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“Newly remodeled, large rooms in central location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

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Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   33,New Lane,(off Macalister Road), George Town, Penang Island 10400, Malaysia   |  
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“Newly remodeled, large rooms in central location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We had an extended stay at the Sunway Hotel and were very pleased with the large, newly remodeled rooms. The AC was powerful (a godsend after walking around during the day) and the rooms were very comfortable. Unfortunately the pool was under construction while we were there, but I was impressed with the rest of the renovations and have no doubt this will be top quality as well. The gym has all new equipment (though it does get a bit warm in there with all the windows). The location is very central (though it is a 10-15 min walk to the old town) and the famous "new Lane" hawker stall is right outside. The roasted chicken wings at the Sin Yin Nim Cafe are very nice. We got a great deal since there was construction going on, but after visiting the Traders Hotel I can say that once all the renovation is complete, this will be the nicest hotel in the main Georgetown area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I had my apprehensions about this place due to many negative reviews, but after a 4-day stay I can vouch for this place as a top-notch, value-for-Singdollar star hotel (S$80-a-day) in Georgetown.

To start with, the reception staff were most courteous and helpful, at all times. The room was spacious and the bed comfortable. There was hardly any noise in the room, so sleep quality was assured.

The bathroom and toilet were beyond reproach. Laundry service was exceptionally fast (same-day, often just 4-5 hours). The aircon was working perfectly, which is something you'll badly need when it gets hot and sticky in Penang. Free wifi worked very well during the entire stay. They also have a business center with a couple of PCs.

I didn't try the restaurant downstairs, but then street food is just down the street, so why bother! The location is a stone's throw from Komtar and Penang Times Square, and Chowrasta and Little India are within walking distance.

With a wealth of budget accommodation available in Penang (from 22-ringit hostels to 130-ringgit hotel stay), one might find it difficult to justify Sunway's 200-ringgit-a-day tariff, but if you're OK with "splurging" S$80 a day for 4-star accommodation on a short holiday, this is a good bet.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Great deal on Agoda. Enjoyed the breakfast and had dinner there one night, also good. Cracking street food market close by so ate there most nights. Staff v. helpful and cheery in a town where it's hard to get tourist info. Pleasant stay, the rooms were fine not wow but I liked it here. Nice atmosphere, staff all seemed to get along and enjoy working there which makes a difference. Fantastic budget choice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 April 17, 2013

Stayed at the Sunway in Penang for the CNY...rooms were very small, and nowhere near to the Sunway hotel in Selangor..though its the same brand.

Swimming pool was average and no place to change,etc..

Staff was friendly enough..though when you ask for water, which is supposed to be complimentary, they provide you one small bottle, even though there are 3 guests..

Complimentary WiFi never worked..

Buffet breakfast was just OK...could have been a lot better..
Too little for the price we paid..not going back here for sure.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

i was back from thailand working trip with my wife and 1 daughter 1years old plus .. when i reach penang sunway hotel straight away i ask the driver send me to sunway hotel BUT NO OTHER HOTEL . i arrive 4pm almost ... i check in and was given a room , after was given a room straight away leaves our beg and valuables in the room and ready to have a good rest after all the stress from thailand and try to have a good sleep and rest . FINALLY AIRCOND IS NOT WORKING . so our rest is totally out and me and wife and kid we have to go to somewhere else to give way to the hotel management as they said the aircond problem will be fix by 6pm ... so 2 hours is still okie because i do understand that THIS HOTEL JUST NEWLY RENOVATED AND MAY HAVE SOME PROBLEM .. after i was back from walk around in penang which i always did , the aircond problem still not fix yet .. guess what ? the aircond done at 11pm night . which ME AND WIFE AND KID HAVE TO STRAY AROUND but not in the room for resting !! when i spoke to the manager of the hotel *( i cant remember his name , is a indian man manager wearing a spec ) he tiold me he will do something for me for tommorow as he said upgrade the room for me or NOT JUST FREE ME ANOTHER NIGHT ) finally we got no choice but to change the room that night to another which is still the same WITHOUT AIRCOND ALSO . ( what the hack ) ?? but is getting late and my daughter is sleep so i have no choice but to tolerate 1 night as the manager will do me something for me tommrow which i agreed


the next day morning , which i suppose to check out , but i was told to meet the manager so i went down to the lobby and the manager is there is very friendly and polite . ( thast the way for 4 star hotel ) , he told me that he will upgrade for me the room . and iw as told i still need to pay for the room . just only discount rm100 from the actually price for the 1st night .. after disscusion with my wife , my wife say okie take it as WE DONT HAVE A GOOD SLEEP for that night , after paid the room was change to the room with full of aircond ( this times it works ... ) yeah !!! BUT .,,, HE DIDNT UPGRADE IT FOR ME .

POINT IS

1 , WHAT DOES IT MEANS OF UPGRADE , ? ( I KNOW WE STILL HAVE TO PAY but the room is not upgraded and still have to pay after all the NONSENSE AND MOOD SPOILT FOR THE RESTING NIGHT .,

2 , I AM EXPECTING MORE THAN JUST UPGRADE ( IF U WERE ME AND U CHECK IN THIS HOTEL ! WHAT WILL U DO ? ( in the 1st place i didnt yell at counter or make noise or complaint of refund , i undersatnd and i try to tolerate . BUT DID THE HOTEL DOES IT TOO ? TO BE HONEST I EXPECT A FREE NIGHT STAY INSTEAD OF UPGRADE ( but didnt upgrade ) and i still have to pay ...?? i cant get and dun understand !! how your manager to comfort a suffer REGULAR CUSTOMER DUE TO YOUR HOTEL facilities fuction failure ? ..

at last ... i check in time was december ,!! ask your indian manager ( a bit fat ) i am sure he still remember me . and i expect this to be reply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SunwayHotelGP, Public Relations Manager at Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Greetings from Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang!

First and foremost, please accept our utmost sincere apologies for the inconveniences caused to you and your family during your stay with us in December 2012.

However, based our investigation record, we regret to inform you that we had an inadvertent technical problem pertaining to the said room air-condition system. Though our precautionary measures in terms air-cond servicing and all other routine checks are conducted regularly but at that juncture the incident was beyond our control. On this note, we understand that the situation could have been resolved immediately and in a more tactful manner that will certainly easy your distress and of course it will be more comforting for your wife and baby.

Nevertheless, we have instructed our associates to step-up on service delivery then and always.

Moving forth, in any business like ours, the greatest way of improvement is from constructive comments from our valued guest like your goodself and on this instance, we certainly value your feedback and appreciate your kind understanding despite the shortcomings.

We would like to emphasize that we have every desire to address your needs and provide the best solution to meet to your requirements and reassure that what you have experienced is certainly not the reflection of our standards of service.

We are committed to you as our valued customers and it is very important to regain your trust and we hope that you will give us another opportunity to redeem ourselves in near future.

Please be informed that our hotel will be fully renovated by end May 2013 and we look forward to welcoming you and your family to Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang!

Thank you.
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

First time stayed in sunway for two nights as walk in. Check in at midnight, assistant manager Michelle was very cheerful & friendly during check in. She informed us the renovation still in progress, swimming pool still under renovation but the gym already open for guest. We need help with the luggage and she called the housekeeping guy to help us. Housekeeping guy Osman also very helpful. Room was nice and clean. Definitely we will come back again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The newly refurbished rooms are comfy and I love the spacious rooms. The location is ideal as it is only minutes away from the famous street hawkers at the left side of the hotel. It is also located near the Komtar and Little India.

As for the service standard, despite the negative reviews here, I found out the hotel staff are mostly friendly and helpful. There is this tall Malay bellboy who worked in the morning. He is always ready to provide assistance with a smile; I was quite impressed as I did not expect such high service standard from the hotel. Also the receptionists are polite and paitent.

The resturant is newly-renovated and looks classy. The only thing that I find wanting is the breakfast, which has a limited range of choices available.

Also it could be better if there is free wifi available at the lift lobby.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 33,New Lane,(off Macalister Road), George Town, Penang Island 10400, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in George Town
#10 Romantic Hotel in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang 3.5*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amidst the vibrant city life and heritage charms of GeorgeTown, Penang, Sunway Hotel Georgetown Is the preferred 4-star hotel for business and leisure travelers to the Pearl of the Orient. It is easily accessible to major commercial and business hubs as well as the numerous tourist attractions and farmed hawkers centres. The iconic Penang Bridge, Ferry Terminal and the Penang Internation Airport are just a short drive from the hotel. Sunway Hotel Georgetown has the honour of being location in a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as within walking distance from the renowned KOMTAR Building. ... more   less 
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