My husband and I, both in our sixties, booked a 3 night package at Hard Rock. The rooms are spacious, and try to be as "Hollywood-style" as possible with red-and-white movie-style furniture, very comfortable with lovely armchairs but the Ray Charles bathroom portrait over the sink had to be pushed aside to access the mirror, very inconvenient! The television screen was too new-fangled to manipulate other channels than the house ones, would prefer a more conventional set-up really.
That said, the staff are friendly and eager to please, though cleaning is a bit erratic. One day they may come as early as 9am and subsequently not appear until they are reminded, but when they do come, they do the job well and are generous with the good-quality toiletries. Food in the two outlets were mediocre and expensive, for a food paradise like Penang, and had few local dishes that came anywhere near those at hawker centres in Penang. However, the bus stop is conveniently outside the hotel and buses are quite frequent, taking one all the way down Batu Ferringhi, to Komtar in about an hour. At night, along the way and within ten to fifteen minutes, you can drop at the Long Beach Hawker Centre where there is delicious hae mee (prawn noodles in spicy soup) and good Northern Indian food.
The infinity pool was great as we had a lagoon room so you step straight into the pool from your room, but I think facilities for children were superb with novelty rides and fun games at their pool. Hotel is busy and noisy most of the time, great for children and teenagers but the older set might prefer a quieter place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the famous Batu Ferringhi Beach in Penang, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a trendy hotel that sets itself apart from the conventional beach resort; blending rich music culture, contemporary design, and family friendly facilities. The 6-storey hotel boasts 250 rockin' rooms and suites, most of which feature beach frontage. The modern structure is completed with tastefully furnished bedrooms such as sensual guest bathrooms, Sleep Like a Rock(R) signature bed and modern in-room amenities. All rooms are fully equipped with DVD/CD players, 50-inch LCD TVs, BOSE Sound Systems, complimentary Wi-Fi and wired connectivity and an interactive IPTV system with free HD Blockbuster movies on demand. At the Hard Rock Hotel Penang, we serve rockin' food that is suitable for everyone; authentic American cuisine at the world famous Hard Rock Cafe, delicious Italian food at the Pizzeria and Asian and International cuisine at The Starz Diner. Hard Rock Hotel Penang features the largest free-form pool in Northern Malaysian. With a large play area, the pool is a hit with children. We provide facilities for everyone and plethora of fun activities and entertainment all day. Modern, non-traditional design and cutting-edge technology permeates Hard Rock's extensive indoor/outdoor meeting and event space. Anything from intimate private meetings in Penang to spectacular banquets that seats up to 300 guests, Hard Rock Hotel Penang provides extreme Rock Star service to ensure you a rockin' event success. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hard Rock Hotel Penang Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia