Nestled on the corner of Muntri Street sits the perfect respite for a romantic getaway, the lush and gorgeous Muntri Grove Hotel. This boutique hotel is located near to the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town Penang, and offers a peaceful, pristine and away from the bustle, yet, everything interesting is within walking distance. The building is constructed with 10 refurbished living quarters into beautiful rooms perfect for that little dreamy time to pamper yourself.
Muntri Grove is situated at the start of Muntri Street, which was named after Ngah Ibrahim, the Menteri of Larut. Muntri is the old pronunciation of Menteri, which means minister or official, and has its language cognates with the word Mandarin as well. The moment you turn into the street, you are signalled with the cardinal red of a bird motif much like a Chinese paper cutting. The large iron gates open up with a side iron gate into the lobby of the hotel. The long-arched walkway stretches into the distance with the side garden lined with rattan pods where two can bask in the shade.
Founder and Owner Christopher Ong brought this vision to life in 2013 when he found these dilapidated buildings that use to house the workers of the Hakka millionaires. Each of the 10 houses is converted into a room fitting for two, both on the lower and upper levels. The only different building is the one at the end, which was destroyed during World War II but has been perfectly filled with a swimming pool and breakfast patio. As he says: –
“Muntri Grove was one of our earlier projects. We refurbished this place before Muntri Street went through a revival as part of the greater George Town UNESCO heritage site. The hotel is situated at the end and delivers a unique experience. It is secluded off from the bustle of the main street, and is perfect as a romantic and private escape. These quarters which were rejuvenated have very spacious rooms and also comes with a swimming pool.” — Christopher Ong, Owner of Muntri Grove Hotel.
Muntri Grove Rooms 滿德禮園房間
There is only one type of room at Muntri Grove, which are Deluxe King Rooms. All the rooms at Muntri Grove are catered to couples who want that little romantic experience all within the greater area of the George Town heritage site, but with that peace and quiet. The rooms are specifically
Deluxe King Room
The Mews Standard Room fits 2, consists of a 40-square metre room, furnished with 2 connected a fou-posted king size bed, a spacious sitting area with a daybed, and a separate shower and bathroom.
Review: Deluxe King Room
The Deluxe King Room opens up to nice wooden doors into an airy and bright room, and this is due to both of the opposite walls filled with floor to ceiling windows which opens to the backyard, another garden.
The king sized bed is mounted with four posts and draped with mosquito netting for that romantic feel, and is bright and airy from the floor to ceiling windows.
The rooms are very Balinese inspired, with wood and teak motifs throughout the room, yet with enough contemporary amenities. The sitting area is perfect for lounging in the room while watching TV, while the open mirror closet provides all the closet space you need.
The separate bathroom and shower is spacious and leaves enough room to perform and beautification ritual you may have.
One of the best aspects of this hotel would be the very private swimming pool on the second floor. It opens up with peacock motifs on one end, while you can easily peek over the walls to the streets below. The best part about this pool is the feeling of privacy, and on most days, feels like a you have your own private pool.
The breakfast area serves a simple breakfast for patrons in a cosy and intimate setting, where one can have a dip in the pool before or after your morning meal. If you are however, craving for something a little more substantive for lunch, you can head on over to Mew’s Café, which is a 2-minute walk, or the famous Kebaya Restaurant which is a 10-minute walk away.
The rooms all face the front oasis, featuring lush greenery with large rattan pods which with lanterns hung above to bring that feeling of serene and calm, all outside the step of your front door.
The back row of the floor to ceiling glass panelled rooms are lined with a row of tropical trees which lets the natural light and greenery shine into the room.
The Muntri Grove Hotel Experience
Although a sister hotel to Muntri Mews which offers a rustic family and friend-centric experience, Muntri Grove offers one more suited for the romantic escape, all within the heart of Penang itself. The best aspect about Muntri Grove is that everything is within walking distance to some famous Penang landmarks like the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and the Goddess of Mercy Temple.
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127 , 129, 131A – F,
10200 George Town,
+604 264 2626
| PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NICHOLAS NG & GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE HOTELS | WEBSITE: MUNTRI GROVE HOTEL |