Surprises in a Victorian setting

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 02 Oct 2019

The Prestige Hotel general manager Melvin Ooi (centre, black trousers) and department heads taking part in the opening ceremony.

THE Prestige Hotel welcomes travellers to experience a touch of magic in a tropical Victorian setting right in the heart of George Town, Penang.

Showcasing elements of illusion in charming colonial-style surroundings, the 162-room bespoke luxury hotel affords guests a distinctive stay.

Located in Church Street Ghaut, it was conceptualised by the Ministry of Design – an integrated architectural, interior design and branding firm – and is part of the prestigious Design Hotels portfolio.

At its opening ceremony on Sunday, guests were treated to a drums performance followed by a lion dance.

The lions presented auspicious scrolls to senior management personnel after prancing around the reception area where desks seem to magically balance on balls.

Lunch followed at The Glasshouse, a 110-seat restaurant with a glass and lattice decor evoking the feel of an English conservatory.

It is split into one zone filled with natural light facing the street and another facing lush landscaped interiors at the back.

The restaurant is helmed by head chef Shafiq Rizhar Rozali who specialises in modernising local favourites.

The Prestige’s four categories of guestrooms are unique. Key to their design are elements of trickery and surprise such as hidden doors that reveal toilet cubicles as well as mirrors and beds that seem to levitate.

The Premier Deluxe Suite even has a custom-designed shower and wardrobe enclosure crafted with champagne bronze tinted metal and glass. It takes aesthetic cues from magic props.

There is also the standard Deluxe Room as well as the Deluxe Trio room which has a smaller bedroom for a child travelling with parents.

Soon to come is the Loft Suite featuring a lounge and a separate bedroom area.

Much of the hotel’s design was inspired by the Hollywood movie ‘The Prestige’ which delved into the illusory art of magic.

On the top floor, Level 4, there is a gym and spacious events areas which can accommodate up to 110 guests.

Outside, gazebos offer an alfresco lounge setting. An infinity-edge rooftop pool is a great place to watch sunrises and sunsets as well as panoramas of the Church Street Pier and Weld Quay area.

On the ground floor, The Prestige has retail spaces featuring a cafe, fine dining restaurant, boutique, florist shop and pharmacy.

The hotel is a mere 25 minutes from the Penang International Airport and within walking distance to many of the city’s places of interest.

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