Sat. Dec 7th, 2019

Penang hotels market heat up with new brands in market

More rooms for the picking as more hotels sprout up in Penang in tandem with tourist and business travellers increase.

Travellers to Penang will be spoilt for choice on where to stay as more hotels are expected to open in 2019, in tandem with high tourist arrivals, and MICE travellers.

Among the newcomers include the Prestige Hotel along Gat Lebuh Gereja which is expected to open by the first quarter of this year.

It is the perfect designer living space for the busy business executive and the world traveller of today.

With 162 units of a room of four different categories to choose from, rich, luxury and elegant ambience are tailored specifically to suit the needs of guests.

Among the attractions at the new hotel is The Glass House, with the essence of “crystal elegance” the restaurant is completely built of glass, it welcomes locals and visitors inviting them to discover a world of unique flavours and textures. 

The Arcade is a unique blend of retail outlets for the convenience of guests offering anything ranging from the international stylish cafes, a bakery, a pharmacy, a convenient store and many more. A state-of-the-art gym awaits.

It will be followed by the opening of the 33-storey, 240 room, Hompton by the Beach Penang in Tanjong Tokong in the second or third quarter of 2019.

The food and beverage outlets consist of the Spice Garden which offers all day dining on the 11th floor while the Elementos Bar and Lounge serve as Tapas Bar is located on the first floor for guests to unwind with their favourite drink in hand.

Among the facilities to relax and unwind include the infinity swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre and meeting room all on the 10th floor. Ample parking facilities are available from the mezzanine floor till the 9th floor.  

Meanwhile, the sleepy Teluk Bahang will soon see the opening of The Angsana Hotel Penang this year and another Seri Malaysia chain budget hotel in the area.

Over in Georgetown, along the Argyll Road, the Ozo is under the final stages of construction.

Another hotel in the pipeline is The Light Hotel Penang’s second hotel which is expected to be built around the Queensbay area in Bayan Lepas.

Word is another Light Hotel will be put up IJM Group at the coastal Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, while the 453-room 5-star Amari Hotel by the Onyx Group is expected at the Setia Spice.

In the pipeline is the RM120 million valued second Iconic Hotel with 306 rooms which are expected to expand its chain to the Penang island in Sungai Nibong by 2023.

Not forgetting the Mercure Penang Beach (formerly known as The Four Points By Sheraton Penang) that has just opened its doors. The brand is under the Accor Group of hotels.

Among the brands under Accor include the upscale, midscale and economy with names like the Raffles, Banyan Tree, Pullman, Sofitel, Angsana, Ibis and many more operating in over 100 countries.

Over in mainland Seberang Perai, the 35-storey 288 room Holiday Inn Juru Sentral chain is expected to come up in Seberang Jaya, together with Aloft Hotels nearby.

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