Hotel Continental Penang
Review, A Sea View Fail For Hotel Continental Penang
Sea view room fail, Hotel Continental Penang offers sea view rooms with a very disappointing glimpse of the sea above Slippery Senoritas and the E and O Hotel
Apart from the sea view room fail the Continental Hotel Penang served an under achieving breakfast and the only mitigating factor I can say about this hotel was the room was comfortable
Written by: Juli Paul
Hotel Continental, Georgetown, Penang
Date published: 24/09/2013
Hotel Continental Penang Star Rating
No 5, Penang Road, Georgetown,
GPS Latitude - 5.422178
GPS Longitude - 100.334535
The Hotel Continental occupies an area of prime real estate at No 5 Penang Road which is right on
the door step of the major nightlife hotspots of Georgetown.
If it is food you are looking for during your Georgetown stay then the Hotel Continental is within
walking distance of the tastiest street food outlets and restaurants Penang has to offer.
So we know its location is good but, what of the hotel itself, can it deliver a comfortable stay with good service?
According to the Ministry of
Tourism and Culture Malaysia
the Hotel Continental has an
official star rating of 2 stars
so I was not expecting to be
treated like a pampered
poodle however, a 2 star
hotel should provide a
accommodation without the
I booked into a Superior Sea View room at a cost of RM128 for one nights accommodation and I was pleasantly surprised by the large size of the room.
Of course the first thing I checked out was the sea view
and the Straits of Melaka were clearly visible albeit with
the E and O hotel partially blocking the view.
Looking down I could see the sign board for Slippery
Senoritas and the roof tops of the Upper Penang Road
night life venues provided a less than inspirational view
of the established Unesco World Heritage of
Peering over the E and O hotel to indulge in my seaview
I could see several large freight vessels slowly ebbing
across this small stretch of water that separates Penang
Island with the peninsular.
The thought then occurred to me that people actually pay more just to enjoy this view. At the Continental a city view room was RM8 cheaper at RM120 so, I was left to ponder and indulge in what my extra RM8 had bought me and I joined the countless hordes who pay more for this worthless cosseting without even uttering a whimper of protest.
Leaving the sea view debate to one side, on the plus
side the room was very clean and the humongous bed
The shower and bathroom were both adequate for my
transitory needs, the room had air conditioning and the
movie channels from cable television so the
accommodation actually surpassed my expectation
considering its 2 star rating.
However, I called reception to enquire about having an
iron sent to my room and I was surprised to learn that if
I want to use an iron I must go to their facility on the
19th floor to use it.
Naturally I declined to venture up eleven floors just to iron a shirt but it did occur to me that the lack of subtle services like this is probably the difference between gaining an extra star for its official rating.
After a good nights rest I ventured down to sample
breakfast which was located in the coffee house.
While it cannot be denied there is a sea view from the room, the talking point to me is it is a disappointing view considering they promote sea view rooms at a higher rate.
By taking the written word quite literally the hotel have done nothing wrong however, this in my opinion is mischievious marketing.
All the usual Asian breakfast suspects were lined up in a buffet style and I opted to try the fried rice, fried noodles and fried kuey teow.
In Penang the so called food capital of Malaysia disappointment is the only word that can describe the breakfast I was subjected to.
The taste was very plain and very ordinary and I now understand why there is no option for a cheaper room rate without breakfast, put simply I think most people would decline and opt for breakfast at one of the many glorious Georgetown street food outlets.
The plus points about my stay was the room being comfortable. The minus points were the disappointing sea view and the breakfast.
Nearly 80% of hotel rooms are booked online now, anyone who is not aware of the exact geographical location of this hotel can easily be deceived into thinking they are booking into a sea front hotel.
Sea View Room Fail
Sea view room fail, most people do not complain at disappointment. But is this just a case of a disappointing view for a mere RM8 extra or should hotels be allowed to promote their rooms as with a sea view regardless of how much of the ocean can be seen from their room?
Conference Room with broadband internet
Airport Transfer upon request
Foreign currency exchange counter
Safe deposit box
Health and massage centre
Guest Room Facilities
Cable television with movie channels
Tea coffee making facilities
Hotel Continental Georgetown Location Map
The sheets were also clean and smelt good on what was a huge and inviting bed.