Campbell House: the Highlight of Penang

a building with many windows

Despite our exhausting, disappointing tour, I loved the island of Penang, and it was all thanks to our amazing hotel, the Campbell House.

a building with many windows

Once I discovered there were no Hyatt or Starwood properties, I asked my friend to do a little research and pick out the hotel she most wanted to stay at. It wound up being Campbell House, a boutique hotel in the heart of historic Georgetown, and ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for B&B and Inns. Even better, it was bookable on Orbitz, and the reasonable $125 rate became free once I redeemed my Orbitz Rewards!

Check rates at this hotel:    Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline |  Hotels.com  

We dropped our luggage off mid-morning when we first flew in and they went ahead and checked us in and stored our luggage since the room had not been vacated yet. I was a little sad about that since I had read about the luggage lift and wanted to see it in action. The three story building has no elevator — a large rope is tied around your suitcase and hauled up by hand to your floor. I felt a little guilty since I’d packed for two weeks.

a staircase with a rope from the ceiling

Arriving back at the hotel around 2PM, our room was already ready for us and we were escorted upstairs, only after removing our shoes. This worried me a little bit. I switch up my shoewear throughout the day to save my feet and was afraid I would forget and leave a pair in the stand when I left (fortunately this didn’t happen and they do ask you to double check at check out).

a shoe rack with shoes and pictures on the wall

We made our way up the staircase to the first floor, arriving in a very pleasant common area with computer for guests’ use, books to borrow and even a DVD library to watch movies in your room.

a living room with a couch and a coffee table

a room with a wood staircase and a cabinet

After researching our options, I’d deliberately splurged a little picking the Sari room, the only one with a private balcony. It was located at the end of the hall and felt delightfully private.

a hallway with a red rug and a chair

When we walked in, I was blown away by how spacious the room was.

a bedroom with a bed and a table

As we were given a tour of the amenities, you could see how the owners’ philosophy had been put into practice. Who needs elite status when everything I hoped to achieve with it was already provided? Our room was quaint, clean, truly luxurious. Everything that mattered was there.

We had a Nespresso machine and tea making facilities.

a tray of spices and a coffee maker

Complimentary water, fresh squeezed juice, and milk in the fridge.

a small refrigerator with a glass bottle and a shaker

The bathroom had amazing tile (and water pressure).

a bathroom with a glass shower door

High end toiletries although getting body oil instead of lotion threw me a little bit.

a bathroom with a sink and a mirror

I liked the look, but when it came to practicality, wasn’t really crazy about the windows from the bathroom opening into the room, but that was a small thing.

a mirror in a room

The balcony was tiny but awesome! Not much of a view but interesting enough.

a window with curtains and a light coming through

a table with a glass top

And when I woke up at 5 the next morning I was glad to have a place I could sit and sip tea and answer work email without disturbing my friend.

Everywhere was an attention to detail — even the foyer lighting was unique.

a light fixture from a ceiling

Each room has its own internet router so speed was quite good. The only thing we would have improved about the room would be to add a comfortable chair. There was seating, but nothing super relaxing or inviting so we wound up mostly lounging on the bed.

Another amenity for all guests was free pressing up to two pieces a day. I rarely take advantage of these services, but since the cotton dress I’d hoped to wear the next day had not traveled well, it was nice to have it return half an hour later looking much more respectable.

After relaxing in the room for a bit we went for a walk in the nearby neighborhood, returning sweaty and hot in time to check out happy hour in the downstairs restaurant. As we waited to order a bottle of wine to take back to our balcony we heard the Australian couple placing an order to be delivered to the rooftop deck. That’s when we found out not only did the hotel feature a third story roof top deck for guests, but you could order food and drinks from the restaurant and still be eligible for the 10% discount!

a couches on a balcony

a woman sitting on a deck holding a glass of wine

We’d planned to go out somewhere for dinner but the view was nice and the company was enjoyable, so we wound up picking Italian instead of Malaysian. The salads and pizza were really good and our food bill was under $20.

The next morning we went downstairs for the complimentary breakfast included in the room. After taking our coffee orders, a huge plate of fresh fruit was served, as well as a basket of tasty bread with homemade jams.

a plate of fruit on a table

a basket of croissants on a table

You could then opt for continental or a hot breakfast. I decided to relive my study abroad days and go for the Welsh Rarebit which didn’t look particularly impressive but was tasty.

a piece of cheese on a plate

For once we weren’t tempted to cram a bunch of siteseeing into the morning. Instead we rested and reminisced in our room. Quite honestly if this hotel was in the US, I’d be willing to make a weekend trip just to spend time there.

Check out was a bit chaotic as several of us were all vacating our rooms at the same time. So my luggage almost wound up being thoughtfully carted out to another couple’s taxi, but we got it all straightened out in the end. The highlight was finally getting to see how the luggage lift worked. 🙂

a man holding a rope and holding a purple suitcase

The owners were in the lobby greeting folks and there was an overall atmosphere of good nature and friendliness despite the hectic activity. If you’ll be in the Penang, I highly recommend a stay at the Campbell House!

Check rates at this hotel:    Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline |  Hotels.com  

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