The islands of Penang and Langkawi are Peninsula Malaysia’s northern gems, perfect for leisurely getaways or cultural excursions. These hotels here top our list.
1. CASA FINA
Located about 15 minutes from the airport, on the famed Pantai Cenang stretch and very close to Underwater World, Casa Fina welcomes guests to enjoy Langkawi with its cabin-style rooms. Rooms come in various categories such as Executive Deluxe and Superior, Family room, Deluxe triple and quad, Standard King and Casa Fina Villa.
Address: Lot 53 Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
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2. ISA MOTEL
Just 100 metres from a practically deserted beach, the Isa Motel is a small, family-run motel that ensures your stay in Langkawi is truly memorable. With a mangrove forest nearby, the motel offers clean and spacious room with all the basics met. All you need to do is kick back and enjoy the beauty of the island and, the hospitality and warmth of the locals. Nearby attractions include Tanjung Rhu Beach, Hot Springs Village and Black Sand Beach.
Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Padang Lalang, Langkawi
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3. THE OCEAN RESIDENCE
The Ocean Residence located near Kuah town offers fully furnished apartment suites both for short- and long-term stays. The units come in 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom options with their own living and dining rooms. A well-equipped kitchen and balcony that offers a stunning view of the ocean make this an ideal holiday getaway that is pleasant yet affordable. The property is also close to shopping spots, F&B outlets, the beach, a marina and a world class golf course.
Address: Ocean Front Estate, Bkt Benggali, Kuah, Langkawi
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4. 69 BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Eschewing the current trend for heritage hotels, the 69 Boutique Hotel is an 18-room boutique hotel that is unique, cosy and a little risqué what with its name and choice of accommodation. While the Standard and Superior rooms and Junior Suite offer comfortable and stylish quarters for travellers, adventure seekers and fun loving guests should check into the Deluxe Mirror and Dungeon themed suites. One is covered in mirrors to let you view yourself from any angle while the other is modelled after a prison cell! These two unusual rooms should put the spark back in your life if you are in need of some fun! The Executive Suite is called the Library Room with a wall full of books for the erudite type.
Less than 15 minutes from KOMTAR building and other attractions such as the Penang Nagarathar Sivan Temple, Philomatic Society (Sun Yat Sen Memorial Centre), Church of Our Lady of Sorrows and popular hawker centres, the rooms at this hotel come with individually controlled air conditioning units, intelligent door lock security systems, WiFi Internet access and LED TV with satellite channels. Mood lighting in rooms that is fun and playful completes this funky offering.
Address: Lot 110 Jalan Kampung Jawa Baru, Georgetown, Penang
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5. THE MUSEUM HOTEL
Consisting of nine terrace houses built in 1929, The Museum Hotel is an invitation to travel in time to enjoy the romance of the past at this unique boutique hotel. The 28 colonial themed rooms here come in Single, Double, Twin/Quadruple duplex rooms and Art Décor suite. The rooms evoke Penang’s colonial past with fittings and furnishings that include Art Deco furniture, authentic wooden shutters, Bakelite telephones, old English brass and porcelain electrical switches, handcrafted beds and mirrors and, old marble tiled walls in the bathroom.
Located away from the main road to ensure a quieter environment, the original structure has been preserved and restored extensively to enable guests to truly enjoy Penang’s culture and history. The owner is an antique collector and his extensive collection has found a home in The Museum Hotel. Incidentally, this property is the only hotel, which has guided tours for in-house guests to appreciate the art collection there.
The hotel houses a reading area, courtyard for breakfast and a small gym, while the rooms are equipped with modern facilities such as LCD TV with satellite channels, high thread count cotton linen, cassette air conditioner and a mini fridge. The baths are equipped with rain showers, full set of bathroom amenities and hairdryers. All rooms are WiFi enabled.
Address: 72 Jalan A.S. Mansor, Georgetown, Penang
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