The Edison is one of those lovely boutique hotels that manages to balance a bit of luxe with a bit of charm. One of those hidden gems that you keep to yourself and maybe share the good news with your nearest & dearest because it's just so good!
The old colonial building has been charmingly restored. Rooms are incredibly spacious and well thought out. In-room amenities are top-notch but my favourite are the small touches - a cotton tote for your city walkabout (Penang is famously plastic-bag free) and a large jug of water by your bedside in the evening with a little local delicacy as a treat. Very practical but done beautifully.
They've a 24-hr lounge that also serves as the breakfast area serving light continental fare (rightly so since you're in a foodie haven). Throughout the day, the bar has an array of treats - fresh fruits, local snacks and the usual coffee, tea and juices. All complimentary. In the evening, there's wine! The perfect place to have a pre-dinner drink before heading out.
Location can't be beat. You're right across from the famous Cheong Fatt Sze Mansion aka "The Blue Mansion" and round the corner from the famous E&O hotel. And you won't be short of things to do and see around you either - everything's a decent walking decent away, if you can stand the heat & humidity. PS: The Edison has a few of those great old-fashioned black bicycles that you can use too!
And special shoutout goes out to all the staff who made the stay so wonderful - warm, polite and gracious, great example of true Malaysian hospitality.
I can't recommend this property more. Definitely looking to come back should I ever be in Penang again.