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Clove Hall

Penang, Malaysia


  • Dining: No restaurant on the premises; breakfast and afternoon tea are the only meals provided. Private dinner parties can be catered for on request. Takeaways can be ordered
  • Communal areas: Guest lounge with sofas and chairs, and a large collection of interesting books and magazines about Malaysia, Penang, historic architecture, travel and dining; a small garden wraps around the main building, colonnaded terrace alongside
  • Internet Access: WiFi throughout, a notebook laptop is available on request at reception
  • Swimming Pool: An outdoor lap pool (5mx10m) beside the main building surrounded with decking and loungers. Soft pool towels are provided
  • Spa Treatments: In-room or pool side massages can be arranged on request. Personal yoga sessions are also available.
  • Recreational: An SUV is available to take guests on tours of Georgetown and out to restaurants
  • Weddings and Celebrations: Not suitable
  • Max. Wedding Guests: 30
  • Meetings/Functions: Not suitable
  • Disabled Access: Not accessible
  • Pets: On request
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Parking: On site


  • Laundry service
  • Dressmakers/tailors can come to your room if you want clothes made up

When to go?

May to October is best. It rains hard from November to January, and February can be unbearably hot. But whenever you come you should expect stifling heat and some rain - this is a tropical island so the monsoon is more or less permanent.

Author's tips

Bring an international driver’s licence, comfortable shoes for walking, and for the tender-skinned a sunhat. Most will want to be here for a minimum of 2 days, but 4 or 5 days will do nicely; much longer and you’ll suffer some kind of syndrome. Or bracket a beach holiday in Langkawi or Phuket with a couple of days each end here.

Features include:

  • Room service
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Walk to restaurants (offsite)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Guest lounge
  • WIFI internet
  • Guest computer
  • Outdoor pool
  • In room treatments available
  • Concierge service
  • Pets welcome by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Airport Transfers
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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