In my recent trip to Penang, I have chosen to stay in Eastern and Oriental Hotel because of it’s convenient location at Georgetown. Assuredly, with all the cafes and strips of hawker stalls found all over Georgetown. The hotel is superbly located in the heritage zone with a grand elegance of the British colonial era. A great place if food and culture is your main reason for the trip to Penang!
Travelling around in Penang is very convenient with GrabCar. The journey from Penang International Airport to Eastern and Oriental Hotel takes around 25 minutes at only RM22 (~S$7.40). I have reached E&O before I could doze off. If you are using GrabCar, do remove your credit card details from the app. I was double charged for my journey – cash payment to the driver and the app has deducted another RM22 from my credit card. Despite the fact that I have changed payment mode to cash, that doesn’t work.
Upon arrival at Eastern and Oriental Hotel, it looks like Singapore’s famous Raffles Hotel but at a fraction of the cost.
As this is our first visit to Eastern and Oriental Hotel, we have alighted at the “wrong wing”. There is two section at Eastern & Oriental Hotel – Heritage Wing and Victory Annexe. Thankfully, we met a friendly hotel receptionist and she brought us to E&O Heritage Wing. She has also briefly shared hotel facilities and restaurants along the walk from Victory Annexe to Heritage Wing.
The heritage wing was built in 1885, oh gosh! That’s over a century and a quarter history with its Moorish minarets and soaring echo-dome lobby.
We were given a welcome cocktail and cold scented towel upon arrival. We simply chilled in the lobby while waiting for our room to be ready.
The Deluxe Suite of 58 sqm with sea-view suite with a separate living area with writing desk area, bedroom, and luxurious bathroom. The view from the living room overlooked the panoramic views of the sea, clear skies and the pool with a marvelous view of the sunrise.
What I also like is the coffee machine where I can enjoy a cup of hot coffee any time of the day.
The king size bed is something I’ll look forward to reinvigorating after spending my day hunting for good food. The bed has a good mattress with a firm back support dressed in crisp white linen.
The spacious bathroom was luxurious marble with many toiletries. The bathtub includes a claw and ball long bath with separate shower stall equipped with “His” and “Her” hand basins and also a rainforest shower.
There is yoga session on Tuesdays and Thursday located just next to the pool.
Lovely breakfast at the serene Planter’s Lounge at level 6.
The seaside pool is very beautiful. The perfect place to relax or take OOTD.
While many are attracted and used to such modern yet busy city life, there are moments when you would want to escape from it and just find a place to unwind from the stress. Having a delicate afternoon tea at 1885 in the finest traditions of colonial style dining is probably my choice for unwinding after a busy schedule. All you have to do is to order your choice of tea. A selection of 16 different types of tea ranging from the classic English Breakfast to Fancy Sencha to Raspberry Royal. I have chosen Raspberry Royal for my afternoon. The Raspberry Royal makes a great palate cleanser with sun-ripened raspberry to serve between sweet and savoury rounds of afternoon tea.
- Finger Sandwiches
-Smoked Salmon Tartar, Pickled Cucumber, Lemon Aioli Sandwich Beetroot Loaf
-Crab Meat Slaw, Radish Shaving Herb Crust Pullman
-Corn Fed Chicken Ragout Gougeres
-Truffle Scented Egg, Poppy Seed Crusted Butter Bun
-Organic Spinach Quiche
-Marinated Tuna Flakes Charcoal Bread
-Curry Puff filled with Potato and Green Masala.
-Raison and Plain Scones
Served with Strawberry, Pineapple jam & Clotted Cream
-Exotic Fruit Tartlet
-Sicilian Cheese Cake -Raspberry Cremeux
-Belgium Marquise -Pandan Kaya.
English Afternoon Tea is served from 2PM – 5PM.
Afternoon Tea at RM72 per pax NETT.
-We paid for our hotel stay.
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