“Better than 4-star hotels. We spent three nights at China Tiger and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Everything people said about this place is true: home like, space big enough for a family of five although there were only the two of us, location close to lots of colonial-era buildings we came to see. In short, we would stay here again next time we visit Penang. The place struck me like a Zen type retreat in the midst of a bustling town.”

- Lydia L August 10, 2015


“5 of us (3 adults, 2 children) stayed in one of the 2 apartments over Chinese New Year, and I would highly recommend this lovely place. Location, the huge space (so much better than one or 2 shared hotel rooms crammed with extra beds) and fun furnishings and decor were particular highlights, and the guidebooks and specific information offered on places to eat and visit nearby were great (again, SO much better than a hotel would provide).”
- Sarah February 11, 2014

“A group of us girls stayed at China Tiger earlier this month. I cannot recommend this place enough - it is located in the heart of Georgetown's heritage area (very close to Little India) and is walking distance to many, many stalls, restaurants and cafes. With a simple map, it is very easy to get around on foot. We stayed here during the Georgetown Heritage Festival celebrations (an event I would highly recommend as well) and the atmosphere was just lovely. The apartment itself is very spacious with a large common area that is ideal for lounging around (and vegging out). The whole apartment is kept very clean, and amenities provided include breakfast food - cereals, bread, milk, juice etc. so there is not much of a need to head out to buy any supplies. Overall, I would recommend China Tiger for a small group of friends looking for a relaxed weekend getaway. Do note however, that access to the apartments are via a flight of stairs so this might not be a suitable place for those with limited mobility. Other than that, it is a place I would definitely return to!”
- Christine July 29, 2013


“Best accommodation for many years. As a family of 5 life is never easy when booking accommodation. So, this was a great find. China Tiger lived up to its rating and more. A big hit with the kids and adults alike. Just 5 mins from the ferry and bus station. Now looking for an excuse to go back.”

- Timothy S August 1, 2015



“...One of the highlights of our Penang trip. It is huge; we love the color, detail, and artistry of the place; it manages to integrate different cultural elements-Chinese, Malay, Indian, tribal-into one artsy and hip whole. Also much appreciated were the thoughtful touches, such as a sewing kit, flat iron--even a basket of toys for children. It's quite rare to stumble upon a place that has the foresight to supply whatever you may need to feel at home. The kitchen was stocked with bread, yogurt, jams, coffee, tea, instant noodles, and some snacks, and came with cutlery, cookware, and tableware. It was also equipped with a toaster, electric kettle, French press, stove, and refrigerator. The large, airy bathroom comes with essentials such as towels, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, and conditioner. Around the room, maps, magazines, and books on Penang are laid out. I totally recommend China Tiger to families with small children--they will have plenty of space to run around and lots of stuff to amuse themselves with. ”
- Kit May 24, 2013

“A dip into Penang’s real world - We stayed at China Tiger, a boutique hotel, in Penang for a couple of nights over Christmas. It proved to be the highlight of our holiday in Malaysia. Set in a renovated Chinese trader's house in the heart of Georgetown, its location makes it ideal to explore by foot the mix of the old and new worlds of Penang. China Tiger has been renovated by Rebecca Duckett Wilkinson, a renowned artist in her own right, in a mix of retro and traditional Malaysian styles. There is a wonderful choice of retro furniture upholstered in Chinese and Malay materials to lounge on, or otherwise flop into the gigantic king size bed. The unit is furnished with an adequate kitchen, although there was so much tempting food on the streets of Penang at a fraction of the cost of eating out in the west that I couldn't really be bothered. The hosts were extremely friendly and accommodating. If you enjoy staying at artistic boutique hotels, China Tiger ticks all the boxes.”
- Lisa N January 2012


“Bohemian chic, comforatble, clean, cheerful, spacious, colorful, refreshing...it was my sanctuary for a few weeks! You have your little French-like city kitchenette, wide dining and living hall, comfortable beds and all so absolutely charming! I felt totally independant as a visitor business travellor or tourist. Very unlike the normal 5 star hotels and thier offerings. You're seconds away from King Street, Queen Street and the whole vibrant Georgetown buzz. Just walk! Everywhere. I left promising that I will be back to claim my place at China Tiger.”
- Lily A. September 27, 2011


“We stayed in China Tiger, situated in the middle of The UNESCO Heritage site of Georgetown. We stayed for 5 nights. China Tiger is situated in the middle of Little India a dream come true for lovers of Indian food and Hawker stall culinary taste sensations. Having lived in Penang, I had no interest in staying anywhere but in Georgetown. My room in China Tiger was huge and could sleep at least six people. if you feel the need, as I did to entertain, then there is ample space. On arrival we noted that the fridge was generously loaded with goodies; this is no mean spirited organisation. A trip to the art gallery bellow the apartment is well worth the visit. The owner, Rebecca has set up an art gallery that displays the work of old and new Malaysian artists. This place is the centre of what's happening in Georgetown Penang.”
- Karen September 24, 2011