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50 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in this hotel for the first time on my recent trip back to hotel, choosing it because it was walking distance from my friend's excellent restaurant Perut Rumah. Growing up in Penang, i can remember in the 80s when it was the Merlin and one of the few 5 star hotels in Penang. Those days are long gone.... More 

1 Thank Chrisneoh69
Shah Alam, Malaysia
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211 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The room was quite spacious. The Hotel is nicely located. For the price vs the room its worth it. Nothing extra special about the hotel. The parking is in basement & had a problem during parking. But the rest was ok. Tips : 5 minutest by car to nearby places.

1 Thank Timbermad
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This hotel, it has been mentioned before, is a little dated however the rooms are reasonably spacious and we were able to comfortably get a family of 4 into one room, which can be difficult at times. The staff are friendly and the drinks were good value during 'Ecstatic Hours'. The location was very convenient as we were right at... More 

1 Thank omiatravels
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47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Because of the price I was expecting an average hotel but my stay here was great! The staff were all super helpful, friendly and accommodating. The room was very tidy, with comfortable bed, great bath, lovely views out over Penang. Room service was great with a very prompt delivery. Wifi excellent. All amenities provided. Super handy to have the hotel... More 

1 Thank CarlyDay28
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

The room is spacious and clean. The management team is so friendly. They give fast respond when we called front desk for the service. The hotel near to the main attraction. It is easy for us to go out and come back hotel to rest before continue our journey explore Penang. All family members are satisfied with the hotel. Overall... More 

Thank Nora I
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118 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Room is clean and spacious. The bathroom sink was leaking. Breakfast buffet did not have much choice. Had variety of food outlets nesrby within walking distance from the hotel. Staff had problems answering questions we had for them.

2 Thank marilyne2375
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60 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The hotel location is between the old city and the new city, there is alot of food corner around, and even babi guling nuris in walking distance. the room it self if abit old but still ok, but the bathroom need a make over and major clean up.swiming pool is to small and also the gym is to old.This hotel... More 

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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Not bad at all Breakfast not suitable for middle eastern Bad smell in room A good view at city and sea Room is clean Some function not working High speed internet Internet cable Good light Kfc is opposite of the hotel

1 Thank Mohammed E
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

No doubt this an old hotel, however the hotel was well up keep. Prompt action from Front Office and fast delivery of the room. Overall F&B is good and economical pricing. However the breakfast offerings can be improved further. Definately we will be here again.

Thank imran h
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69 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

First...there's Merlin hotel...years later..Sheraton hotel....today it is called the Royal Penang hotel...easy access to shopping mall..coffeeshops...eateries...justacross the road..situated on the heritage building ... the famous KFC...this is one of my perfect choices should one want a bit of quietness. Each hotel have their uniqueness of serving their guests by far this hotel tries their upmost desires to serve you better... More 

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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Conference Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff

Additional Information about Hotel Royal Penang

Address: No. 3 Jalan Larut, George Town, Penang Island 10050, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Price Range: $49 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Royal Penang 4*
Number of rooms: 237
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Also Known As:
Hotel Royal Penang George Town
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in George Town
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“harbour view is possible”
 of 5 bubbles vanessakoh, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Choose the executive suite! worth it if you are travelling with more than 3 kids :)”
  • Bath tub with shower and basic amenities provided daily.
  • Walk - in wardrobe with dressing table/mirror and ironing facilities
  • Living room with kitchenette
  • Bedroom, spacious!
 of 5 bubbles 456raihann, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Request for higher floors as the lowers floors are occupied by permanent foreign workers. hint*hint*”
 of 5 bubbles leerockz, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Request for seaview & high floor”
 of 5 bubbles Lee-Atlanta2013, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in their cheapest room, which was on the second floor, it was excellent.”
 of 5 bubbles JohnmBrisbane_au, 20 Jun 2016 | Read review
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