In August this year, I went to Penang on my own under #MyFascinatingPenang2015 blogging programme for 5 days and stayed at 4 different hotels. Two of them are chain hotels, i.e. St. Giles Wembley, Penang and Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang; while the other two are independent hotels, i.e. The Chambers Hotel and Ren i Tang Heritage Inn, Penang.
Below is my review of St. Giles Wembley following my overnight stay at the hotel.
Below is my review of St. Giles Wembley following my overnight stay at the hotel.
1. The Hotel
St. Giles Wembley Hotel is part of St. Giles Hotel group. It is a relatively new hotel that has just been officially opened earlier in the year. It is located in the business and commercial area of George Town, just across the road from the iconic KOMTAR, the tallest building in Penang.
1a. The Reception
I arrived late in the afternoon after taking a bus from Kuala Lumpur. The bus stopped at Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal from where I had to take a local bus to KOMTAR and walked to the hotel. As its location is just across the road from KOMTAR, it's pretty convenient to get to, if you’re using public transport.
The lobby is quite spacious with plenty of sofas for guests to use. I didn’t have any problem checking-in quickly as there was no other guest checking in at the same time. The hotel however did ask for a security deposit, either in the form of cash or credit card, to be returned at time of check out. Debit card is not accepted for security deposit purposes.
1b. The Room
The room assigned to me looks quite luxurious and is spacious enough for 2 people, with plenty of space for luggage and stuff. It comes complete with two bedside tables, a work/dressing table and a wardrobe. The room also has a tea/ coffee making facility and an LCD TV apart from an electronic safe, a minibar, and iron & ironing board.
The mattress and bed are very comfortable. Linens and towels are okay. The bathroom is rather spacious too, and comes with a hairdryer as well. One thing that probably is most noticeable in the room is that it has plenty of power points, so if you have a few gadgets to recharge in the evening like I do, you won’t have to worry much about it. :)
Overall, the room is well furnished with a modern luxury taste and a little traditional touch in the form of batik display just above the bed’s headboard. The room should be good for both business travellers and for a leisure stay.
The hotel serves breakfast at their in-house restaurant which is called Wembley Café. The selection is good, with options for local (Penang and Malaysian), Asian (including Japanese) and Western fares. The main attractions however are the local dishes, e.g. pasembur, and maybe the Japanese fares as well although some might find that the latter is quite limited in selections. All in all, there's something for everyone's taste buds.
I also had dinner at the restaurant on my first night there and found that they serve local, Asian and Western fares too for dinner. The restaurant was quite full at the time of dinner which reflected either the popularity of the hotel and/or the restaurant. The types and variety of food served at the restaurant could be a factor too.
1d. Internet Access
Internet access is available for free via Wi-Fi at the hotel. You also get complimentary broadband Internet access for up to 2 devices in the room.
1e. Other Facilities
The hotel has an infinity salt-water swimming pool on 11th floor overlooking KOMTAR building and another hotel across the road, as well as the city. It also has a gym on the same floor that is opened daily to guests up until 10 p.m. Apart from this, there is also an Executive Lounge on Level 30 that offers separate check-in and check-out for business travellers.
2. Where to Eat
St. Giles Wembley has 1 restaurant (Wembley Café), a Lobby Lounge and a bar on 31st floor that is called D’Shining Roof Top (DSRT) Sky Room that offer a scenic view of Penang Island and beyond.
Just across the road is 1st Avenue Mall where there are also plenty of options for food and drinks. This is Penang however, so we are supposed to enjoy the world famed street food that is on offer on this pearl island. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul, for example, is located not far from the hotel, just across the road from the other side of KOMTAR.
3. Getting Around
How to get there:
The best way to get to the hotel is probably by driving or using a taxi although if you’re already in George Town city centre, you probably can just walk there or take a bus. There is a bus station/terminal at KOMTAR, just across the road from the hotel. Express bus service from out of town however does not stop here. They either do at Sungai Nibong or Butterworth. If you plan on using Hop On Hop Off Penang bus service whilst in town, they have a stop near KOMTAR.
Interesting places nearby, if any:
With its location being in the business and commercial area of George Town, St. Giles Wembley is strategically located for those who are in town for business or shopping. However, it is also suitable for leisure travellers who would love to stay in a rated hotel, with all its modern conveniences, that is located near the heritage side of the city.
5. Further Information
|183, Jalan Magazine, 10300 Penang, Malaysia|
|Website | Facebook|
Check in 2 p.m. / Check out 12 noon.
A Thank You & Disclosure Note
I would like to thank the organiser of My Fascinating Penang, My Amazing Malaysia, as well as the management of St. Giles Wembley for the arrangement to stay at the hotel. The stay was sponsored as part of My Fascinating Penang 2015 programme. The sponsorship however has in no way affected my review of the hotel.
Other official sponsors for the programme include, among others, the following:
|The Chambers Hotel, Ren i Tang Heritage Inn, Evergreen Laurel Hotel|
|Escape.My, Tropical Spice Garden, The Camera Museum, Made in Penang Interactive Museum|
|Hop On Hop Off Penang, Easybook.com|
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I loved Penang especially the street art. This hotel looks amazing. Wish I had checked out that pool view when I was there!ReplyDelete
Ooh Penang and its street art! I once went there on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur just for the street art! :) Anyways, about the hotel, I do love my stay there, not only because of its 5* services and facilities, but also because of the number of power points available in the room, haha! :) And yes, the infinity pool too!Delete
Very nice swimming pool! I wouldn't mind chilling with that view!ReplyDelete
Yes, the pool and the view from there is just amazing, especially at sunset! I wish I could have stayed around the pool longer but unfortunately had to get back to my room to get ready for dinner.Delete
Love the look of the building on the outside!ReplyDelete
Yup, me too! When I first saw it, I thought, okay, this is abstract thing looks different & pretty cool compared to other buildings and hotels I've seen/ been to that cover their car parks.Delete
oh my, with that view?!? That's breathtaking, it must be even more breathtaking at sunset and nighttime :) Glad that they provide free wi-fi and includes breakfast - definitely huge plus for staying thereReplyDelete
Yes, I stayed at the pool around sunset time just to enjoy the view! It's beautiful!Delete
Looks like a great place to stay! I love the pool!ReplyDelete
Yup, I had an enjoyable stay there, and loved the pool too! Gym can wait another time, haha!Delete
That infinity pool is something else! Wow! Thanks for the great review!ReplyDelete
Everybody seems to love the pool! Luckily there was only one other guest (at most) when I was there at the pool so I practically had it all for myself. Other guests were probably out on a street food hunt, maybe.Delete
It looks a lot nicer than where I stayed in Penang! Oh, how I would have loved an infinity pool. It sounds as if you had a great trip in a fascinating country.ReplyDelete
I sure did! 5 days was not enough, unfortunately. Have to go back again some time soon!Delete
LOVE the infinity pool, Ive noticed a trend of these throughout Asian hotels now and love it! And glad that there's becoming an increasing number of hotel groups to offer free wifi - I won't stay if they charge for internet because there are so many high quality places now which do.ReplyDelete
Thanks for this review! Will definitely pull them up when in Penang next :)
Yes, I've noticed that it's becoming a trend too. Well, I'm not complaining, haha! :) And yes, free Wi-Fi is a factor too for me when I decide on hotels. What's bad is that some hotels that charge for Wi-Fi access have some of the worse connectivity/speed. Luckily for me, Wi-Fi speed in the room, lobby and in the restaurant at this hotel was quite good so yay for the free and good Wi-Fi!Delete
The pool looks amazing! I think i haven't tried swimming a salt-water pool before though.ReplyDelete
I love the pool and the view that it offers!Delete