Review: Vistana Penang Hotel, Penang


The hotel address was Georgetown so I was expecting that the hotel would be amidst the colonial buildings of old Georgetown. It was dark when I arrived (and when I left) but from what I could see of the vicinity it was a major road, high rise buildings and various modern shophouses. So if you really want a Georgetown vibe as seen on postcards, this may not be the place for you.

There was a couple of minutes’ walk away a good range of local shops and eateries. So the hotel was conveniently located for real Malay food as well as local shopping. This was a strength of the hotel.

Getting there from the airport was easy. Bus 401, which costs a couple of ringgit, goes almost directly past it. A Grab would cost around fifteen ringgit, while a hotel car to the airport cost 65 ringgit and took about ten minutes.

The Room

The room was quite spacious. It had a very comfortable bed, desk and large television.

The bathroom had only a shower not a bath and did not quite live up to the elegant styling of the bedroom.

A couple of things bothered me about the room. First, although it was on the fifteenth floor, there was audible traffic noise through the night from the road far below. Secondly, the whole place needed a good scrub. It was not dirty as such, but it was definitely neglected around the edges. The bathroom grout was the most striking but not the only example.


The staff were friendly and helpful


This hotel was okay but did not stand out in any way. For one night’s sleep it did the trick but if I was planning a longer vacation in Penang I would rather have somewhere with a bit more character.

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