We spent five nights at the E&O and it proved to be an excellent base for exploring Georgetown. Our room was huge (with two televisions!) a comfortable bed, separate seating area, and great view over the Straits of Malacca, and a large bathroom with his n hers wash hand basins. The room could have benefited from from some more lively decoration, and the noise from the corridor air con took a bit of getting used to.
The hotel itself occupies a relatively narrow and long plot overlooking the sea which creates some problems, so one has to walk some distance to get to the restaurant serving breakfast - although the breakfast area itself is very pleasant - as is the breakfast. The pool area was somewhat restricted; and we were amazed that the main access to the pool was via the bar. The bar itself was relatively small for such a prestige hotel.
Notwithstanding these criticisms we enjoyed our stay and thought the hotel was very good, with staff who were consistently excellent, friendly, and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is the embodiment of both a special time and a special place. For well over a century, this remarkable hotel - known simply as 'The E&O' to generations of travellers - has stood as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era. In many ways, it has also come to represent Penang itself; its story inextricably woven into the island's history, its traditions an indelible part of many a traveller's treasured memory, its name synonymous with the magical island once known as The Pearl Of the Orient. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastern And Oriental Hotel
- Eastern Oriental Georgetown
- Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang/George Town