Eastern & Oriental Hotel
After the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, when steamship-travel to Asia had assumed unprecedented style and luxury; four Armenian brothers, established some of the world's greatest hotels in the East, including The Raffles in Singapore, The Strand in Rangoon and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang.
Over its long and colourful history, the E&O as known to generations of travellers, has retained its charm and weathered the passage of time with character and grace. Today, more than a century since its establishment, it is still nigh on impossible for travellers to think of luxury travel in the East without thinking of the E&O, one of Asia's truly great hotels.
The hotel offers a variety of 19th century heritage suites which are spacious, luxurious and welcoming. The hotel has numerous restaurants serving different cuisines, all to a high standard. Facilities at the hotel include a pool, a gym and a sauna. Outside of the hotel there is a lot to discover and the hotel is close to plenty of sights and attractions that will create unforgettable memories.
Stay The hotel has 232 Suites in two wings; Heritage Wing and Victoria Annexe. The Heritage Wing is the historical heart of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Built in 1885, its Moorish minarets and soaring echo-dome lobby has 100 elegant suites. Attended to by its legendary butler service, each suite offers the perfect invitation to step back into the refined elegance and colonial grandeur of a golden age. The new Victory Annexe features 118 Studio Suites and 14 Corner Suites. Its modern-classic design retains the essence of E&O's rich heritage yet offers the modern business traveller state-of-the-art conveniences.
Dine The hotel has 3 restaurants and 3 coffee shops and bars spread across the hotel. The 1885 is the main restaurant for breakfast, traditional afternoon tea and fine colonial style dining, accompanied by a superb selection of wines. The Sarkies, takes your dining experience to a whole new level by offering a wide selection of local and international fare served buffet style. The Planters Lounge, is a private lounge exclusively for guests staying in the Victory Annexe, serving complimentary breakfast, coffee/tea throughout the day as well as evening cocktails. However, guests from both wings are welcome to dine at Planters Lounge and order from the ala carte menu. There is a also Sarkies Corner, the colonial coffee shop, the Poolside Terrace and Farquhar's Bar with perfect setting for refreshments, sundowners or after dinner drinks.
Relax The Pañpuri Organic Spa located on the 6th floor of the Victory Annexe is a luxury Thai lifestyle brand renowned for its range of beauty, skincare and well-being products. The spa offers a broad range of authentic treatments from across Asia by trained therapists. The Fitness Centre is located is fully equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment. Discover the secrets and benefits of the ancient art of Yoga during your stay at the E&O. The hotel offers regular classes conducted by our Yoga masters, complimentary for in-house guests.
One More Thing The hotel conducts special cooking classes for guests to experience, first-hand, what goes into making some of Penang's and Malaysia's world-famous cuisine. Learn about exotic local ingredients, cooking techniques as well as the history behind the region's favourite dishes, some of which originate from recipes handed down over the generations.
Situated in George Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, the E&O Hotel stands at the intersection of Farquhar Street and Penang Road. The hotel is 20 kilometres from the Penang International Airport and within walking distance from the food havens, shopping complexes and entertainment outlets of downtown George Town.
Hailing a taxi or trishaw is fairly easy; otherwise limousine services (at hourly and daily rental rates) are available for those who wish to explore the Island. The hotel also arranges for transfers to E&O's sister establishment, the Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Ferringhi, Penang International Airport and Butterworth Railway Station.