23 Love Lane Penang holds a tapestry of history dating back to 19th century when it was merely a 2-storey detached bungalow. It was believed that in subsequent years the owner at one point would have had acquired three other separate structures over the span of a century resulting in what the ensemble of the very same address is today. Interestingly the 3 other structures exhibit individual characteristics perhaps not only from the functions they used to play but also the era of which they were designed and constructed. Incidentally this ensemble of buildings was run as a backpackers’ accommodation namely Oasis Hotel for many years. Oasis Hotel in itself was then a well-known by word of mouth budget hotel amongst the shoestring travelers across the South East Asian route.
Today, 23 Love Lane is a five-star boutique hotel that comprises four beautifully restored heritage buildings; the Anglo-Indian Bungalow,the Straits Eclectic Annex, the 1920s Jack Roof Annex and the 2 units of elfin Indian Shophouse, each exuding charm and character within a walled landscaped garden which I likened to a salad bowl of buildings.
The entrance into the walled compound of the Hotel is celebrated through a carefully restored Chinese Gateway that is adorned with elaborate decorative porcelain shard works. Upon entering the foreground one is immediately greeted by lush landscaping with the picture perfect Anglo Indian Bungalow snugly set as a centerpiece. The porte cochere beckons you into the naturally ventilated lobby and lounge area. This main building also houses a bedroom that is designed with a private garden on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a library on the first floor.