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Spices By The Park (GPS: 5.41502, 100.33602) is a boutique hotel at 89 Acheen Street, a double-storey building in George Town, Penang. It serves an an annex to the Spices Luxury Boutique Residence which is on Lumut Lane within the Penang Heritage Enclave and also within the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spices By The Park offers 6 well appointed rooms for guests wishing to experience the George Town World Heritage Site and live in close proximity to major attractions. The hotel is an oasis of greenery with full-size trees places at air wells and pocket gardens. There is also a larger-than-life mural by Russian artist Julia Volchkova. The ground level front outlet is a restaurant, the Urban Spices Cafe.

The building was erected in 1940 in the then fashionable Art Deco style, and was originally finished in Shanghai plaster. At time of writing (Oct 2012), it appears to have been restored and refinished in stucco. The façade of Spices By The Park includes a step pediment with a flagstaff at the centre. Four pilasters rise to the pediment. Each is ornamented with four molded diamonds. Four columns provide support to the porch.

The building housing Spices By The Park was originally occupied by Soetan Mohamed Issa, a Sumatran merchant from Padang, Indonesia. He was a merchant trading in spices and other products from Sumatra.

Spices by the ParkSitting area at Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the park has a rooftop patio laid with terracotta tiles where you can enjoy great views of the George Town World Heritage Site, all the way till Komtar and beyond. There are cast-iron benches here for you to enjoy the city lights at night.

On the wall of the hotel is a mural by Russian mural artist Julia Volchkova. Details in the link below.

Indian Water Bearer Mural


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Spices by the ParkView from the rooftop of Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkLanding to the rooftop of Spices by the Park, and the wall mural that I will describe3 separately (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkHere I am at the rooftop patio with Fred Pui, the Marketing Manager of Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)

Rooms at Spices by the Park

There are only six rooms at this boutique annex. Each has its own name, and they are Aloe Vera, Lemon Grass, Tamarind, Ginger, Mint and Nutmeg.

Aloe Vera Room
This is a duplex room with a loft. There is a king-size bed on the upper level and a single-bed on the entrance level. It is ideal for a family travelling with a child.

Spices by the ParkThe king-size bed at the Aloe Vera Room of Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe single bed at the Aloe Vera Room of Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe bathroom of the Aloe Vera Room of Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Lemon Grass Room
This is also a duplex room with a loft. It has one queen-size beds and two single beds. Thus it is ideal for a family of four.

Spices by the ParkThe two beds on the loft of Lemon Grass Room at Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe downstairs single bed at the Lemon Grass Room of Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe bathroom of the Lemon Grass Room at Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Tamarind Room
Tamarind is a twin-bed deluxe room.

Spices by the ParkTamarind Room, Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe bathroom at Tamarind Room, Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Ginger Room
Ginger is a twin-bed superior room.

Spices by the ParkThe Ginger Room at Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe bathroom at Ginger Room, Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Mint Room
Mint is a double-bed superior room.

Spices by the ParkThe Mint Room at Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe bathroom at the Mint Room, Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Nutmeg Room
Nutmeg is another double-bed superior room.

Spices by the ParkThe Nutmeg Room, Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Spices by the ParkThe showwer at Nutmeg Room, Spices by the Park (13 January, 2016)


Urban Spice Cafe

Operating on the ground floor of Spices by the Park Hotel is this eatery which serves Asian fusion fare.

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About 89 Acheen Street

Spices by the Park occupies a building erected in 1940, in the then fashionable Art Deco style, and was originally finished in Shanghai plaster. When I first write about this building in October 2012, the building was refinished in stucco. Since then, it has undergone restoration, where the new owner has stripped off the stucco, to reveal the original Shanghai plaster finishing.

89 Acheen Street, George Town, Penang (15 December, 2008)


The façade of 89 Acheen Street includes a step pediment with a flagstaff at the centre. Four pilasters rise to the pediment. Each is ornamented with four molded diamonds. Four columns provide support to the porch.

89 Acheen Street was originally occupied by Soetan Mohamed Issa, a Sumatran merchant from Padang, Indonesia, trading in spices and other products from Sumatra. There seems to be no business activity being conducted at the premises when I viewed it, so there may be a different business being held here in the near future.

Address

Spices by the Park
89, Acheen Street,
10300 George Town, Penang.

Spices by the Park is on the map of Acheen Street

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