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in the heart of George Town World Heritage City
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A Hidden Heritage Accommodation
in the heart of George Town World Heritage City

Perfectly located within UNESCO’s George Town World Heritage site, Betel Nut Lodge is a lovingly restored 19th Century heritage building. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city’s historical, cultural , food & street art precinct, come back to an urban sanctuary that is our lodge. Have a Nyonya afternoon tea with us, enjoy some homemade pastries or perhaps join a cultural event to complete your stay.

Come savour the well-known Betel Nut Lodge Hospitality of authentic Chinese Peranakan experience that we hope, is second to none!

Our Story

Betel Nut Lodge had its genesis about 20 years ago to create a modest heritage accommodation that will also be a space for Civic and Arts Events.

The 2-storey building, built around 1860 was left abandoned & unappreciated in 1990s George Town. The original building had variously been used as a family residence, office, tile shop and finally a swiftlet farm . It was this last use as a birds’ farming site that caused untold damage – and the building lay derelict for about 15 years.

Strictly conforming to UNESCO’s guidelines for Adaptive Re-use, this derelict building’s restoration involved meticulous research, sourcing of heritage materials and countless engagements with artisans & heritage experts.

So, come experience Penang Peranakan culture in this restored grand old dame of a building that had been more than 20 years in the making!