Penang has perhaps the largest and well preserved colonial-era old town, penang with excellent examples of Chinese clan houses, colonial homes, public buildings and private mansions. Visit Little India and exciting Chinatown, and make a stop at the world famous Royal Selangor and the Penang Museum. Before the day is over stop at Wat Chayamankalaram to see the big reclining Buddha.
Take a drive through colonial Georgetown to Fort Cornwallis, the most prominent historical remains of Penang. Learn about the strait settlement history and rich heritage of Penang at the State Museum.
Visit the colorful Little India and the bustling Chinatown Penang before stopping at Royal Selangor to witness the unique art of Pewter craftsmanship. Then, head to Wat Chayamankalaram, which houses one of the world’s largest reclining Buddha.
Finally, visit the Penang State Museum, a colonial era-building housing both a museum and an art gallery, showcasing exhibits about the history and heritage of Malaysia, China and Inda. Option to drop off for shopping at Gurney Plaza.
Penang – a world renowned exotic holiday destination – was known, once upon a time, as Pulau Pinang or the “Isle of the Betel Nut”. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, this virgin paradise has no shortage of cultural sights and natural scenery.
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia . Some of the most interesting sites of Penang include the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah, the landscape from the summit of Penang Hill and the vipers in the Snake Temple. The quaint nooks and crannies of Georgetown and the Tropical Spice Garden – the only spice garden in South East Asia – as well as Penang’s many flea markets, pasar malams’, KOMTAR and modern shopping malls also merit a visit.
In Penang , there are a wide selection of hotels that are equipped with all the needs for a relaxing vacation that suit your budget and requirement ranging from 5-stars to 3-stars Hotels . There are a number of leading international global affiliated hotels in Penang . This is important as their name give you a certain level of assurance as to the standard of service you will expect once you reach here and throughout your stay. Furthermore, Penang – Malaysia Association of Hotels formed in 1958 has forty members and this association will ensure that all its member hotels will provide their guest with the services of international standard.
In Penang the location of the hotel tends to be evenly spread out. Whether you wish to be in the town area, at the beaches or up in the hills, there are bound to be one that is suitable for you.
In the centre of town, hotels available are The Traders Hotel Penang (under the Shangri-la group) which is located next to the famous KOMTAR building. Nearer to the heritage inner Penang are the Bayview Hotel George Town, Cititel Hotel, Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang and Hotel Continental. These hotels are of within walking distant to key historical and cultural sites, popular eating areas and the night spots of Upper Penang Road, thus saving the need to shuttle up and down. The Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang which has recently undergone major restorations still retains the old colonial charm that was once seen in that era. Another recently refurnished boutique hotel in town would be the Clove Hall, an Edwardian Anglo Malay bungalow.
For those who have private transport and liberty to drive around you can choose to stay slightly at the fringe of the town. The 1926 Heritage Hotel, Berjaya Georgetown Hotel, Hotel Royal Penang and Red Rock Hotel Penang are all of international standard. Sunway Hotel George Town is so strategic located on the famous New Lane, with the night street food stalls just right in front of its main entrance.
Further down the famous promenade Gurney Drive there are three international hotels from one end to the other. The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences and the Evergreen Laurel Hotel is at one end with the G-Hotel at the other. The G-Hotel is part of the Gurney Plaza Shopping Centre where you find most of the famous international brands outlets. Food is easily available as both restaurants and street food enclaves are within walking distant.
If sun and sand is what you want, then stay right at the beaches. Right from Tanjong Bungah to Batu Ferringhi, there are plenty of hotels available to choose from. International names like Holiday Inn Resort, Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Rasa Sayang Spa and Resort and Golden Sand Beach Resort have all been there for years serving satisfied tourist from all over the world. Visitors who revisit Penang insist on staying back in these hotels because of the satisfaction of services they receive on their first visit.
For the business travellers who wish to stay near by the Free Trade Zone at Bayan Lepas where most of the major multinational engineering firms are located, the Equatorial Penang Hotel and Vistana Hotel & Residences would be a good choice. Equatorial Penang Hotel is adjacent to the Bukit Jambul golf course, the only course available in the island.
For those who wish to escape from the bustling city life, Penang offers some quiet inland tranquillity lodging. Up in the hills among the famous durian plantations at Balik Pulau, which is at the southern end of the island, there is an exclusive boutique hotel call Malihome. Located in mist of hills, it gives a tranquil and magnificent view of the lowland and the horizon of the great Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca. The other up in Penang Hill, Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel is located 800 meter above sea level which gives a spectacular panoramic view of Georgetown and Strait of Malacca. There is so much to see staying in these two hotels.
Over in mainland, the Sunway Hotel group has one there too. It is called the Sunway Hotel Seberang Prai but it more suitable for business travellers who need to be close to the industrial backbone of Penang.
Although most hotels in Penang are smaller in size compared to other major cities it does provide a welcoming atmosphere, giving the customers more personalized attention. It is very common for the hotel staffs, especially those at front desk and those in the restaurants to address you by your name. So planning a Penang holiday with the multi choices of accommodation available is not a hassle after all because Penang has everything.
Here is the list of the hotels in penang by location:
Bayview Beach Resort, Georgetown City Hotel, Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Cititel Penang, Eastern & Oriental Hotel,Evergreen Laurel Hotel, The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residence, G-hotel, Hotel Continental, Hotel Malaysia, Northam All Suite, Red Rock Hotel, Traders Hotel, Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Tune Hotels.com, Chulia Heritage Hotel
Batu Feringghi & Tanjung Bunga
Copthorne Orchid Hotel, Flamingo Hotel by the Beach, Hard Rock Hotel, Hydro Hotel Penang, Holiday Inn Resort,NAZA Talyya Hotel Penang, Parkroyal, Paradise Sandy Beach Resort, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa,Golden Sands Resort, Four Points by Sheraton
Bayan Lepas & Bukit Jambul
Seberang Prai (Mainland)