I stayed in this hotel from March 9 to 17. My original choice was the hotel a few blocks away but was already fully booked. I wanted the hotel overlooking the sea so I chose the next best hotel along Gurney Drive, and it's Evergreen.
The hotel upfront is quite a simple building, honestly, no grandness at all, but the interiors are quite classy. The hotel is clean and all areas leading to my room feel and smell fresh.
Room size is okay (deluxe sea view) and offers a nice view of the sea. The room is lighted only by 3 lamps (bedside, sofa , table) and an hallway light. There is no other source of lighting so I feel the room is poorly illuminated at night. There may be others who like this setup but not me. The TV is 32-inch LCD with a few cable channels, T&B is okay, and the bed is average. The internet connection is fast - this is what I liked most in this hotel.
Buffet breakfast spread is above average, but there seem to be a problem on serving coffee or tea. I had to waive and ask for coffee on each of my breakfast there for 8 straight days. They don't approach the guest at all. They wait for guests to call them! The number of staff was not a problem, there are actually a lot who seem to be just gossiping and gathering in one location. The hotel needs to retrain their staff at the restaurant.
Just a few meters from the hotel, there is nice seafood restaurant named Bali Hai. A lot of foreigners and locals eat here, and the food is great. Better choices than the Buffet dinner at the hotel. Further down, about 10 minutes walk is the Gurney Plaza. At night, there are hawker food stalls nearby but was not able to try.
The hotel is away from downtown and they do not have free shuttle. Transportation is by taxi if you plan go around. If you want a cheaper ride, there is a bus stop at the back of the hotel near Starbucks. But you have to know the bus number of your chosen destination and bus comes around after every 15-20 minutes only.
Overall, this hotel is one of the best in the area, but do not expect too much.
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- Also Known As:
- Evergreen Laurel Georgetown
- Hotel Evergreen Laurel
- Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang/George Town