For once, I am very happy I did NOT read any of the negative reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor, as they would have perhaps changed my selection - and that would have been a stupid mistake.
Booked the hotel in a hurry for 2 nights, something like 40e / night in city center - so the expectations were not high, it felt like there had to be a catch... But what a surprise!
First, I am not sure if there was some "accidental" upgrade - but the room was simply enormous... with bathroom to match it... combined with elephant-sized beds (ok, they perhaps do not call them like that officially :-)) and a huge window to complete the idyllic picture with a sea view.
As this was a late evening arrival, I did not feel like wandering around the city in quest for a restaurant (turns out this hotel is just a block away from city's main food and entertainment "district") and decided to give a try to the hotel's revolving restaurant on the top floor.
Again, expectations were quite low, I rarely use hotel restaurants during my travels - but the buffet diner for 50 MYR (about 12 euros) was a feast - I grew very fond of Malaysian food during the trip and what I found here was quite a selection of spicy meat dishes, steamed vegetables, fresh fruits, sweet deserts, ... simply impossible to try everything and boy, I tried, I really did.
On the other hand, the breakfast, served in the main lobby restaurant, was average at best - the place was very crowded, noisy and did not feel particularly clean. But this was nothing serious - and it certainly could not change my positive opinion about the hotel.
- 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