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Spices Residence, a boutique homestay in Lumut Lane

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What are the things that you seek in an accommodation?

A good location? A comfy room? Friendly staff?

Well, believe me that you will get all of those in Spices Residence when I visited Penang, Malaysia.

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Spice Residence at Lumut Lane (used to be shophouses) – Penang, Malaysia

Spices Residence occupies the two-story heritage buildings in Georgetown areaย in an alley called Lumut Lane. It’s not a really famous lane in Penang as my taxi driver didn’t really know the exact location of it. Luckily, I could direct him to the correct location using the GPS application in my phone.

Lumut Lane is a short alley, and not many cars pass this area, which resulting in a more quiet area.

Although I said that the alley is quiet, but when you walked out-off the alley you will find some of the hawker who is preparing his goods for the ‘night market’ nearby (even you could also find durian seller in the corner!). From this point, either you go to the left or right, you could start exploring the heritage town of Georgetown, with its temple, museum, cafes, and many things.

Once I entered Spices, I knew that I would love this place!

First, Malcolm, the manager of Spices greeted me with a very friendly and warm welcome. Then when I looked around, I was just love what they do in this heritage building where was once a shop house. They let the bricks on the wall to be seen so it will give a more warm feeling to the guests. I also love the details that they put in the decorations, from the Moroccan lamp, antique plates decoration from Turkey, and the swing sofa! It seems that I could just fell a sleep in that sofa!

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The Turkish lamp (left) and various of spices (right) – Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

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Look at the decorations at Spices Residence @ Lumut Lane (Penang, Malaysia)

Spices only has 8 rooms in total, so yes it’s not a lot of rooms, but I think they want it that way so the place doesn’t become so crowded and the guests could feel comfortable on their stay.

My room was the ‘double room’ with a queen size bed and very simple decoration. The room doesn’t use bright lamps to let the guest more relax inside the room. When I wonder why there’s no WiFi inside the room, Malcolm then replied with saying that they want the guests to enjoy their stay in Spices and have a good sleep. Oops … okay no work after I entered the room. Total rest! ๐Ÿ˜€ (they do have WiFi in the main area and in the dining area). But it’s true, I really enjoyed staying in this room, and have a good night rest.

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My Double Bed Room in Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

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The family suite in Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

Beside the double room, Spices also has bigger rooms for family.

When it comes to breakfast, Spices serves a very simple breakfast but delicious. Who ever expected to have delicious nasi lemak in a boutique homestay like this? I could actually love to have more portions of nasi lemak that they had, but my stomach just couldn’t handle big food in the morning haha. They also had bread and variety of fresh fruits for the breakfast!

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The dining area of Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

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Simple but delicious breakfast at Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

Do you know that this heritage building was built in around 1800? Michael Ong, the owner of this building then renovate it into what he calls it a ‘homestay’ rather than hotel. A boutique homestay. He also keep the Bodhi trees at the back of the house, where he then turned the area into a backyard.

The name ‘Spices’ in the ‘Spices Residence’ based on the trading history in this lane, where there were a lot of people trading spices, embroidery, and many more … That’s why I could see the name of spices as the name of each rooms.

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The backyard in Spices Residence with the Bodhi tree beside the staircase (Penang, Malaysia)

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The common area / the library in Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

While the room for guests are nice and comfy; Spices also has two common rooms, one on the ground floor and the other – a semi-open common room – on the first floor, for guests to mingle, watch the movie or read a book. They have provided a shelf with a selection of books on the ground floor.

Overall, my stay here in Spices Residence was really pleasant, and a good place to just rest after the whole day exploring Penang! Plus they have a friendly manager, Malcolm, who also the right person if you want to know where to haveย local delicacies in Penang, Malaysia. He even took myself and Aggy (my friend who was also a guest in Spices Residence) to taste a delicious Curry Mee in Chulia Street after he finished his shift! Lucky us! Haha.

Spices Residence
3,5,7,9 Lumut Lane, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Office : +604 โ€“ 262 3019
Mobile : +6016 416 6969
Website :

I was a guest of Spices Residence, but all opinions are my own ๐Ÿ™‚

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A happy me with Malcolm sitting on the swiiiing sofa in Spices Residence (Penang, Malaysia)

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  • Kania

    Waa.. Very nice! And the place is very pretty and homey! Especially love the dining area and the living room (I suppose?), feels like you’re in Rome. <3 <3 <3

    • timothywp

      Haha! Yes, it’s a very nice homestay, Kania!! Love it … If I could, I would stay loooonger there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The living room is actually like the receptionist area too … Lovely right?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Khai

    Tim, this is a homestay? Very nice!

    So, is there any limit on visitors that it can take?

    I think the design is unique, incorporating minimalist-modern styles with old building. Awesome!

    • timothywp

      Well they call it a ’boutique homestay’ ๐Ÿ™‚

      Depends on the room that you choose … There are rooms that can accommodate max of 2 people, and the others max 4 people ๐Ÿ˜‰
      It’s a very nice homestay, may be you can book this for your honeymoon? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tyas

    Tiiiim ini lucu banget, ya ampun mau iiih. Penang emang banyak tempat nginep yang lucu2 ya, dulu waktu ke sana bawa Mama juga dapet tempatnya lucu banget!

    • Timothy W Pawiro

      Tempatnya emang asik banget!! masuk gang, jd ga terlalu rame, tp ke mana2 ga jauh lah … tinggal jalan kaki aja ๐Ÿ˜‰

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