The building was commissioned and built in 1906 as a residence for a tycoon named Yeo Wee Gark. It was designed by an architect named David Nathaniel, and was only converted into a hotel after the Second World War. During the Japanese Occupation of Penang, the building was used as their administrative centre.
The building was designed with many of the opulence associated with the wealthy of those years, for instance, generous space planning and the extensive use of metal works imported from the United Kingdom. The grounds were fairly extensive and atypical of a tycoon’s place of dwelling, housing the main residence and an annex for the servants’ quarters.
The whole journey was a total of 24 months. Design planning started in July 2014 and submission to the city council was a few months after. The transformation – Restoration, Refurbishment and Renovation works – took 8 months and began in November 2015.
The inspiration of the interior design is a quirky take on Penang with whimsical touches of heritage. It blends with the timeless elegance of the furniture specified extending to the modern and traditional elements of quality and charm. The Hotel’s architecture – designed and built in 1906 – was the vessel for this inspiration.
The aspiration of rekindling the romance of staying in a hotel for our guest is what differentiates The Edison George Town. Our brand pillars of Alluring Heritage, Timeless Design, Diverse Culture and Affordable Luxury characterize our personality. It is with these unique and specific core values that we channel – The Edison Experience – to our guests.