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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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Ranked #6 of 49 hotels in Georgetown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2007
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney & Bangkok
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2007

I stayed at the E&O for two nights and agree with pretty much what everyone else is saying. My partner and I were quite needy guests (smashing glasses, rearranging furniture, late night requests etc) but the smiles on the staff never faltered once. The restuarant was very expensive (meals were on par with city fine dining prices) recommended only for... More

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Adelaide, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2007

The E & O in Georgetown is old style British colonial - in fact it was established by the same brothers who set up Raffles in Singapore. The difference here is you don't pay through the nose to step back in history. When we were there the local Theatre Company was putting on a Noel Coward play. We stayed there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2007

The E&O is a beautiful hotel, sadly not in a beautiful location. The hotel itself has been through a restoration programme called "return to elegance" which has seen it restored to its former glory. The colonial style building has been repainted througout, the rooms upgraded and the common areas finished to high standard. Check in was very pleasant. Once the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2007

Recently returned from Malaysia and had the good fortune to stay at the E&O. It is such a great experience to stay in such a wonderful "colonial" style hotel. We were here for just 4 nights and would recommend it to everyone. Some people may quibble about whether it should be 4 star or 5 but the overall feeling you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2007

A stay at the E&O allows you a unique experience of life in colonial Asia in the early 1900's. Sure, us Brits did not always cover ourselves in glory abroad, but we knew how to travel in style. As soon as you enter your spacious beautifully renovated suite, you begin to feel like Bertie Wooster, especially as Jeeves is just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2007

My partner and I stayed for 2 nights in December 2006 - rooms are beautiful and huge with luxurious bath and shower. Main restaurant serves excellent modern european cuisine, really delicious, althought the staff are far too attentive - they literally watch you eating your bread roll, and the minute you take the last bite, they rush over to offer... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2006

We stayed five nights in October. The E&O has been superbly recreated from the old building, keeping many original features but completely replacing many areas such as the rooms. I liked the location, near the historic areas and central Penang. The staff are friendly and helpful, the overall ambiance excellent. We arrived on a rainy night and were hoping to... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2006

This hotel, like many older things (including myself), is best approached with sunset and candelight. It doesn't stand up well to the glare of afternoon sunlight. The building is an interesting old place, maintained well. Rooms are absolutely huge, and the bathroom was quite nice. But it's the service and the little things that give a property a five star... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2006

Pound for pound this must rank as the best place to stay in the world. Ambience, comfort, charm it has it all in spades. Rooms are huge and fabulous. This was my second time there and the only criticism is that the service seemed to have dropped from my first time and their was evidence that perhaps they are trying... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2006

I stayed in the hotel for one night being a guest for my friend's wedding. Having stayed in other hotels in Penang including The Gurney, Golden Sands and Sandy Bay, I was a little disappointed at first as the hotel was huge and empty, away from the hustle and bustle of the Batu Ferringhi and Gurney Road crowds. The rooms... More

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Address: 10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Georgetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Eastern & Oriental Hotel 5*
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The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is the embodiment of both a special time and a special place. For well over a century, this remarkable hotel - known simply as `The E&O' to generations of travellers - has stood as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era.In many ways, it has also come to represent Penang itself; its story inextricably woven into the island's history, its traditions an indelible part of many a traveller's treasured memory, its name synonymous with the magical island once known as The Pearl Of the Orient. ... more   less 
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