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Bayview Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
Reviewed February 19, 2012

All in all we were very satisfied with our stay at the Bayview Beach. Check-in was completed within 2 minutes and we were immediately informed when our luggage finally arrived (Malaysia Airlines lost it somewhere in KL). Staff were always friendly and eager to satisfy all guests, we once phoned housekeeping to get some more towels and they arrived less than a minute after our call- amazing.

Our room was spacious, clean and quiet with comfy beds, although the bathroom was superficially clean, a decent scrub would be nice.

We didn't have dinner in the hotel, so can't comment on that, however breakfast was overwhelming, haven't seen that much choice for quite a while. Hot items varied from day to day and one day they even had chicken nuggets for breakfast, strange for us, but a lot of guests seemed to enjoy them...

You should be aware that the hotel is at the very end of Batu Ferringhi, so if you want to go to the night market or one of the restaurants you will walk 15-20 minutes or have to take the bus. The hotel offers a complimentary one-way shuttle to the night market at 7:30pm.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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BBRPenang, General Manager at Bayview Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2012

On behalf of the teams at Bayview Beach Resort, we thank you for your positve and encouraging comments about our facilities and services. I appreciate specially your motivating comments to remind us that good and consistent work always get noticed and appreciated by our guests. We will work even harder to be better!

All of us look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.

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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Had a fantastic time at the Bay View Beach Resort, a great base from which to explore the wonderful island of Penang. The hotel was very comfortable and clean, the staff very efficient, friendly and helpful. The rooms were cleaned every day, with fresh towels and bottled water provided daily. We had a superior hill view room which had a balcony from which you had a great view of the surrounding hill side and the beach. The pool side and gardens provided a scenic and relaxing place to take it easy, the pool bar had very friendly and efficient staff providing a range of tasty cocktails and snacks. Although unable to swim in the sea, the beach was a lovely walk down Batu Ferringhi with many places to stop for a refreshing drink or snack. Would recommend Sixty Nine Mansion for a range of cocktails whilst sitting at a table with your feet in shallow water in the outside pool area, or Bora Bora with their lovely beach shacks, cool tunes and relaxed vibes. Whilst the hotel was at the far end of Batu Ferringhi it was only a 20 min walk or if you wanted, you could take the bus from outside the hotel down to the other end of the resort and walk back.
Other great places to eat include Fantasy Ribs (great steaks and a range of foods) with a kissing fish called Bubbles! Also the Boatman provided a friendly service with tasty food and the restaurant Enca across the road from the hotel that offers Western, Indian and Chinese at very low cost. If you're a red wine drinker, I found they were the cheapest at 50RM per bottle. If you're on a budget, go to Long Beach food court with a number of hawker stalls offering excellent food at about £2 per person!
For trips, I'd recommend hiring a moped for the day at £10 per day, it cost us £1.50 in fuel to travel round the whole island! Places to stop include the Spice Garden (a lovely garden walk in the shade), the Butterfly Farm (a wide range of beautiful species), the War Museum (an old english fort where you can experience crawling through the escape tunnels) and the Snake Temple where there are lots of pit vipers hanging from the trees. Beware, they can bite, but by day are very dopey due to the burning of incense but are more active at night. I must say, I wouldn't recommend going in the snake farm there, there are two monkeys and several rabbits and chickens in very small dirty cages which I found disturbing. Please note, travelling through George Town is quite scary due to the volume of traffic, so would only recommend for the more experienced rider!
Must do trips are a day trip to Langkawi and Puala Payer, excellent days out. Go and see KT Tour Operator, just down the road from the hotel on the opposite side of the road. A charming gentleman who offers excellent prices for a range of trips around the local area. He drove us to the Orang-utan Park and Water park on the mainland, whilst this was a good day out, I was a little disappointed with the Orang-utan reserve, it was very small and we only saw a couple of orang-utans. The Water Park was also quite dated and in need of a good re-furb!
Also, must visit George Town which is about 40 mins by bus and 3RM. Would recommend not travelling during rush hour as the buses are very packed and the roads extremely busy. For a bustling evening, go to Upper Penang Road which has a small strip of bars and nightspots.
I am not really a shopper, there are a few shopping mals in Penang but quite pricey, Batu Ferringhi night market was ok to explore, but I thought a little pricey and the quality not good. Apparently George Town is better for shoppers looking for a bargain.
All in all, LOVED Penang and the Bay View, it's been the best holiday I've had yet!!! Thank you to all those who contributed to our amazing experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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BBRPenang, General Manager at Bayview Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2012

Thank you for your feedback on Tripadvisor, I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay at the Bayview Beach Resort.

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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Top quality beach resort hotel offering good value for money. lovely palm tree filled extensive gardens and very good swimming pool. the beach is a little dissapointing and no-one seems to swim in the sea but with a pool and garden area as good as this - no wonder! The hotel is at the end of hotel strip in Batu ferringhi, so is a little quieter and is walking distance to all the sights. Seems very popular with British retiree's who not suprisingly come back year after year.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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BBRPenang, General Manager at Bayview Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2012

Thank you for staying with us and for your positive comments of the hotel.

Further to your comments on the cleanliness of the sea, we regret our beach is located along a busy shipping route which affect the quality of the water. Hence, all hotels compensate this with lovely pools.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay at the Bayview Beach Resort.

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Visited in Feb 2012 as returning guests, having been to Bayview beach in Feb 2011.
Check in was smooth & welcoming & we had same room as previously. However one night after midnight people in room next to ours were smoking in their room-we were on fifth floor which is a non smoking floor & rooms.There was interconnecting doors between guest rooms & the cigarette smoke wafted through & stank our room out. We had to complain , Initially front counter were not very interested & advised us it will be dealt with later that day, so we complained to Sean -Duty manager who eventually dealt with the matter & ensured the inconsiderate guests in next room stopped smoking & housekeeping sprayed our room with air freshner. Evetually we also met wih Front office managers next morning who were very apologetic & helpful & provided us with an upgraded change of room & wine. Possibly because we were returning guests & had had problems with noisy children in rooms either side of ours after midnight in 2011.
Hotel facilities are good, and it is having soft refurbishment works done to improve rooms further. Rooms are large and well equipped, complimentary newspapers provided daily, water & towel changes in the evening if needed. The gym is a good size & other facilities include water sports, tennis, squash, darts & massages
A nightclub/bar has just reopened & we visited a couple of times & were the only guests in there. But staff there were friendly and hospitable as were the bands on friday/saturday.
Pool area and gardens are well maintained and Kelapa wifi bar food & drinks are very good value & staff were great. Wifi costs just RM5 per hour which is reasonable as we had to pay RM20 in a KL hotel.
Our only concern was that regularly all beds under sunshades in the extensive garden were often all reserved with hotel pool area towels even if you went down at 7.15am when the pool/area does not open until 7.30 & we cannot understand how this happens unless staff are paid to reserve them, as many guests had the same positions everyday we were there.
Overall a good hotel with great facilities, in a good location some 10 minutes walk to night markets & restaurants, or the Bus stops outside. staff are hospitable & genuinely seem friendly & want to help.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights during Chinese New Year so hotel very busy.However even though more 600 people for breakfast the staff tried hard to make everything run smoothly.Again pool busy but enough sun loungers for everyone.Pleasant large gardens which lead to an ok beach.Only negatives would be travel time over an hour by local bus to Georgetown and a very expensive 70-90 ringgit taxi ride $US25-30 to from airport when gasoline very cheap.Also traffic on Penang especially Georgetown very busy otherwise a pleasant stay.Finally the taxi driver from airport never said Hello or spoke,never helped with girlfriends bag,never said Thank you or Terima Kasih and never spoke during 1 hr journey to hotel-very rude!However taxi driver big man back to airport from taxi office opposite,very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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BBRPenang, General Manager at Bayview Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2012

Thank you for your positive comments on our hotel's services/facilities and helpful tips on Penang.

It was a pleasure to have been of service to you and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the not too distant future.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

The rooms are spaious and clean especially the bathroom. The hotel is located on the far end of batu ferringhi beach. The beach has lot of water sports facilities. The hotel has a good spa also. The rates are better than the hotels of similar rating in the area. But it is about one km away from the main night market and the food outlets.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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BBRPenang, General Manager at Bayview Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2012

Thank you for your feedback on Tripadvisor, I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay at the Bayview Beach Resort.

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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Was not expecting for anything great from all my bad experience with Malaysian hotels. But the hotel proved me wrong. Everything is so well maintained and clean. Checked in to a two single bed room which I had them changed to a double with quick response. Pool is huge.

What made it perfect is that we woke up to a complete buffet spread has just made my day.

Well done to the management, probably a make over at the breakfast restaurant and library area would make it even more perfect

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Thank you for staying with us and for your positive comments of the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay at the Bayview Beach Resort.

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Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Batu Ferringhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#7 Luxury Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#7 Family Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#7 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
Price Range: $49 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bayview Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 360
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