Although I have stayed at the Waldorf Hotel a few times before several years ago, given the arrival time of 0100 hrs after a long international flight with connections, I was a little "shocked" upon entering my hotel room - mainly at the "rough around the edges ( or well worn ) appearance.
However, after staying there in this large room on the top floor overlooking the hotel car-park, Leith St and the Georgetown skyline for 24 hours - during the next 4 or 5 days I stayed in the hotel, I felt that my room was a " home away from home ". The room was large with 2 double and comfortable beds complete with CLEAN sheets, the bathroom functional with hot showers and plenty of water pressure. A ceiling fan, although historic, performed well - combined with the air conditioning , gave you the opportunity to set your room temperature to a desired level for sleeping or for when re-entering your room in the heat of the day after a day of sight-seeing. TV with basic Malaysian channels and cool fresh drinking water provided as is soap but rather thread-bare towels.
Staff at reception always helpful , friendly and willing to to provide useful information.
Being located right in the historical Unesco listed heritage city, with attractions opposite the hotel, there are also great inexpensive restaurants nearby - particularly an Indian one on Penang Road - about 200 metres from the hotel. Close to public transport and the free " shuttle bus ".
Given the price of the hotel room at RM 69 , I could not fault the room if you are prepared to overlook that it is from the 70s. There are many more hotel options available nearby with prices starting at RM 100 and going to around the RM 240 but are they really any better ? From first hand experience, I know many are considerably worse. The Waldorf served the purpose well - by providing clean comfortable and quiet rooms at a most affordable price.
- Also Known As:
- Waldorf Hotel Penang/George Town