Top Hotels in Penang
The hotels listed here are selected as the best in their respective categories – having set the standards for others to follow or simply trailblazers who have carved their very own niche in the competitive hospitality industry. Check out the top hotels in Penang , and if you are planning to visit, see the best deals they have to offer!
Best for the hip crowd: Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock brand needs no introduction. It will appeal to the rocker in you and hotel’s Hard Rock Café offer live entertainment that are among the best on the island. Throw in the beachfront location on Batu Feringgi, the longest and most happening pool area in Penang that are kids-friendly as well and we have a winner on all fronts.
Upgrade to the hotel’s King Floor for extra privileges and try the hotel’s Pizzeria restaurant for arguably the best Italian food around.
Best for budget : Ryokan Chic Hostels
Tired of budget hotels with cockroaches, lumpy mattresses and no-go toilets ? Try Ryokan, a Japanese themed hostel offering safe, clean accommodation and modern features of chic boutique hotels for travellers on a shoestring budget. CCTV monitoring system and Wifi connectivity are available throughout the hostel and there's even a special ladies' dorm.
Ryokan is located on Muntri Street, right in the heart of George Town, Penang.
Being located between Chulia Street, Love Lane and Penang Road makes Ryokan the perfect accommodation as its smacked right in the middle of the backpackers' haven.
Best for luxury : Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Located on the famed Batu Feringgi Beach, this is arguably the finest 5-star deluxe accommodation available in Penang. This iconic resort sits on 30 acres of lush tropical gardens dotted with majestic centuries-old raintrees and stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Traditional Malay design elements and art pieces blend with contemporary facilities to create a spell-binding retreat with top-notch service. The resort’s Rasa Wing premier rooms come with private outdoor tub on the balcony while CHI, The Spa offers the most luxurious spa treatments on the island.
Best for family: Golden Sands Resort
A veritable tropical paradise located on Batu Feringgi beach, Golden Sands Resort is one the best 4-star hotels in the country with extensive range of recreational facilities that include a water sports centre, three tennis courts, a Par 3 Executive Golf Course, two swimming pools and Adventure Zone, a Family Entertainment Centre as well as exciting daily organised activities. The resort’s Deluxe Seafacing rooms with a pull-down Murphy bed that accommodates a third person in the room and can be retracted for more room space during the day.
Best for flashpackers: Muntri Mews
Formerly a stables and coach house for carriages serving George Town’s wealthy Chinese families, Muntri Mews offers affordable boutique-style accommodation (numbering only nine suites in total) in beautifully restored rows of 19th century Chinese terrace homes on Muntri Street. From here, it is within easy walking distance to all the listed heritage attractions – perfect for intrepid explorers bent on discovering the real Georgetown.
The hotel’s unique concept and its friendly staff who offer personalised service are a refreshing departure from the standard offerings you would find at the larger, international-chain city hotels.
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Best for Business: Eastin Hotel
Located within the The Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone, 5 minutes from the Penang Bridge and 10 minutes from the Penang International Airport, Eastin Hotel Penang houses 328 rooms with modern amenities and complimentary internet. Business people on the move can also indulge in a little shopping as Penang’s largest lifestyle mall – Queensbay Mall, is a mere stroll away. For sightseeing, an excursion to the George Town heritage enclave is a 20-minute ride away. Whether for business or leisure, Eastin Hotel Penang offers plenty and at great value for money.
Best Boutique Hotel: Yeng Keng Hotel
Yeng Keng Hotel is a 20-room newly restored 19th century building on Chulia Street, arguably the most colourful and happening street in the World Heritage site of George Town. Street hawkers, budget hotels, coffee shop bars and antique shop houses line this vibrant and bustling street, so there’s never a dull moment day or night.
The location is perfect to venture out and enjoy the historical city walk and the city’s best nightlife on Upper Penang Road is also a short walk away. The hotel also houses a restaurant that serves excellent Hainanese food.
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Best for the alternative crowd: Noordin Mews
This is a new hotel with an attitude as its management sets out to openly welcome the LGBT community. It also has a pet-friendly policy for guests who travel with their four-legged friends. Even if you are not part of this community, Noordin Mews is still an immaculately-restored boutique heritage hotel situated within strolling distance to the George Town heritage enclave and some of the best street hawker centres in town.
Noordin Mews houses 16 air-conditioned bedrooms equipped with modern amenities and tastefully restored retro fittings and furniture.
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