The Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang is not only one of the island’s foremost heritage icons but also a place that transports you to a serene bygone age. From its creation by the Sarikes brothers in 1885, the E&O Hotel has attracted colonial administrators, planters as well as the local and international elite. Some of its famous guests in the past include Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Hermann Hesse, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham.
The E&O remains today, the first choice for many discerning travellers to Penang. Magnificently furnished, all 101 suites with sea or city view have round-the-clock personalised bulter service. The elegance of the suites is luxuriously alluring: an enchanted backdrop to dreamy days and ardent night. Each is tastefully furnished with essential amenities in a spacious bathroom, Persian carpets by the bedside and bed covers made from the finest Egyptian cotton. These are just some of the touches that lend opulence to this luxury hotel.
The E&O Hotel presents a tantalising medley of flavours and aromas at its restaurants, cafes and bars, each with its unique ambience as well as 24-hour room service. Sarkies Corner, which is a colonial coffee shop, offers a wide selection of delicious local and international fare. The terrace on the promenade provides alfresco dining against views of a tropical garden and sea while the Deck serves a variety of light meals and refreshments. The 1885 offers classic yet contemporary cuisine in an atmosphere of elegance, which includes a wide selection of fusion dishes from highly trained chefs. There is also The Bakery that serves delicious pies, freshly baked cakes and pastries.
Touted as a magnificent piece of living history, the E&O hotel is also well situated for business as it is located close to Penanag’s financial district. The Hotel offers both a tranquil haven as well as leading edge service, giving only the best of old and new.
The E&O is not just a hotel, but an experience in itself. Arriving, visitors will find themselves welcomed into a world steeped in colonial romance and intrigue; departing, they will carry with them memories of warm and elegant hospitality.