Pulau Pinang Holiday Guide

Packing your luggage for your next holiday destination? All prepared for the food haven of Malaysia, Penang except for accommodation? Here are some unbiased reviews for top hotels in Penang Island.

Bayview Beach Resort

Ideally located along the northern coast of Penang, guests who opt to stay here can enjoy the scenic view of Batu Ferringhi Bay. Comprising 366 elegant guestrooms including 98 suites and 2 penthouses, all the units are generous in size. Most of the rooms overlook the clear waters and golden sand of Batu Ferringhi (also known as Foreigner’s Rock).

The resort is a perfect accommodation for leisure travelers, holidaymakers as well as high powered businessmen. Children can have fun in the sun while adults can indulge in swimming or other more exciting water sports such as para sailing. Guests will be mesmerized with the beautiful sight of swaying palm trees and the resort’s award-winning landscaped gardens.

Generally, the rooms are relatively expansive. Tastefully furnished complete with various facilities and amenities such as hair dryer, in-house movies, IDD telephone, electronic keycard lock system, in-room Internet line access, mini bar and in-room safe, each room comes together with a private balcony overlooking either the pristine nature or whispering tides.

Penang is famous for hawker’s food such as asam laksa, prawn mee and char kway teow. For those who are looking for exquisite and exotic delights, you do not have to travel far as there are several restaurants within the resort serving scrumptious and mouth-watery local and international feasts. For authentic local delights, La Veranda Coffee House is definitely your choice. Other restaurants serving good food with excellent service are the Mistral Euro-Oriental Restaurant, Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant, Sunken Pool Bar, Kelapa Coffee & Wi-fi Bar as well as Bay Lounge Bar.

Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort

Another posh resort located along the beachfront of Batu Ferringhi surrounded by pristine nature, Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort redefines four-star deluxe hotel in Penang Island. Catered to leisure travelers, honeymooners and families, the resort offers a wide range of recreational facilities such as tennis courts, a Par 3 exclusive gold course, swimming pools and adventure zone, water sports centre as well as a family entertainment centre. So while you bask in the sun, your kids can enjoy themselves in the adventure zone.

In 2009, Golden Sands Resort was awarded the prestigious Best Family Holiday / Resort Excellence Award for its warm Malaysian hospitality and contemporary luxury. On another hand, the 387 elegantly furnished guestrooms come in six room types – Superior Hillview, Superior Hillview Family, Deluxe Seafacing, Executive Seaview and Executive Seaview Suite. When you walk into the room, you’ll be mesmerized with the spaciousness and elegance that the resort is famous for.

What’s better than enjoying scrumptious cuisine in relaxing environment overlooking the panoramic view of Batu Ferringhi beach? Garden Café is an open-air premise overlooking tropical greenery that serves only the best local delights and international fares. Designed with dramatic lighting and furnished with impressive white oak furniture, the café serves themed buffet lunches and dinners during festive seasons. On the other hand, Sigi’s Bar and Grill is perfect for family occasions and private wedding celebrations.

Hotel Equatorial Penang

Penang’s only golf and convention resort, Hotel Equatorial is like no other accommodation on the island. Ideally located on a hillock, foreign tourists can easily get to the resort as it is only 7 minutes away from Penang International Airport. Well, it seems that Hotel Equatorial redefines five-star posh hotel with contemporary luxury. Comprising 655 spacious guestrooms and suites, each is sophisticatedly designed complete with thoughtful amenities for guests’ comfort and convenience.

Unlike any other hotels on the island, Hotel Equatorial has an 18-hole international golf course specially catered to golf enthusiasts and high powered businessmen. With two large grand ballrooms, business travelers can hold meeting, conference, seminar or talks here as it can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Guests can choose from wide range of room types from Superior rooms to Senator Suite. For corporate travelers who are longing for stylish and superb accommodation, go for Garden Suite Serviced Apartment.

No trip to Penang is complete without trying local delicacies. Here in Hotel Equatorial, guests will be spoilt for choice as the restaurants serve exquisite Western delights and exotic local fares. For authentic Cantonese cuisine, Golden Phoenix is definitely your choice. Kampachi serves delicious Japanese cuisines while The View is a fine dining restaurant serving classic French delights.

Parkroyal Hotel Penang

Yet another luxurious hotel located amidst the lush tropical greenery in Batu Feringghi beach. Guests will feel welcome at Parkroyal Hotel Penang as warm and hospitable staffs greet you at the door. Ideally situated along the beachfront, guests can either bask in the sun or try exciting water sports. As the night market is located within walking distance from the hotel, guests can experience different cultures and flavours of Malaysia.

The sophisticated 309 guestrooms will take your breath away as each has private balcony overlooking scenic ocean view. The rooms are also tastefully furnished with thoughtful amenities to ensure you have a memorable and pleasant stay in the hotel. Comprising six room types from Standard Hillview to Family Room; and five suites, guests won’t be disappointed with the facilities and amenities offered here. You can spend all-day lazing by the pool or head down to the beachfront water sports centre.

There are several restaurant options at Parkroyal Hotel Penang to satisfy guests’ cravings for local delicacies. If you are looking for sumptuous Asian and International feasts, head down to Tamarind Brasserie. For those who prefer to laze by the poolside, you can always order beverages at Cool Bananas Poolside Café. The cool and idyllic setting at Uncle Zack By-The-Beach offers an unforgettable dining experience.

Traders Hotel Penang

Ideally located within major commercial and shopping zones in Penang, Traders Hotel remains one of the top choices for banqueting and corporate meetings as one of the largest ballrooms is available here in the hotel. The 443 guestrooms are generous in size. The warm, hospitable and experience staffs at Traders Hotel ensure you a pleasant experience throughout your stay on the island. Renowned for superb and excellent services, Traders Hotel offers airport transfer, car rental service, baby-sitting and child care service, laundry and valet service, safe deposit box and facilities for disabled guests.

Guests will be spoilt for choice at Traders Hotel, Penang as the dining restaurants serve mouth-watery local delicacies and European feasts. Accompanied by a wide array of beverage and wine menu, guests can enjoy a drink or two with your buddies in the Lobby Lounge. For classic French cuisine served in chic bistro setting, The Brasserie is definitely your choice. For a taste of local flavours and exquisite international fares, head down to The Islander as guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal in an inviting dining ambiance.

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