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Oriental Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   105, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island 1000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in George Town
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“Old hotel”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Just an old hotel... Should renovate n upgrade it.
Spacious but all the equipment are old. Central Aircond cant be adjust.. Freezing all night and just realise theres a plywood to shut the aircond airway
Cant sleep as u can hear people talking at the front road..plus alarm of one shop infront the hotel keep alarming each every hour..

Not recomend this hotel even it located at the best Penang area.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Budapest, Hungary
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19 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

about Geogetown:
it has a teeny-tiny downtown, do not worry about the location of the hotel,.... in the downtown everything is in half an hour disctance by foot.

about the hotel
+ pro:
central located
if you are on visa run, it is perfect for you, it is end of the Chulia street, 2 minutes far, from Banana House ( arrange your visa here!!!!!! )
and the bus will arrive in the Chulia street at night, so you cannot walk so much,...
it is in the backpakers disctrict, you can drink with others
own bathroom
big bed
TV
hot water
"avarge" clean - for 1 night okay

it was 87 ringit/night ( double bed, own bathroom)

- cons:
smelly, dirty, run-down!!
the prayer from the islam temple will wake you up around 6:00

summ:
if you are a visa run tourist it is perfect for you, for one or two nights
if you are a tourist, who would like to stay in the town for few nights, choose another hotel!!!! it is better to find another hotel, which is not in the backpaker street, and much more clean, and close to the european standard

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

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.
Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights on a visa run, it's all you need if your on a low budget! The location is central & within walking distance of restaurants and bars. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful!

Location is Very very close to the party strip- which had its disadvantages... Every night all we heard was 'boom boom boom' from the club music below till 3am in the morning!! & we were on floor 14!

The rooms and corridors stunk of cigarette smoke...the room was spacious, we were given a twin room, they were cleaned everyday, but the beds & pillows were very uncomfortable & hard! Not the best sleep I've had in my life!!! Breakfast was not for westerns. I skipped breakfast everyday as there was nothing suitable to eat- even the cereal was limited! & there was no fresh fruit at all!! & when I asked for watermelon -they had ran out.

We did have room service which was quick & easy! & the room service menu was good!!

This hotel is ideal for anyone who is on a low budget & want to be close to nightlife

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Dirty sheets, towels with holes in it that felt like sandpaper, very outdated interior (1970s something), weird smelling elevator. Very noisy due to single glazing, we were kept awake by the bar in the street, the people on the opposite of the building were woken up by the mosque. The staff was very friendly, but it couldn't make up for the disappointing stay we had.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kampar, Malaysia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

i stay here twice , n i love the place, the location next to mall, shop, pub,.gud service, nice staff .
thank for the pleasant stay :) .i will be back n may b will b staying here again.
The only thinsg i dont like is the Acc, we can't switch it off ...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was a good, centrally located budget hotel (about AUD$28/night). The room and furnishings were dated, but for the budget price, it was clean, comfortable and quite (our room was a number of floors up) with lift access. The staff were very helpful. I stayed in March 2011, and would stay at the Orient Hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island 1000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Oriental Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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Also Known As:
Oriental Hotel Georgetown
Oriental Hotel Penang/George Town

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