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Eastern & Oriental
Hotel Penang

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Rates from S$150

Frothy white Sarkies confections are such rarefied emblems of Eastern hospitality that properties still in business are storied to no end. At some point the myth is neutered by reality and that is when the ball drops. For the E&O Penang that moment seems to be still a distance off, its heritage wing having just emerged from a substantive renovation a few years back. Nonetheless, the property can still benefit from an upgrade in service orientation and raise its name to be on par with other international players in its own league.

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Shangri-La
Rasa Sayang Penang

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Rates from S$220

One of the island's top resort for decades, the Rasa Sayang still brings back fond memories of a bygone time when its rooms are considered opulent and its tropical gardens set a world standard. The old glories are somewhat diminished because the playing field is now regional and competition is fierce. Nostalgia is good for business only when the past has managed to surpass the present in both spirit and form.

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The Edison
Georgetown Penang

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Rates from S$150

One of Penang's most promising boutique entrant is The Edition, but even that was a few years back and realities have vastly shifted post 2020. The interiors of this handsome property was fresh and modish but guests could benefit from better sound proofing to block out the nightly din from the beer garden next door. Also, until its F&B and wellness concepts could come to life, its potentials are still far from fulfilled.

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Seven Terraces
Penang

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Rates from S$200

A favourite with heritage and history buffs, this erstwhile mansion houses both the spirit and artefacts of a bygone era that can prove to be both enigmatic and haunting. More mundane considerations come to mind though - its inexplicable shower design and inconvenient duplex layout might put many off. Also, once the glitters of nostalgia wear off, this really is just an old house full of old things with nothing else that can be considered very interesting. Even its feted Peranakan cuisine becomes insipid on a second seating.