We arrived in the early hours of Chinese New Year, after an eventful and much delayed rail trip from Melaka, train ahead derailed and ours ran out of fuel. Arriving at the E&O was an almost unbelievable contrast. A warm welcome, cool towel, a welcoming drink, cool, calm and oh so professional, with all the new year fire crackers going off around us.
This has to be the best hotel we have ever stayed in, even when something went wrong - the lock to our room got stuck, we were ushered into the bar, it was made clear the hotel would pick up the bill and when it went on a little longer than they had anticipated the same arrangement was made for lunch.
Norman, at the concierge was amazing with his knowledge and helpfulness, unlike some places that are trying to be something they are not, this hotel is the real thing and it does its thing magnifncently. We would go bak to Penang, just to stay at the E&O.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Eastern And Oriental Hotel
- Eastern Oriental Georgetown
- Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang/George Town