Hickory is one of the many graceful old bungalows (most of them between a century to two centuries-old) dotting the slopes of Penang Hill. Built as a family home, it has been converted into a 15-room guesthouse. Perched 2,100 feet above sea-level, and with spectacular views of the Straits of Penang, it’s a pleasant retreat from the heat and humidity of George Town below. Up here, the temperatures are typically 6 deg C (11 deg F) lower than in George Town.
To get up to Hickory, we took a 10-minute ride up Penang Hill on the funicular rail - remember to tell the train driver that he’ll need to make a stop at the Lower Tunnel Station.
From the station, it’s a pleasant 10-minute walk on a garden path through the lush, green secluded woodlands.
Lovely views from the bungalow, as one can have a cup of tea and sit on the large patio.
We were here for the hotpot dinner, served on the upper verandah of the bungalow:
Hotpot dinners are essentially DIY fondue, and the chicken broth used here was tasty, and perfect for the various meats, seafood and vegetables provided as part of the set-of-4 dinner we ordered.
Desserts were fresh slices of in-season mangoes and some really decadent tiramisu.
Very pleasant dinner - one hear the sounds of crickets as dusk settled over the woodlands.
Hickory On Penang Hill
Jalan Bukit Bendera, Lower Tunnel Road, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6012-206 6422