127-131 Muntri Street, George Town,Penang, Malaysia
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Tucked away in the heart of bustling George Town is Muntri Grove, an intimate boutique hotel by the Penang-born, award-winning hotelier Chris Ong. This refurbished row of 19th century shophouses is centrally located on the outskirts of George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Buffer Zone, yet it's so discreetly hidden that you could hardly tell it was there. Inside, the two floors of rooms set you instantly at ease with their breezy, throwback charm, while the leafy tropical gardens will have you fooled into thinking that you're in some faraway resort. Altogether it feels like a breath of fresh air; an oasis of calm to escape to after the chaos of Penang’s busy streets.
And speaking of escaping, we should probably mention Muntri Grove's main highlight: its rooftop swimming pool, a rare luxury in the UNESCO zone. There’s not a lot of other facilities apart from this, but with all of George Town’s famed street food and historic attractions within walking distance, you won’t run out of things to do. Altogether, Muntri Grove is the perfect blend of style, comfort and affordability: right in the heart of the action yet seemingly away from it all.
- 2016 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards - Top 10 Small Hotels in Malaysia: #4
- Laundry & dry-cleaning
- Luggage storage
- Spa treatments
- Free WiFi
- Airport transfers
- Swimming pool
- 24 hour front desk
- Breakfast menu
- 24-hour security
- Daily housekeeping
- Boutique Hotel
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- Recommended for:
- Romance & Honeymoon
- Sleeps in the City
- Budget Boutiques
- Weekends from Singapore
What to Know
- It's incredibly chic without trying too hard: there's a relaxed and casual vibe all around.
- Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, while the tropical garden views will make you forget that you're right in town.
- It’s one of the few pet-friendly hotels in town, flanked by a spacious front lawn that four-legged companions will love. A maximum of two small pets per room are allowed.
- The location is central yet peaceful and quiet; a rarity in bustling George Town.
KEEP IN MIND
- Muntri Grove doesn't have a dedicated restaurant, although with Penang's famous street food at your doorstep, you won’t go hungry anytime soon.
- There's not a lot of communal lounge areas – it’s better suited for couples who are looking for some privacy.
- There's no lift, while the pool and breakfast areas are located on the second floor.
IN YOUR ROOM
We loved the fresh and airy atmosphere inside the rooms at Muntri Grove, with plenty of space to spread out and breathe. Polished terrazzo floors and vintage 1950’s furniture pieces add a dose of retro charm, while brightly-patterned fabrics, wooden shutters and bold artworks lend a cheery tropical touch. You’ll also find open-concept wardrobes and sinks, as well as a luxurious rain shower and separate WC for a loft-like feel. Flatscreen televisions, free Wi-Fi and a mini-bar stocked with complimentary bottles of water complete this cosy hideaway.
All rooms at Muntri Grove have similar layouts and views. Those on the ground floor boast private entrances that open out directly onto the front garden, while an additional set of French doors unfold onto a leafy courtyard in the rear. The upstairs rooms are equally private, with dramatic pitched ceilings and charming wooden shutters, as well as easy access to the swimming pool.
A welcome oasis of calm in the heart of George Town, complete with a rooftop swimming pool and tranquil gardens.
Food & Drink
The poolside Breakfast Lounge is the perfect place to start your day over an al-fresco breakfast, served from 8am until 10:30am. The a-la-carte menu offers a delicious selection of local and Western brunch-style classics, including nasi lemak, or mixed coconut rice. A platter of fresh tropical fruits, cold-pressed fruit juice and fine tea or coffee will ensure that you’re well-fuelled for a day of sightseeing.
There's no restaurant at Muntri Grove, but sister hotel Muntri Mews (77 Muntri Street) just around the corner is home to the excellent Mews Café, serving up classic Malay delicacies in a cosy and relaxed setting. A stone’s throw in the opposite direction, Georgetown Wines (19 Lebuh Leith) is a chilled out spot for romantic dinners or post-dinner drinks, with dishes such as Australian Black Angus Prime Rib marinated in anchovies and rosemary, or cheese and charcuterie platters accompanied by excellent wine pairings. Finally, no visit to Penang is complete without sampling its famous street food, and the atmospheric Red Garden Food Court nearby is an all-in-one place to chow down on everything from prawn noodles to char koay teow (stir-fried noodles).
The rooftop swimming pool is a rare luxury in downtown George Town. It’s perfect for casual dips as well as lap swimming to work off street food calories. Order a cold drink from the adjacent bar and cool off from the hot tropical sun.
After a long day of sightseeing, treat your weary limbs to a full-body or foot massage in the air-conditioned privacy of your room.
Fans of Penang's renowned cuisine will love a hands-on cooking class with some of the island's expert Malay and Peranakan chefs, which also includes a trip down to the atmospheric Chowrasta Market. The staff can assist with all the necessary arrangements.
With its rambling alleys, street art and hidden hawker stalls, George Town is best explored on foot. Put on your walking shoes and grab a copy of Chris Ong's top-ten lists (helpfully marked with his favourite places to eat, shop and sightsee). If you plan on exploring other parts of the island, half and full-day tours can also be arranged with a private car and driver.
Your Booking Makes a Difference
For every booking that you make at Muntri Grove, Indistay will donate 1% of profits to the Friends of the National Parks Foundation to help conserve tropical rainforests in Borneo.Learn More
Penang International Airport is served by a wide range of domestic and international flights from around the region. Popular domestic budget airlines include AirAsia and FireFly, as well as Singapore-based Tiger Airways and Australia-based Jetstar. A connection at Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and a regional air travel hub (50 mins flight time), may be necessary. Cities with direct connections include Singapore, Taipei, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Jakarta, Medan, Phuket and Bangkok. The flight time from Singapore is just 1 hour and 20 minutes.
FROM THE AIRPORT
Airport transfers are available at any time of the day with advanced notice. Alternatively, a taxi ride from the airport to Muntri Grove will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Taxis are available at the counter inside the arrival terminal for a fixed fare of RM45.
Penang is about a 4 hour drive from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, with fairly relaxed highway driving most of the way. The North-South Expressway (NSE) takes you all the way from downtown Kuala Lumpur up to Butterworth on the mainland, where you can cross over to Penang Island and George Town via the iconic Penang Bridge.
In The Area
Located along a quiet cul-de-sac off Muntri Street in the UNESCO World Heritage Buffer Zone, Muntri Grove is one of the few hotels to boast a central location without the accompanying noise. It's just a minute's walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Core Zone and its main attractions, while the area is surrounded by Penang's famed street food stalls and restaurants.
Muntri Grove’s central location means that you’re within a short walk to nearly all of George Town’s main attractions. The staff can also call you a cab or arrange for transportation by private car or van. If you drive, free parking is available just in front of the hotel.
RapidPenang operates a free CAT shuttle bus service around George Town, which is a convenient way of getting around the UNESCO core and buffer zones. The nearest bus stop is located just around the corner on Jalan Penang in front of St. Francis Xavier Church (stop no. 7).