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A renovated and restored 100-year-old colonial mansion is the setting for Macalister Mansion in George Town, a quirky, yet sophisticated lifestyle-oriented residence where visitors can experience Penang's rich heritage and dynamic present-day without even leaving the building. The hotel was conceived as a single holistic vision by Penangite owners Dato Sean and Datin Karen in collaboration with celebrated Singapore firm Ministry of Design. The historic building's eight customized suites feature bespoke local artwork, while its dining, bar, and pool areas offer personalized service and gourmet food and drink.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
Originally from Penang, hotel co-owners Dato Sean and Datin Karen are well-known art collectors and investors in the George Town restaurant scene. The pair boasts a number of successful ventures—such as 32 The Mansion, Beach Blanket Babylon, and the original Bagan Bar—with Macalister Mansion marking the duo’s first step into the hotel industry.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Macalister Mansion is housed in a reanimated colonial building that stands at over 100 years old. Thanks to a collaboration between Datin Karen, Colin Seah of Singapore's renowned Ministry of Design, and Heritage Redefined—an initiative that restores historic buildings into practical spaces spearheaded by hotel co-owner Dato Sean—Macalister Mansion is a showcase of preserved historical elements and contemporary design touches. Each suite features specially commissioned work from an artist or collection of artists, for example, and they all differ architecturally. Interiors are crisp, airy, and mostly in neutral color schemes.