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Eastern and Oriental Hotel @ Penang

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Eastern and Oriental has been on my list of to stay hotels in Penang and I am sure part of it has to do with the fact it does resemble Raffles Hotel from the façade and the fact that the overall architecture has not changed much since the day it was built. History would have it that both Eastern and Oriental and Raffles Hotel would be established by the same Sarkies Brothers.






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There are two different drop off points, depending where your room is booked. Ours was booked at the Heritage Wing and the car park is at least 10 minutes away.


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Different drop offs, different lobbies and well this is the same lobby that Crazy Rich Asians was filmed. Having stayed here slightly before the movie was premiered meant I knew immediately this was Eastern and Oriental's! It is sprawling, very spacious and does bear some hint about its former heydays.


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My room's sea view that really a pretty sight. A pity that the jetty was off bounds guests, otherwise that would make a pretty picture.




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Two king sized beds makes for a cushy stay!


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Our welcome amenities.


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Toilets with his and hers sinks always charm me.


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Though bath tubs are not quite my thing.




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Next to the bedroom is the living room that comes with a sofa, coffee table and television.


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The only downside to having it all in one space is, there are no doors nor partitions to split both areas. Else it was a comfortable stay though our suite did have signs of wear and tear. Staying in the older annexe meant, the walls were also thinner. Slamming of doors are all within ear shot.


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Breakfast was buffet at Sarkies Corner or Planters Lounge on a different floor. Since variety trumped, buffet it was for two straight days.

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The spread was reasonable with live stations and the usual cold cuts, hot dishes and also bakes.

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The prata station was my favourite and the best thing is even without a table number they were able to remember which table I came from!

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We had our fair share of char koay teows and this from the buffet spread was really a-lright. I guess nothing would come close to the roadside sort but this would serve its purpose if one had no time for any of that.






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Night facade of the hotel looking very mansion-ish. We had a comfortable stay, service is warm generally. I probably will not classify this as a 5 star, a comfortable 4 star this is with a slice of history.


Location wise, it is not right smack in the action of Georgetown but within walking distance to the murals.

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