off a contact of nostalgia.
Different amenities comparable to an outside swimming pool for a leisure dip and a library to unwind and indulge the literary senses are provided as properly.
As you adjourn to the guestroom, the very first thing that may seize your consideration is the weird characteristic of the lavatory being positioned immediately reverse the entry door – a results of the construction’s conventional 60’s structure.
Its Artwork Deco detailing, alternatively, exudes an ideal steadiness of allure and up to date stylish. One can’t assist however really feel utterly at dwelling as the massive, charming house presents all the things from a basket of fruits to good high quality mattress and linen, and bathe facilities by luxurious Australian skincare model, Appelles.
Exterior the lodge, one continues to find the attract of the colourful island as it’s smack proper in the midst of numerous vacationer sights comparable to Chinese language shophouses, museums, meals courts and outdated British colonial buildings to fulfill fellow foodies, shutterbugs and shopaholics to cap off a pleasing keep within the capital metropolis of Penang.
So, if you’re on the lookout for an opulent weekend getaway in Penang Island that may immerse you within the wealthy heritage of the island, then The Edison is the right selection for you.
Go to www.theedisonhotels.com to search out out extra and make reservations. This text is initially on L’Officiel Malaysia.