10 heritage hotels in Malaysia that will whisk you away to bygone eras

10 heritage hotels in Malaysia that will whisk you away to bygone eras

What is it about a heritage hotel that invites guests to imagine themselves in times long gone? Is it the vintage furnishings and eye-catching decor? Or the faint echoes of history that left their mark behind?

Whatever it is, there’s just something about heritage hotels that’s irresistible. Indulge in a sense of nostalgia at these captivating hotels:

1. Casugria Dutch Boutique Heritage Bed & Breakfast | Melaka

Casugria Boutique Heritage Residence

This hidden gem is located right in the heart of the historical city of Melaka. Built by an influential Dutchman in 1810, the Dutch Colonial Villa and its grounds are remarkably well-maintained and is believed to be the last surviving one of its kind in all of Melaka. The chalets by the garden and the pool are perfect for couples who wish for privacy, while there are larger rooms suitable for families.

Casugria Boutique Heritage Residence
Pool Chalet.

Casugria Boutique Heritage Residence

Casugria Boutique Heritage Residence
Garden Chalet.

Rates start from: RM340++

Unwind amidst the serenity of Casugria Dutch Boutique Heritage Bed & Breakfast.

*****

2. 23 Lovelane Hotel | Penang

23 Lovelane

23 Lovelane Hotel, comprising 10 rooms, was lovingly brought to life by a team of architects and a conservationist back in 2011. The hotel is made up of buildings constructed at various periods of time from as far back as the 1800s. Bury yourself in the pages of a book at the library or let yourself daydream in the lush private garden.

23 Lovelane
One of the rooms in the Muntri Suites, a 3-bedroom pre-war shop house.

23 Lovelane

23 Lovelane
The top level of the Indian Shophouse duplex.

Rates start from: RM240++

Escape from reality at 23 Lovelane Hotel.

*****

3. Bon Ton Resort | Langkawi

Bon Ton Resort
White Frangipani Villa.

This boutique heritage hotel went to great lengths to restore eight antique Malay village homes – some are over 100 years old! – to give guests an authentic kampung feel. While they look plain on the outside, the interior of each home has been meticulously decorated for maximum style and comfort.

Bon Ton Resort
The 120-year-old Laguna Villa.
Bon Ton Resort
The sunbeds surrounding the pool where you can soak up some UV rays.
Bon Ton Resort
Blue Ginger Villa.

Rates start from: RM580++

Stay in a traditional Malay kampung home at Bon Ton Resort.

*****

4. Hotel Puri | Melaka

Hotel Puri

Located on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock adjacent to the famous Jonker Street, the hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house that was once the ancestral home of the descendants of Tan Kim Seng, who was a prominent businessman and rubber plantation owner. The hotel also comes with its own luxurious spa for you to pamper yourself.

Hotel Puri
Superior Twin Room.
Hotel Puri
Puri Spa.

Hotel Puri

Rates start from: RM160++

Savor the old-world charm of Hotel Puri.

*****

5. 5 Heeren | Melaka

5 Heeren
5 Heeren’s Garden Courtyard where daily complimentary Peranakan breakfast is served.

Ever wondered what it must have been like living as a Baba or Nyonya back in the olden days? Wonder no more: simply stay at 5 Heeren, a refurbished museum residence that will give you a glimpse into how a wealthy Peranakan family lived centuries ago. You’ll get the chance to sleep in an ornate Chinese “opium” bed or look out the balcony overlooking Melaka River.  

5 Heeren
The Opium Pearl room, 5 Heeren’s most-booked room.
5 Heeren
The Grand Harbour Suite, which overlooks Melaka River.
5 Heeren
The view from the balcony.

Rates start from: RM290++

Experience Peranakan opulence at 5 Heeren.

*****

6. Timez Hotel | Melaka

Timez Hotel
The Oriental Beauty Room, where golden-hued powder cases form the Chinese character for ‘beautiful’.

Housed in a pre-war building situated just off Jonker Street, Timez Hotel’s eclectic style is such a treat that you won’t be able to resist whipping out your mobile phone for a photo every so often. Its 12 rooms are awash in vibrant colors and artwork, all individually designed with a special theme inspired by the various influences that make Melaka unique.

Timez Hotel
The Clip-Clop Room, with a huge display of a giant wooden clog made up of smaller clogs.
Timez Hotel
The Azulejos Room, with its centerpiece of a mosaic wall comprising painted ceramic Azulejos tiles.
Timez Hotel
The Lattice Room, complete with a finely-carved lattice arch.

Rates start from: RM160++

Stay in a room inspired by Melaka’s melting pot of cultures at Timez Hotel.

*****

7. Ban Loong Hotel | Ipoh

Ban Loong Hotel
Family Room.

Set in Ipoh’s Old Town district, the hotel’s building dates back to 1915 and is conveniently within walking distance to many popular tourist attractions, like Concubine Lane. You’ll fall in love with the hotel’s humble charm, which embraces the simplicity of exposed brick walls and high ceilings.  

Ban Loong Hotel Ban Loong Hotel

Rates start from: RM70++

Discover Ipoh’s rich culture and history at Ban Loong Hotel.

*****

8. Areca Hotel | Penang

Areca Hotel
Garden Room.

This family-friendly establishment takes up an entire block of pre-war shophouses, renovated to suit modern tastes. From its cosy and elegantly decorated rooms to its breezy corridors, you’ll find it easy to sit back and relax at Areca Hotel. Opposite the hotel is The Majestic Theatre, which was the first cinema in Penang to play Chinese films with sound.

Areca Hotel
The sun-dappled inner courtyard.
Areca Hotel
Heritage Room.

Rates start from: RM240++

Delight in the mix of the old and new at Areca Hotel.

*****

9. The Edison George Town Hotel | Penang

The Edison Georgetown
The Lounge.

This grand boutique hotel is located on Lebuh Leith, one of Penang’s first streets and formerly an enclave where affluent Hakka tycoons built their homes. Initially built as a home for businessman Yeo Wee Gark in 1906, it was converted into a hotel in the 1940s, blending together heritage and luxury for an unforgettable experience.

The Edison Georgetown
Deluxe Room.
The Edison Georgetown
The Courtyard.

The Edison Georgetown

Rates start from: RM500++

Bask in the effortless sophistication of The Edison George Town Hotel.

*****

10. Yeng Keng Hotel | Penang

Yeng Keng Hotel
Courtyard Twin Room.

Set along the lively Lebuh Chulia, Yeng Keng Hotel is a restored heritage boutique hotel comprising 19 rooms. It’s housed in one of the oldest surviving and intact 19th-century mansions in the heart of George Town. There’s plenty of flowers and greenery scattered around the building, adding a nice touch of nature.

Yeng Keng Hotel

Yeng Keng Hotel
Yeng Keng Cafe Bar.

Rates start from: RM320++

Stay in a slice of history at Yeng Keng Hotel.
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With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!

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