Macalister Mansion

228 Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 10400 - See map
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8.9
Excellent
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Housekeeping7
Breakfast4
Food & Dining3
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Macalister Mansion

"Check-in with no issue and thanks to Ms Fiona for being helpful with my check-in and my luggage carried to my room with her team."

Tony - January 2, 2020

 Macalister Mansion
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Popular landmarks
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion 1.8 km
Armenian Street 1.97 km
Khoo Kongsi 2.12 km
Pinang Peranakan Mansion 2.47 km
Penang Fort Cornwallis 2.79 km
Kek Lok Si Temple 5.47 km
Batu Ferringhi Beach 10.08 km
Entopia 11.81 km
Escape Theme Park 11.9 km
Nearby landmarks
Floating Mosque 140 m
Loh Guan Lye Hospital 140 m
Loh Guan Lye Specialist Centre 180 m
Penang First Assembly of God 260 m
Ghee Hiang 350 m
KDU College Penang 410 m
The Church in Penang 450 m
The One Academy Penang 500 m
Penang Buddhist Association temple 500 m
Cantonese Methodist Church 510 m
8.6

Excellent

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360 meters from city center
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Exceptional cleanliness
9.6 rating for cleanliness
Exceptional comfort
9.2 room quality and comfort
Exceptional service
9.0 rating for service
Excellent facilities on premise
8.6 facilities on premise

The staff bent over backwards to ensure an enjoyable stay and there were lots of extra little perks.

Megan | April 1, 2019

We got a great deal on Room 5, which was enormous and perfect for travelers who aren’t couples.

Megan | April 1, 2019

We loved the tranquility and the uniqueness of the overall design in each space.

Megan | April 1, 2019

(included) was superb and served until noon, so we never needed much lunch.

Megan | April 1, 2019

Best shower ever, loved the toiletries.

Megan | April 1, 2019

Eight Rooms is such a cool hotel!

Megan | April 1, 2019

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

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Value for money8.5
Location rating8.6
Nearest airportPenang International Airport (PEN)
Distance to airport14.5 km

Rooms available at Macalister Mansion

9.2
Exceptional
Room comfort & quality
MMarvel Collection
MMarvel Collection
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  • Room size: 53 m²/570 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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MMonarch Collection
MMonarch Collection
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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MMesmeric Collection
MMesmeric Collection
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  • Room size: 41 m²/441 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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SUITE MMONARCH COLLETION
SUITE MMONARCH COLLETION
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
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SUITE Room 6
SUITE Room 6
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
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SUITE Room 7
SUITE Room 7
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  • Room size: 51 m²/549 ft²
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SUITE MMONARCH COLLETION
SUITE MMONARCH COLLETION
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
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SUITE Room 4
SUITE Room 4
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  • Room size: 49 m²/527 ft²
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MMONARCH COLLECTION - ROOM 4
MMONARCH COLLECTION - ROOM 4
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Non-smoking
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MMONARCH COLLECTION - ROOM 4
MMONARCH COLLECTION - ROOM 4
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Non-smoking
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Macalister Mansion?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Macalister Mansion?

Macalister Mansion is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Macalister Mansion has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Penang with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

What is the smoking policy at Macalister Mansion?

Macalister Mansion does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Macalister Mansion

  • 8.4
    Excellent
    Cleanliness

    "Cleanliness is A and very luxury hotel to stay."

    Noratika

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    September 10, 2019

  • 9.6
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "My hotel room is very clean and awesome!"

    Tony

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    January 2, 2020

  • 8.0
    Very good

    "Great property with nice touches."

    stewart

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    January 2, 2020

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Cleanliness score
9.6/10
Room comfort score
9.2/10
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9.2/10
Service score
9.0/10
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Overall rating:
8.9
Excellent
137 reviews
Cleanliness
9.6
Facilities
8.6
Location
8.6
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More about Macalister Mansion

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Penang, Macalister Mansion is the perfect choice. With its location just from the city center and from the airport, this luxury boutique hotel attracts numerous travelers each year. Guests can take pleasure in touring the city's top attractions: The TOP, UNESCO world heritage sites, Clan Jetties, The Habitat, Tropical Spice Garden, Entopia butterfly farm, beaches and more! At Macalister Mansion, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk, car park, room service, bicycle, reading corner, business centre and other special requests. The revitalized 8 rooms spread across the 3 room categories provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as television Smart HD LED TVs, WiFi, in-room minibar, coffee machine and Marshall speakers. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including fitness center, outdoor pool, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Whatever your reason for visiting Penang, Macalister Mansion is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

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Most talked about facilities

Breakfast
10 mentions
Housekeeping
10 mentions
Food & Dining
7 mentions
Swimming Pool
5 mentions

What they offer

10.0
Exceptional

"So cosy, even though I was there for work, it made my stay r..."

Claudine

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October 24, 2019

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Asian
Continental
Vegetarian
Full English/Irish

Restaurants on site

The Dining Room
Menu:Buffet
Living Room
Cuisine:Asian, International, Local
Menu:Buffet

What's nearby

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Value for money8.5
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9.2
Exceptional
Danica from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in December 2016

Christmas at Macalister ”

Christmas in hot places can feel a bit weird. Christmas at Macalister Mansion was like staying in a little luxury lodge. Spacious, beautiful and comfortable - both the rooms and the rest of the hotel. We love Design Hotels for their attention to detail and they craft a lovely, unique customer experience. I think maybe we were some of the only people staying there, so service was attentive and relaxed. Breakfasts in the cafe were a perfect way to start a day of wandering around Penang. Christmas Dinner - an 8+ course degustation was inventive, delicious and filling. With a generous flight of international wine to match we happily rolled out of there at the end of the night. The only shame, and not their fault really, is that the public area is filled with cigarette smokers on the evening, we couldn't stay long. Cigars add to the ambience, but during the day it has that stale cigarette smell in the wine cellar lounge. It's a little bit away from the main sites of Penang, but quite a few times we walked back even from Gurney Road) and the 30-40min walk was probably quicker than waiting in the traffic. We loved our stay there. The nightly macarons always made us smile, the bed and pillow menu was heaven!

Reviewed January 20, 2017
9.2
Exceptional
Megan from United States
Group
Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

Lovely stay!”

Eight Rooms is such a cool hotel! The highlight of our Penang visit. We got a great deal on Room 5, which was enormous and perfect for travelers who aren’t couples. The open bathroom was a unique choice, but it contributes to the grandeur and the curtains provided adequate privacy. Best shower ever, loved the toiletries. The staff bent over backwards to ensure an enjoyable stay and there were lots of extra little perks. Breakfast (included) was superb and served until noon, so we never needed much lunch. We loved the tranquility and the uniqueness of the overall design in each space. The only drawback was that the pool is beautiful, but not very peaceful, as it’s in front of the mansion with lots of noise from the busy road. Worth noting if you want some lounging in the sun, but otherwise shouldn’t impact your visit to Penang. Location was a short taxi to the historic district or walking distance to New Lane and Nagore Square (recommend both). Would stay again!

Reviewed April 01, 2019
9.0
Exceptional
Aisling from Ireland
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2014

Amazing Hotel! ”

Stunning design, attention to detail, good service

My partner and I stayed in Macalister Mansion for one night and it exceeded our expectations. The decor is fabulous, there are wonderful touches to the rooms such as the 'white wine' bubble bath and the Bose speakers for iPods. The staff were helpful and courteous throughout our stay. We ate in the restaurant in the evening and the food wasn't amazing but it was quite good. The breakfast in the cafe was delicious with an unusual selection of brunch dishes like duck eggs on a muffin with kaffir lime hollandaise. The only negative comment is that there is a building site beside the hotel so its not very relaxing by the swimming pool. Its such a shame as the pool area is lovely. I haven't come across any other hotel in Malaysia that is as funky, modern and well-executed as Macalister Mansion. We do hope to return some day soon!

Reviewed March 28, 2014
9.3
Exceptional
CJ from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2014

Luxurious, Modern and Unique”

comfortable, gorgeously designed rooms, great breakfast

Searched on the net after friends' recommendation on MM food and came across the eight rooms which caught my attention. Fell in love after viewing the rooms photos and thought must give it a try on a special occasion. Picked Room 6 and exactly met my expectations (from my experiences with other hotels, some are only nice when viewed from photos). The room is modernly designed,comes with a variety of complimentary tit-bits, comfortable large beds,very spacious posh bathroom with a Victorian style bath tub. Although the view from the room is not great and the pool is more like a decoration than for use due to its awkward location, but who cares when you have a superb and comfy room which once you had stepped in, you wouldn't even want to step out of! Hotel breakfast was excellent and among the best I ever had. A great experience indeed! However one of the disappointment during my stay was that the dining room was booked for a private function. So, this gives me a chance of visiting MM again. xD Would definitely love to try out all the other seven rooms if I have the cha-ching to spend as the rooms are quite pricey.

Reviewed June 07, 2014
8.0
Excellent
zubidah from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in October 2015

Simple and elegant decorations ”

Beautiful decorations especially at the wine cellar, spacious room, well equipped room as well.

We had one night in Penang and we chose Macalister Mansion. The concept is different than other luxury hotels around Penang. The location was great in the middle of the town, easy access. The room was properly equipped and upon request. Spacious and clean room. Parking lot was easy. Breakfast was just ok, need more choices and better crossaints. Reception staffs were lack of conversations and straight faces. Overall the hotel was great, would definitely go back.

Reviewed October 19, 2015
7.3
Very good
Eleanor from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

Beauty is only skin deep - stay elsewhere”

Excellent supper, hotel looks great, the staff are friendly

Macalister Mansion looks fantastic. You'll take photos your friends will like in their multitudes on Facebook and Instagram. Sadly, the experience of actually staying at the hotel is less likable. The owners have spent a lot of money on the overall decor - but skimped on some basics: 1. No black out curtains. This might be bearable if the security lights outside the hotel could be switched off. We initially stayed in Room 6 but there is a large half-moon window in the bathroom which does not have a curtain - it's extremely bright, and the walls from bathroom to bedroom are glass. I made my husband move rooms at 1am as sleep was impossible for me - neither of us were happy. The staff were most accommodating. When I spoke to them the next day they told me many other guests had complained and could I mention it in a review - the management would not hang a simple blind across that window. That’s why this detail is here. 2. The breakfast room is understaffed. Lovely chap works there but making coffee for 14 people, taking their orders and serving breakfast at the same time is just not possible, and service was extremely slow. 3. You can't get a cocktail before 530. And at 530, there are only whisky based cocktails. You can't get a drink by the pool (which is surrounded by a carpark - it looks great, but it's not very relaxing). 4. There are no coffee cups in the room - although there are Netspresso machines. You're supposed to use glasses apparently - as the very nice chap who brought us mugs wearily explained, "All the guests ask for mugs". In summary: The staff are very helpful (Management appears to ignore them - we never met anyone who considered themselves a manager). The rooms are stunning. The food is fantastic (visit for the set menu dinner which is excellent). The location is OK. It's a cab to the old town. The food market at New Lane is close by and excellent. I wanted to love MacAlister, but sad to say I will not stay here again.

Reviewed July 06, 2015
9.2
Exceptional
Syakir from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in September 2016

Pleasantly amazing”

Looking at previous images and write ups of Macalister Mansion, being there was a different experience. The quality of space and the way the interior celebrated it is stunning, the staff were curtious and the food, delicious

Reviewed September 05, 2016
9.6
Exceptional
Michelle from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Romantic and quiet with creative and cosy room concept ”

Room was big and clean with a creative and cosy concept. Room was 100/100 for me. Really loved the free breakfast there as well, food was great. Service was good with polite staffs and was even able to request for a late check out. Mentioned that we will be celebrating our anniversary there and they decorated our room with rose petals. Although location is abit further off and not of walking distance to the popular parts of Georgetown, still don't regret booking them! A really great place for couples looking for cosy and quiet place to stay after a tiring day out. Would definitely book again if travelling to Penang.

Reviewed April 01, 2019
9.0
Exceptional
Dawn from Singapore
Group
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

Classy Colonial ”

Architecture, modern amenities, comfy modern rooms

A beautifully restored hotel, eight rooms was nothing short of amazing. Modern, comfortable rooms, great location between Gurney and Georgetown, and wonderful service. It lived up to all my expectations.

Reviewed October 20, 2014
9.3
Exceptional
Gisela from Germany
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in January 2013

Beware of Room No. 3”

Very attentive staff

While Room 3 is certainly one of the most beautiful rooms of the hotel, featuring a large balcony, it has an unbearably noisy bathroom ventilation fan which cannot be turned off and prevents a quiet night's sleep. We had to change room because of the loud rumble that came out of the in-room bathroom. Staff reacted very professionally, though. I just wonder what they'll do if all Eight Rooms are booked out ...

Reviewed February 07, 2013
10.0
Exceptional
Arvin from Malaysia
Family with young children
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

MUST STAY !!”

Staff is friendly and polite. They respect your privacy. Room is very clean. Location is superb! Nice night view

I enjoyed every second of it. My wife and my 7 yr old son literally refused to leave the hotel to try outside food. They enjoyed the swimming pool. OMG!! The night view is just unbelievable! I felt I was like a KING staying in a palace! The room is super clean. They provide a high quality hand, face wash (h20 brand) soap and cream. Every little thing there was exceptionally of high quality. Staff there treated us like a king and queen. Very professional and polite. They respect ur privacy. The night view, OMG!! A Must See To BELIEVE! ! The pool with a bar was just perfect ! Very beautiful pool and landscape design. With private car parking and a lot of privacy. You can have intimate time with your "whoever" near by the pool area while enjoying your beer. No disturbance at all. Now everyone can live like a KING woth an affordable price! A MUST VISIT PLACE IN PENANG! Hack! In Malaysia!!

Reviewed December 28, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
Hong from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2015

Nice and classy Hotel with excellent service !!”

very clean, large bathroom and great design hotel

We're celebrated our Wedding Anniversary in this Mansion in Penang. Satisfied with their services and warm gift/cake was prepared by the Hotel. We will stay again once we visit Penang in the near future.

Reviewed February 18, 2016
9.3
Exceptional
aarani from Malaysia
Family with teens
Stayed 3 nights in August 2015

My review”

the welcome, friendly warm reception. Very happy to help, .. The rooms were wonderful... Well stocked with goodies !..central location.

I really enjoyed my stay..I Felt very well looked after. Right level of professionalism. Very sympathetically restored Penang Colonial Mansion. Exceptionally well maintenained rooms, and service.

Reviewed August 29, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
ONG from Malaysia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in February 2013

Fantastic Service and Friendly Service”

Room, The Living

We're so in love with this Mansion in Penang. Satisfied with the services and warm gift was prepared by them during Chinese New Year. We are sure we will stay again once we visit Penang again.

Reviewed February 26, 2013
9.2
Exceptional
Martin from France
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in July 2016

Perfect room for a couple anniversary”

I wanted to go with my girlfriend for our one-year anniversary, and it was the good choice. The room is perfect, you just want to spend time in it. The mansion and its different rooms is greatly restored, with this mix of old colonial and modern art, I really loved it. Wifi was not extraordinary overall, and location could be a bit better. Also, when booking cabs from the reception, we often found non metered taxi, I don't mind, but in this case, reception should advise on the rate or inform us.

Reviewed July 27, 2016
9.2
Exceptional
Ethel from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in May 2016

stylish boutique hotel with excellent service”

stayed here for a short weekend getaway. rooms are very modern and comfy. most importantly, they were very clean. staff were extremely helpful and professional and they made our stay a very pleasant and enjoyable one. only slight drawback is the location - it's a 20-30min walk from the main eating street of jalan penang/ jalan transfer etc. did that the first day and regretted it. the next day, we took a cab which was a less-than-10min ride. will definitely stay here again if we come back to Penang.

Reviewed May 14, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Kesmond from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 1 night in August 2016

Excellent”

Room: excellent. Bed was comfortable and room was faultless. Staff: welcoming but not intrusive. Very responsive over email before arrival and very accommodating with a special surprise during dinner. Thank you. Dinner: ambience was great, staff great, food okay. Very enjoyable. Miscellaneous: nespresso machine in room was not programmed properly. Easily the best hotel in penang for a relaxing evening.

Reviewed August 06, 2016
8.3
Excellent
Clare from Singapore
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in October 2013

I love it!”

Design, Ambience and Restaurants

I really really liked it! Was in Penang for a business trip and thought to try this hotel for its design. I have heard the design of this hotel is too modern for all to like, but I personally love it. Although, I think it is a little Too pricey. Nothing much going on in the hotel apart from the F&B. I love the rooms. The pool is in a weird location with no privacy (neighbouring buildings overlooking it) and is just by the carpark. My room was so comfy i could just stay in the room the whole day! If I had the money to spend, this would be my top choice of hotel in Penang - I hardly use any other facilities anyways so the superb room + F&B is more than satisfying enough for me =D

Reviewed May 06, 2014
9.3
Exceptional
Scott from Australia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in August 2013

A relaxing escape.”

nice design, friendly staff, good food

I enjoyed my stay as it was quite private and the staff were helpful. The building is a lovely heritage mansion with modern design inside. Everything is clean and the room had everything I needed. The only problem is that the building is lit up at night, so it's a bit bright inside the room when you're trying to sleep.

Reviewed August 11, 2013
10.0
Exceptional
Jean from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

A romantic getaway”

The hotel is clean n comfortable. We had very restful stay at hotel as we enjoyed the quietness of it. The location is convenient to find local street food and not too far away from gurney plaza to do our shopping. Any couple looking for private time with your spouse, highly recommend Macalista Mansion :)

Reviewed July 10, 2019
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