Eastern & Oriental Hotel

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Penang, Malaysia

This grand, all-suite hotel, originally built in 1885 by the Sarkies brothers, is situated on the seafront in the heart of Georgetown, in Penang, Malaysia. Eastern & Oriental Hotel is elegant, refined and full of charm, combining the splendour of the colonial era with modern comforts. This luxury boutique hotel is a Penang institution and has played host to some of the world’s most renowned artists, writers and heads of state. Penang International Airport is 20 kilometres away.

Eastern & Oriental will appeal to travellers seeking an exclusive and memorable escape. Children are welcome.

Luxurious accommodation is spread between the historic Heritage Wing and the Victory Annexe, which opened in 2013. The Heritage Wing provides 100 elegantly appointed suites, which come with butler service. Most have sea views and some feature a balcony. The 122 Suites in The Victory Annexe are all sea-fronting and combine classic style with contemporary chic.

Eastern & Oriental is home to an array of gourmet dining options. Enjoy lavish breakfasts at Planters Lounge; classical cuisine with a contemporary twist in an elegant colonial-style setting at 1885; or mouthwatering international and local delights at Sarkies.

The hotel is superbly located for exploring Georgetown and is within walking distance to historic sights such as Fort Cornwallis, City Hall and Penang State Museum. You can also browse the shops and bazaars or visit temples and mosques. Back at the hotel, sip a cocktail by the pool or hit the gym. Cooking classes and yoga are also available.

Lightfoot Travel Tip: The decadent high tea at 1885 is a treat not to be missed.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Penang into a greater Malaysia holiday. Take a look at Mainland Malaysia – A Trip Through Time as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Eastern & Oriental Hotel Information

  • Location: 20km from Penang International Airport
  • Accommodation: 100 suites in the Heritage Wing and 122 suites in the Victory Annexe.
  • Activities: Cooking classes, yoga, gym, sightseeing.
  • Facilities: 5 resturants, 1 bar, gym, business center, swimming pool.
  • Weather: Best to go between May and September
  • Children: Welcome.
  • Price Guide: From USD 413 per night for two people.

Eastern & Oriental Hotel Price Guide

2 out of 5

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel Testimonials


Thank you for your mail, sorry for the slow response.  we returned from Asia several weeks ago but have been holidaying in the UK and France so have only just got back to normal. We had a wonderful trip and can only thank you for putting together such a perfect holiday.  It would be hard to fault any of it.

Kuala Lumpur – great hotel and location, about the right amount of time. Took a trip up the KL tower, visited chinatown, watch the Petronas towers light up at night. The Hotel had the best breakfast buffet of the trip!

Penang – what an amazing hotel, definitely a highlight to be in the Eastern & Oriental. The Penang tour was good, about the right length and then plenty of time to swim in the pool.  Being close to the centre meant we could walk out into the town at night to eat (helped with the budget).

Langkawi – I can’t say anything bad about this place. The Andaman was wonderful. The staff were brilliant, the pool, beach, coral nursery etc were heaven for us and the kids. We didnt need to leave the hotel. We rented kayaks, snorkelled, swam and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets.

I would definitely recommend Lightfoot to others as your advice, service and value is unquestionable.  Thank you so much!  We have some great memories and lots and lots of photos!


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