This hotel is a very good four star hotel. My family and I spent a very pleasant weekend at the hotel recently and already my children are asking when we can go back. The pool at the hotel is a lovely salt water one with plenty of sun lounges placed alongside the pool and dotted throughout the hotel grounds along with several hammocks, just the thing for lazing the day away. The pool, indeed the whole grounds are shaded by large Casuarina trees which make it very pleasant on hot days. The beach at Batu Ferringhi on which the hotel is located, whilst lovely to look at (all rooms have some sort of sea view) is unsuitable for swimming. The water doesn't look clean and there are a number of water sports- para sailing, banana boats, jet skis going on all day which make swimming dangerous if not impossible. If it's beach you are after, Langkawi is a much better option. The hotel itself is newly renovated and the rooms are modern and well appointed, we took a Delux room which had a separate room for the children, who slept on a very large day bed. We could have had an extra bed but didn't need it. Unfortunately and this is where the hotel falls down in my view, the bed was very firm- it was one of the modern slat types. The bathroom was large and modern, with a great overhead shower. Strangely there was no separate bathroom door, so anyone walking into the room could see into the shower and toilet. The bath in our room at least, was on the balcony, a very nice touch. There was also a day bed on the balcony to admire the view. The food at the hotel (we only dined in the Bungalow) was only so-so. The massages at the spa were good. The rooms were well air conditioned and the free wi fi, worked a treat. We didn't have much time to explore Penang, but would recommend Hi Tea at the E&O Hotel or having a drink at the bar there. The E&O is very similar to Raffles Hotel, Singapore though without the grounds of the Raffles. The children enjoyed the night market , which is located just out front of the hotel and a burger at the Hard Rock cafe a short taxi ride away. Unfortunately we didn't get much time to try Penang's famous street food - next time!
- 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