Designed around the idea of an old English mansion, Macalister Mansion is an exotic and historic place to stay when visiting George Town, Penang.
Once an important Straits of Malacca trading hub, George Town is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques.
Macalister Mansion is located on historic Macalister Road that’s bustling with eateries, shops and hotels.
When you step inside you’re welcomed into a quirky and sophisticated new lifestyle destination to relax and unwind.
Set amidst a lovingly restored colonial mansion that was built in the early 1900s and restored about five years ago, each space is designed to provide hospitality of an actual home.
Whether you are looking for good food, fine drink, engaging conversation, soothing music, a good night’s sleep or simply lounging by the pool, then this is the place for you.
The name Macalister Mansion honors Sir Norman Macalister, one of the first British Governors of Penang (then known as Prince of Wales Island) from 1808 – 1810. Sir Norman Macalister also gave his name to the road it’s situated on.
Design Director Colin Seah began the two-year long restoration process in 2011, creating a design that differentiates itself from the local boutique hotel scene by its intimate scale, contemporary design and attention to details – design ranging from art curation to uniforms, branding to interior design and everything else in between.
Set against the backdrop of a conserved mansion, the heritage spaces have been carefully adapted and key features conserved and infused with contemporary design, allowing the project to strike a balance between the nostalgia of the past and a vision of relevance for the future.
Within Macalister Mansion, each space within its food and beverage outlets together with the hotel is branded as distinct rooms found in a mansion: Dining Room, The Den, Living Room, The Cellar, The Lawn and its eight rooms. Each of the eight rooms have a bedroom and living space with an adjoining bathroom suite.
A Peek Inside The Eight Luxurious Rooms at Macalister Mansion
Room 1 is affectionately known as the Bridal Suite as it has a separate dressing area. This dressing area has a floor to ceiling mirror and generous wardrobe space for that ‘special’ dress.
Room 2 is the only room to contain a four poster USA King sized bed. This room faces the front of Macalister Mansion with a view of the swimming pool and The Lawn. It also pays homage to the arts with its privately commissioned photograph by Howard Tan, a local Penang photographer. The photograph captures the majestic sculpture of the eagle situated at the entrance to Macalister Mansion.
Room 3 is the largest room in the mansion, boasting an original wrought-iron balcony where guests can sit out and enjoy the expansive view of the front of Macalister Mansion. The room has a privately commissioned art piece by Lee Meiling, a Malaysian artist based in Singapore. The art piece is a fabric collage of the front façade of Macalister Mansion, each type of fabric and lace specifically tailored to capture the essence of the architecture.
Room 4 is a turret room with a cool alcove that has the original wrought-iron spiral staircase which leads to the top (Guests can enjoy views at the top of the turret). This room is adjoined to Room 5 which provides guests with an option if they are looking for twin rooms. Room 4 has a privately commissioned wire sculpture by Low Chee Peng, a local Penang artist. This art piece consists of side profiles of Sir Norman Macalister and his wife, facing each other.
Room 5 contains a separate study area complete with custom made sitting area, desk and LED TV. This is the only room with twin beds. It’s furnished with art and design pieces sourced from all around the globe, in particular a privately commissioned art piece above the beds by Ashley Yeo. This piece combines a selection of heritage buildings with specific floras indigenous to Penang. There are ships surrounding the main composition, a reference to the sea voyages of Sir Norman Macalister.
Room 6 faces the front of Macalister Mansion with a view of the swimming pool and The Lawn. This room is furnished with a privately commissioned art piece above the bed by Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan. Aptly named ‘Sailing the Celestial Sea’ this piece comprises hand casted porcelain ships, inspired by the sea voyages of Sir Norman Macalister.
Room 7 has a separate study area with customized writing desk and chair. This room faces the front of Macalister Mansion with a view of the swimming pool and main entrance. It’s furnished with a privately commissioned textile piece in the study are by Grace Tan. Called the Tartan Cube, this piece comprises a contemporary take on the original tartan colors from the Macalister clan in Scotland.
Room 8 is one of the few rooms which features exposed truss beams originating from when the building was constructed circa 1900s. It’s furnished with a privately commissioned art piece above sofa alcove by Malaysian-based artist Thomas Powell. This piece combines key events throughout the life and times of Sir Norman Macalister.
Dine & Drink in Comfort at Macalister Mansion
Encompassing all day dining and casual space to hang out, the Living Room at Macalister Mansion offers a delectable selection of local cuisine and international flavors. Set within a playful and colorful theme, guests can also enjoy pastries with a wide selection of beverages (they also carry a wide selection of TWG teas)
Offering a selection of modern cuisine, Dining Room is all about innovative gastronomy using quality ingredients. Let them tempt you with a culinary journey of discovery, paired with a comprehensive selection of wines along with personalized service, the trademark of Macalister Mansion.
The Cellar is a space to lounge, relax with a glass of fine wine or champagne. It stocks over 300 labels of wines from all over the world, possibly the largest collection in Penang.
The Cellar serves up to 20 different labels sold by the glass, this is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.
The Den is a place to relax and unwind with a glass of quality whiskey or cigar. Specialist in Single Cask and Single Malt whiskeys which are sourced from renowned distilleries around the world together with a wide range of cigars. Come with us on a global whiskey adventure from Scotland to Japan.
Looking for fun in the sun? The Lawn offers the perfect space to relax or lounge by the pool. With an adjoining bar and seating area within the pool, refreshments will always within reach whilst you bask in the sun.
For more information on Macalister Mansion, visit www.macalistermansion.com.