Design Hotels Adds Penang’s Macalister Mansion

Penang’s Macalister Mansion has opened as the newest member of Design Hotels. Housed in a 100-year-old restored colonial mansion in the heart of Georgetown, the property pays tribute to Sir Norman Macalister, the state’s first British Governor in the 1800s. The design revolves around the idea of an old English mansion, with each space intended to provide the hospitality of home while being a showcase of art and the island’s colonial heritage.


8 themed guestrooms are individually furnished with bespoke furniture and specially-commissioned artwork ranging from a Love Sonnet done in old English and a wire sculpture of the side profiles of Sir Macalister and his wife by local artist Low Chee Peng, to an original wrought iron staircase leading up to the building’s turret. Each accommodation exudes elegant charm and character, while modern amenities, including luxury bedding with 400-threadcount linen, spa-inspired bathroom, smart television, Bang & Olufsen sound system, complimentary minibar and Nespresso coffee machine, provide all the comforts of top-class establishments.


The white and blue colour scheme of the Dining Room promises guests haute French dining in a refined setting. By contrast, the casual atmosphere of the Living Room with its playful and colourful theme makes for easy afternoons spent over pastries and tea. The Den offers yet another decidedly different feel where dark colours and mosaics create an air of seduction in which to enjoy specialist single cask and single malt whiskeys and cigars, while specialist mixed drinks and live entertainment await at the Bagan Bar.


Recreation options are centered around The Lawn and include a pool area with an adjacent bar and seating area to lounge in during the day. An outdoor extension to the Living Room, the space itself is also ideally suited for outdoor receptions and intimate garden parties.


Macalister Mansion adds Malaysia to Design Hotels’ list of destinations in Asia Pacific. The collection currently boasts a presence in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. Globally, Design Hotels represents and markets more than 200 independent properties in over 40 countries, carefully selected to showcase the ideas of its visionary hotelier.


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