Sungai Petani is a small town near Penang. The choice of hotels is limited, and I booked this hotel based on favourable Tripadvisor reviews. The room I booked is billed as a junior suite. It is certainly quite large, but has far too few lights and lamps, leading to a very dim room at night, with significant difficulty in reading. Even the bedside lamps have extremely short stands, meaning that no matter how close to you they are, they will only illuminate your elbow when you are lying down. The only way to read in bed is to turn onto your side and prop the book under the lamp - not a comfortable situation. Trying to read on the sofa was not easy, either, as there are only two peripherally placed ceiling lights. I finally had to drag the stand lamp across to the sofa before I could read.
The bathroom is large and has a Jacuzzi, which i did not try. The addition of a shower curtain would be useful, as the water otherwise does sometimes run onto the ledge adjacent to the bath and thence onto the towels stacked there.
The kettle provided for coffee making is too large to fill at the sink. If you want it really full you will have to lean over and fill it at the bath tap.
Breakfast is rather poor as far as quality and variety go. "Western" fare consists of chicken sausages and chicken "ham", toast and cereal. Local dishes are usually fried noodles and nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk). Be warned that in the northern states of Malaysia it is not unusual to add substantial amounts of sugar even to savoury dishes - my fried noodles were very sweet!
The staff were friendly enough, and checkin and checkout were efficiently handled. As another reviewer has pointed out, without your own car, you will have to resort to taxis to get around. This hotel is on a side road, quite a long walk from restaurants and shops. There is a nice looking pool which I did not get to try.
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