Was in Penang for two nights for a short weekend break and decided to stay at the Bayview Hotel as we got a reasonably good deal over the internet.
The great thing about this hotel is the location. It is right near the old heritage part of Georgetown. Everything is within walking distance. E&O hotel is right next door, the party street of bars and clubs in Upper Penang Street is just behind the hotel, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion across the road, the Esplanade and the old city all within walking distance. Cheap eats are also close by like Red Garden.
The hotel recently underwent a refurbishment but the interior decor style is still reminiscent of design from the early 80's. Ditto for the rooms, we got a deluxe twin with a sea-view, it was generally clean and comfortable. Well equipped with flat screen television with some cable television channels, refrigerator, kettle, safety deposit box, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, etc. Newspaper was provided every morning. Air cond was not freezing cold but adequate. The room was very spacious, almost like a studio apartment in size. No separate shower cubicle but had the shower in the long bath.
As we had a car, free parking was provided at the carpark structure behind the hotel which was connected at Level 2 or 5. However each time you needed to drive out, you would have to go to the reception counter to get your ticket endorsed. Not an issue.
Our package did not include breakfast but included free wi-fi in the room. No complaints on the wi-fi, download speed was good. Also no complaints on any of the staff, check-in was prompt and staff were professional and courteous.
There is an inhouse club in the basement, so if you stayed on the lower floors, noise could possibly be an issue, but as we stayed on a high floor, so we slept like babies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Penang Island’s vibrant capital, the Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang combines contemporary style with an enviable central setting. You can relax in one of 340 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, and host distinguished events in sophisticated boardrooms and an elegant ballroom. The open-air Sky Bar is the perfect place to sip a cocktail as you take in panoramic rooftop views from one of the best nightspots in Penang. The hotel is ideally set for business or leisure. Our extensive meeting and events facilities are complemented by high-tech equipment and free WiFi throughout. The Lobby Lounge serves drinks and snacks by day, while in the evening it’s the place to enjoy live music over crafted cocktails or a chilled glass of wine. Airy Kopitiam serves local specialities. In the rooftop Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant , you can savour an international buffet every evening while enjoying views across Georgetown and the Straits of Malacca. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang George Town