THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL PENANG | E&O HOTEL REVIEW

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The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is a hotel of old, colonial charm with the finest traditions of comfort and service. The property began its colourful history in 1884 as The Eastern. The Oriental was added in 1885 due to the Eastern’s overwhelming popularity.  The hotels then combined to become the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Established by the Armenian Sarkies brothers, Martin and Tigran, they became one Grand Hotel with Moorish minarets, a spacious domed lobby and a sweeping seafront.

The hotel is fully owned and managed by the Eastern & Oriental Berhad Group. After a major refurbishment, the E&O Hotel reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday, 3 April 2001.

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Standing majestically along Farquhar Street and intersecting with Penang Road, the E&O Hotel is 20 kilometres from Penang International Airport. Located conveniently near food havens, shopping and entertainment belts of downtown Georgetown, financial district of Beach Street and surrounding cultural quarters, the hotel is again positioned as an exclusive 100 all-suite Grand Hotel, evoking an aura of place and time, maintaining strong historical links and traditions yet coupled with the facilities of present day.

All suites are magnificently furnished, extravagantly spacious and come in eight different types, with either city or sea views. Each suite comes with modern day amenities and every guest who stays at the E&O Hotel receives individual attention. The hotel’s round-the-clock impeccable butler service guarantees that guests’ personal needs and comfort are a constant focus from the moment they arrive. Personalized attentive service standards with old world charm are the hallmark of the E&O Hotel.

 

 

The Victory Annexe

The Victory Annexe, the new wing of The Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O Hotel). The new Victory Annexe marked a full circle in the E&O Hotel’s illustrious history. Named after the original Victory Annexe – a magnificent 40-room addition unveiled by Arshak Sarkies in 1923, the new wing will house a total of 132 sea-view and seafacing suites.

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Corner Suite Balcony

 

 

There are 118 Studio Suites measuring 55 square metres each and 14 Corner Suites spanning 123 square metres each. All Studio Suites feature a bedroom, bathroom with twin vanities and private balcony. A separate living room, unique rainforest shower and dining area with 270º view of the sea are standard in the Corner Suites.

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Studio Suite

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Studio Suite bathroom

 

The same architectural elements of the original hotel are incorporated into the Victory Annexe. In keeping with the original colonial styled guestrooms of the early 1900s, all suites feature Victorian details such as en-suite bathrooms fitted with claw footed long baths, pedestal ceramic basins, lazy ceiling fans and breezy private balconies.

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Corner Suite Bathroom

 

Guests staying at the Victory Annexe enjoy privileges such as complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from the mini bar as well as daily continental breakfasts at The Planters Lounge or a full buffet breakfast at Sarkies.

Timeless elegance is coupled with modern conveniences that include high-speed wifi broadband connection, a fully-equipped fitness centre and swimming pool.

The Victory Annexe new wing also houses a larger ballroom and five meeting rooms – all of which are seafacing and equipped with the latest in audio visual equipment, projector kits and coffee-making machines. Visitors will also enjoy direct access to the ballroom and meeting rooms from the car park.

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Other facilities include the Poolside Terrace for light refreshments and cocktails.

 

 

MEETING AND WEDDING VENUE

 

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Set amidst lush tropical greenery in a beautifully manicured garden is the swimming pool that faces the sea and the focal point for guests seeking to unwind or to energise the body, mind and spirit. This is also where the oldest “Java” tree, which was planted before 1885, still stands (only three other smaller trees of this kind exist in Penang).

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Grand Ballroom (Classroom Setup)

Savour the old world grandeur as you conduct events in the 400-seat Grand Ballroom with a full stage, royal boxes and a gallery.  While embodying the opulence of a grandeur age, it offers all necessary modern facilities to ensure the success of any event. Smaller function suites accommodate groups of 20 to 150 people. In every function room and suite, the latest and the best technology give guests instant access to the wireless world.

 

 

F&B OUTLETS

A tantalizing medley of flavours and aromas tempts guests to sample the hotel’s restaurants, cafes and bars, each with its unique aura.

 

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Sarkies – The culinary oasis of George Town, offers an extensive buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

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Poolside Terrace – Al fresco dining and drinks by the pool side with spectacular views of the sunset and the Andaman Sea.

 

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Planters Lounge – The Planters Lounge serves complimentary continental breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Palm Court

Palm Court – Palm Court serves an a la carte menu featuring assorted Indian and Malay inspired dishes, Chinese noodles and casual international favourites. The classic English Afternoon Tea is also served here.

 

Farquhar's Bar

Farquhar’s Bar – Farquhar’s Bar offers a selection of fine beverages including classic cocktails and time-honoured bar staples made up of savoury finger food and snacks.

 

Java Tree

Java Tree – The Java Tree serves an assortment of Straits Nyonya recipes and classic European dishes.

 

 

DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE JAVA TREE

Named after the iconic java tree that has stood on the E&O’s seafront garden lawn even before the property was built, this semi-formal dining restaurant exudes a relaxed style with simple elegance. A celebration of heritage flavours, the Java Tree’s menu blends the best of Straits Nyonya and classic European cuisines, complemented by fine wines and beverages. The Java Tree serves an assortment of Straits Nyonya recipes and classic European dishes.

 

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Nyonya Set Appetiser

 

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Nyonya Set Oxtail Gulai

 

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Nyonya Set Pineapple Prawn Curry

 

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Nyonya Set Terung Tempra : Eggplant in chili

 

 

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Nyonya Set Sago Gula Melaka

 

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European Menu: Grilled Asparagus

 

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Salted Cod Fillet

 

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Entrecote 10 oz Steak Cafe de Paris

 

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Beef Wellington

 

 

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Dessert Platter

 

 

 

 

Re-opening of its iconic Heritage Wing

 

The Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Hotel re-opened its Heritage Wing following an extensive refurbishment exercise which began in March 2019. Widely regarded as the grande dame of hospitality in Penang, this milestone event heralds an exciting new chapter in this heritage landmark’s rich legacy.

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Maintaining its historical grandeur, key elements such as the echo dome, which has become part of the E&O’s identity is maintained while upgrading works were carried out to offer better hospitality experience for guests.

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The newly refurbished suites now feature a brighter concept with more natural light and a softer colour scheme while retaining the signature twin vanities and long bath.

 

Deluxe Suite

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Renowned for its timeless hospitality, the Heritage Wing now provides a more personalised experience with pre-arrival services, in-suite check-in and round-the-clock butler service.

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The Cornwallis

Guests are also entitled to exclusive privileges such as access to The Cornwallis – a private lounge offering breakfast and complimentary evening canapes and cocktails, the Heritage Wing pool as well as in-suite decanters with premium selected beverages and snacks that will be replenished daily.

 

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With the reopening of the Heritage Wing, the hotel is also introducing new culinary experiences as it celebrates both classic and heritage flavours with three new dining outlets – Java Tree, Palm Court and Farquhar’s Bar.

 

 

 

Eastern & Oriental Hotel has played gracious host to the world’s most celebrated artists and writers, members of royalty and heads of state for 135 years. Since its establishment in 1885 as an oasis for early travellers to the East, the E&O remains the only seafront hotel in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ideal vantage point from which to explore Penang, one of Malaysia’s most treasured cultural destinations.

The E&O’s iconic Heritage Wing enters a new golden era after a meticulous refurbishment that has reinvigorated her repertoire of exclusive hospitality paired with refined culinary experiences. Along the same stretch of prime seafront lawn, the E&O’s Victory Annexe is styled as a modern classic to complement the adjacent historic property. Combined, a curated collection of 232 suites, 2 ballrooms and 5 dining venues, upholds the E&O’s enduring legacy as a cherished landmark heritage hotel. We highly recommend this hotel when you are in Penang and experience it for yourself. This hotel provides guests with a new level of luxury experience when you stay with them. The E&O Hotel has an appeal and affection beyond being a beacon for travellers to this beautiful island.

Bookings for suite stay at the Heritage Wing from Dec 20 are available now through the E&O Hotel website at www.eohotels.com

 

 

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