I've read the other reviews and also booked a stay at this hotel, based on the reviews. However, I was very disappointed with our experience.
The hotel is very pretty, sitting a little back off the main road. At night, due to the Christmas period, there were lovely lights in the reception and foyer area. Upon checking in, which was a fairly neutral experience, we were handed a piece of paper to inform us that a wedding would be taking place at the hotel that evening and that music would be played until 11pm. Our room turned out to be next to the beach, but also next to the wedding. Terrible.
The website for the hotel includes no pictures of the beach. That is because the beach is a very public beach, very crowded, very gritty sand, quite steep down the water and crowded with jet ski's, horses and speed boats. Not only that, due to how steep the beach is, it doesn't make for the best walking beach, not to mention the hassle from the jet ski operators.
The rooms are quite basic. More in line with a basic Holiday Inn typo room than a boutique resort. We were most disappointed with the cookie-cutter rooms that were uninspiring given the potential of the resort with its history, location etc. Our wifi did not work in the room and despite repeated requests, it never worked the entirety of our stay.
Breakfast was uninspiring.
We checked out a day earlier due to the terrible night sleep due to noise and the disappointment with the room. The person at checkout made no attempt to understand why we were leaving early....it was as if it was a fairly common practice.
This hotel, given its location, history, potential could be an exceptional hotel. However, we did not experience service that made it stand out in any way, a room that was very uninspired and a general experience at the hotel that felt more like a 1950's holiday camp than a modern day boutique hotel. There are some amazing options for Boutique hotels in Georgetown that i'd recommend above this location.
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- Also Known As:
- Lone Pine Batu Ferringhi
- Hotel Lone Pine
- Lone Pine Hotel Penang/Batu Ferringhi