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“Minimalistic bed & breakfast with breathtaking view of Georgetown” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel

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Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel
Bukit Bendera, George Town, Penang Island 10450, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #38 of 54 Hotels in George Town
Singapore
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“Minimalistic bed & breakfast with breathtaking view of Georgetown”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Come prepared for the Penang local hospitality which is not to be rushed. Staff are protective of facilities; and rightly so given the vantage point with unblocked views of Georgetown day and night. Simple courtesy and a smile goes a long way with the few staff. Lunch menu is limited to 3 local delights - fried rice and noodles with refreshments - tea, coffee and lime juice with sour plum. Breakfast menu is limited to tea, coffee, half boiled eggs and jam & toast. I stayed with my 2 primary school aged children. Yes I would stay again and to plan more time to explore the nature trails.

Room Tip: The 4 rooms on the 2nd floor are more spacious and have been renovated. Please bring your own toilet...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

Excellent views of the town and the bridge of Penang from the highest peak on this lovely island. Recommend a stay in the hotel, now that the rooms are newly renovated. Try the ride on the buggy or the Segway when you are there.

Note that when you make a booking, you can request a pickup from airport or anywhere in town and arrange for 4-wheel drive vehicle to bring you and your luggage up to the hotel. Thus avoid using the train and the crowds.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

I didn't actually stay at Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel, having only visited to dine in the cafe and enjoy the view. However, it's obvious that the facilities are aging... No surprise, as Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel is among one of the first stone structures ever built on Penang Hill, and was formerly a bungalow owned by the sheriff of Penang, William Halliburton.


As the first and only hotel on Penang Hill, Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel is rather small, with only 11 rooms, and no other normal hotel facilities (Swimming Pool, Arcade, etc.). It does have a small cafe / lounge, on a deck behind the hotel, which overlooks Penang Island, and has a great view.


Nowadays, Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel is mostly booked for events, rather than hotel stays. Currently, as of September 2012, the hotel is undergoing upgrading and restoration works, although you can still visit and dine at the cafe.


The Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel cafe is minimally staffed, during my visit, there were only 2 staff present. Also, unless the Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel (Cafe) has been booked for an event, the menu selection is limited to finger food. The full menu is only available during an event booking, this is because they ferry supplies up the hill according to demand.


Tip: Staff are instructed to discourage guests from dining in the garden behind, however, they will allow garden dining if the cafe is full. Or if you first dine indoors on the deck, then request to move to the garden later. You can however, walk around the garden, take photographs, and enjoy the view. As Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel is private property, there won't be hordes of tourists here, only guests and customers of the hotel, and is therefore relatively quiet compared to the rest of Penang Hill.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

I just recently stayed at Bellevue when i hiked up Penang hill. My initial plan was to hike from Teluk Bahang forest park till penang hill. I had reserved Bellevue because it would be late when i reach Penang hill and there would be no way to get down.
The service is average and so is food - Nothing fancy. Alcohol is expensive. However, the view from the restaurant is great. You get a good view of Georgetown.

All in all, expensive and may not be worth it. If you can go down the same day, just eat at the restaurant, enjoy the view and skip staying at the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I had been a long time ago and back with a visitor to show them the view. What a let down. Following a slow and disjointed journey up on the railway we went to the hotel for a light brunch. Service was dealy slow as we sat on the terrace (gardens all roped off) Eventually a menu arrived and orders attempted. How can eggs or vegetable rolls be out if stock ? A juice and coffee was eventually managed after a 20 minute wait. Best summed up by two ladies on the next table who sent back a simple pot of tea as it was cold and metalic tasting. ..how can they get that wrong ?
The place has a wonderful setting and has a h u g e amount of potential but is run down, badly maintained -with no apology-and regretfullyto be avoided at all costs

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, AB
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

When it comes to staying in Penang Hill this is the only hotel you can choose. If you stayed in a house in Malaysia then you'll be use to this hotel. Most people stay in this hotel because they have no choice or for the view. I have no complaints for this hotel except the bed which is hard. The hotel says the water can be used to drink, to take a shower, and brush your teeth with out needing soap or shampoo or toothpaste. The restaurant is average and the staff are friendly.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We had tea on the terrace of the Bellevue Hotel on a cool day in December. It's an old bungalow which has a few rooms to let, although I don't think it's much patronized as a hotel.
However, it was great for tea, as it has a wonderful view of Penang island and the mainland across the sea.
Initially we sat on the terrace as for some reason the stairs down to the front lawn were barred off with a rope, but we asked a waiter if we could open it and go down, and he said okay. We then asked another man, who appeared to be in charge, if we could have our tea at the tables on the lawn and he said "okay, if you carry your tea down" !! Which we did, as it was so pleasant to sit in the open air and enjoy the surroundings.
We had freshly fried hot samosas for tea, and a nice pot of hot tea, which was appreciated after our long trip to get up the hill.
The hotel doesn't look very well maintained, but retains some charm because of it's location and some memorabilia displayed in the dining area.
The staff and service are just acceptable, the saving grace was the view and weather. (none of which are due to the hotel's efforts!)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel

Address: Bukit Bendera, George Town, Penang Island 10450, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 54 Hotels in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
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