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82-A Lebuh Penang, George Town, Penang Island 10200 Malaysia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 230 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
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Ren i Tang is the result of a 2-year long restoration project on a 19th century Early Straits Eclectic Styled Building located within the core zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang Island: Malaysia. The name "Ren i Tang" is the phonetic spelling in Mandarin of South East Asia's oldest Chinese Medical Hall Wholesaler, Yin Oi Tong which is translated as The Hall of Benevolence. Located at the junction of China Street and Penang Street, the building now hosts a variety of activities - the upper floors:Ren i Tang (Heritage Inn); the ground floor: Tang Bistro, The Yin Oi Tong Chinese Medical Hall Museum, and Yin Oi Tong Chinese Medical Hall.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Private check-in / check-out
Breakfast buffet
Non-smoking hotel
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Malay
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ElaineC wrote a review Sep 2020
140 contributions38 helpful votes
Located in the heart of Little India, this boutique hotel was a heritage building converted from a former Chinese medical hall. Its location makes it easy for walks around the heritage enclave. Lots of delicious food to be had in the surrounding streets. The ground floor of the building houses an all-day dining bistro, a check-in counter and a mini museum of artefacts from its past. There are 2 more floors of rooms above ground. As it’s a heritage building, there are no elevators. Stairs are steep. People with mobility issues will find difficultly climbing / descending the stairs. Your luggage are hoisted up/down with a manual pulley system. A very novel way to transport guests’ luggage! The room we booked was a little cramped for 2 friends. There isn’t many room choices if you’re looking for 2 single beds. Ours came with a nice balcony overlooking an inner courtyard. The room is clean and bed is comfy. I love their shower gel; smells heavenly. My only gripe is the dated linen (bedsheets & towels). They could use some freshening up. Breakfast was included in my booking. There’s a small buffet of the usual suspects. What I really like is that you get to order a main meal from the surrounding hawker stalls or restaurants and have them delivered to your table. It’s part of your free breakfast! I had char kway teow one morning, and nasi lemak the next. Both are yummy.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Al I wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution
The design and ambience is great. You can tell that it's a place that was crafted and is managed by people who care about aesthetics. There are also large windows with good air flow, but if you're going to use the windows at night, you might not be able to sleep in because it's located in the middle of Little India. Having said that, it should be fine if you shut the windows and use the AC. And I've also been told that there are rooms who don't face the street, and thus are more quiet.
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Date of stay: September 2020
nikki1393 wrote a review Jul 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions
Suitable for solo travelers and those travelling with a group of friends who appreciate old artifacts and building designs. Basic amenities but comes with a charming and cozy environment. Artists, writers, photographers, interior designers will love this place.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Niubility78 wrote a review Jul 2020
Norwell, Massachusetts24 contributions37 helpful votes
Such a wonderful place! With the central location (in the heart of Little India), the atmosphere of the neighborhood and the historical building itself (a renovated Traditional Chinese Medicine hall), and the top-notch staff—this place truly offers one of the most immersive George Town experiences you could ask for. Having popped into the cafe over the years, I finally decided to stay during one of their RMCO promotions, and it felt like rediscovering the town all over again—plus, I finally got to see how they use the old-school pulleys, one of the many fascinating relics from the building’s past, that make Ren I Tang such a unique place to stay.
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Date of stay: July 2020
2 Helpful votes
UKjulieh wrote a review Jul 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom27 contributions46 helpful votes
Recently stayed here for 4 nights and had a great time. The staff are lovely and super helpful, the bedrooms ample in size and everything is lovely and clean. The hotel is in an excellent location in George Town, with key sights of interest in easy walking distance - street art, Jetty, Love Lane, Red Garden are just a few of the things within a 3 to 10 minute walk. I will definitely be staying here again.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
2 Helpful votes
US$45 - US$73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ren i Tang
Which popular attractions are close to Ren i Tang?
Nearby attractions include Pinang Peranakan Mansion (0.1 km), Asia Camera Museum (0.4 km), and Street Art in George Town (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ren i Tang?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Ren i Tang?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Ren i Tang?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ren i Tang?
Conveniently located restaurants include Treffpunkt, Salsas Penang, and Two Frenchies Cafe Bistrot.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ren i Tang?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Ren i Tang?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Armenian Street (0.5 km), George Town (0.4 km), and Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion (0.8 km).