Upscale hotel takes shape in Penang’s heritage enclave


GEORGE TOWN: A new upscale heritage boutique hotel aimed at well-heeled travellers is taking shape in George Town’s heritage enclave and is slated for completion by early 2016.

The 83-room hotel, which is yet to be named, will be managed by Hotel Sentral Management Sdn Bhd, which is currently operating two three-star hotels on Penang island.

A property research report has listed Magnil Corporation Sdn Bhd as the hotel owners.

Hotel Sentral Georgetown Sdn Bhd manager Steven Ang Cheng Liang told Business Times that the new hotel will occupy the old premises of the historic Cold Storage on upper Penang Road.

“We are looking at potentially operating and managing two boutique properties in the Unesco Heritage Zone in the long term as there is likely to be a business hotel coming up in the city,” he said.

Apart from Hotel Sentral George Town, which Hotel Sentral Management began managing and operating in April 2012, the company also has Hotel Sentral Seaview under its umbrella.

The sea-fronting three-star property was formerly Naza Talyya Penang Hotel.

C.H. Williams, Talhar and Wong in its 2014 Property Market report stated that this year alone, Penang is expected to see the opening of six new hotels. Already up and running is The Royale Bintang Penang, which faces the waterfront at Weld Quay.

Others include the RM300 million The Rice Miller and Godowns, also at Weld Quay; while Cititel Hotel Management is set to open the 234-room The Wembley — St Giles Premier Hotel; and 234-room Cititel Express Penang along Jalan Magazine.

Also listed is a 225-room hotel in Tanjung Tokong, which is due to open its doors next year by WHH Land, while Bintang Holdings is set to open a five-star hotel in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah by 2016.


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