Colonial Hotels in Malaysia to visit if you love historic architecture

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Colonial hotels with classic architecture are known for their classic, simple and symmetrical lines.

In Malaysia, a number of buildings constructed during the British Empire have been preserved so that we can marvel at the architecture today. These include a few hotels, where one can not only visit but have a languorous and sentimental stay while admiring the colonial style.

Unfortunately, rapid urbanization has led to the bulldozing of many heritage buildings and sites over the years. Although you can still find heritage buildings in states like Melaka and Penang, the majority of hotels built today tend to incorporate more modern and sleek design elements compared to those of the built-in colonial era.

If you’re not a big fan of modern architecture but prefer a more classic stay, these historic hotels are sure to give you that dose of old-world charm. For history buffs, these hotels not only evoke a sense of nostalgia, but you’ll also learn a new thing or two about the architecture and design styles of yesteryear. Since they are so far away and little in between, that’s even more reason to visit and appreciate the preservation of colonial architecture that has stood the test of time.

Here are 4 historic hotels in Malaysia that will amaze you with their colonial architecture:

Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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A popular hotel and F&B destination among KL-ites, the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located close to KL Sentral. True to its roots, it includes the original Majestic Hotel which is documented as a National Heritage Site under the Malaysian Antiquities Act. It was built in 1932 and became an icon of Malaysia’s boom years leading up to World War II, as a premier venue for glamorous social events, government receptions and the residence of international visitors.

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Majestic Malacca

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If you are looking for a colonial stay in Melaka, this hotel should be on your list. Located on the banks of the river, the design of the Majestic Malacca is imbued with a rich mosaic of multicultural influences which is reflected in its heritage architecture. The heart of the hotel is a restored 1920s Straits Settlement mansion, featuring the original porcelain tile flooring and teak fittings. It is also home to an award-winning spa for a truly relaxing stay.

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Macalister Manor

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This luxury boutique hotel in Penang is housed in a restored colonial mansion that was built in the early 1900s. The sophisticated rooms have been carefully designed with marbles of different colors, handpicked carpets, features and bespoke facilities. Since it’s in the heart of Georgetown, you can also take a short walk to town when you’re not lounging in the hotel’s historic interior.

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Cheong Fatt Tze, the blue mansion

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Another great choice for a colonial stay in Penang is Cheong Fatt Tze, The Blue Mansion, a chic heritage boutique hotel. Here, time stands still because the mansion has been renovated on solid foundations of architectural, cultural and historical architecture. Colonial elements are incorporated into all spaces, including the Indigo restaurant, a courtyard dining room and an idyllic terrace. You can also take a guided tour of the mansion to learn more about the rich history of the hotel.

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