Take a walk on the UNESCO World heritage site of Armenian Street and a powder white three-story colonial building immediately stands out. Situated directly opposite the Asia Camera Museum, 88 Armenian offers everything you’d want and expect from a top luxury boutique hotel in Penang, including an incredibly comfy bed, excellent service, and Instagrammable spots that’ll make your feed the hottest thing in the city, apart from the wok of char kuey teow-serving uncle and aunties.
88 Armenian: A slice of Penang’s history
The early Straits-Eclectic style building was originally a lodging house that hosted the enterprising Armenian traders, before being taken over by the Chinese migrant community who occupied the streets with successful copper and brass businesses.
However, the building was burnt down many years ago and abandoned, prior to being turned into an art gallery. The restored and refurbished establishment now offers a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of Penang’s busy streets for anyone looking to indulge in some down time.
Owned by Dr Angeline Yong, a consultant dermatologist as well as a lover of heritage buildings, 88 Armenian stylishly combines its history with sleek design, evident in its copper-clad complements and accents, weaved into an elegant interior, perfect for anyone looking to capture the moment with the help of Instagram.
Recipe for a luxury boutique hotel in Penang
Comfort – a word to perfectly capture the experience of checking-in to 88 Armenian. Penang’s hidden gem is fitted with six luxury suites named after the world’s most distinguished coppersmiths. Each of the rooms feature a luxurious super king Simmons bedding and enough pillows to build a fort around you, keeping work emails and texts at bay.
The additional features include a walk in wardrobe, Nespresso coffee machine, 49” Ultra HD LCD television with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, complimentary mini-bar, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speaker, an iPad to be used within hotel premises, and lastly, a floor to ceiling mirror that surely comes in handy.
88 Armenian’s sleek design and also makes way to its stylish bathrooms. Airy, naturally lit and complete with Aesop bath products, the spacious en suite bathroom allows you to indulge in a personal spa session in the comfort of your own room, with the Gessi Private Wellness spa shower and the bespoke Bath Butler service at the heart of this experience.
For the latter, get ready to be pampered with scented candles, flower petals, bath salts, freshly brewed tea and a special dessert. As for the former, your showering experience back home will probably dwarf in comparison, unless you have the privilege of taking a bath with water projecting from multiple directions – a feature you’d probably never considered investing in, until now.
One of the best places to stay in Penang
The strategic location is another reason to fall in love with this luxury boutique hotel, as plenty of eateries serving Penang’s local favourites are a mere hop and skip away. Following a day spent outside (not that we recommend you to do so), 88 Armenian never fails to offer a welcomed reminder of the comfort and relaxation available, in the city’s heritage centre.
However, for the ultimate experience, opt to dine in all day and grab a drink or two in 88 Armenian’s very own Copper Bar and Restaurant. So watch this space for an upcoming review on one of Penang’s best bars and bartenders.
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