Fodor's Expert Review Eastern & Oriental Hotel

10 Lebuh Farquhar, Georgetown, Penang, 10200, Malaysia

The same people responsible for grand hotels like The Raffles in Singapore and The Strand in Yangon established the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in 1885, and upon arrival today, guests feel as if they've stepped through a time machine as they're greeted by doormen in knee-high socks and brimmed hats. The hotel has two wings, the 100-suite historical wing, part of the original hotel, and the 132-suite Victory Annexe, which opened in 2012. Steeped in history and old-world charm, the E & O brings the British colonial era to life. Persian carpets cover teak wooden floors in the sitting rooms, and Egyptian cotton linens cover the four-poster beds. Views from the rooms in the historical wing vary from the Strait of Malacca to the courtyard's manicured lawns. The Victory Annexe suites, which have private balconies and a modern-classic design, overlook the Andaman Sea.


  • steeped in history
  • variety of great views from the rooms
  • afternoon tea offered


  • could use some refurbishments
  • overpriced drinks
  • gym is lacking




Phones: 042-222--000


99 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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