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The Bayview Beach Resort
At the western, and quieter, end of the beach, this is a gigantic place set in lovely palm-filled gardens...
This lovely new (opened 2010) hotel has the best rooms in town, each featuring a unique design. If only it was near the river rather than the highway.
Jerejak Rainforest Resort
This resort occupies a private island just off the southeast coast of Penang...
G Hotel Penang
The G exemplifies (and aggregates) the contemporary tides of design, lifestyle and luxury amenities sweeping Malaysia’s best hotels. Rooms are studies in minimalist, cubist cool, collections of geometric form set off by swatches of blocky colour...
Don't bring any mangosteens to this concrete giant lording over Jln Penang. While durians are usually the offending fruit, this hotel puts a second fruit on the forbidden list in order avoid staining its fluffy white duvets...
Hotel Grand Continental Penang
The 23-storey Grand Continental is a soaring modern chain hotel handily placed just south of the Komtar bus station. Rooms are smart and reasonably sized and there's a rooftop pool with great views over town...
Lone Pine Hotel
Batu Ferringhi's original hotel, established in 1948 still feels like a 1950s holiday camp (remember Dirty Dancing?)...
Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
One of several five-star high-rises strung out along the shoreline on Gurney Dr, 4km west of the city centre, this hotel has reliably good service although, for the price, rooms are getting to be on the old side...
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
One of the classic grande-dame hotels of the famous Sarkies brothers, hoteliers extraordinaire to the British Empire in Asia, the E&O isn’t so much a throwback to the colonial era (the building is not the original hotel) as a concerted effort at r...
Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang
The Bayview pretty much tops out the corporate-tower genre of Penang hotels, both in terms of quality and price, although seasonal specials keep rates competitive...
Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya
This modern tower close to the Penang Bird Park in the suburb of Seberang Jaya is aimed primarily at business travellers, with the usual smart international setup. Rooms sport ‘oversized beds’, and you can even get ‘karaoke on demand’ through your TV.
Golden Sands Resort By Shangri La
In the same Shangri-La family as the high-class Rasa Sayang this hotel is more like the group's big-haired, cheesy-grinned little sister...
Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang
The Sunway is a modern glass tower close to the centre of town, offering 240 spacious rooms and good business facilities. It also has a swimming pool and gym, and can arrange golf excursions...
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Built in the 1880s, the magnificent Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze, a Hakka merchant-trader who left China as a penniless teenager and eventually established a vast financial empire throughout east Asia, earning himself th...
Another accidentally retro place, the Continental brings us into the bright-geometric-print '80s. It's a gigantic hotel with 200 comfortable midrange rooms with fridges and TV...
Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
A vast luxury resort on a fine stretch of beach. All rooms have balconies, many with sea views. There’s a health club, tennis courts, putting green, several restaurants and all the bowing, scraping service and grandiosity you’d expect at such a price.
Ymca International Hostel, Penang
A fair way out of the town centre, Penang's YMCA offers the usual simple but spotless standards you would expect. It has a couple of restaurants and a shop, and is a pleasant alternative to the rougher-edged hostels in town...
Love Lane Inn
Pastel colours brighten the dim corridors opening up to the tiny courtyards and sitting areas of this basic hostel. Singles are boxy and windowless but doubles are bigger and usually have three beds. The entire establishment is sparkling clean...
The Hutton’s exterior promises a bit more than its interior delivers. From the outside, you see and expect an Old World jaunt with the allure of Asia during the Jazz Age. But the rooms, while comfy and spacious, look like Ikea bed sets for children...
Et Budget Guesthouse
A double-storey house with basic rooms, most with shared bathroom. The pricier air-con rooms come with TVs and showers.
Tidy family home with plain rooms, most with shared bathrooms. The dearer air-con rooms come with fridges and showers.
Old Penang Guest House
This hotel is probably the only budget heritage hotel in town that feels as if its been put through a laundry machine. Particularly a boutique-ish laundry machine...