There are a lot of long holidays this year. My husband and I had been going for a few Cuti-cuti Malaysia during the long weekends to explore more about our country. I always love history so this time we had chosen George Town of Penang, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 to spend our 3 days 2 nights holiday. To match with the theme of our travel, we hoped to also stay in a hotel which has its history to tell. This is how we came across Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O) which was established since year 1885.
I did some reading about the E&O from the website and amazed by the history of this colonial building which is still standing beautifully till today after going through 2 world wars, shared precious memories with uncountable travelers from all over the world for more than a century and now transformed into one of the landmark of Penang. Certainly this was the best choice for our holiday at George Town!
Entering the hotel was like strolling through a time passage to the British colonial era. The building was grand, splendid and elegant. Colonial architectural could be found in every details of this 132-year-old beauty. The furniture and fittings of the hotel were presenting a feeling as if guests were in a clubhouse during the colonial times.
We had booked for a studio room at the Victory Annexe. This is a new wing opened since year 2013. All rooms in Victory Annexe are facing the sea. After checking into the spacious and luxury studio room, we opened the windows and enjoy the breeze while listening to the rhythm of the wave and rested for a while. After that we went around the hotel to explore more. Besides Victory Annexe, another available room type is the Heritage Wing. There are over 200 guest rooms in total. Every corner of the E&O was a good spot for photography – vintage, gorgeous and professionally maintained.
Entering into the clubhouse-like property enrolled us to some privileges. Complimentary cocktails were served at the Planters Lounge every evening from 5pm to 6pm. We spent 2 of the evenings at this comfortable lounge, relaxed with some beers while watching the spectacular scenery of the Andaman Sea. We saw ships sailing at the ocean, seagulls flying close to the water and finally the sun slowly set into the horizon.
What else you could do when you are in the hotel? There is an infinity swimming pool facing the strait as well at level 6 of Victory Annexe. If you are into sport, Gym facilities with complimentary Yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday would be suitable for you. We have checked all the activities we could do in E&O, but too bad we only have 3 days 2 nights here so we couldn’t try all of them…… we would definitely need a second visit to the hotel!
On the second day, we were so exhausted after a whole day walk at the tourist spots in George Town. When we were back at the hotel late afternoon, immediately we went to the Panpuri Spa seeking to be revitalized. The Panpuri Organic Spa featured luxury Thai massage and Jacuzzi. There were single and couple massage rooms available so we have chosen the couple room. The experience was good. We felt refreshed after the massage. The Spa was also selling some natural skin care products described to be made of the finest organic ingredients.
We loved the bars and restaurants in E&O. There were 6 different food, coffee and beer/wine set-ups in the hotel. Among them I loved the 1885 restaurant the most! Named by the year of The E&O establishment, the restaurant was elegantly decorated like a British eatery with candlelit, long dining tables and heavy upholstered chairs, proper western dining utensils and a fusion menu of classic and contemporary cuisine. We indulged ourselves in 1885 for their Traditional English Afternoon Tea before leaving Penang.
During our stay I saw a lot of foreign travelers staying in the E&O too. I guess these travelers were attracted by the strategic location, the history of the building and also the ample facilities and services offered by the hotel. A set-up like this is also perfect for wedding functions and honeymoon stays. Every part of E&O is filled with the ambience of the British colonial days. It was a very unique experience staying in a historical building like this – a mixture of modern and ancient, luxury and convenience. I am truly in love with the E&O!