It's definitely a great-looking, modern hotel. On walking in, you can see right through the lounge right out into the enormous pool area. Which was when I realised the place was packed with kids. Yes, I groaned inwardly but hey, I'm a bachelor and I found it a bit of a disconnect from my image of Hard Rock as a place for bachelor parties *grin*. But I was here with family and my brother's family had chosen to stay here precisely because it was family friendly. And boy, is it - from the play area at the pool to the lineup of activities to keep children occupied, this is definitely a hotel to bring the kids to. Not to worry though, they also have a number of bars and a nice spa, to un-frazzle the adults' nerves.
Definitely a place you can spend the entire day and night in for maybe two days. Apart from that, you can drive over to Georgetown and see the heritage sites, though please be aware it takes about half an hour through a winding coastal road. Or you could explore the locality, which is really typical of any tourist-packed beach stretches in this region - think tailors, massage, seafood, kitsch, and jet skis.
Not having to leave this hotel really is a good option to have.
Room is large and nicely furnished. Very comfy sleep. So-so bath though the toiletries were nice. The reading corner was a nice touch but unfortunately placed beside huge windows that looked out into ugly.
I almost really love this place. Almost. Just some small niggling things that I wouldn't usually fuss about if I were staying in a budget hotel. But this is decidedly not a budget hotel so here goes:
The room had a bit of scuffed look. The door was starting to look shabby, the towels were frayed, the rubber mat for the bath tub was quite stained, and the bath flooded up when I showered. Mind you, this is a relatively new hotel so it looks like it's becoming run down pretty quickly. I had hoped an establishment like this would be paying a little bit more attention to the details.
Staff were generally pleasant. A good number of them were pretty ready with smiles and good mornings be they counter staff, bellboys or cleaning staff. Not all of them, but frankly, it's an improvement over the typical service standard in Malaysia.
All in all, a great hotel. Definitely for the family. Just wish I got a bit more value for money out of it.
- Also Known As:
- Hard Rock Hotel Penang Batu Ferringhi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a luxury resort situated along the famous beaches of Batu Ferringhi. Located in the Pearl of Orient, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is iconic, bringing the multicultural Penang to new heights with its authentic Hard Rock experience. This hip and trendy resort in Penang is suitable for families, couples and singles for their relaxing accommodation in Penang. With a total of 250 guestrooms, there is nowhere more luxurious than Hard Rock Hotel Penang to spend your holiday. With a contemporary feel, all rooms are well-designed with guests in mind. With Wi-Fi connections, iPod docking stations and 32-inch LCD screen TVs, you can stay connected with your loved ones and be entertained 24 hours. For dining in Penang, Hard Rock is synonymous with music, good fun and entertainment …… and Hard Rock Hotel Penang offers a plethora of options to entertain all and to have fun! Anything from intimate private meetings in Penang to spectacular banquets for up to 300 guests, meeting planners will receive extreme Rock Star service and an event everyone will be talking about. The walls in the Hard Rock Hotel Penang are adorned with images, and over 550 pieces of authentic memorabilia and icons reflecting the revolution that changed the face of music, fashion and arts. It's a celebration of popular culture from the 50's through the new millennium. Its fun atmosphere and clean, modern lines make this the ultimate rock retreat for all! Come to Hard Rock Hotel Penang and feel like a star! It is all about the experience. ... more less
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