Located in Penang's George Town--one of five UNESCO world heritage sites across Malaysia--the Loke Thye Kee Residences bring together the region's rich history and today's contemporary style.
Completed this year, the boutique hotel was created by adjoining five classic shophouses that were originally built in 1919. In its days as a trading post, the merchant would do business on the main level of the structure, and use the second level as an apartment. Paying tribute to the building's tradition, The --the firm behind the renovation--maintained a similar layout.
But while the firm wanted to honor the history of the buildings and the area, the necessity for modern design and conveniences was not forgotten. The roof and floors were completely renovated, introducing intricate, geometric tile work in many spaces throughout the hotel.
In the guest suites, exposed brick walls and rough wood flooring create a cool, loft-like environment, finished off with sleek, clean-lined furniture.
And although the space has been updated for 21st-century living, it is clear that the past was not overlooked. All of the artwork throughout the Loke Thye Kee Residences was specially commissioned to capture the spirit of Penang's vibrant history. Ministry of Design director Colin Seah told , "We feel that this contrast allows the old to not feel distant or historic, but living and connected to the present."
Rooms start at $214/night; .