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“A Wedding Photo in Lone Pine”
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Lone Pine Hotel
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Batu Ferringhi
Ipoh, Malaysia
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“A Wedding Photo in Lone Pine”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

A cavernous Deluxe Room bade us welcome - it was in fact the largest room which we had stayed in so far. Admirers of the tropics would appreciate the solid wood flooring, intermittent cool breeze flowing past the sliding doors leading the balcony, and a welcoming vase of orchid on the coffee table.

Resting ourselves in the soft bed and on fluffy pillows was indescribably wonderful. We could flick on the LCD TV to kill time, but we were more intrigued by the balcony itself. As if sitting there on the comfortable table or sipping tea from the coffee table in the company of swaying trees and cooling breeze was not sufficient, a marble bathtub was sunken unobtrusively to a side on the balcony. Although it was no Jacuzzi, filling the tub with warm water and dipping yourself into it whilst listening to the sound of waves was really a luxurious way to enjoy our stay in Lone Pine Hotel, all without having to step out of our room.

To enjoy a breakfast under the cool breeze in The Bungalow was a bliss indeed. With a cup of cappuccino in hand, I just basked in the moment as the rest of the patrons did. Some kids were dripping wet from their dip in the pool, ready to start their breakfast after an immersing moment in the cool waters. Other patrons enjoyed a moment with each other as a couple, a family or friends on a vacation, engaged in conversations or just reading under the cool patio.

Particularly nostalgic was the furniture and window fixtures of "lepak corner". I was not sure whether the sofas were the type bound by wound rattan, a cushion on them to protect the backside but it sure did look familiar. Long gone from modern houses were the reminder of straits settlement type of windows - without glass or grills, just a wooden casement window that swung outward and anchored in place by aligning a punched metal bar with a pin, much as a belt does.

Wandering further from "lepak corner", we were rewarded with a partially hidden area devoid of visitors due to its relatively isolated location. The area I mentioned could have fooled me into thinking that I stumbled into a hidden Balinese kingdom. The architecture of the area was calm and soothing, a shallow pool lined with a small grove of trees. It wasn't hard to imagine the area reminiscent of a temple, worshiping an unknown deity and providing enlightenment.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

A three night stay at the Lone Pine capped off a two week road trip across Singapore and Malaysia for my wife and me. We had been lucky enough to stay in some great hotels along the way, ranging from modern commercial in Singapore to beautiful old colonial style places in Melaka and the Cameron Highlands. The Lone Pine certainly didn't disappoint. It was the most modern and contemporary of all the hotels we stayed in and was beatifully clean and fresh looking. Our room was enormous with a huge bed, fantastic en-suite and - sheer luxury - a sunken bath on the balcony, which faced on to the beach. We had a lot of rain during our stay but lying in a hot bath on your balcony watching a tropical rainstorm is certainly an unusual and memorable experience, I can tell you! The weather meant we didn't get the chance to take full advantage of the pool area although, typically, on the day we were leaving the sun burst through and we did manage to catch a few hours around and in the pool after all. Very nice, very clean, plenty of beds and cabanas. We ate only breakfast at the hotel, which was excellent with probably the broadest range of delicious breakfast food we experienced during our trip. There are plenty of places to eat locally if you want to stray from the hotel, including a very good hawker court next door - try the sweet pancakes, truly scrummy - and the excellent Living Room around a 5 minute walk away. Overall, it was a great stay and I wouldn;'t hesitate to recommend the Lone Pine if you are visiting the area.

Room Tip: Pick a first floor room if you want to take advantage of the sunken bath on the balcony!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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KL, Malaysia
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Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

But sometimes I take a break from my usual backpacking budget and give places a try, a lot of my friends have been here and overall they live up to its name and service is good.

Besides the restored original portion of the hotel and the pine trees going for them, the design and the concept is more relaxed than the usual grand dame type of hotels you get around this area.

Would I come back again? Yes if someone else is paying, you do get what you pay for and it's great

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This was meant to be a special trip, and whilst - on the whole - we did enjoy our stay, there were simply too many oversights to be ignore: most significantly, I feel that the management/owners need to resolve whether this is indeed a true boutique hotel, or whether it is going to be like every other hotel along this Batu Ferringhi stretch; we were very touched that Guido was kind enough to upgrade us to a Premier Suite, and we very much appreciate the extra space, in particular the room length balcony..HOWEVER, we most certainly did not appreciate the fact that there was a company incentive function taking place in the middle of the afternoon, and we had to cope with a parade of corporate cheerleaders running all over the garden and having to squeeze our way through their function in order to get to the reception..then, there was the wedding! I have absolutely no issue with the weddings that are held in the front lawn, and frankly, I don't even mind the music and noise that continues on to the late evening..but it is not acceptable that one should be kept up until 1am by the noise of the staff clearing up after the wedding, and in particular the incessant rumbling and squeaking of the trolleys going to and from the kitchen/back rooms..there were several other incidents, but nothing else significant, mainly to do with slack staff..We do very much enjoy the Lone Pine, but it cannot rest on its laurels if it is to remain competitive in this market, and it really needs to sort out its identity crisis

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Southampton
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We had a 4 day stay in October 2013 and will definitely be returning. The staff were fantastic, and even though the hotel was fairly busy, it had a quiet atmosphere. Excellent cocktails in the bar, beautiful pool and lovely food. Lots of spaces to relax and spend some quiet time. We made use of the free shuttle bus to the E&O in Georgetown, although taxis are also pretty reasonable at around 40RM each way.

Room Tip: Pay a bit more and have a deluxe garden room - these have lovely sea views as well.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I went with a friend, both of us over 60, and we really enjoyed staying here. The staff were excellent and very helpful. Lovely room with a sea view and great facilities. Buffet breakfast was plentiful and catered for all tastes. It is on the local bus route from George Town and we went to the National Forest on the bus and back with no problems. Truly a great place to stay but it might be better for the local taxes and service charges to be included in the price, although you have to remember to add these extras on to anything you buy in Malaysia.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Second time visiting Lone Pine. Staff simply excellent and an asset to LP. Good sized rooms all facing sea views. Just feel that the price for the F&B side slightly high esp having to pay service charge for hotel guest. Surprised to be charged service charge and gov tax for shisha ! Would be better to include the tax prices and anything else in the display price.
This hotel isn't pretentious and you feel at home once you step in. Keep up the good service and please don't increase your prices.
Thanks to Lingesh and Head Sous Chef for allowing us to participate in the roti class. Will return again and thanks for the great memories :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lone Pine Hotel
Address: Lone Pine Hotel 97 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Batu Ferringhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#4 Family Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#4 Spa Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
#6 Luxury Hotel in Batu Ferringhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lone Pine Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in an idyllic spot along Penang's coastline, Lone Pine is Batu Ferringhi's only luxury boutique hotel. Renewed and rejuvenated after a lovingly undertaken restoration, Penang's favourite beachside boutique resort reopened its doors refreshed in design and facilities, but still infused with the same colonial spirit and idyllic charm that has made it one of Penang's legendary hotels. ... more   less 
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