Where to Stay in Georgetown

Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Georgetown

One of Malaysia’s most fascinating cities, Georgetown has managed to retain much of its cultural history. Fort Cornwallis and St. George’s Church are just a few examples of structures which have survived since the earliest colonial days while Chinatown and Little India have contributed some of the country’s finest temples. Yet the city’s predominant character is formed by the rows of peeling two-storey Chinese shop houses and huge parts of downtown Georgetown plays host to state-of-the-art hotels, neon-lit bars and air con shopping malls.

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G Hotel

Boasting a chic, fashionable design with ultra posh, contemporary furnishings and fixtures, G Hotel is a five-star venture that overlooks Penang’s popular Gurney Drive. The hotel has 304 air con rooms and 29 one- and two-bedroom apartments that feature en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Hotel facilities include a gym, an outdoor pool, seven restaurants and bars, a ballroom, meeting rooms, a nail salon and spa. Just across the road is a healthy stretch of beautiful beachfront and nearby attractions include the Plaza Gurney shopping centre.

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

The palatial Eastern & Oriental is nothing short of magnificent and is the grand-dame of Penang’s deluxe hotels – the hotel’s a throwback to the colonial area with opulently designed buildings that have been recreated to emulate the time period. Established in 1885, the five-star venture has played host to celebrities such as Somerset Maugham, Charlie Chaplin and Rudyard Kipling in the past and boasts air con rooms with wooden floors, Wi-Fi, spacious beds, en-suite bathrooms and living area. Hotel facilities include a beautiful outdoor pool, a grand ballroom, six function rooms, a sea-facing rambling outdoor garden, six restaurants and bars, a gym and sauna. Nearby sightseeing attractions include Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum plus the hotel also arranges transfers to its sister property, the Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Ferringhi, as well as to the Penang International Airport and Butterworth Railway Station. Read More...

Bayview Hotel Georgetown

One of our Top 10 Penang Hotels, the newly-renovated Bayview Hotel Georgetown is an award-winning, lavish high rise that is centrally located in the heart of town. The four-star hotel offers carpeted, air con rooms with comfy beds, work desks, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access (in most lodgings). The hotel is topped by a popular revolving restaurant and four other bars and restaurants as well as a ballroom, function rooms, a hair salon, spa, pool, heated outdoor Jacuzzi, gym, business centre and drugstore. Nearby sights include the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion as well as a smorgasbord of restaurants and bars. Gurney Drive is a 15-minute journey just down the road and the hotel’s very close to Georgetown’s beachfront. Read More...

Traders Hotel Penang

A business hotel with 443 carpeted, air con rooms the four-star Traders Hotel is one of Penang’s most popular upper level chain ventures. Lodging units feature Wi-Fi access, en-suite bathrooms and bay windows, and the establishment is flanked by two major shopping malls – KOMTAR and Prangin Mall. Hotel facilities include two pools, a sauna, gym, ballroom, eight function rooms, an aerobics studio and two restaurants plus the hotel has a complimentary shuttle running between the city and beach. Guests are allowed access to the CHI Spa as well as the restaurants and bars in Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Golden Sands Resorts located on Batu Feringgi Beach.

Hotel Equatorial Penang

The award-winning Hotel Equatorial houses a nine-hole international championship golf course, two ballrooms, a driving range, 21 function rooms, a fitness centre, sauna, an outdoor pool with manmade waterfall, indoor squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, an aerobics studio and a business centre. The hotel also plays host to five restaurants and bars and its 662 carpeted air con rooms are spacious with fully stocked mini-bars, en-suite bathrooms, comfy beds, work desks and free Wi-Fi access. The five-star venture provides free shuttle service that takes guests to the airport and nearby shopping malls. Queensbay Shopping Mall – the largest shopping mall in Penang – and the airport are less than seven km away from the hotel. Read More...

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