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The Blue Mansion - A Cheong Fatt Tze Legacy

Georgetown / Pulau Pinang / Penang





Rate valid till 31st March 2016

Liang (Standard Room) with Breakfast

RM   829.00 nett

Tang (Room with Plunge Pool) with Breakfast

RM   955.00 nett

Han (Room with Lounge and Dinning Area) with Breakfast

RM   999.00 nett

Zhou (Room with Private Garden) with Breakfast

RM 1059.00 nett

Jin (Room with Garden Access) with Breakfast

RM 1169.00 nett

* All rates are nett quoted in RM and  INCLUDED 6% government tax & 10% service charge.
* Extra bed - RM 109.00 per unit per night with Breakfast. (selected room categories only)

* Child breakfast is compulsory for 3-11 years old - RM 35.00 per child per day.
* Child 11 years and below bed is free of charge but without breakfast.

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14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.


Rating : heritage
Check-in time - 14:00pm
Check-out time - 12:00nn



The Blue Mansion's 18 rooms are each individually themed and distinctively grouped into 6 categories - HAN, LIANG, ZHOU, JIN, TANG and 50's ROOM. The rooms are privately tucked within 2 airy tropical courtyards, lined neatly alongside the corridors that lead into each room. Our boutique hotel is furnished with 5-star in-room amenities the fashion of a neo-classical way of life, where guests may take pleasure in contemporary comfort and luxury within the heritage space. Individually decorated, from period furniture, precious heirlooms and antiques to plunge-pools, a stay at the mansion reflects the modern-life of the affluent nobleman Cheong Fatt Tze himself. 

There are 8 of these smaller rooms lined along the ground and first floors of The Blue Mansion, Penang. Each has its own personality with an intriguing story to tell. These quaint and cosy rooms are decked out with art or antique collections inherited from the family of Cheong Fatt Tze. A conscientious preservation of the grand man's elegant world in old George Town, coupled with new comforts of today's luxury accommodation, offers an authentic overnight sensation at our heritage hotel.

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Mini Bar


iPod dock


Room safe


Rain shower

The Old Kitchen (Ground Floor)
There is only one such room within the heritage hotel and is known as 'the room with the old stove'. The original mansion had no kitchens - all of them were sited in the 5-building domestic annexe across the road. As the family grew however, it became more practical to have kitchens in the main house as well. Stoves were then built into rooms in the rear. The period kitchen with firewood or charcoal cooking range still left in its original place is now used as a featured coffee table in this suite. The display of all kinds of period utensils and other paraphernalia also sets to fill this modern-day George Town boutique hotel room with a touch of Penang's old charm. The plunge pool bath in its massive bathroom in turn adds a touch of contemporary opulence.

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Plunge Pool



This is a grand chamber, aptly designed and spacious enough to fit a family of 3. These 2 rooms, YANTAI and MANDARIN, both have a sitting room and dining lounge, also an ensuite bathroom with a tub and shower.

YANTAI (1st Floor)
Named after the town where CHANG YU winery was founded by Cheong Fatt Tze himself in 1892, now among the 10 greatest wineries in the world. This room commemorates his vision and connoisseurship in the idea of "a good life" and global taste.

MANDARIN (1st Floor)
Many may not know that Cheong Fatt Tze rose from a humble background to being honored by the Empress Dowager of China as the 'Mandarin of the Highest Order'. He is also known as China's last Mandarin and first Capitalist

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Lounge and dining area




cheong fatt tze
cuisine: cantonese

The Cheong Fatt Tze Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant in Penang serving highly-refined modern Cantonese cuisine reflecting the stature of a jet-setting, aristocratic man of his time. The restaurant promises a romantic, fine-dining experience, housed within The Blue Mansion, which was Cheong Fatt Tze's favourite, most lavish home built before the end of the 19th century. The Blue Mansion is today one of the most iconic boutique hotels in Malaysia and is awarded under the UNESCO Conservation & Heritage listing. 

courtyard dining room

At The Blue Mansion, the most important meal of the day must be 'qi'. The Courtyard is the one area in the mansion where the 'feng' (wind) meets the 'shui' (water), a spot with the strongest natural energy flow. Savour your breakfast under open skies, with a variety of mouth-watering plates, from nutella crepes to nasi lemak. Rise and shine with a breath of fresh air before soaking up the rest of Penang for the day.



Coordinate: Latitude 5.421475,
Longitude 100.335248

Direction from Jambatan Pulau Pinang;

Continue onto Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu

Continue onto Pengkalan Weld

Continue onto Pesara King Edward

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Lebuh Light

Turn left onto Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling

Turn right onto Lebuh Farquhar

Turn left onto Lebuh Leith (The Blue Mansion is on the right)



cheong fatt tze: profile of the man

Cheong Fatt Tze's almost burdensome treasure trove of occupational hats - financier, tycoon, diplomat, politician, philanthropist and minister - not to mention his numerous, calling-card cramping unofficial monikers - 'Rockfeller of the East', 'J.P Morgan of China' and 'Last Mandarin & First Capitalist of China' - belie his decidedly unencumbered beginnings.

As a 16 year-old Hakka in 1856, Cheong followed the route of many Chinese fortune seekers, heading to the Southeast Asian region known as Nanyang, or 'Land of Opportunity'. Penniless, armed only with determination and a driving need to prove himself, Cheong struggled through sheer hard work and enterprise to epitomize the typical rags-to-riches story. Rising from being a 'bearer of river water' in his early years to a 'one-man multinational conglomerate', Cheong's ascent was aided by the first of many subsequent fathers-in-law who perceived potential in the young man and helped him establish in the business world. 

cheong fatt tze: captain of captains of industry

Throwing himself headlong into the world of business and finance, Cheong Fatt Tze invested in banks, glassworks, cattle and textiles - almost all of which proved to be lucrative ventures. As his empire grew, he began operating steamships, eventually inaugurating a trans-Pacific shipping line between China and the United States. His was certainly a success story of which legends are made.

And the legend could certainly afford to 'toast' his tremendous successes, as, after developing a passion for European wines, Cheong Fatt Tze went on to establish his very own winery in 1892. Founded in China's Shantung province, Chang Yu Winery specialized in producing the very Western wines Cheong Fatt Tze adored. Still in operation today, the winery supplies up to 25% of all Western wines consumed in the founder's homeland, making it the county's most successful Western wine produced. A virtual household name, Chang Yu Winery also produces popular brands of Chinese herbal wines.

Though a voracious globetrotter, Cheong Fatt Tze was still very much a nationalist at heart - as demonstrated by chairing of the Nanyang movement to China - which helped in the establishment of modern banks, to the realization of capital for funding railroads and technical institutions in his motherland. His efforts were recognized by the Manchu Empress Dowager, who promoted him to Mandarin of the Highest Order and Special Trade Commissioner for Southeast Asia.

In 1896, he established several Chinese banks before returning to China to handle the ministry of Commerce, as well as the railway services of the country. In 1901, Cheong was promoted to Deputy Minister, rising to be a full minister a year later. In 1911, he became a senator in parliament and advised the Chinese government on administrative and trade matters. 

cheong fatt tze: candid cheong

Displaying an apparent comfortable ease in both Asian traditions and the Western world, Cheong Fatt Tze surrounded himself with manifestation of his success. Splendid mansions were dotted around Asia - along with (8 officially acknowledged) wives, concubines and hand-maidens to meet his needs. The number of children he fathered during his lifetime is unclear, though he officially acknowledged 8 sons and 6 daughters.

He died of pneumonia in Jakarta on September 11th, 1916 - an event which occasioned British and Dutch authorities to order the lowering of flags to half-mast.