There’s a certain comfort and excitement in checking into heritage hotels. These beautifully refurbished properties play a significant role in celebrating a destination’s identity and rich history. Their classic structures, beautiful locations, and colourful history makes them worth while experiencing.
As travel resumes, UNRESERVED selects 9 beautiful heritage hotels in Malaysia to suit your vacation style. Our list includes amenities where pets are allowed, reading lounges for your leisure, traditional spas for your ultimate relaxation, and more.
For some fun in the city (Melaka, Sarawak and Penang)
Liu Men Hotel Melaka – by Préférence, Jalan Tokong
Liù Mén Hotel Melaka’s pre-war structure was given a new life with Peranakan decorations surrounding the hotel. It is your home-away-from-home, suitable for solo trips, family and romantic getaways. The rooms include the Parameswara Suite, Cheng Ho Suite, Hang Tuah, Jebat and Kapitan. For an evening soiree, you can unwind on the garden deck at the rooftop of the hotel.
The Majestic Malacca, Jalan Bunga Raya
The Majestic Malacca is a beguiling restored 1920s Straits Settlement mansion in the city centre of Malacca. Conveniently located nearby shopping malls and some of the city’s famous attractions, such as A Famosa and the Jonker Street Night Market. Even though their Spa Village is temporarily closed, you can unwind and enjoy discovering the unique taste of Kristang heritage at the hotel.
Macalister Mansion, George Town
Macalister Mansion is an exquisitely resort boutique hotel inspired by Sir Norman Macalister, the British Governor of Penang in the 18th century. From resplendent rooms, to fabulous design facilities and a personalised service at the “swim-up” bar, you are guaranteed an unrivalled experience throughout your stay.
The Edison, George Town
The Edison is an architectural gem, which was once a home to tycoon Yeo Wee Gark, built in 1906. It offers a serene stay with just a short distance from the bustling tourist spots in the city, including Chulia Street, Clan Jetties, and Penang Street Art, amongst others. Besides the swimming pool and cabana provided, you can also enjoy some quiet time at their private library, complete with all kinds of coffee-table reading books.
Seven Terrace, George Town
For a glimpse of the Peranakan Chinese culture, the Seven Terrace is your go-to place in Penang. Inspired by Anglo-Chinese design, the hotel is filled with antique furniture and trinkets; the breakfast is served with dainty chinaware. Built in the 19th century, it’s only a 5-minute walk to the Goddess of Mercy Temple and other attractions around the city. Unfortunately, infants under three-years-old are not permitted to stay at the hotel.
The Ranee Boutique Suites, Kuching
The Ranee Boutique Suites was stylishly rebuilt from two traditional 19th century shop houses, bringing you closer to the local rich colonial heritage and mysterious ethnic culture. The Ranee Suites in the loft are named after Margaret de Windt, Sarawak’s first Ranee (meaning wife of a Rajah); Sylvia, her daughter-in-law, and her three grand-daughters Leonora, Elizabeth and Valerie. Upon your stay, it’s a must for you to try The Ranee’s Tuak, Sarawak’s famous tipple, for your indulgence.
For that tropical escape (Kedah and Terengganu)
Bon Ton Resort, Langkawi Island
The Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort offers eight individual styled antique villas, each with its own unique story. From The 100-year-old Blue Ginger antique beach cottage to the 120-year-old Palm villa and the 80-year-old White Frangipani Malay designed house, these villas can accommodate up to 5 persons per booking. For leisure, you can visit The Gallery for a list of coffee-table books to accompany you throughout your stay, and play with some of the furry friends (cats) around the resort.
Temple Tree Heritage Resort, Langkawi Island
The Temple Tree Heritage Resort offers 20 beautifully appointed suites suitable for romantic getaways and big crowd vacations, which include the Negeri Sembilan house, Johor House, Penang House, Colonial House, Estate House and Plantation House. Enjoy dipping in the pool, embracing the ocean breeze and basking in the sun in between your stay. In case you want to travel with your furry buddies, this resort welcomes pets too.
Terrapuri Heritage Village, Penarik
The Terrapuri Heritage Villa is a conservation and restoration project of Terengganu Malay Classic house, inspired by the 17th century Terengganu Palace and surrounding. Comprises 20 exclusively restored villas and 29 classically designed houses, the hotel is complete with a swimming pool, a reading room, Serangas Shop, Traditional spa, just to name a few.