Ten years ago we had a trishaw tour of Georgetown courtesy of the E & Oriental Express, we passed the E&O Hotel, and made a promise to ourselves to come back. We arrived at the hotel to be met by a porter wearing far eastern khaki uniform including a pith helmet. We were assigned to our suite, which I can only describe as palatial, the floor footprint was the same as our five bedroomed house. I was upset that there were no sea view suites available at the time of booking, but the sheer size and fittings more than made up for it. The dressing room was larger than our master bedroom, and there was a telephone in the smallest room in the suite. The staff at the E&O were brilliant, the breakfast was to die for, drinking in Farquar's Bar was like drinking in Raffles Long Bar without the peanut shells. Norman the concierge was the font of all knowledge, and nothing was too much bother, each suite was allocated a butler.
- 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