Take a peep into Penang’s past at The Edison, located in historic George Town, Penang’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colonial mansion dates back to 1906 – originally built as a private residence for a local tycoon, the elegant building was transformed into a hotel in the 1940s, and was restored and rebranded as The Edison in 2016.
While amenities have been updated to provide all mod cons, much of the building’s historical character has been retained – cast-iron columns, decorative frescos, period furnishings and artisanal accessories. At the heart of the main building is the central courtyard, which is atypical of colonial architecture and offers a space for rest. Another spot ideal for socialising and relaxing is The Lounge, where guests have unlimited access to snacks and beverages.
Just like the rest of the hotel, guest rooms feature vibrant jade accents, wood floors and sophisticated handcrafted details that evoke the mansion’s cultural heritage. All rooms are spacious, but the suites offer even more space with a sitting vestibule and powder room.