Seven Terraces: Luxury gay friendly boutique hotel in Penang

We always try to find places with bags of character while travelling and the gay owned Seven Terraces boutique hotel satisfied this nicely.

Seven Terraces is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Georgetown, Central Penang. The owners converted what used to be a row of 7 Anglo Chinese terraces into 18 luxurious suites celebrating the Peranakan culture.

Upon entering, you feel like you've been transported back in time to a different era, like in the Jodie Foster film set for Anna and the King (which although set in Thailand, was in fact filmed in Georgetown).

Our suite at Seven Terraces
Stefan channeling Jodie Foster in our delightful suite at gay friendly Seven Terraces


We stayed in the Grand Suite which comes with its own private terrace and gilded Chinese doors. The first thing that strikes you as you enter is the peranakan infuence such as the Chinese furniture and lacquered chinoiserie cabinets.

Our grand suite at Seven Terraces
The interior of our grand suite at the gay friendly Seven Terraces

It is also tastefully furnished with modern comforts including air conditioning, flat screen TV, rain shower and all important mini bar.

The main bedroom area is separately located upstairs with a private balcony and intricately carved Chinese four poster bed.

Bedroom upstairs area in our suite
Our grand four poster bedroom upstairs area

Our grand mini palace also included a huge walk in bathroom area complete with rain shower and bathtub, leading to the private terrace.

Our bathroom area in our Seven Terraces suite
The large walk in bathroom area of our suite at the Seven Terraces complete with bathtub and rain shower
Our private terrace
Our own private terrace to our grand suite at gay friendly Seven Terraces


Seven Terraces has an outdoor pool, great for morning laps and trying out Biblical poses inspired by Michelangelo fresco paintings.

Fresco painting fun at Seven Terraces pool
Trying to recreate The Creation of Adam Michelangelo fresco at the Seven Terraces pool

And in true colonial style, at 5pm every day, Afternoon Tea is served for all guests by the pool, complete with lots of tasty cakes to our delight.

Afternoon tea by the pool
Afternoon tea by the pool at Seven Terraces with yummy cakes


This pretty much sums up our awesome stay at this beautifully restored heritage hotel – a grandiose gay old time. And we absolutely loved it…

Gay pool side fun
The Nomadic Boys enjoying a gay old time during their stay at the Seven Terraces

The in house restaurant called Kebaya, is just as stunning and jaw droppingly decorated as the main building, complete with grand piano live performance every evening – like something from Downton Abbey.

The Kebaya restaurant of Seven Terraces
The Downtown Abbey like setting of the Kebaya restaurant of gay friednly Seven Terraces

The breakfast is hearty with a variety of both Western and local options available. After over a year of eating our way around Asia, it was great to tuck into a Full English breakfast for a change, if anything for the, er, exquisite sausages on offer.

Stefan and sausage at breakfast
Stefan admiring his morning sausage at the breakfast table

And of course the staff are as pretty to look at as they are welcoming. Ewan the super friendly manager, is always on hand to offer both practical advice about the best things to do and see in Georgetown as well as show you the important happenings in the city each day.

Posing with the gay friendly staff
Posing with the super cute staff of Seven Terraces

If you wish to book your a stay at this pink fabulous boutique hotel, you can check prices and availabilty here.

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Hi there! We are Stefan and Sebastien, Greek/French couple behind the travel blog Nomadic Boys. Since we met in 2009, we have been travelling all around the world together, visiting over 100 countries.

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