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Clove Hall

Penang, Malaysia


Breakfast is taken in the hall on the airy ground floor or the terrace of the Main House, adjacent to the pool area. A plate of fruit is followed by a choice of eggs, bacon and toast, French toast or muesli, with coffee or tea - all served on delicate blue and white china. A delicious Asian breakfast can be ordered in advance; any request can be catered for.

Complimentary afternoon tea is available daily from 4-5pm - a welcome treat after a day's exploring - but that’s it. Although, you can expressly arrange a dinner party with fine cuisine served on period china at the long antique dining table, or arrange for a takeaway to be delivered to eat in one night (for an additional charge).

Instead, and wisely, the owners have drawn their environment into the operation by providing a map of surrounding restaurants, none more than 10 minutes’ walk away, and can make helpful recommendations. While the neighbourhood lies well beyond the Heritage Site and the buffer zone, it still has plenty of lanes of pre-war shophouses, with interesting places to eat in almost every other one, many of them catering to the local middle class and therefore the best in town.

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Features include:

  • Room Service
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by Arrangement
  • Dinner by Arrangement
  • Walk to restaurants
  • Afternoon tea
Save to favouritesPrintMailClove HallA gentlemenís club in the 50s, this colonial mansion and outbuildings in a residential part of Georgetown were left to the termites for decades before being reclaimed and restored to, if anything more, than their former glory. Impeccable workmanship and care went into the conversion, and Jo and Jim Lim are now the proud owners of its 6 [r:MY007:suites], cream walls, chocolate-brown rafters, great stone pillars, antique tile floors, open archways and lazily spinning ceiling fans. A tranquil swimming pool, fringed with ginger bushes, offers refreshment after a hard dayís sightseeing. Birds twitter in the tropical foliage as you rest on your flagstone veranda or recline on your silk-covered Chinese daybed before striking out again into UNESCO-listed Penang, full of heritage and history and one of Asiaís foodie heavens. Furniture comes from India, China and Sri Lanka, including some colonial antiques, all assembled in the best possible taste. And if the operation is just a fraction short of the extra attention to your creature comforts that makes a truly great hotel, the abundance of things to do outside will mean you hardly notice it.

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