Eastern And Oriental Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang, 10200, Malaysia

17 Reviews

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  • ozpaul's Profile Photo



    How can you begin to describe this hotel?? If you are going to indulge yourself once in your lifetime – this has to be the hotel. We were met on arrival with a delicious cocktail and cool towels. As we sat having our drinks the hotel was explained to us by a friendly staff member. We were then escorted to our suite – overlooking the pool and the Straits of Malacca. Wonderful King size bed – gorgeous bathroom and roomy sitting room.

    Unique Quality: The view from the room was beautiful. Great location - slightly away from the huistle and bustle of Georgetown but close enough if you want to walk to the main shopping/dining areas. Breakfast contained a large selection of foods, however, during our stay the selection did not vary all that much.

    Directions: Right on the Straits of Malacca

  • gravity6's Profile Photo

    Great Food


    Like other reviewers, we didn't actually stay here, we had a drink the bar which overlooks the ocean. We also had the afternoon tea which was very elegant and had the Saturday night buffet that was amazing (about $50 AUD) for a huge spread with seafood, Asian and Western Food hot and cold inlcuding an extensive carvery and about 30 different desserts with beer and wine included.

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    The Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang Island, north of Peninsular Malaysia is unique since the hotel is housed in colonial charm with a rich history. Leisure facilities at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang Island, north of Peninsular Malaysia include a fitness centre facing the verandah and the sea, sauna and magnificent swimming pool overlooking the Straits of Penang.

    Directions: Take a walk to Fort Cornwallis, the City Hall and the Penang State Museum. Browse the shops, bazaars and restaurants for great bargains and delicious treats, and discover temples, mosques and churches in quiet little corners.

  • tremendopunto's Profile Photo

    Great style


    I didnt stay here this time, but walking around Georgetown the colonial architecture attracted me to a visit. It is a beautiful place with a nice fusion of colonial and Chinese architecture and art - situated right on the shore with a beautiful garden to enjoy a cup of tea.
    Next time a stay in here should be planned, really nica!

  • Carino's Profile Photo

    Eastern and Oriental Hotel


    Eastern & Oriental Hotel is also known as E&O and is one of the finest hotels in Penang.
    It is located in a colonial style building and you can feel the history and tradition once you are inside.

    Yet even though the hotel and rooms are clearly 5 star standard, the service is not. They mixed up our bills with another room, the breakfast buffet was not fully built up until 1 hour after the breakfast time, they constantly run out of plates during dinner buffet and the served wine could only be used for cooking at best.

    At check out I have left my feedback, which staff just ignored. They never asked me whether I had a nice stay. E&O, please train your staff better.

    Unique Quality: The rooms are just out of this world! They are spacious with antique furniture and all facilities you need. The breakfast and dinner buffet was also lovely in terms of food, but as mentioned not in terms of service and drinks.

  • Restless-in-kl's Profile Photo

    Grand Dame of Penang


    This is one of the oldest hotel in Penang built during the British Occupation. Though I have not stayed here before, I remembered visiting this hotel when I was a little girl sitting for a piano exam.

    I remembered walking on wood paneled floor and looking at a huge four poster bed and experiencing a very English ambience.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo

    Grand Dame Hotel of Penang


    Placed in the same category as Singapore's Raffles, HK's Peninsular, Bangkok's Oriental, the E & O Hotel has a historical guest lists of Who's Who during the rule of the Imperial British Empire.

    Had the opportunity to stay overnight. Liked the old hand operated elevator, the enormous bathroom and swam in the small swimming pool with a nice view of the hotel and the sea.

    There is still the old world's charm during the heydays when the rubber plantation and tin min English managers would gather with their families for some civilized dining and clever conversation still exuding in the hotel.

    The location of E&O is excellent in downtown George Town at the end of Upper Penang Road. If you can afford, why not stay here at least once. Another option is to have tea at one of the restaurants.

  • Reminiscence from the Colonial Period....


    It is beautiful. One word. Want to feel how would have been like those days during colonial times, to be living in a posh and intricately designed mansion, whitewashed, and grand. This is it! Pretty pricey, may have dress codes to enter, it being one of the top hotels in Penang, but its all worth the stay and experience....Its overlooks azure, glistening in the sun sea view. Whats more....

    The room itself is exquisite. A common hotel it is, but with extra fine touches to tickle your senses, and refresh a bored mind...Its truly welcoming, inviting, and so romantic perfect for a romantic night out.

    The famous writer, Rudyard Kipling has stayed here and yes, there's a suite dedicate dto him, The best part, if you are vying to be a writer yourself, maybe it pays to pay to stay in it and be inspired.

    There are also suites fit for the King. Believe me, i have seen the suite and my jaw did drop to the floor. Need i say more...

    The serve good food too. They have a bakery with mouth-watering tiny winy delights. Local and International cuisines are served by equally efficient crew.

    E & O, an indulgence, everyone deserves

    Unique Quality: Its located near historical places, musuem and shopping centres. All between walking distance. You need night life, there is a stretch of clubs just across the road. Its always lively. Oh ya, as you enter you will be greeted with never tired smiles....

  • Linda_T's Profile Photo

    Step back in time


    We loved our stay here at the E&O. It was like being transported back in time. The staff were friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very welcome. The hotel is like an Oasis in Georgetown, once you step into the foyer you feel as if you are in another world. It's definately worth staying there if the budget allows.

  • Old Time Charm


    The suite I stayed at is spacious, nicely decorated with old fashion furniture together with modern day amenities in the bathroom. I enjoyed the stay and the hospitality of the staff and would definitely make a point to stay at it when I visit Penang again.

    Unique Quality: This majestic hotel preserves a lot of old world charms from the colonial days. Upon entering the lobby, one cannot help being swept back to the colonial time by its ambiance and aura. The echo dome makes every amateur singer a pro.

  • Dream Hotel


    We stayed at the E&O in February 2006. Some words of adivice : If you want to stay in a beach resort and are looking for sand and sun definitely don`t go here ! If you are fascinated about staying in a real Grand Hotel inmidst the unique city of Georgetown :THIS IS YOUR HOTEL ! The E&O is so different from most of the hotels we stayed on many trips worldwide.Mainly you expect a decent room, good service and location and a reasonable rate. Here everything is so different: The suites ( there are suites only ) are really big, perfect
    interior design a la colonial style and opening the windows gives a grat seafront view.
    We hired a trishaw right in front of the hotel for 2 1/2 hours ( 50 Ringitt / 12.5 € /15$ )and enjoyed the best sightseeing tour we ever had . Hop on and off in it´s real meaning.
    The E&O is a hotel which is quite unique - Connaisseurs only .

    Directions: Near the historic center of Georgetown

  • preadhead's Profile Photo

    A taste of Colonial Culture


    Our stay in Penang began with five nights at the Georgetown hotel known affectionately as the E&O. We were greeted with a refreshing sherbet drink and cold towels. The doorman and porters were dressed in colonial style British Raj attire and staff displayed delightful Malaysian hospitality. Our suite had polished wood floors and turkish rugs. The white wood framed windows have a view over the pool and sea. Rooms are furnished with high quality replica antiques.The Victorian bathroom was sumptuous, with deep bath and jacuzzi shower.
    Guests are asked what they wish to have in their minibar and fresh milk is provided each day for coffee and tea. Internet use is free for guests at the business centre.
    The hotel has been beautifully refurbished above and beyond its former glory, and there are many special features such as the enormous domed ceiling and chandeliers in the foyer and a massive Victorian staircase.
    The hotel has a pool, gym and sauna but no beach access.
    Sarkies restaurant offers a smorgasboard breakfast which it is a good idea to have included in the room tarriff. The breakfast buffet combines taste sensations from Japan, Malaysia, India, China and of course Western food cooked to order. The food was unbelievably delicious.
    Farquars Bar is pleasant and drinks are reasonably priced. A cocktail costs about 18rn.
    A distinct advantage of staying at the E & O is its very close proximity to China Town, Little India and superb hawker foods. The array of hawker foods available meant I did not have the opportunity to try fine dining at the 1885 restaurant.
    The hotel was virtually fully booked while I was there and I only saw one child. I would say that it is not an ideal place for a child for more than a couple of days, because the ambience around the pool among the guests is quite tranquil, almost subdued and there were no open spaces where a child could run and make a noise.
    I loved this hotel and would definately stay there again.

    Unique Quality: Staying at the E & O makes you feel like you have been transported back to a bygone time. It adds a little something to the Penang experience to stay in a hotel that exudes colonial culture. A decided advantage to staying at the E & O would be the close proximity to Georgetown where it is possible to spend several days walking around with lots to see and you do not need any transport. After a long day shopping in Georgetown it was glorious to arrive back at the hotel for a swim in the pool and a long cold drink.

    Directions: Downtown Georgetown in the cultural quarter.

  • gnh's Profile Photo

    The Best Of Penang


    Stately hotel by the sea. Long history and very well-known. Most expensive, but then, good things are seldom cheap.

    Though the whole of Penang is one big bargain, E & O Hotel cannot be said to be one.

    Unique Quality: Newly renovated, face-lifted. Same old good service.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo

    Penang's Grand Dame


    If you're looking for a charming colonial hotel in Penang and don't mind paying a little more, this place has to be it. Unlike the touristy and characterless hotels that you find in Batu Ferringhi, the E and O has both history and charm. Everthing here brings back mind the past grandeur of the ol' times, the beautifully craved ceiling in the reception, the wood and gold pannelled bar lounge, the Engish tiled floor and the swimming pool area that overlooks the sea. Since it was built in 1885 by the Sarkies brothers, who also ran the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore, there are obvious similiarities in architecture and style.

    Unique Quality: The pool next to the seawall is like a secret sanctuary in Georgetown, especially in the nightime when the lights have dimmed to a soft whisper and the sea is black. I can imagine Great-Gatsby typed parties held here, lots of liquour, gentlemen in their black coats and bow ties and ladies in the feathers and long,loose dresses. I'm quite sure the Sarkies' brothers indulged in such parties over here...

    Other nice qualities about this place:
    1) Situated in the heart of the City, near the clubbing area;
    2) Really nice toilets;
    3) Good service, the staff are always impeccably decked in bow ties and pressed suits.

  • sharatkum's Profile Photo

    Great Hotel


    The lobby is like a palace and the rooms are 10 times bigger than the normal hotel ( standard rooms). For the first time I had to doubally confirm if this was a standard room or I had to pay more.

    It was like living in a palace for a week.

    Unique Quality: Internet connection and conveniently located in the city. Very helpful staff

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Eating at the E & O Hotel

by peteandviv

Can someone tell me iff the E & O Hotel does themed evenings in the restuarant.
Thank You

Re: Eating at the E & O Hotel

by tom88

Hi Pete,

To answer your question, I'm not sure if they do themed evenings in the restaurant.You could get in touch with Ms Pinky Saw , she's the Sales & Marketing Manager. You could refer to http://www.penanghotels.com.my/eastern-oriental-hotel/



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 Eastern And Oriental Hotel

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Address: 10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang, 10200, Malaysia