The Hotel - Areca Hotel Penang

The Hotel

Conveniently situated within the UNESCO World Heritage buffer zone and walking distance from the central business district, Areca Hotel offers families and travellers the opportunity to experience the rich history and vibrant culture that George Town has to offer. Areca Hotel is named after the Areca Palm (Areca Catechu), also known commonly as the Pinang palm and from which Penang island derives its name.

Our hotel features 48 rooms located across twelve shop houses in a private enclave along Khoo Sian Ewe Road. The original pre-war shop houses (and the land on both sides of Khoo Sian Ewe Road) were once owned by Khoo Sian Ewe, philanthropic businessman, landowner and during his time one of the wealthiest men in Penang. The Majestic Theatre, located directly opposite our hotel, was the first cinema in Penang to screen Chinese sound films.

We offer a variety of rooms ranging from spacious family suites, cosy garden rooms to luxurious heritage suites. Modern furnishings provide guests with the comforts of home. Additional facilities in the hotel include a children’s room, conference/meeting room, library and computer lounge.

We invite you to stay with us and enjoy our friendly hospitality.


George Town, Penang

George Town is a vibrant and culturally rich city that stands as the capital of the Malaysian state of Penang. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city boasts a captivating tapestry of architecture, from colonial buildings to vibrant Chinese shophouses and ornate temples. Immerse yourself in the city’s history as you stroll through streets adorned with captivating street art, each mural narrating tales of the past and present.

Culinary enthusiasts will find paradise in George Town’s hawker centers, savoring a diverse array of dishes that reflect the city’s multicultural heritage. From the savory delights of Char Kway Teow to the aromatic flavors of Penang Laksa, the local cuisine is a true reflection of the city’s cultural diversity. As the gateway to the larger island of Penang, George Town also offers easy access to beautiful beaches, tropical landscapes, and iconic landmarks like Fort Cornwallis and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

The city truly comes alive during its lively festivals, such as Chinese New Year and the George Town Festival, where the streets burst with color, performances, and traditional celebrations. George Town invites you to explore its historic landmarks, indulge in its culinary delights, and embrace the unique blend of cultures that make this city a must-visit destination in Southeast Asia.

Areca Hotel Penang.