We booked this hotel through a travel agent, in which the price included buffet breakfast. We sum up our experience as follow:
Location- it is located in the furthest eastern part of Batu Ferringhi, pretty far from George Town and the airport. If you don't want to spend a lot of money traveling around by taxi , you may take the Bus # 101 to George Town, a 45-min ride, bus fare is less than RM2. Taxi fare can be expensive. it costs RM 75 to go to the hotel from the airport. There are several restaurants, night markets selling fake design apparels, and a nice hawker market (food) nearby. The beach is not impressive, the water is murky and there are a lot of locals try to sell you water activities, it doesn't give you a serene feel, we didn't see anyone actually swim or sun bathe at the beach.
Room, Interior and facility - the lobby is open-air and doesn't have A/C, the interior and the room are nicely decorated. The room is very small though, it only has two single beds. The pool is decent sized and they had a band playing live music at night while we were there, which is nice. The gym is well equipped and maintained. The most impressive part of our stay was the buffet breakfast. The food variety is just great and the coffee from those fancy machines was so rich and at par with Starbucks'.
Staff/service- Staff is very friendly and helpful. They always smile and greet you. There was an instance that we need to arrange a taxi to take us to the airport in early morning, the concierge was able to get us a taxi with reduced fare.
We had booked this hotel expecting the beach was going to be much nicer. If we visit Penang again, we would choose a hotel in George Town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the famous Batu Ferringhi Beach in Penang, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a trendy hotel that sets itself apart from the conventional beach resort; blending rich music culture, contemporary design, and family friendly facilities. The 6-storey hotel boasts 250 rockin' rooms and suites, most of which feature beach frontage. The modern structure is completed with tastefully furnished bedrooms such as sensual guest bathrooms, Sleep Like a Rock(R) signature bed and modern in-room amenities. All rooms are fully equipped with DVD/CD players, 32-inch LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi and wired connectivity and an interactive IPTV system. At the Hard Rock Hotel Penang, we serve rockin' food that is suitable for everyone; authentic American cuisine at the world famous Hard Rock Cafe, delicious Italian food at the Pizzeria and Asian and International cuisine at The Starz Diner. Hard Rock Hotel Penang features the largest free-form pool in Northern Malaysian. With a large play area, the pool is a hit with children. We provide facilities for everyone and plethora of fun activities and entertainment all day. Modern, non-traditional design and cutting-edge technology permeates Hard Rock's extensive indoor/outdoor meeting and event space. Anything from intimate private meetings in Penang to spectacular banquets that seats up to 300 guests, Hard Rock Hotel Penang provides extreme Rock Star service to ensure you a rockin' event success. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hard Rock Hotel Penang Batu Ferringhi