With the myriad of choices in Penang particularly with the recent explosion of chic boutique hotels in line with Penang's UNESCO heritage listing, a hotel as old as The Trader's (formerly The Shangri-La Penang) is often missed or forgotten. Extremely well situated in the heart of Georgetown and just a few minutes stroll to most of the important sights (and the great food streets) within the core heritage zone, the hotel is perfect for travelers who want to explore the historical side of Penang and skip the crowded and frankly over-rated Penang Beach scene.
The hotel is 26 years old and has been "lightly refurbished" over the years, but to be honest needs a good makeover - even the Trader's Club (on the 16th and 17th floors) where I stayed needs some touching up. Saying that however, the real gem at this hotel are the staff who were not only professional, but also extremely friendly and obliging (if you are on the Club Floor, look out for Mr. Wan who has been with the hotel almost from the beginning and is a great source of information and cheer). The Trader's Club offers the usual - free wi-fi on both floors, use of computers in the lounge, free-flow of drinks and snacks and a rather nice breakfast spread. You also get to use the meeting room for two-hours which is great if you are in town for business.
The Shangri-La Hotel group advertises that "There is no greater act of hospitality than embracing a stranger as one's own". It was therefore great to see that the Trader's Hotel Penang being a brand of the group has certainly embraced this philosophy as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Penang is known as the Pearl of the Orient. It's an island-city, dotted with untouched historic architecture down every street. Whether it's diving into the deep blue sea or strolling through the streets of history, Penang is inspiring - I can't wait to show you. Hotel Jen Penang is located in George Town. It is close to the city's prime commercial, business and shopping areas. Penang International Airport and Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone are only 20 minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Traders Hotel Georgetown
- Hotel Jen Penang By Shangri-La George Town