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Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
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plymouth
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162 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good hotel right on the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

A good hotel on the beach front, close to all local restaurants and markets etc. The second block across the road where we stayed at first did disappoint us as we thought we where going to stay in the main hotel. Once over the road we where delighted with the rooms. All new and had just been re furbished so evert thing was brand new and had that just opened feeling.
Pool had plenty of beds and seating areas but the pool at times became a free run for all the children and at times a little too loud and brash but as its a family hotel I guess this is normal.
Good staff who could not do enough for you.
Would return again when the kids are back to school!

Room Tip: Make sure you know what side of the road you are on! You may want a pool view but these are older.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Gladstone. Qld
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

My Husband & I stay here when ever we are in Penang. Great location. Beautiful setting on the beach. We always get a sea view room. You walk across a bridge to get to breakfast and the pool. Night markets are across the street and are fabulous. Rooms are quite roomy and always clean. Bathroom very clean. Staff are friendly and well trained. The bus is just across the road to go into Georgetown. Making arrangements for transfers to airport very easy. Last time we stayed we had some things to post home but missed the last post so the staff arranged to post them the next day, very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

A mere sham. two buildings across a road connected with the bridge for which u need to climb around 20 stairs. No escalators are provided. Ideally in such a situation, you connect the two buildings with a standing escalator. Further, 90% of the rooms are in the other building (they call it "sea view/ Mountain view" rooms) across the road and not the "beach wing". The pool, kids area, beach, internet facility, restaurant or anyother facility that you can think of are in the beach-wing. The icing on the cake is that no information like this is provided on the site of Holiday inn. Further the staff in other building is not so pleasant. We had two kids with us and requested the management to allot us a room in beach wing. We are the priority club members. however, they comletely refused to do so. According for the 3 days that we stayed in, we used to walk from one building to another, for anything and everythning that we needed. To top it all if u call for food to your room, they dont clear the dirty plates inspite of calling them a number of times. Low on staff and manners, the other buiding is terrible to stay in. We have stayed in alot of holiday inn resorts, this has been one of the most disappointing experiences. Holiday inn has always been my choice wen with kids. my kids were frustrated after this experience. Nevertheless, as long as u are in "beach wing", the staff facilities etc remains as per the standards of Holiday inn.However, its not easy to get a room in beach wing.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the beach wing. the other wing has terrible services.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort many times over the years since 1993 whilst living & working in Malaysia. I recently droped in with a friend to have a quick beer at the pool bar during "Happy Hour", we only had the one drink and got the bill only to find i was being charged MYR 21 ++ for a small bottle of Guiness. Not so happy hour never again. Holiday Inn you need to review your bar prices. I will not be going there again anytime soon.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank adriancam
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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

Two building across the road connected with a bridge. Beautiful Lobby and Restaurant. Outstanding Breakfast. Luxury rooms. Friendly staff. Night markets and a variety of restaurants (Arabic/Indian/Chinese/fast food chains) are facing the hotel. A beautiful beach is an added attraction. Select beach view rooms. internet is free in the lobby.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Thank zaktak
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

freindliest hotel you'll ever find.when you arrive ,you're greeted with welcome home.just been refurbished all the rooms are excellent.dont miss saturday barbacue. cant wait to return.

Room Tip: best side ,is the tower side
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Thank scouce1939
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Tallinn, Estonia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

This Holiday Inn is quite typical resort hotel, full with families with kids. It has its beach, plus also swimming pool. It is good for family holiday, but perhaps less suitable for couples seeking for privacy.

As Priority Club Platinum member I also received an upgrade to the top-floor beach-view room with a nice big balcony (that had a private sun-deck), plus also vouchers for welcome drinks and a meal 25% off coupon. Also welcome fruit platter was provided.

Food offer in the hotel restaurants was kind of mediocre, compared to other Holiday Inns in Asia.

Internet is free in the lobby, but payable in the rooms. Next door is a noisy night-club, which is good for party-people but annoying for those who fancy getting a decent sleep.

The bus stop to/from the airport is just in front of the hotel, making it very easy to get there. Also from the same bus stop one can also take a bus to down-town.

Next to the hotel there is also a night market and food market short walk away, which can be a nice place in the evenings to try out local treats.

Room Tip: Top-floor beach-view rooms are great!
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#4 Business Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#5 Luxury 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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