I stayed here over Christmas 2012 with my boyfriend. The rooms were very nice and comfortable. I will divide this into several sections:
Rooms- Large and beds were super comfortable. Had no problems and it kept out the noise when we were situated right in front of the pool at the center of the resort. But then again, I'm coming to Penang to see the sites and eat till I burst (Penang is the foodie destination of Malaysia).
Pools/Beach- Don't even go to the beach, it's terrible and you can't go in the water. It's a shame they couldn't take some time to clean up the beach. The pools were crazy crowded. You can't even get a chair and screaming children everywhere. It would've been nice to have an adults only area but you can pay for a private covered deck with comfortable lounge chairs.
Restaurant- We had breakfast there and it was not good. I am from Malaysia and the food was mediocre at best. We ate here for breakfast since it was included. If you want the real good stuff, for dinner we walked down to the food court (about 15 minutes w/o stopping to shop) for a fraction of the price. My boyfriend LOVED his prawn mee soup. He got that EVERY night. Me, you can't go wrong with Char Kway Teouh and Roti Canai
Location- It's far away and if you have children, it's going to be a hike since the sidewalks are narrow to non-existant for strollers.
Conclusion- This hotel is great if you don't want to leave the pool area and if you have children (great entertainment crew to keep the kids entertained). I've stayed at Lone Pine and I think that is the better location and comfort level for us. Even if I did have kids, I want the convenience to take them to nearby shopping and THAT food court.
- 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, 32-inch LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi and wired connectivity and an interactive IPTV system. 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