Conveniently situated within the UNESCO World Heritage buffer zone and walking distance from the central business district,
Areca Hotel offers families and travelers the opportunity to experience the rich history and vibrant culture that George Town
and Penang has to offer. Areca Hotel is named after the Areca Palm (Areca Catechu), also known commonly as the Pinang palm
and from which Penang island derives its name.
The original pre-war shop houses (and the land on both sides of Khoo Sian Ewe Road) were once owned by Khoo Sian Ewe,
philanthropic businessman, landowner and during his time one of the wealthiest men in Penang. The Majestic Theatre, located
directly opposite our hotel, was the first cinema in Penang to screen Chinese sound films.