Having scoured the city in a taxi for hotels, this was the cheapest one (excluding guest houses) at RM87 per night. Very courteous, efficient staff, even a doorman! This hotel was probably quite grand thirty or forty years ago, but looks tired now.
That being said, the place is very clean, the rooms are spacious with excellent views and the showers have good pressure. What more do you need really?
Downsides are the noise from the street, (but being so central you must accept this) and the call to prayer at 6am is a bit of a drag at times. However, as I had a cold on my trip, I simply used the room to convalesce during the day.
Plenty of eateries and market stalls nearby, as well as Kashmirs next door. Food and drink here is almost the same price as western countries, so beware! Eat at the little locals places if you want Asian prices.
The Oriental is well worth it for those who want the convenience of downtown or if you're on a visa run as I was, it is very near all the visa agent shops. Be careful of the lift, just press up and it'll come to your floor to take you down.
Tip: use the Internet cafe upstairs in the same building for convenience. Paid about RM3 per hour with color printing.
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- Also Known As:
- Oriental Hotel Georgetown
- Oriental Hotel Penang/George Town