My Husband and I stayed here for the last 4 days of a 2 week holiday, a lot of time before which was spent trekking in rainforests and exploring cities, so we were really looking for somewhere to just relax and unwind - well this certainly delivered! I work in a 5* hotel, so have high standards when it comes to luxury hotels, and as this was my little treat after 10 days of more basic accommodation I had high expectations as well, but both were more than satisfied!
The room was amazing - huge, comfortable bed with gorgeous silky smooth sheets, and an actual duvet rather than just a sheet or a heavy bedspread - this combined with the excellent blackout curtains meant we had the few best nights sleep of the whol journey. The other facilities were also fabulous - huge, powerful shower, fluffy towels and bathrobes, plenty of complimentary goodies incluidng the flip flops and a wide range of toiletries - we also appreciated the selection of teas (and hot chocolate!) and the complimentary soft drinks.
And the balcony?! Wow! Fantastic view overlooking the sea and with a huge outdoor bath! This got used every day - the water pressure was so high it made mountains of bubbles and the novelty of lying in the bath on a warm evening was just brilliant! The area immediately in front of the bath was screen for privacy, so you had a chance to wrap a towel around yourself before anyone could have seen you - only the very prudish would have felt on-show out here! The daybed and table and chairs were also lovely areas to use whilst reading a book, and we ordered room service one night and had an enjoyable evening eating and drinking out here.
The pool area was lovely - lots of loungers, plentiful fluffy towels and the poolside drinks and food were yummy! I agree with other reviewers that the beach wasn't brilliant, but we came to Penang for the food and culture and not the beaches, and I personally prefer walking along beaches than lying on them, so it didn't affect us at all!
There was a free shuttle service into Georgetown which made exploring easy, and the immediate Batu Ferringhi area (although a little tacky) was fun at night - there was an excellent Hawker centre right outside the hotel, and the night market was fun, and whilst the majority of the wares were dodgy knock-off handbags, watches and DVD there were a few nice pieces amongst them and we picked up some nice laquerware, carved wooden items and jewellery.
We tested the spa one afternoon and had a fantastic facial and massage - again, the prices felt very reasonable by UK standards - there were cheaper options available in Batu Ferrnghi, but I doubt the experience would have been as relaxing or the products as good.
However, the main thing that made us enjoy this hotel so much? Hands down the food! Breakfast was just incredible - the biggest selection of any hotel I've ever stayed at - whether you wanted fresh Nasi Goreng, Curry and Roti (which you could cook over a BBQ!) or wanted a bit of home comfort with the Full English or freshly cooked pancakes, all were provided, along with a huge slection of fresh fruit, bread, pastries and spreads, yoghurts, fruit juices, iced chocolate, porridge, continental cheeses and meats - anything you could possibly want for breakfast! It was served from 6.30 until 11am, and you really could stay for ages, reading a book and grazing - fabulous!
We ate out for a couple of nights, but ended up coming back to the bar afterwards - it had a very cool retro 70's vibe and the cocktails were yummy, and by the local standards not too expensive at all.
We also attended the Friday night unlimited buffet - the unlimited wine was very good quality, and they also served unlimited beer, and the food quantity and quality was similar to breakfast in the amount of choice - a variety of different types of curry, rice and noodles, Chef's barbequing meat to order, a make-you-own soup station, and a huge selection of fresh seafood! There was also an amazing display of desserts including a chocolate fountain and inc-cream station - not exactly fine dining, no, but really fun, and very tasty food, and for the price we felt very good value!
The only negative I can find was that the wifi was a little slow sometimes - that didn't really bother us most of the time as we were there to relax - it was only an issue when I ran out of books and it took 15 minutes to download a new book to my Kindle - something that usually only takes 2 minutes!
However, overall we loved this hotel - it felt luxurious without being stuffy and the staff were all very professional but still friendly. Our room felt like a little coccoon away from the world, but it was also very easy to relax by the pool. That and the food made this place a real gem!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lone Pine Batu Ferringhi
- Hotel Lone Pine
- Lone Pine Hotel Penang/Batu Ferringhi