Cover Photo: Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Penang

From hotels close to the best char kway teow to the ones with incredible views of the ocean, we have you covered for your next trip to Penang

Before the pandemic hit, Penang was the place everyone seemed to want to go. From its incredibly rich history to its array of food options and luxurious beaches, Penang offered (and still offers) everything the modern traveller could want. Of course, it certainly helps that it is only about an eight-hour drive from Singapore or a short flight away.

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As borders reopen and more of us jet off for long-awaited holidays, Penang is one spot that needs to be in your sights simply because of how versatile a location it is. It is fairly close to home and has options for the foodies, the history-obsessed and even for those that simply want to just lay on the beach with a book. 

If you are looking to hop over to Penang for a trip soon, check out these luxury hotels that you have to stay at. From ones close to the best char kway teow to the ones with incredible views of the ocean, we have you covered.

1. Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion

As one of George Town’s most prominent boutique hotels and historical attractions, Cheong Fatt Tze -The Blue Mansion is a real treat if you are looking for old-school luxury and old-world charm.

There are eight spacious rooms located in the inner courtyard of this heritage mansion and guests can enjoy themed rooms that highlight different aspects of the mansion's rich history. 

If you are planning to stay here, check out The Blue Mansion’s new Townhouses which are two standalone, meticulously restored 100-year-old shophouses in inner-city George Town. The townhouses provide complete privacy while enjoying all the perks of the mansion. 

Book it here.

2. The Prestige Hotel Penang

Inspired by the heritage-banking district of old town Penang and Church Street, The Prestige Hotel is a luxury homegrown hospitality label located in the heart of George Town.

Walking into The Prestige Hotel is like stepping into history itself with its thoughtfully curated design, 162 rooms, rooftop infinity pool and all-day dining outlets. 

If you are hoping to explore Penang on your trip, this is the perfect location because the hotel is within walking distance of Penang’s cultural hotspots and popular gourmet finds.

Tatler Tip:

For the ultimate luxury, book its loft suite which is a two-storey room that features a generous lounge on the ground floor and an independent bedroom area on the mezzanine level.

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3. Angsana Teluk Bahang

If you are looking for a hotel that is more contemporary and vibrant, Angsana Teluk Bahang is one you have to check out. 

With 250 rooms and suites that all provide gorgeous panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, you will be spoilt for choice. 

If you are travelling with kids, check out the Angsana two-bedroom pool suite which comes complete with two king-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms, separate living and dining areas and a private plunge pool for casual swims at all times of the day. 

Book it here.

4. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang has long been lauded for its exquisite 5-star property, elegant sense of history and tradition and, of course, its plethora of delicious dining options.

Located along the scenic Batu Feringgi beach, the hotel is perfect if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday destination with easy access to the beaches and famous food scene. 

Boasting many international awards, the property is also well-known for its salt water and fresh water pools, its relaxing spa and its plethora of recreational activities such as water sports, beach volleyball, cooking classes and more.  

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Book a room in the Rasa Wing to enjoy access to the Rasa Wing Lounge, a favourite amongst travellers that affords guests afternoon tea, cocktails and pre-dinner canapés daily. 

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5. Macalister Mansion

Feel like kicking it back Bridgerton style? Macalister Mansion may just be the perfect place for you to stay while you are in Penang. 

Conveniently situated in George Town, the mansion, a sophisticated destination for relaxation, is a homage to Penang’s rich colonial past. The exquisitely restored boutique hotel boasts eight opulent rooms with meticulously designed spaces meant to cater to everything you need. 

With a mosaic lap pool, impeccable service and a multitude of dining options such as The Cellar, a cosy bar, you will be completely spoilt on your trip here.

Book it here.

6. Doubletree Resort by Hilton Penang

Overlooking the Malacca Strait, Doubletree Resort by Hilton Penang is both convenient and the epitome of luxury. Located just 10 minutes from Batu Ferringhi and 20 minutes from George Town, the hotel boasts impeccable rooms and dining options. 

If you are travelling with the family, opt for the family room which features two bedrooms with a shared hallway entry and a private balcony that comes with sundeck chairs.

When it comes to mealtimes, Makan Kitchen in particular stands out with gorgeous views of the pool as well as a variety of fusion specialities inspired by Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Western flavours and cooking techniques.

Book it here.

7. Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang is a classic that has been a feature of generations of travellers. Popularly known as the ‘E&O’, the hotel is an all-suite luxury hotel and the only one with a seafront in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2019, the hotel reopened after a complete restoration and refurbishment and is, today, one of the leading destinations in hospitality.

If you are looking for nostalgia, stay in the Heritage Wing which is the original site and historical heart of the hotel. It comes with fully refreshed suites with luxurious amenities and upgraded hotel facilities that include new restaurants and bars, an art colonnade and an exclusive lounge.

Book it here.


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