THE GRANDE DAME OF GEORGE TOWN, PENANG
The Eastern & Oriental Hotel – known simply as the ‘E&O’ to generations of travellers – exudes a charm that is inimitably its own. For most of its history, its passageways and halls were the preserve of the rich and privileged from the Western world – intrepid travellers that included acclaimed writers and aspiring literati who arrived in steamships seeking to experience the exotic East. Even with the passage of time, this unique pearl at the heart of George Town continues to shine as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era, the embodiment of both a special time and a special place. Indeed, at the E&O, life’s true pleasures never go out of fashion. For almost 135 years, the hotel has welcomed the world in timeless style. This legacy is conserved and further elevated with the re-opening of the Heritage Wing that is now setting the new standard as a leading destination in classic hospitality.
Re-emerging from a comprehensive restoration and refurbishment programme in December 2019, the Heritage Wing resumes its role as a gracious host with new facilities and a variety of exclusive privileges – making it an even more delightful experience for guests staying here. The E&O welcomes you to discover the Heritage Wing once again.SUITES
The Victory Annexe is an extended wing that opened in 2013, built on the site of the hotel’s original Victory Annexe that was first unveiled by Arshak Sarkies in 1923. The Victory Annexe is designed with the needs and comforts of the modern traveller in mind, whilst retaining the old-world ambience and charm that are synonymous with the E&O.SUITES
With the re-opening of the Heritage Wing, the E&O’s revered repertoire of classic hospitality and culinary experiences has been enhanced. The Java Tree serves Straits Nyonya recipes and classic European dishes, while the Palm Court offers a selection of ethnic Asian inspired dishes and casual international fare as well as the classic three-tier afternoon tea. The new Farquhar’s Bar, now a handsome vintage cocktail bar with a view of Penang’s waterfront outside its expansive windows, is perfect for pre- and after-dinner drinks. At the Victory Annexe, Sarkies remains a perennial favourite for its splendid buffet-spread of Malaysian and international delights. The Planters Lounge is an elegant venue for continental dishes while al fresco dining is a sumptuous affair at Poolside Terrace.
Events & Meetings
Beloved by the people of Penang, the E&O has an appeal and affection beyond being a beacon for travellers to this beautiful island. Generations of guests and visitors alike have chosen its ballroom and function spaces as the backdrop for celebrations and to host the most important events. Supported by a professional team of event organisers, state-of-the-art technology and legendary service, the E&O promises to create a venue befitting the grandest occasions.