We stayed at the Evergreen Laurel over a 3-day weekend to visit Georgetown. The hotel is well constructed. Our room was a sea view. It was quite large; we didn't have any problems tripping over each other or finding a place to store things. The bathroom was also large and comfortable. The lobby is well laid-out and pleasant to be in; wireless internet is free. The staff was courteous. The location is not the best; it costs RM15 for a taxi to get to almost anywhere. Finally, don't bother paying extra for the sea view. At least in our room, condensation from the A/C made it difficult to see anything out the windows.
My most positive comment is reserved for the tour desk. They arranged a private car and driver for RM50/hour, with an English-speaking driver. We went to all the attractions we were interested in, and a few we didn't know about. The driver was helpful, taking us to the places we didn't know about, and waited without complaint. The cost was less than 2 tour bus tickets, and we saw more and in more comfort.
My most negative comment regards the restaurants. Our first night we were tired and decided to eat at the Chinese restaurant in the hotel. However, it was fully booked for a wedding, but this fact was not indicated anywhere in the hotel. Had we known, we could have eaten while out on our walk. When we discovered the problem it was raining very hard, so instead of walking out again we tried the coffee shop. Although the staff was pleasant, they could not get our order correct. In addition, the food was at best mediocre, with the onion soup downright not good. On the plus side, for the next night's dinner the concierge booked us a table at the May Garden restaurant, which was excellent and not overpriced.
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- Also Known As:
- Evergreen Laurel Georgetown
- Hotel Evergreen Laurel
- Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang/George Town