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“Best Budget hotel at Penang” 5 of 5 stars
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Oriental Hotel
Ranked #55 of 77 Hotels in George Town
Tirupur, India
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Budget hotel at Penang”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

A most lovable hotel in George town. As the hotel is of several floors, you can prefer some rooms above 10th floor and can enjoy the beauty of sea view and harbor view. Rooms are very spacious, clean and well maintained. A/C, Hot water etc.. are available but no breakfast.

The location is very good as it is just minutes far away from Ferry point. But bit far away from Penang International airport. Bus points available at walk-able distance.

Next to the hotel an Indian restaurant is available 24 hrs which can provide you good stuffs.

Night life shall be enjoyed from here.

Overall a hotel to stay and enjoy. Most recommended for all.

Room Tip: Prefer rooms at higher level to enjoy sea view and harbor view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I stayed in Orinetal hotel last week with my family. We booked a family room for just $55 per night. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of George town in close proximity to the famous UNESCO world heritage site, restaurants and shopping centers. Although the hotel is a bit old the rooms are very spacious and clean. The room we got is on 7th floor and is in the corner and has nice views of the Penang bridge, Komtar (tallest building in Penang). The Prangin mall is also 7-8 minutes walk from hotel. There is a restaurant and bar on the ground floor (We didn't try food there though). There is a 7 Eleven opposite to the hotel.

The hotel also arranges day tours and private tours of Penang if you wish. There are some bike renting shops in the next lane. Also there is a bus stop near by with buses to Jetty and other main locations. The area itself is vibrant with many Chinese, Indian temples near by.

The only few cons are
1. The WIFI signal was weak and unreliable
2. There are no controls for Air Con inside the room as it is centralized.
3. There is a Mosque near by the hotel and you will be waken up by early morning prayer calls.

Overall my stay was very comfortable and I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room above 7th floor to avoid noise from the road and also the WIFI signal is only availab...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

Just an old hotel... Should renovate n upgrade it.
Spacious but all the equipment are old. Central Aircond cant be adjust.. Freezing all night and just realise theres a plywood to shut the aircond airway
Cant sleep as u can hear people talking at the front road..plus alarm of one shop infront the hotel keep alarming each every hour..

Not recomend this hotel even it located at the best Penang area.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Budapest, Hungary
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31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

about Geogetown:
it has a teeny-tiny downtown, do not worry about the location of the hotel,.... in the downtown everything is in half an hour disctance by foot.

about the hotel
+ pro:
central located
if you are on visa run, it is perfect for you, it is end of the Chulia street, 2 minutes far, from Banana House ( arrange your visa here!!!!!! )
and the bus will arrive in the Chulia street at night, so you cannot walk so much,...
it is in the backpakers disctrict, you can drink with others
own bathroom
big bed
TV
hot water
"avarge" clean - for 1 night okay

it was 87 ringit/night ( double bed, own bathroom)

- cons:
smelly, dirty, run-down!!
the prayer from the islam temple will wake you up around 6:00

summ:
if you are a visa run tourist it is perfect for you, for one or two nights
if you are a tourist, who would like to stay in the town for few nights, choose another hotel!!!! it is better to find another hotel, which is not in the backpaker street, and much more clean, and close to the european standard

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank anita b
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24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Having scoured the city in a taxi for hotels, this was the cheapest one (excluding guest houses) at RM87 per night. Very courteous, efficient staff, even a doorman! This hotel was probably quite grand thirty or forty years ago, but looks tired now.
That being said, the place is very clean, the rooms are spacious with excellent views and the showers have good pressure. What more do you need really?
Downsides are the noise from the street, (but being so central you must accept this) and the call to prayer at 6am is a bit of a drag at times. However, as I had a cold on my trip, I simply used the room to convalesce during the day.
Plenty of eateries and market stalls nearby, as well as Kashmirs next door. Food and drink here is almost the same price as western countries, so beware! Eat at the little locals places if you want Asian prices.
The Oriental is well worth it for those who want the convenience of downtown or if you're on a visa run as I was, it is very near all the visa agent shops. Be careful of the lift, just press up and it'll come to your floor to take you down.
Tip: use the Internet cafe upstairs in the same building for convenience. Paid about RM3 per hour with color printing.
Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank THEWORLDISNOTENUFF
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California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights on a visa run, it's all you need if your on a low budget! The location is central & within walking distance of restaurants and bars. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful!

Location is Very very close to the party strip- which had its disadvantages... Every night all we heard was 'boom boom boom' from the club music below till 3am in the morning!! & we were on floor 14!

The rooms and corridors stunk of cigarette smoke...the room was spacious, we were given a twin room, they were cleaned everyday, but the beds & pillows were very uncomfortable & hard! Not the best sleep I've had in my life!!! Breakfast was not for westerns. I skipped breakfast everyday as there was nothing suitable to eat- even the cereal was limited! & there was no fresh fruit at all!! & when I asked for watermelon -they had ran out.

We did have room service which was quick & easy! & the room service menu was good!!

This hotel is ideal for anyone who is on a low budget & want to be close to nightlife

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carla K
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Antwerp, Belgium
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Dirty sheets, towels with holes in it that felt like sandpaper, very outdated interior (1970s something), weird smelling elevator. Very noisy due to single glazing, we were kept awake by the bar in the street, the people on the opposite of the building were woken up by the mosque. The staff was very friendly, but it couldn't make up for the disappointing stay we had.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank drostof
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Property: Oriental Hotel
Address: 105, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island 1000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #55 of 77 Hotels in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Oriental Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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