Need to know
12pm; earliest check-in from 3pm. Late check-out is available on request, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $171.72 (MYR764), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of MYR50.00 per person on check-out.
Rates usually include WiFi, minibar snacks and breakfast (choose from local favourites and Western options).
Keep a sharp eye for the white animal statues in the courtyard outside the Dining Room – bonus points if you spot the covert cat. Budding historians, take note: the hotel is named in honour of Sir Norman Macalister, one of the first British Governors of Penang.
At the hotel
Fitness room, library, courtyard, guest lounge with billiards table. In rooms: Bang & Olufsen sound system, Nespresso coffee machine, TV and Blu-ray player, free WiFi, mini fridge, blackout curtains and H20+ bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Traipse up the wrought-iron staircase in Room 4 to your private turret. With a snug alcove and views at the top, the turret is the perfect nook for enjoying a night-cap or romantic clinch. Room 3 is the largest at Macalister Mansion and boasts the only private balcony, which overlooks the pool. Whichever room you choose, each suite has white shutters, glittering mirrors, an abundance of light, personalised stationery and unique design touches, including a storage box disguised as a pile of magazines.
The unheated, mosaic outdoor swimming pool is divided into two areas; the larger space perfect for laps to burn off holiday indulgences, and the smaller pool with a sunken swim-up bar and submerged seating.
Khaki pith helmet and linen suit; if you enjoy a sleep-in, a set of ear-plugs to block out early morning construction noise from next-door.
Guests can puff away in the Cellar and the Den. If you want to light up in your room, there's a MYR500 surcharge.
This hotel is not suitable for Little Smiths.