The other day for our 17th anniversary, Mark and I decided to do something different, and the Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion Hotel was calling our name. We’ve been there a zillion times for the tours, the food, the bar, but never to stay. So, we brought our bottle of anniversary bubbly and scooted over for a fancy night in town. So, without further ado, here is my Cheong Fatt Tze-Blue Mansion Hotel Review.

The Man – So who is the Cheong Fatt Tze dude anyway?

picture of cheong fatt tze

Cheong Fatt Tze – the man, the myth, the legend.

Just kidding, I’m mostly writing about the hotel but you need to know a wee bit about him first because he’s a massive part of Penang’s history.

He came from humble beginnings in China and worked his way up to be known as the Rockefeller of the East. In 1856, at the ripe old age of 16, he emigrated to Jakarta without a penny in his pocket. He labored as a water carrier and eventually married. His father-in-law saw something extraordinary in him and helped him grown his empire throughout the region.

The History of the Blue Mansion

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