There are many different types of accommodation in Penang, but only a handful of places to stay in this part of Malaysia are authentic five-star accommodation. All three five-star hotels in Penang overlook the island's stunning coast and can be found in Penang's two best known tourist destinations, historic George Town and the Batu Ferringhi beach retreat.
None of the numerous colonial properties in George Town city centre can rival the luxury of the all-suite Eastern And Oriental Hotel. This has been one of George Town's most prestigious places to stay ever since it was first founded by the Sarkies brothers in 1884. Eastern And Oriental Hotel guests can even enjoy 24-hour butler service.
The bathrooms are marble and the floors are timber in all 127 Eastern And Oriental Hotel suites. Many of George Town's most historic landmarks can be seen from this property's private seafront promenade, which also includes an outdoor restaurant and swimming pool.
The G Hotel Kelawai is a far more contemporary, yet no less luxurious, Penang 5-star hotel located on Gurney Drive, a popular seaside boardwalk situated west of George Town and east of Batu Ferringhi. Guests can rent bicycles at no extra charge during their stay at this trendy establishment just a 10-minute walk from the Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram temple and Gurney Plaza Shopping Centre.
The most luxurious beach resort in Penang, however, is probably Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. Some of the most sumptuous features at this five-star Batu Ferringhi beach resort include menus on every pillow, a pitch and putt golf course with nine holes, three tennis courts, and a spa with 11 private villas as well as a separate yoga pavilion. Guests can also enjoy cigars, wine, and outstanding views with their Ferringhi Grill meals.
These three five-star hotels in Penang all have different locations and atmosphere, but all three properties share many common features. Childcare services, swimming pools, free internet access, free bottled water, and well stocked minibars are on the long list of facilities to pamper guests at all Penang five-star hotels.