Penang’s Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was a milestone in the island’s conservation efforts. Since then, this stunning building has not just become a unique opportunity to experience George Town’s living heritage, it has become a destination for a boutique stay combining old-world grandeur with modern-day conveniences.
Just as travel is opening up again, the team behind the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion has unveiled The Townhouses by The Blue Mansion. This team comprises celebrated conservationist and heritage architect, Laurence Loh and his family who owns the Mansion as well.
The two townhouses in question also belong to the Loh family, according to Cheong Fatt Tze’s executive director Loh-Lim Shen Yi. “These are two of a row of four shop lots, which are over 100-years-old on Rope Walk or Jalan Pintal Tali, a short distance from The Blue Mansion itself. They have been in the Loh family for many years, and passed down from Datuk Loh Hoot Yeang, to our father, Laurence Loh,” says Loh-Lim.
When the shoplots became vacant, the family initially wanted to restore them as short term rentals marketed on Airbnb. However, Loh-Lim observed how the pandemic had changed travel behaviour, with travellers now looking for a private hideaway but with the assurance of a hotel brand.
“We then decided to take the management of these townhouses under The Blue Mansion brand, giving guests the best of both worlds. That being the exclusivity in these private residences, but with access to all the perks that staying at the Blue Mansion offers.”