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Hotel Equatorial Penang

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1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, Penang Island 11900, Malaysia
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A comfortable place to stay in Penang . The room is spacious and fresh. The toilets are clean with sufficient toiletries. The bed is warm and comfortable. The cafe serves good buffet breakfast, but other meals should be taken from the varoius shops and stalls of Penang. A nice place to relax and public transport to other parts of Penang... More 

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear Phua B Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Hotel Equatorial Penang. We are delighted to note you enjoyed your stay with us and do hope on your next visit, you will sample the cuisine at our various outlets. As a convenience to our guests, we do offer complimentary shuttle service to major shopping malls,... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to stay somewhere out of the 'review-saturated' places, you might want to consider this place. Very close to the airport, but in the middle of no-where, don't expect the usual food places and shops typical of most destinations in Malaysia. But it's got it's own large greenery place and golf course. Rooms are large and very nice.... More 

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear MaiDeen Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent experience with us. We are pleased to note you enjoyed the overall ambiance of the hotel, and look forward to your return visit for yet another delightful stay. Kind regards, Debra Jayesuria Public Relations Manager More 

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First thing, its a little far from any shopping areas and food places which is something you should not miss while in Penang. Having said that, the hotel do have a scheduled shuttle service to the city centre and the largest mall in Penang, queens bay mall. Second point is about the pool. First day i got up at 6am,... More 

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Theresa151, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear jk28101984 Thank you for your kind feedback on your recent experience with us. We are thoroughly pleased to note that our services and facilities; from the awesome views you enjoyed from you spacious room, to the hearty breakfast all contributed to a pleasurable stay. We all look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Equatorial Penang for another four... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in Penang as a child and my neighbourhood is actually in the vicinity of Hotel Equatorial. Hence I often have it at the top of my mind as a hotel to stay whenever I visit my old haunts. First the cons - of which I can only think of two: if you're hoping to use public transportation around... More 

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Theresa151, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear Tiadaid Thank you for sharing a review on your recent stay with us. We are certainly delighted to note that you were thoroughly pleased with your room, and all the facilities and services offered therein. We would like to let you know that plans are in the pipeline to upgrade the hotel lobby, and visual enhancement of the carpark.... More 

Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall is good and the balcony that I am having with a lots of bird ssshit on the floor! it seems never clean up for a time (judge from the condition) as the balcony's floor is so dusty with the smell.

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Theresa151, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear Emily Soh Thank you for your comment on your recent experience with us. Whilst we are pleased to note your stay with us overall good, we do apologise that the balcony was not given adequate attention. We would like to assure that corrective measures have been taken to rectify the situation. Thank you for your feedback once again -... More 

Constant Traveller
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145 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My visit to the Equatorial started late in the evening, after a long day of challenging work and troubled airline connections. With all that stress on my back, it was a relief to pour myself into the calming waters of the Equatorial Hotel. The staff is terrific, the facility first rate, the food is delicious: what's not to like? The... More 

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear PilotMike2009 Thank you for taking the time to invest in such a glowing review on your recent stay with us. We love the description you gave of our property; but more importantly, we are overjoyed your experience with us was such a positive and memorable one. At the time of your visit, we had just installed the internet protocol... More 

Penang Island, Malaysia
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50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Love the green trees and plants surrounding it. The sound of birds chirping and water gushing are just relaxing. Great hotel in a great location. Staff are friendly and willing to help. On-site Japanese restaurant fantastic. Room was upgraded to 6th floor and view over golf club and the water. Will back again!

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear erin2503 Thank you for taking the time to share a review on your recent experience with us. We are certainly heartened to note that you enjoyed a wonderful stay and appreciated the sound of nature that our surrounding offered. All of us definitely look forward to welcoming you back to yet another pleasurable stay. Kind regards, Debra Jayesuria Public... More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I stayed in the main wing. The rooms are located directly above the reception. Very nice room, check in was prompt, service good, breakfast good, gym good, feel and atmosphere good. This is a business hotel, great if you are here for work around Bayan lepas area. Was here for 3 days. Didn't see a single kid. They provide free... More 

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear Bendychair Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on your recent stay with us. It delights us to note that your stay was an enjoyable one and that our services and facilities met your expectations. All of us look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Debra Jayesuria Public Relations Manager More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I stayed here a little over a week on a business trip to Penang. The hotel itself is very good. The rooms were very comfortable and clean and modern. There is a commanding view of the entire island, about 360 degrees, from the top floor. The breakfast was good, as was the in-house restaurants, though pricey. The major disadvantage is... More 

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear Thomas Q Thank you for taking the time to share a review on recent experience at Hotel Equatorial Penang. We are pleased to note that you enjoyed your overall stay with us- from the room accommodation to the commanding view of the island. We are sad to note that you consider our unique location a disadvantage but nevertheless, look... More 

Kuala Lumpur
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40 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I spent 3 nights at Equatorial Penang for a conference there. The hotel was only a 20 min taxi drive away from the airport. The lobby was spacious, but felt empty and there was not much grandeur or class felt when I entered. Check-in was smooth, but no assistance was offered to bring my luggage up, typical of other up... More 

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HEP_Management, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Equatorial Penang, responded to this review

Dear cooldoc1971 Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your recent stay with us. Whilst we are delighted to note that your experience with us was overall a positive one, we have noted the less ideal feedback and would like to assure you that we are actively working to improve our service levels. We look forward... More 

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