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Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
Certificate of Excellence
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Nothing to shout about”
Reviewed August 11, 2011

Holiday Inn at Feringghi has two buildings; The Tower, and The Beach Wing. We originally booked a room at The Tower but when we arrived at the hotel, we realised that there is absolutely no activity (pool, bar, cafe etc.) at the Tower (everything takes place at the Beach Wing) , and it's quite a walking distance to the beach. Due to that, we opted for a room at the Beach Wing instead.

Rooms are medium in size (we took the 2 double bedded room) and is relatively clean. The only problem we had was that during the night, there was loud music coming from a club beside the hotel. Don't think you can avoid the music as long as you're staying at the Beach Wing as the building is pretty small and the club, well, just right next to the small building. Therefore, pick the right building if you're intending to stay here; Beach Wing with loud music pumping through the walls, or the Feringghi Tower which is located further away from the beach and activity.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Singapore
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81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2011

We stayed at the Holiday Inn for 3 nights. 2 families. We chose the Tower wing because the rooms are newer. We were not looking for an active holiday, more of a sleep-in.

The rooms we got looked newly renovated. Well appointed, clean. Large TVs, variety in pillows.

We did not use Room Service (the menu after 11pm is limited). Housekeeping was discreet and friendly.

Restaurants at the Beach Wing (where everything is, the Tower Wing is just rooms, with an pedestrian bridge connecting both wings) are limited in choice, you basically have an all-day dining menu, with a larger menu at lunch and dinner. Breakfast was good, variety available.

Just a note: This hotel is listed as "Georgetown", but it is 12 km from Georgetown, on the main beach. This is very much a resort hotel, with other similar hotels stretching away on either side.

The beach is about 250m wide, and clean. Malaysia has no "private" beaches.

The Penang night market stretches for a couple of kilometres on either side of the hotel. Lots of Restaurants and Cafes around.

Room Tip: Tower wing has newer, better, rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Abu Dhabi
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We had a booking through the internet, we choose the part on the beach side of the hotel. However, they insisted to give us a room in the tower and they claimed that our booking is in the tower..!! be careful the stay in the tower is never nice..

The reception staff seemed very weird and careless as if they don't understand English, or maybe they don't have the ability to understand anything at all..
The rooms are old, out-dated decorations.. nothing special at all.. even the breakfast was so average and not tasty
you could definitley get something better for the same price in the same area..
For sure we will never stay in that hotel again..

Room Tip: Avoid the tower rooms.. insist on beach-side part
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed in the holiday inn during aug 2011. we were in the ferrengi tower overlooking the hills.it was a great hotel to stay in. right next to the night market and local buses were cheap so trips to george town easy to get to. all locals speak good english as well.our room had just had a re fit and was stunning. cleaned everyday and even at night they would come in shut your curtains and turn over your sheets ready for bed time when you got in. i would highly recommend this hotel to all my friends and family.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2011

This was our 2nd stay at the Holiday Inn and our 2nd to Penang.
We stayed at this hotel again this year due to the great time we had as a family last year.
We took the breakfast option with our booking which we made the most of every day and did not feel like eating again until dinner time. There was plenty of variety offered ever day except for my beloved bacon.
We stayed in 2 seaview interconnecting rooms in the tower wing which have good views of the ocean and also the main street which comes to life after dark with the night markets, these rooms had everthing we needed and felt clean and fresh. We used the swimming pool every day after a hard days shopping or sight seeing. Check in and check went well taking about 5 mins each. We will return to the Holiday Inn again, its only a matter of when.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Brisbane
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2011

We spent 10 nights at the Holiday Inn back in March and this was our second visit. After a small hicup with our room we were given a wonderfully large and refurbished room in the Tower (not on the beach side) with a balcony. Breakfast overlooking the beach is just lovely. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are very clean. We have stayed in both buildings and although different we have enjoyed them both.

We find that the Holiday Inn represents excellent value for money in a great part of Batu Ferringhi. The staff are always fantastic and happy to help. You may find nicer hotels in the area but they are well over double the price.

We look forward to our return trip next year!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2011

We stayed for a night at the Beach Wing. Nothing to shout about, the room is clean, looks newly refurbished. Our room overlooks the pool, with a view of the sea. The pool is quite small, rather crowded as well. There are many lounge chairs within the hotel's garden, none on the beach though. It is rather busy on the beach with jetski and parasailing activities doing roaring business.
This hotel is quite popular with families, with kids taking over the pool most of the time. Didn't see many people swimming in the sea, rather dangerous what with jetskis zooming around.
Didn't eat at the hotel, went to the food court down the road for dinner (Long Beach cafe). Local food, not spectacular tastewise. Also tried Boatman cafe, very friendly waitress/owner and good prices. Liked Boatman much more than the food court. Give this place a try, seriously. From the hotel, turn right and walk for 5 mins or so. It is just after the mosque.
Holiday Inn is right in the middle of the night market. Stalls are all along the road, from imitation handbags to home decorations. Bear in mind the prices are inflated, be prepared to haggle.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Address: 72 Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Batu Ferringhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#4 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#4 Business Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Family Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Resort Penang 4*
Number of rooms: 358
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Resort Penang, together with its excellent location in the heart of famous Batu Ferringhi makes it easily accessible to the Night Market, shops and restaurants. The resort is situated right on the beach, split into two buildings- the Beach Wing, located at the beachside, or Ferringhi Tower, located directly across the road to the beach. The Ferringhi Tower commands spectacular views of both the hills and sea front and is linked by an overhead covered walkway. 358 spacious rooms with a great combination of Family Studios and Kidsuites, the resort is perfect for families and couples looking for a retreat. To also make your every moment of your stay an absolute delight, we make every dining experience special in its own way. As the only hotel offering speciality Northern Indian cuisine, it will be feast that will leave you with 'spicy' memories. At the Holiday Inn Resort Penang, you will discover an exotic way to truly enjoy your vacation and cherish every minute of it. Right from the warmth of the people, the quaint sights & sounds of the island's rich cultural heritage and the rejuvenating hospitality of Holiday Inn Resort Penang. ... more   less 
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