My visit to Sunway Hotel Georgetown after 10 years brought back an interesting memory as something strange happened when my party was leaving the property. We lost the car key, despite the owner insisting she’d seen it seconds earlier, while the presence of a crow perched on the bonnet, cawing its head off made it a tad freakish!
Fifteen minutes of desperate searching later, we found the key and after shooing the bird away, we drove out of Penang and onto the mainland, only to come across a horrible crash that had occurred just about 15 minutes earlier. We wondered quietly if divine intervention had stopped us from driving out of the hotel, preventing us from getting involved in the mishap. Incidentally, Sunway Hotel Georgetown is surrounded by a mosque, a church and two Hindu temples.
A decade later, the hotel has been fully refurbished and welcomed me with a sunny disposition and a total makeover. Having stayed at beach properties and heritage hotels in Penang, I wondered how a city hotel would measure up. I’m happy to report that Sunway Hotel Georgetown ticks all the right boxes. The hotel is pleasant, comfortable and well-placed to take care of all your needs while being located centrally to the city’s main attractions. The business district, shopping areas, heritage streets and the beaches are also all easily accessible.
The 15 storey building is visible from afar and is located across Penang Times Square. The entrance is awash in bright light with its glass walls and spacious lobby. The hotel’s Sun Café Georgetown is located here. With its cheery tones and pleasing décor, the café serves local favourites, a la carte dishes and buffet spreads. The newly renovated space also has an open kitchen that allows diners to watch chefs prepare their dishes.
The rooms at Sunway Hotel Georgetown offer views of the city but regardless of which side of the building you are in – Penang Bridge and Penang Strait on one side and the island’s central hill range on the other – they offer very pleasing views of the island. Do keep in mind that Georgetown is a UNESCO World heritage site and Sunway Hotel Georgetown brings you a bird’s eye view of the city and how it has developed over the decades while tenaciously maintaining its charm.
The hotel offers 250 newly refurbished rooms divided into Deluxe Executive, Club and Suite categories. It lives up to its classic contemporary look with earthy tones and muted accents that produce a pleasing vibe. I particularly liked the way local crafts such as batik prints were used to link the decorative scheme back to the island’s heritage. A firm bed, plush pillows and a clean and spacious layout added to the minimalist décor that surprisingly was warm and welcoming.
Though the rooms are all pleasing and a great value for money, guests should opt for the Club Floor rooms as they come with the added facility of Club Floor dining and a wide array of services that include personalised check-ins, late check-outs (based on availability), complimentary breakfast at the Club Lounge, evening hors d’oeuvres and beverages, high speed Internet and even free usage (first hour) of the Meeting Room. These facilities will most certainly be appreciated by business travellers.
Additional facilities like a swimming pool and well-equipped gym enable you to rest or, workout after you finish with your seminars and conventions at the hotel’s four meeting facilities.
If boutique or beach properties are not your cup of tea or aligned to your needs, a city hotel like Sunway Hotel Georgetown is the perfect accommodation choice in Penang with its efficient and fuss-free services and, a comfortable stay that takes care of all your needs – be it business or leisure.
SUNWAY HOTEL GEORGETOWN
Address: 33, New Lane (off Macalister Road) Georgetown, Penang