Spread between separate rows of restored George Town shophouses, the Straits Collection offers a tantalizing choice between two addressesâ€”one behind the Goddess of Mercy Temple on Stewart Lane, and the other on Armenian Street, at the start of the old quarterâ€™s Heritage Trail. Spruced up by Narelle McMurtrie of Langkawiâ€™s Bon Ton Resort, the accommodations leave you feeling like youâ€™re living in this colorful city, not removed from it. None of this means sacrificing style for authenticityâ€”expect Chinese antiques in eye-popping hues, flat-screen TVs, skylights, and sexy open-air rain showers. Friendly staff can guide you to the best spots for sightseeing and shoppingâ€”like the state-owned toddy shop or the incense maker around the corner â€”while Kopi Cine, the cozy corner bistro, offers fresh salads, tasty local desserts, and nightly screenings of classic films
47â€“55 Stewart Ln. and 89â€“95 Armenian St., George Town; 60-4/263-7299; straitscollection.com.my; doubles from US$129
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