A five-night stay in the Victory Annexe in August, 2013 was my second time visiting the E&O, and it certainly won't be my last.
I'm a solo traveller, and not at all trying to win any bonus points (or, you know, purposefully save money) scrimping on accommodation like many backpacker types would. I like a nice hotel when I'm on the road. And my favourite hotel on the planet (so far - I have a lot more of the planet to explore) is the E&O.
I've stayed twice in the Annexe, in beautifully appointed rooms. Judging just from the fixtures and furnishings, expense has not been spared putting this hotel together. The standard King rooms in the Annexe are huge with giant bathrooms, a walk-in shower, and dual vanities/closets, which would please even the most difficult travelling couples. The bed is soft, pillows comfortable, view of the sea impressive and amazing... these rooms are just gorgeous.
Add to that a sixth floor breakfast/lounge (not a bar, just a place to sit on couches and comfortable chairs to read and such) adjoining the pool area (infinity pool, heaps of deck lounges and umbrellas), a very good assortment of restaurants on property, and the bar (I enjoy the bar, even if I'm paying hotel prices for my pints), and there's no reason not to be comfortable.
The service is also quite professional and helpful, although I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to visiting Penang.
It's a short walk from the hotel into the historic areas of George Town, four blocks to the best roti canai vendors in Malaysia for breakfast, and only a short cab ride to most of the popular night markets and such (though Red Garden Night Market - overrated and a tourist trap, in my opinion - is less than two blocks away).
Penang is probably my "happy place" in SE Asia, and I'll be visiting the E&O again and again.
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Dear Valued Guest,
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We are thrilled to read of your recent enjoyable experience at The Eastern & Oriental
Hotel. A detailed review like yours in particular about our new Victory Annexe is always
helpful for us and others considering this hotel for their forthcoming stays as it gives
them a better idea of what we have to offer.
Your glowing comments on your satisfaction of our accommodation, facilities and
location were so pleasing to read, and that everything went perfect for you.
We are more pleased to learn of your return and on your next visit, you will get the
opportunity to experience our new added attraction for guests, which is the newly
launched water limousine, priced at RM10 per return ticket which shuttles between
the Straits Quay Retail Marina and the legendary heritage Eastern & Oriental Hotel.
You may obtain more info when you next visit us again.
On behalf of the team, we would like to thank for your compliments on the areas we
have served you well and we eagerly anticipate your return in the near future.
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