Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - the Blue Mansion Penang

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Penang is better known as The Blue Mansion. Out of all the places to visit in Penang, you can actually stay overnight at this beautiful place!

Built towards the end of the 19th century, this boutique hotel is now a historical attraction and even has its own UNESCO Conservation & Heritage award!

Visitors can join daily tours of the mansion, dine at an elegant restaurant or stay at one of the luxurious suites!

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About Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – The Blue Mansion

Learn the story behind the name Cheong Fatt Tze, the original owner of the Mansion.

As well as the intense restoration work that brought the building back to its former glory!

The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion)
The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) – photo credits to nelsoncns (Instagram)

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion History

In the late 19th Century, Cheong Fatt Tze made plans to build a grand house for his family! With advice from a top Feng Shui master too!

The trend back then might have been houses with Indian or British influence, but Cheong Fatt Tze stuck with a traditional Chinese architecture for his house! With courtyards!

Courtyard At Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Courtyard At Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – photo credits to jfd1092 (Instagram)

No expense was spared into building The Blue Mansion. That included imported building materials and master craftsmen from China!

It is evident that spectacular detail went into every corner of the mansion!

After all, The Blue Mansion had a dual purpose as Cheong Fatt Tze’s home and a base from which to run his business ventures.

Formal gatherings took place at the center of the building. While the back rooms remained private for the family use.

Beautiful Tile work At The Blue Mansion Hotel
Beautiful Tile work At The Blue Mansion Hotel – photo credits to westbrookestarr (Instagram)

Outside the Mansion are stables and outhouses. The many staff that managed the mansion and household affairs stayed close to the family home but in separate buildings outside!

Sadly years after Cheong Fatt Tze passed away in 1916, the Mansion became neglected. Eventually though, it was sold to some Penang conservationists who wanted to save it!

Lovely Iron Staircase At Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Lovely Iron Staircase At Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – photo credits to christinarenfroe (Instagram)

6 years went by as the lengthy repair works strictly relied on traditional building methods. These were carried out using Penang craftsmen and local materials.

Restoration was completed in 1995.

The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion)
The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) – photo credits to businggira (Instagram)

A catastrophe in 1996 involving harm to the Blue Mansion, led to a ruling which now states that no hammer piling be allowed in Penang or where there would be risk of damage to any heritage building!

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Architecture

Upon entering the Blue Mansion, see if you can notice the use of metal, wood, earth, fire and water! These represent the basic Feng shui elements!

Roof Details Of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Roof Details Of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – photo credits to y.gozal (Instagram)

As with many traditional Chinese residences with a courtyard, the main hall is central to the whole building. With two wings on either side of it!

But it’s not just Hakka and Teochew-style Chinese architecture that you’ll see here!

Breathtaking Detail At One Of The Corners At The Blue Mansion
Breathtaking Detail At One Of The Corners At The Blue Mansion – photo credits to nelsoncns (Instagram)

Western-architecture was prevalent in Penang during the late 19th Century. And some of it certainly seeped into the design of the Blue Mansion. Like the Scottish cast-iron balusters!

Although you do need a keen eye for details to notice these different influences!

Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion Entrance Fee

Price:
RM25.00 per adult
RM12.50 per child (6-12years old)

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Opening Hours

Check the availability of tours on your intended date to visit on the official website.

Note: If you get there too early, you can still enter the bar and wait for the tours to start.

Location: 14, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily only at the tour hours (11am, 2pm and 3pm)

Contact Number: +604-262 0006

Blue Mansion Penang Guided Tour

Plan your visit for 11am, 2pm or 3:30pm if you want to join the guided tours for Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

A Tour In Progress At The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion)
A Tour In Progress At The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) – photo credits to nelsoncns (Instagram)

It’s better to go on a weekday too to avoid being herded around in a large group!

The tour will take place at the reception hall as well as the courtyard. With a stop at an exhibition on the second floor!

Elegant Costumes On Display At The Blue Mansion
Elegant Costumes On Display At The Blue Mansion – photo credits to witchcat9 (Instagram)

Duration: ~ 45 minutes

Tour Times: 11am, 2pm & 3pm daily

Max Capacity: 35 pax per tour

Note: While the tours are in English, you can specially request for other languages like Mandarin or Japanese too. But only with prior arrangement and private groups!

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Wedding

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion have their own team of planners should you wish to have your special day at the Oriental Garden of this historic and luxurious venue!

You can even book out the whole mansion for a private party with a maximum capacity of 100 people!

Note: Up to 38 people can stay in the 18 rooms.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Hotel

Expect luxury, elegant surroundings, and comfort at the Blue Mansion hotel! Even if just for a night!

All guests can enjoy the complimentary daily evening tours of the mansion at 6:30pm!

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Rooms

Tastefully furnished, there 18 gorgeous rooms hidden within the premises of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion!

Romantic Ambiance At The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion)
Romantic Ambiance At The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) – photo credits to scribblingss (Instagram)

They are grouped into 4 categories:

  1. The Ming Collection
  2. The Liang Collection
  3. The Tang Suites
  4. The Han Suites
Note: Prices listed below are subject to change by the hotel. Sometimes they have discounts depending on the date you choose too!

1. The Ming Collection

Live in the incredible opulence of the 19th century, together with modern luxuries when you stay in these rooms!

  • Pool & Oriental Garden access

Room Type: Double & Twin Rooms

Price Range: ~RM600-750 a night for a room

2. The Liang Collection

These rooms match the elegance of the rooms of The Ming Collection.

The only difference is that they are on the ground and first floor. And with no direct access to the pool or garden!

Room Type: Double & Twin Rooms

Price Range: ~RM500-635 a night for a room

Open Space To Relax And Enjoy The Courtyard At Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Open Space To Relax And Enjoy The Courtyard At Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – photo credits to yayoiyoga (Instagram)

3. The Tang Suites

There are only 2 of these lavishly spacious rooms with their own private plunge pool in addition to access to the main pool!

Room Type: Double Rooms

Price Range: ~RM800-1000 a night for a room

4. The Han Suites

Suitable for families, The Han Suites have an additional sitting room besides the bedrooms!

Room Type: Triple Rooms

Price Range: ~RM750-940 a night for a room

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Restaurant & Bar

As a guest at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, it’s really convenient that the boutique hotel has its own restaurant and bar!

And if you’re just visiting for a day, then you can pop in for a meal or drink!

Sit Down To Breakfast As A Guest Of The Blue Mansion Hotel (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion)
Sit Down To Breakfast As A Guest Of The Blue Mansion Hotel (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) – photo credits to westbrookestarr (Instagram)

1. Indigo

On the first floor of The Blue Mansion, Indigo is open every day for lunch until dinner. It is a suitable venue for private events too.

They serve Asian and Western food. And so hotel guests don’t get bored, the menu rotates all the time!

If you dine here, you can join the complimentary evening tours at The Blue Mansion too! These start at 6:30pm.

2. The Bar

Open daily from 11am to midnight, guests can come here to lounge after their tour.

Take your pick from their selection of cocktails, wine, coffee and tea. They do serve food as well.

During the weekends, evening guests have the pleasure of listening to a live performance by a guzheng player!

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Hotel Review

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What You’ll Like:

  • An opportunity to stay in a mansion!
  • Engaging and informative guided tours
  • Delicious breakfast
  • Excellent service from the staff
  • Massage services are available
  • Live guzheng performances in the evenings on weekends
  • Free bicycle rental
  • Hotel guests have free and secure parking for their cars
  • Walking distance into historic George Town
  • Next to a large hawker center (Red Garden Food Court)

Good To Know:

  • The movie, Crazy Rich Asians was filmed here!
  • Depending on the current occupancy of the hotel, the guide may limit visitor access to certain areas of the building during the tour to give the hotel guests privacy.
  • The Edison hotel (just opposite) is a lovely building to admire too!
  • Smaller than the Pinang Peranakan museum
  • 60 minutes’ by taxi to the hotel from the Penang airport

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Getting To Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

1. How To Go To Blue Mansion By Public Bus

Rapid Penang has bus routes that you can take. As long as they head towards Chulia Street! These are the bus numbers you should choose, CAT, 103, 204 and 502.

Rapid Penang Bus Making A Turn At Chulia Street, George Town, Penang
Rapid Penang Bus Making A Turn At Chulia Street, George Town, Penang – photo credits to len_j_p (Instagram)

You can also take your chances with Penang taxis but only hop in if the driver uses a meter to charge his fares!

For those with their own cars, there may be space to park right in front of the mansion!

But you know what’s easier?

2. How To Go To Blue Mansion By Tour

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Including drop off back to your Penang hotel after the tour!

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Conclusion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (The Blue Mansion) is more than a pretty building! Doubling as both a unique boutique hotel and a heritage Penang attraction!

If you’ve always wondered what it was like to live in the world of Crazy Rich Asians, this is the place! Visit for a day or stay as long as you can afford to!

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