The Malaysian state of Penang, comprising the inland state of Siberang Perak and Penang Island, is also known as the “Pearl of the Orient” and boasts an impressive number of historical landmarks that recall the region’s history of foreign influence. Today, it is a world-renowned exotic resort offering an exciting cocktail of oriental cultures, and in 2008, its capital, George Town, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With pristine beaches, sparkling waters, laid-back island charm and a metropolitan experience, you’re sure to leave Penang with memories that will last a lifetime. And one way to ensure you have a great time is to choose a great hotel. If you’re on a budget, you may find yourself inspired by our list below, which showcases five of the best luxury hotels in Penang.
From $57 per night
Light Hotel is located in the bustling Seberang Jaya neighbourhood on the south bank of the Perak River, about a 30-minute drive from Penang’s colourful multicultural capital, George Town. Facilities at this modern and stylish hotel include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, a sauna and spa, an in-house restaurant serving local and Asian cuisine, and a separate bar. The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk and business facilities, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, in-room safes, seating areas and private bathrooms. For those arriving by air, Penang International Airport is just over 16 miles from the hotel.
Somerset Lhasa Shayang Resort & Spa
From $183 per night
For those who love the beach and ocean views, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa will not disappoint as it has a great location overlooking Batu Feringgi Beach. If gardening is more your thing, the hotel also has 30 acres of tropical gardens for you to enjoy and explore. Other noteworthy features and amenities include two outdoor swimming pools and an adults-only pool, a 9-hole golf course, a fully equipped gym, a spa and a yoga studio. For a culinary experience, there is a BBQ restaurant, a second restaurant and bar, a Spice Market cafe and a deli. The spacious and well-equipped rooms offer picturesque sea or hillside views and feature wood carvings and colourful fabrics. The hotel also offers a free daily shuttle service to Georgetown.
VANGOHH EMINENT Hotel & Spa
From $64 per night
Located in Seberang Perai’s Bukit Mertajam district, this luxury hotel features a chic bar, a restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine, an outdoor pool, a sauna and a fitness centre. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a hairdryer, a kettle and a private bathroom with free toiletries. The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk and offers free WiFi throughout the property. a buffet breakfast or American breakfast is served every morning. The hotel is less than 30 miles from the vibrant beach resort of Batu Ferringhi, known for its water sports and seafood restaurants.
Toyo & Oriental Hotels
From $171 per night
If you long to be in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Penang, then this hotel in Georgetown is a great choice. Housed in an impressive 19th-century building, the hotel has plenty of modern services and amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, 6 dining options, a bar, 24-hour butler service, a fitness centre and bicycle rental services. Colonial-style rooms feature wooden furnishings and floral motifs, as well as safes, cable TV and large private bathrooms. Nearby attractions include the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery and the impressive Cornwallis Fort Fortress, both of which are within easy walking distance. Penang International Airport is just over 12 miles from the hotel.
Hilton Double Chalet Resort & Spa
From $60 per night
The Hilton has a worldwide reputation, and this Doubletree resort has earned rave reviews from guests due to its prime location in the lively beach resort of Batu Ferringhi. Amenities include an outdoor pool and fitness center, an in-house restaurant, and a 24-hour front desk. The hotel is also child-friendly, with an indoor play area and a children’s buffet. Rooms have a safe, a refrigerator, an electric kettle and a private bathroom, and some rooms have a pretty terrace. For those arriving by car, there is free private parking. The charming seaside suburb of Tanjung Bungah is less than 2 miles from the hotel, and George Town is just over 6 miles away.