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“Perfect Luxury Beach Stay” 4 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 13 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Perfect Luxury Beach Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2010

Great ride from Georgetown to Batu Ferringgi, clifftops one side, ocean on the other. Hotel has 2 sections, Beach Tower and Ferringgi tower- connected by an overhead walkway. Rooms in Ferringgi Tower a bit cheaper- we were on 6th floor and had an ocean view anyway. Big room, well lit, great bathroom with tub and separate shower area ( with one of those shower heads where you can choose different flows).
My friend went on the 'Viper' twice- a ride on a blown up tube pulled by a speedboat- she loved it ( RM30 for a 10 min ride). I took the parasailing taster flight ( RM55 for 5 mins)- both advertised from the hotel. The pool is clean and big, lots of lounges around the pool but also many on the grassy area facing the beach, shaded by lots of trees, lovely place to lounge for the day.
The hotel has many acitivities but they don't always run them( as dependant on enough guests signing up to run it )which is a shame). Breakfast is not incl in room deal, and cost RM 42 each, so we opted out and instead at at local places for about RM5.
We booked via booking.com and got a great room rate deal.
There's lots of stalls in the night market lining the street just outside the hotel. Great internet place ( RM 2 for 1 hour) in the shopping centre near the street lights, walk out of hotel, head back towards Georgetown, at the first set of lights, about 200m up, turn right, the mall is on the right. Also has a KFC on the left for those who need their fast food fix.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Chester, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights in January on a short break and were given a sea view room on the 9th floor tower with a balcony.

The room was very spacious with 2 double beds and bathroom with bath and separate shower. The lift lobby area had a lemongrass incence burner which made it feel like a spa and was a nice touch.

We were sufficiently high up to not hear the hustle of the night market that sets up every night but were right on our doorstep.

Drinks in the bar pool were quite expensive RM20+ considering we just had local beers but the pool was lovely and plenty of sun loungers to share around in the 32c sunshine!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Greenock, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2010

Stayed here for 4 nights at the end of a sightseeing tour. A perfect location for some chillIng out time. We stayed in the beachside wing in a recently upgraded room & couldn't have asked for more. The hotel has a dynamic, young manager, Stella Jacobs, who hosted a complimentary cocktail party to meet guests & introduce her enthusiastic team. Everyone was so pleasant & eager to please. The beachside location is perfect & nearby are lots of restaurants, bars, & hotels. Hotel food & drink prices are a touch pricey but we found the service excellent. Local restaurants are very cheap & the food is very good everywhere. Lots to do in & around the hotel & on the beach. Something for everyone.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2010

Just had 8 days in this hotel as our relaxing week after seeing the citys of south east asia.

The site is split into two halves, the beachside building where the main restaurant and bar is along with the games room and kiddie play room, and the main Ferringhi Tower, which is across the main road but connected to the beachside by a walkway from the first floor. Access back into this tower from the walkway is by room key reader on the wall by the door, so security is very good. The tower side has it's own reception on ground floor and the Gym is located there, again accessed by your room key.

The staff are very friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them.

We had a sea view room on the 23rd floor of the tower, excellent views across to mainland Malaya and onto the beach and streets below. The room had a huge bathroom with walk in shower, bath, basin etc. There were two double beds in the room, a tv with good selection of channels, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, ironing board and iron, and, being a muslim country, a prayer mat with an arrow on the ceiling pointing to mecca, a facility i didn't require, but some may.

You get free wi-fi, which works with the iPhone and doesn't clock up your data usage. You also get the cable to plug into a laptop.

The food is good and very varied, the drinks are reasonably priced, although a walk out will find you cheaper one's.

The pool area is well appointed with showers, towels, water sports etc. The beach is on the doorstep with Jet Skiing, Paracending, Bananas, fishing trips, horse riding, quad bikes and massage facilities, all payable at a reasonable price. You can swim in the sea but beware the jelly fish!!!!!

Sunbeds are very comfortable, you can get some very good shade from the trees in the grounds too as it can get a bit warm.

The whole resort is very clean and tidy.

I will probably re-write this review at somepoint when i'm not so jet-lagged, only got back from there today, but i can say that the points i've made won't change, the place is excellent and i can't wait to go back there again.

Try a fishing trip from the beach and ask to go with Captain Dino. What a guy. And ladies it's not just fishing, he takes you to monkey beach as well for a swim and a BBQ if you want one, it's worth the 250 ringit to see the beach with its abandoned houses and the monkeys. There's also a walk you can do to a light house that takes two hours throught the Rain Forest, so don't forget your DEET, and water.

Enjoy.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2010

Good hotel and good service -- but if you travel with small kids the beach is really dangerous. Here's the main problem: Holiday Inn for some reason ($$!) rents out space along side their hotel to "an independent" water sports operator (jet skis, parasail, etc.). In the morning, the operator marks off the public beach with sandbags and uses it as their launch / landing pad for the parasails. Meanwhile paying guests (& the public) get chased away and must either move further down the beach or be content with swimming pool. If you love laying on lounges all day, the parasail activity provides entertainment -- however if you are like many people and go to the beach to GO TO THE BEACH, then you will be very disappointed.

My kids wanted to play in the sand, build sand castles, etc. - but they were in constant risk of decapitation from the parasail rope! No kidding. After a lot of tears, they spent most of the stay at the Kidz Club.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

Well-located with clean spacious rooms, although the facilities look slightly run-down, especially after you turn on the TV - poor reception etc. We encountered a sudden power outage for our room, and it took quite sometime - more than 20 minutes - for the staff to restore the electricity supply to our room.

Overall, pleasant with friendly staff services.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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904 reviews 904 reviews
230 hotel reviews
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821 helpful votes 821 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

This is a typical, generic, resort hotel with nothing much to write about it. It is very far away from Georgetown which is where all the sights are.The breakfast room was a mayhem and chaotic and dirty, and teh staff could barely keep up with the hordes of guests who all appeared and acted as if they had descended from famished Africa. The breakfast choices were the usual processed food items with very limited to none vegetarian items.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Fee for internet, terrible breakfast experience.
  • Stayed January 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Luxury Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Family 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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