Located right on the Khoo Kongsi grounds in the heart of UNESCO Heritage Georgetown, you will find this very beautiful modern boutique residence called Clans Kongsi Georgetown.
The Clans Kongsi Georgetown was restored from the original two rows of eight terrace houses each that makes up the “Sixteen houses” which was built in the late 19th century. These two rows of houses flank the main alley from Cannon Street on the north was built on the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi ground and rented out to the sinkeh who just arrive in Penang from China. These sinkeh or newcomers are relatives of the Khoo family from the ancestral Sin Kang village in the Hokkien Province in China.
However fast forward a century later, the Clans Kongsi Georgetown is now a modern boutique residence with all the 19th century feel. Yet it has all the amenities and technologies that makes you feel comfortable today, but yet kept as much as possible of the original building and decor.
The lobby is simple, one service desk with very two courteous staff, nicely decorated with simple century old artifacts. Check in is swift and they will lead you to your room, helping you with your luggage as there are no lift in the building.
From the lobby you are led to the back part of the building which are all inter-connected (all 7 houses – one house is used for the Khoo Kongsi Management) and that would be the courtyard living space where one can just to enjoy their breakfast and afternoon tea. You can also hang out at this common area to read your books or just relax. These open spaces are a typical feature in these heritage houses where guests can get a lot of natural lighting and ventilation.
At the Clans Kongsi Georgetown, coffee machines and cold drinks in refrigerators are available complimentary to guests throughout the day and afternoon teas consisting of local delicacies are provided on complimentary basis to residence guests.
There are five different types of accommodations available at the Clans Kongsi Georgetown. On the street level, you have the Courtyard Rooms which ranges from 30-33 sqm. These rooms have their own cozy courtyards while looking out to the main shared courtyard. Decorated with classical furnishing on a rustic terracotta tiled flooring gives this warm-toned room a very charming space to wind down your day. Modern amenities includes high-speed WIFI, flat-screen LED-TVs, and coffee-machines.
The second type of accommodation at street level would be the Cannon Suites which is roughly 32 sqm in size and is richly decorated in Peranakan Culture. Feature of the Cannon Suites includes the antique wooden ceiling beams, window shutter panels and beautiful rustic terracotta floor tiles. These suites has their own private entrances and antique gilded Peranakan wedding beds. However there are high-speed WIFI, a well-stocked refrigerator, coffee machine and a 50″ flat screen LED TV to give you all the modern comfort.
There are three room types on the upper-level. There are two unique room types – the Heritage Suites which slightly bigger at between 32 – 41 sqm and the smaller Harmony Rooms which are between 25-32 sqm. Both these room types provide an intriguing outdoor bathroom and sundeck overlooking the city converted from the original balcony. I was told people used to take their bath at the balcony too during those days too.
The final room type at the Clans Kongsi Georgetown are the spacious Clan Master Rooms which measures from between 33-36 sqm. Each of these rooms has high ceiling and wall to wall wooden window panels overlooking the main street leading to the Khoo Kongsi. Each of these large rooms can fit up to 3 person (with additional tatami bed) and also feature Peranakan furnishing alongside modern amenities.
Overall, my stay at Clans Kongsi Georgetown is very satisfying. Firstly, the meals / drinks offered here is amazing. Penang is known for its many wonderful delights, and at Clans Kongsi Georgetown, your breakfast is custom-order. You have choices of the standard western continental breakfast, or Penang delights where they will rotate on daily basis. When I was staying, we had the nasi lemak and chee cheong fun – packed in from the best stalls in Georgetown.
Throughout the day, there are free flow of coffee/tea and also local soft-drinks from the refrigerators. If you are still not satisfied with what was provided, there are many wonderful and famous food stalls within walking distance from the hotel – including wood-fired Char Koay Kak, Nasi Kandar Beratur, Nasi Briyani Kapitan, Tiger Char Koay Teow, Chulia Street Wanton Mee, and many many more.
The Clans Kongsi Georgetown is also within easy walking distance to almost all the Heritage attractions in Penang – Khoo Kongsi where guests get a complimentary early entrance, Masjid Kapitan Keling, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuan Yin Teng, St George Church, Masjid Jamek, Chowrasta Market, KOMTAR, Street Arts, Yap Kongsi, Tan Kongsi, Cheah Kongsi, Clan Jetty, and many many more.
Each morning there is also a 45 minutes walk from the residence to Chowrasta Market for any guests who are keen to learn more about the area’s rich history with a trained guide (subject to weather condition).
Room amenities are wonderful, internet speed is fast, good programs on TV, and the unlimited complimentary soft drinks and coffee are great. Beds are comfortable, and you get good water pressure in the shower. I do look forward to going back to these lovely Southern Chinese Eclectic-style residence of the Clans Kongsi Georgetown.
Clans Kongsi Georgetown
No 2 Cannon Square
10200 Georgetown, Penang