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“Good for Batu Ferringhi” 3 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Resort Penang
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   72 Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100 , Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
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“Good for Batu Ferringhi”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Summary:
It's not a bad hotel for Batu Ferringhi. It's just nothing very special either.

Arriving at Holiday Inn Resort Penang:
We arrived by taxi at around 1pm. We had booked a Tower Hill-view room. At check-in my Priority Club Platinum status was recognised and we were given a choice of an upgrade to a Tower Sea-view balcony room or a Beach Wing Sea-view (but with a different bed configuration). We took a look at both rooms and although the Beach Wing was smaller and didn't have a balcony, we thought it was nicer and closer to the beach, pool, lobby etc. We were also given 2 x free (soft) drink vouchers to use at the bar. The vouchers had the Tower room number written on them - I suggest to reception that they might need to change them to the Beach Wing room number but they said there'd be no problems. They were wrong ...

Rooms:
The Beach Wing rooms are smaller than the Tower, but on the sea side they have good views of the pool and beach area. There is a function business next door, so noise in there rooms can be a real issue. But the functions did not last too late during our stay (thank goodness!). Everything was neat, clean and tidy. Not really luxurious but perfectly nice.

Restaurant - lunch:
We had travelled since early morning and were hungry. So we decided to have lunch at the hotel's only restaurant (it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner). It was quiet and the food was quite good. We discovered later that it's a bit over-priced for the area, but we were still pleased with it.

Restaurant - breakfast:
We booked a rate that included breakfast. Day one was pretty disappointing. Crowded, chaotic, noisy and hot. I went and sat in the lobby area which at least was quieter and cooler. Day two was much better - we went late and the crowds were going. So be warned, if the hotel is quite full, the restaurant only just copes! Food quality was quite OK but nothing very special.

Service:
Overall it was good. It's pleasant enough but not as friendly as some hotels. This can be quite a family destination and I got the impression that the demographic causes quite a lot of work for the staff.

Other:
The hotel is in a very good location. Right on the beach. You can walk to many other restaurants. There is a night market at the door. There are convenience shops across the road. One afternoon the management held a small cocktail party, for returning and high PC status guests, which was very nice to attend.

Leaving Holiday Inn Resort Penang:
We had an early morning flight to catch. Unfortunately check-out took ages. We discovered we had been charged for our welcome drinks (probably because of the wrong room number on the vouchers that we used when also buying other items from the bar and had signed the tab with our actual room number). It wasn't a big amount to correct - just 2 x soft drinks but it took the staff about 15 minutes to do it! So check-out, all up, took about 20 minutes. Not good when you have a flight to catch!

Room Tip: The Tower will be quieter, but the Beach Wing (sea view) feels more like a resort.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Spent a weekend in Penang and stayed in Holiday Inn.. After reading reviews from tripadvisor we had opted for the ferringhi tower rooms. The Hotel was beautiful and well maintained. We got a free upgrade from hill view room to sea view room.. And the room was beautiful, quite spacious and neat. The view from the room was lovely and looked great when it rained.. BF food was elaborate but i felt vegetarian variety was limited. The service is pretty good. The cafe has a beach view so it's nice to sit alongside but can be a bit bothered with pigeons and flies sometimes.. Would request them to try and keep them away. One of the hotels where I found the fridge to be empty and need to request for a mini-bar.Staff were helpful. The link bridge to the beach wing is pretty nice and short, moreover it's faster to cross the road. I loved the ferringhi tower more than the beach wing which seemed quiet and secluded from the crowd. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant and the food was pretty good. The pickup and drops from the hotel to airport were prompt. The hotel service charges 90 ringgits each way from and to the airport. The taxis charge you less around 70 ringgits. We had also arranged for the trip around Penang for 5 hrs. The fare was bit on the higher side but it's better to negotiate a bit. We did so and got the timing extended to almost 5 hrs.But overall I loved the stay and would certainly recommend it for a short stay.

Room Tip: Ferringhi tower sea view rooms on the top floors. They are spacious and have a great view..
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Booked a night stay at the Ferringghi Tower with a balcony facing hill view. Requested for a higher floor which you can have a nice view of the greenery mountain and the lovely trees. Rooms have newly renovated with a pretty blue and white decor and clean bathroom. I like the new setting of the furniture and also a big screen LCD tv. Staff was attentive and will try their level best to accomodate youur request. Overall I really enjoy stay here and hope will stay more longer to enjoy other facilities offer by the hotel. EXCELLENCE....

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Just spent over a week here with my sister. We were booked into the Ferringhi tower, but they upgraded us, but on arrival in the sea view room, which looked tired, we asked to go the other side of the road to the newly refurbished rooms, these were much nicer and we had a nice balcony. Only the views of the hills, but we didn't mind.The staff were very good about the move. BF had a good variety of food, also we ate in a few nights and the choice was also good.
You wont see a good variety of bread here, they dont eat much like some countries. If you want an early BF it was all out and ready for the 6.30 start.
Our rooms were very spacious with iron and board, safe, a fridge which was empty, but you could ask for drinks to be added. They have 3 pin plugs here.
Quite noisy by day as its a family hotel with plenty of children.
The pool is in 3 sections, so not good for early morning keen swimmers. It went quiet about lunch time when we used it. They have massage attached to the hotel, but you cant have it charged to your room, you have to pay as you go.The night market is also outside the hotel at night, from about 7.00pm till mignight, also plenty of eating places. Water sports on the beach.
Be careful walking around the pool area, as its gets plenty of splashes from the children.
They do a free shuttle bus to Straits Quay, this is a posh mall of shops, but has Tesco nearby/
Also a free shuttle bus to the centre of Georgetown twice a day. Free daily papers delivered to the rooms. If you are coming from KL, change £ before you come, as the rate here is not as good as KL.Keep a bit of Malay £ for the airport, as they wont accept anyother currency.
Only drawback in being in this part of the hotel is you have to cross the road to eat, but we didn't find this a problem. Staff all very friendly. Enjoyed our stay. Stay up high and in a (34) room its very quiet.

Room Tip: Stay in the Ferringhi tower and have a back room (34) high up.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Booked a night's stay at the Feringghi Tower with seaview and balcony and love it so much! The room has pretty blue & white decor and is very spacious and cozy. We love the balcony where views of the lovely seaview, sunset, sunrise, greenery, scenes of the street and watersports activities can be seen. We had in-room breakfast at the balcony which is a nice experience. The hotel is located beside Golden Thai Seafood rstn, The Ship rstn and the pasar malam. Definitely recommended for a romantic resort stay for couples!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Stayed one night.location is good, very near to eating places n night market.
Not disappointed with the recently renovated rooms. Has reasonable selection of buffet breakfast. Kids below 12 years old, eat for free. I think this policy is applicable in other Holiday Inn hotel, at least in Malaka where I stayed 2-3 years ago.
Kinda of disappointed with the pool, which is small. But there is the beach, so it is still ok.
Will consider to stay in the same hotel if I visit Batu Ferringi.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Stayed 5 days at this hotel in September 2012. The location is excellent with the night market at your door.Service was great.The room was spacious and clean as was the whole hotel.The buffet breakfast was one of the best I have ever seen.
I enjoyed the pool and the beach.
I would definitely return here and I have told my friends to stay here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 72 Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100 , Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Batu Ferringhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Family Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Luxury Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Resort Penang 4*
Number of rooms: 358
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Resort Penang, together with its excellent location in the heart of famous Batu Ferringhi makes it easily accessible to the Night Market, shops and restaurants. The resort is situated right on the beach, split into two buildings- the Beach Wing, located at the beachside, or Ferringhi Tower, located directly across the road to the beach. The Ferringhi Tower commands spectacular views of both the hills and sea front and is linked by an overhead covered walkway. 358 spacious rooms with a great combination of Family Studios and Kidsuites, the resort is perfect for families and couples looking for a retreat. To also make your every moment of your stay an absolute delight, we make every dining experience special in its own way. As the only hotel offering speciality Northern Indian cuisine, it will be feast that will leave you with 'spicy'memories. At the Holiday Inn Resort Penang, you will discover an exotic way to truly enjoy your vacation and cherish every minute of it. Right from the warmth of the people, the quaint sights & sounds of the island's rich cultural heritage and the rejuvenating hospitality of Holiday Inn Resort Penang. ... more   less 
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