Penang’s capital Georgetown plays host to the crème de la crème of the island’s culinary and retail therapy offerings but it’s the beautiful, remarkably clean beaches of Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bunggah that make people stay. Most people come to Batu Ferringhi during the day for the sandy shoreline and spend the nights here drinking at the bars and bistros. The road runs relatively straight down the length of the coast for three km and most of the area’s hotels are lined up side by side here. Wildly popular, it should hardly come as a surprise if you’re out of luck when it comes to on-the-spot room stays – most hotels along this stretch fill up quickly, especially during the weekends and holidays, so a lot of people book ahead of time. Hotels strive to outdo each other in aesthetic appeal – after all, it’s the equivalent of Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and you’ll see most of these deluxe ventures sporting chandeliers and marble lobbies, cascading foyer waterfalls, ultra posh reception areas, glass elevators, and extravagant mock-Malay architecture.
Holiday Inn Resort Penang
The Penang branch of Holiday Inn is divided into two main blocks located on either side of the street and boasts 358 garden- and sea-facing air con rooms that feature timber flooring, rattan furniture and flat-screen TVs. The four-star hotel also offers special ‘Kidsuites’ equipped with bunk beds, themed decor, TVs, video and PlayStation consoles. One of our Top 10 Penang Hotels, Holiday Inn’s facilities includes a pool, Kids’ Club, private beach, games room, three restaurants and bars, tennis courts, a gym and a massage and reflexology centre. Nearby sightseeing offerings include numerous Chinese seafood restaurants as well as a few well-known bars such as the Sunset Bistro. Read More...
Boasting 309 air con rooms with wooden floors, private balconies, king-sized beds and attached bathrooms, the five-star Parkroyal Penang is a popular idyllic retreat. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, eight function rooms, an on-site spa, a gym, four bars and three restaurants, three ballrooms, a tennis court and kids’ club. The resort has its own private stretch of beach and nearby sightseeing attractions may be limited but there’s a variety of Chinese seafood restaurants as well as bars such as the Sunset Bistro. Read More...
Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Featuring an unconventional layout, the four-star Hard Rock Hotel rivals some of the best five-star establishments. The posh property looks exactly like a genuine Las Vegas outfit and sports glitzy rock n’ roll memorabilia throughout as well as swanky furnishings and fixtures. The trendy and knowledgeable staff members make you feel like you’re a VIP guest beginning your walk down the red carpet. The hotel has 248 incredibly fashionable rooms with flat-screen TVs, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, wireless internet, trendy en-suite bathrooms, spacious and comfy beds and private balconies featuring views of the gorgeous sprawling pool, poolside café, a colourful fun kids’ play pool area and the beach. Read More...
Golden Sands Resort By Shangri - La
One of our Top 10 Penang Hotels, the brand new Golden Sands Resort is a sprawling award-winning venture. Boasting 387 carpeted, air con rooms with spacious and comfy beds, attached bathrooms, wireless internet access, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, these lodgings rival some of the best five-star accommodations on the entire island. Hotel facilities include two outdoor lagoon-style pools, three tennis courts, a golf course, gym, water sports centre, spa, beauty centre and six bars and restaurants including the award-winning Peppino. Additional unique facilities include the Adventure Zone – an indoor air-conditioned one-of-a-kind entertainment kids’ venue that houses drop slides, modular play equipment, a game zone, toddler area, a Kids’ club, themed birthday party rooms and a café. The hotel has its own private beach and offers complimentary shuttle services to Georgetown. Its next door neighbour is sister resort, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort.
Lone Pine Penang
Established in 1948, the newly-restored Lone Pine is a gorgeous retreat with 50 rooms, housed in two- and three-storey blocks, and Batu Ferringhi’s sandy shoreline at its backyard. The first hotel to be constructed on Batu Ferringhi Beach and now the only boutique hotel along this stretch, the spacious air con lodgings feature comfy beds, attached bathrooms and private balconies shaded by a veil of lofty casuarina trees, facing the sea. The five-star establishment’s facilities include a restaurant and bar and an outdoor swimming pool; there is a night bazaar just a short walk away.