Eastern & Oriental

Penang, Malaysia, Asia
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In an island swamped with refined temples, the E&O Hotel stands as an immensely immaculate palace of opulence protruding from the charming shoreline. Immersed in a blissful white the hotel epitomises everything you would expect in a luxury haven in an island of dizzying enticement. The colonial influences manifest themselves not only in the impressive architecture of the exterior but also through the finer furnishings within the grand structure. Built by the prolific Sarkies brothers, this is truly their masterpiece, encompassing the regal elegance of a golden age and consequently playing host to some of the world's most celebrated artists.     ...
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The soaring echo dome lobby is the backdrop of pith-helmeted bellhops and khaki-clad doormen; furthermore, its nearly century and a half heritage means they have perfected catering to their guests, going as far as ironing their newspapers for a better reading experience.  The marble motif is echoed throughout the building lending the space a cool atmosphere compared to the sweltering humidity of the bustling city. The rooms are an open plan, with balconies offering panoramas of Penang's sweeping bay. This soothing ambience extends to the spacious bathroom. Moreover the four Writers' Rooms are the pinnacle of timeless allure. The newly built Victory annexe parallels the timeless themes running through the original building whilst also providing strokes of modern furnishings to create luxury rooms for guests. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the hotel's vast promenade, at 273 metres it is the longest in South East Asia.

                It's 1885 restaurant is a step back in time, harking back to days of traditional glamour and sophisticated classic style. The cuisine is equally impressive with a wide selection of mouth watering dishes. In addition to this, the highly regarded Sarkies is famous throughout the island, offering a buffet of tantalising Malay, Chinese and Indian courses. Indulge in exotic and bizarre platters of the locals to capture an authentic experience of Penang. Farquhar's Bar is another highlight, harking back to the days of Hemmingway.

                As well as the swell of diversions surrounding the area, the E&O hotel has their own gym, finished with mirror walls and a view of the serene setting of the coast in addition to two pools, one being an infinity pool on the 6th floor cocktail terrace where complimentary drinks are served daily at 6pm. The scene is reminiscent of a beach resort rather than a busy cityscape, and whilst Georgetown carries a thick flavourful scent, the terrace exudes a cooling, refreshing aroma. The hotel also possesses 12 function rooms and combines business and leisure in equal parts. 



Front desk Parking Complimentary in-room coffee or tea Accessible parking Housekeeping - weekly Coffee shop Full service housekeeping Air conditioning Onsite laundry Wireless connectivity Early check-in International direct dialing Parking fee managed by hotel Ethernet RJ-45 jack Late check-out available Indoor parking

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If you're looking for a flawless stay in a lavish environment, the Eastern & Oriental is for you. The prestige and grandeur of the hotel is like no other in Penang and whilst it is unlike anything else in Georgetown, it has stood the test of time and is within walking distance of other notable sites, making it part of Penang's sprawling heritage nonetheless.

The newly renovated corner suites in the Victory annexe are surprisingly spacious, compromising of stunning views, a huge bath, writing desk, and plush double bed along with other convenient commodities. Whilst the Heritage Wing offers Deluxe rooms with their own 24 hour butler service.

Whatever room or restaurant you choose to venture, you will be guaranteed to be left pampered and satisfied.