After staying for a week at the Eastern & Oriental (their sister hotel in George Town), the Lone Pine was, sadly, a disappointment. The Lone Pine is located in Batu Ferringhi, which is a beach side town that caters to tourists. The Lone Pine is located right on the main drag. The design, from the architecture to the interiors to the grounds, is all really well done, a lot of details thought through, choice of materials, color pallette, furnishings, etc. -- all came together to evoke a laid-back, beachy vibe with global, modern, eco sensibility. I really wanted to love the Lone Pine. However, two big issues. First, the property is showing some signs of wear and tear, meaning lack of routine maintenance, e.g. changing of light bulbs, replacing worn items. Also, due to the beach location and humidity, mildew and mold are a constant issue to contend with. Unfortunately, the hotel hasn't kept up. The other big issue is the noise pollution. The pictures online and the name of the hotel suggest some sort of peaceful retreat. That's definitely NOT the case. Right in front of the hotel, on the ocean side, there is the constant buzz of jetskis, from morning to just before sunset. On the other side, the street side, there is the gunning of motorcycles pretty much all day/night long until 1/2 am. The hotel is very child-friendly, so there are a lot of families with young children, who like most young children, cry and shout and run around and make noise. As we found out, there is a some sort of karaoke place next to the hotel which goes into the early morning hours (at least it did when we were here on Saturday night). And, the hotel does wedding receptions on the lawn, with live music and wedding speeches, etc. blasting so loud you feel like part of the wedding. Actually, I was kind of enjoying the steel guitar covers of Eagles and Carpenters but then the dinner part of the reception was over and guests started taking over the mike from the pros. Never a good thing, no matter what culture/country. And it's 11pm at night. In all, I wouldn't recommend the hotel for anyone wanted to get away to a quiet, peaceful retreat. However, I would recommend it for party go-ers/night owls -- though it wasn't really a young, hip scene (being child friendly, seemed to attract a lot of families). I wish I could have moved the hotel to a different beach, far away from all the noise pollution -- it still would not have been perfect but the sound of the waves (which you can hear but only at around 3-4:30am) would have helped me overlook the slightly shabby edges. In all, visually appealing design hotel but downright offensive to the auditory senses.
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- Also Known As:
- Lone Pine Batu Ferringhi
- Hotel Lone Pine
- Lone Pine Hotel Penang/Batu Ferringhi