We stayed at the E&O in mid-Feb for four nights before moving on to the Rasa Sayang at Batu Feringgi for eight nights (see separate review for Rasa).
We travelled from Heathrow to Singapore, then onto Penang. We only had 55 minutes between flights but, as is often the case when flying out of Heathrow, our flight was delayed. They held the connecting flight for us but, unfortunately our luggage didn’t make it. The staff at the E&O informed us that this happens fairly often, so you may want to ensure that there is sufficient time between your connecting flights to negate the risk. Singapore Airlines staff were helpful and we completed a form at the airport describing our luggage and where to send it on to – useful tip, make a note of your luggage brand name and colours of any tags or straps on the suitcase – or better still, take a photo of your suitcase. Our luggage arrived on the next flight, late that evening, but it was still a stressful few hours worrying about if/when it would turn up.
We stayed in the original wing of the hotel as the new wing is due to open in March 2013. Our room was on the 3rd floor with a beautiful sea view. Very clean and spacious. Lovely big bathroom with his and hers sinks. Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit and tea/coffee facilities available in the room which is replenished daily. Newspaper delivered daily.
Breakfast is excellent. Buffet style with lots of choice. Try the freshly made roti, also fresh dim sum and sushi. Look out for the energy booster drinks to start your day served in shot glasses made from a variety of fresh fruit/veg/spices.
Sun loungers are plentiful around the pool area. Towels provided and iced drinking water served during the day. The gym is small and it is a room which guests walkthrough to access the pool area.
We had dinner a couple of times at the hotel. Very nice but more expensive. For a light lunch/meal and drinks there’s a place called ‘Who’s Bryan’ – go straight across the road outside the E&O and walk up the road with bars on either side until you get to the end, ‘Who’s Bryan’ is on the left hand side on the corner. Nice food and good value.
There’s also a nice coffee shop called ‘Just Caffe’ about a 15 min walk from E&O. Turn left out of the hotel and follow the pathway round the corner until you get to a left hand turning (Jalan Green Hall Road) there’s a restaurant called ‘Spice and Rice’ on the corner, walk to the end of that road and the café is on your right. Penang museum, the colonial built city hall, Fort Cornwallis, war memorial etc. are all nearby. Also walking distance from E&O is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion which has guided tour and is a must see.
Overall an enjoyable stay.
- 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:
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