MalaysiaWeekend Getaways

Where to stay in Penang: hotels from George Town to Batu Ferringhi beach

By , July 07, 2016

World’s #1 foodie destination and a popular destination of low-cost airliners from Singapore, Penang is perfect for a weekend getaway. While you book your hour 25-minute flight, check out user recommended hotels for where to stay in Penang…

George Town

Museum Hotel Penang | 87/100 tRI™

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Museum Hotel Penang prides itself on being the only antique-themed hotel in the world. From gold-painted, carved wooden-doors to the Straits Chinese porcelain tableware, the Peranakan influence is unmistakable at this top rated boutique hotel in the heart of George Town. The self proclaimed “hidden gem of the isle” showcases a private, guest-only, vintage collection of furniture and artifact placed in throughout the hotel, including guest rooms, so as to give guests the chance to take a step back in time to the area’s rich colonial past. Free breakfast!

Less than a 10 minute walk away is George Town’s favourite coffee shop; Joo Hooi Cafe, located on Penang Road. Here’s where to get that assam laksa you’ve been craving and to go ahead and indulge in a icy bowl of chendol – you’re on holiday after all.

The Blue Mansion Penang | 90/100 tRI™

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A ten-minute walk from the Museum Hotel Penang lies another top rated boutique hotel; Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, more famously known as The Blue Mansion for its distinct indigo-blue outer walls. Designed with the principles of Fengshui, the mansion is a winner of UNESCO’s Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award. Guided tours are available, and whaddayaknow – it is also the top rated boutique hotel in George Town! To truly experience living like a 19th century Penangite stay in the Tang Suites where your soaking up of the history can be done while soaking in the in-room Jacuzzi. A 5 minute walk to China Town and a 10 minute drive/40 minute walk along the coast to Gurney Dive, the hotel’s location couldn’t be more ideal. Free breakfast!

Right down the street (also on Leith Street) is Georgetown Wines – a great distraction from Penang’s street food, should you need it. Though small, the restaurant has its own wine cellar, and serves fare that’s more on the exotic side incuding Moroccan grilled lamb chops and churros. Ideal for when you want to call it an early night and eat close to the hotel though don’t want to miss out on a flavourful experience.

Eastern & Oriental Hotel | 92/100 tRI™

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In order to evoke the spelndour of Penang’s colonial past, the historic Eastern & Oriental Hotel has to make sure its design is a perfect blend between modern and classic. Step into any of George Town’s top rated 5 star’s rooms and find brand new furniture that looks like it was teleported directly from an old world carpenter’s work bench. On top of the stunning views from inside the hotel the tantalising seafront view is what you need to be soaking in, preferably while lounging in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang | 75/100 tRI™


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For a nightcap with unbeatable views, look no further than the Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Skybar, perched atop the Bayview Hotel Penang. As the name implies, it boasts a 360-degree rooftop view of George Town. This dizzying bliss is not just from the boozy concoctions; we can’t really tell! Allow us to draw your attention to the main hotel building, and the hotel’s other food choices for three-sixtieth’s of a second…freshly made omelets, juices, ayam curry and more at the extensive multi-culti breakfast buffet that starts at 6:30 am at restaurant Kopi Tiam! Note that double rooms are a cosy 16.7 square metres and have a king-sized/two single beds, and that the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and kid’s pool.

What to do in George Town…

Street Art

You might as well keep your phone in hand as your walk through the city of George Town as you’ll quickly develop a habit of capturing Pokémon all the characters painted on the walls of old buildings. Know that there are two main “collections” of wall art; metal caricature sculptures and painted murals by Ernest Zacharevic. We love this brochure from the state tourism bureau that has a walking guide to all the street art with details of each piece.

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G Hotel Kelawai | 87/100 tRI™


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Stay at the top rated 5 star in the Jelutong suburb of George Town. Just a 10 minute walk to the Gurney Drive Hawker Centre (a stretch of open-air food stalls near the waterfront promenade), less than 15 minutes by car to both Tanjung Bungah’s beaches and, in the other direction, to the centre of George Town, G Hotel Kelawai is our hotel choice for best location.

Once you’ve settled in and are hungry, head down to The Little Nyonya Cuisine tucked in the basement of the Gurney Plaza, located next to the hotel, for some Chinese-Malay fusion cuisine known as “Nyona” and order  sweet-and-sour Asam Pedas fish, sambal prawn, and sweet Cendol. Do not wear your tight-fitting Nyonya kebaya to dinner ladies!

Batu Ferringhi

Hard Rock Hotel Penang | 84/100 tRI™


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Want to rock ‘n roll? The Hard Rock Hotel Penang, a 15-minute cab drive from downtown George Town is located in the suburb of Batu Ferringhi. This music-themed, luxury resort has a free-form beach pool with a pool bar – a necessity to ensure guests stay happy and hydrated from dancing to great tunes all day in the sun. For visitors inclined to keep dry, the Hard Rock Cafe serves a long list of international cocktails/mocktails and has what’s arguably the most fun, live entertainment in town.