We have just finished our three night stay in the Blue Mansion, Cheong Fatt Tze, in Penang. Sadly I have to admit to being very dissapointed by our time here. Penang itself was wonderful, but the accomodation was less so.
The building lived up to expectations but we were unprepared for the general noise and bustle of the hotel.
It seems that the owners are trying to accomplish too many different things in their quest to make a profit. During our three night stay there were three different, noisy functions and twice daily tours of the mansion. Each function involved lengthy set up time, meaning hoards of people carrying tables, moving chairs and occupying guest spaces. While theoretically there were two rooms put aside for guests to watch movies, play games or quietly read, these were taken over by catering staff.
But isn't it beautiful?
The indigo blue gives it a faded beauty, soft, yet striking at the same time.
Stunning, but we should have just contented ourselves with a tour.
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