A 100-year-old colonial mansion is the basis for Macalister Mansion, a quirky yet sophisticated lifestyle-oriented residence where visitors can experience Penang’s rich heritage—without even leaving the building.
Formerly a British shipping port, Penang’s George Town is now a vibrant international metropolis. A UNESCO World Heritage site city, George Town strives to strike a balance between past and future, preserving its heritage buildings as it continues to develop into a vital center of industry and tourism.
Experience this unique combination for yourself at Macalister Mansion, a quirky and sophisticated lifestyle destination that nods both to Penang’s colonial past and to its colorful present.
Each room has its own bespoke features and artwork, from the privately commissioned love sonnet in the Bridal Suite, to the spiral staircase and turret room in Room 4, to the Grace Tan textile piece in Room 7 which pays tribute to the tartan colors of the Macalister clan.
The rest of the hotel is equally thought-out: two restaurants offer options for casual or fine dining, a mosaic lap pool is attached to a “swim-up” bar, and visitors to The Cellar can enjoy a glass of exquisite wine or champagne.
From Colonial To Contemporary
Macalister Mansion is a pioneer project from Heritage Redefined, an initiative spearheaded by hotel owner Dato Sean with the aim of regenerating historic colonial buildings into useful, practical contemporary spaces.
Sean and co-owner Datin Karen worked with Colin Seah of Singapore’s renowned Ministry of Design to renovate and revitalize a hundred-year-old colonial mansion, preserving the building’s heritage aspects while adding modern-day amenities and contemporary design touches. Together, they conceived the hotel’s design as a single holistic vision, with the eight suites and five dining and bar areas working synergistically.
Macalister Mansion differentiates itself from the local boutique hotel scene by its intimate scale, contemporary design and attention to details – ranging from art curation to branding and interior design, and everything in-between. The Den is an intimate hideout with a wide selection of cigars as well as blended and single-malt whiskeys.
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