Eastern & Oriental Hotel 

Historical architecture meets new design

One of Malaysia’s most famous hotels, the ‘E&O’ radiates style in a fantastic setting.

Many cities around the world have that one hotel that’s steeped in history and evokes memories of a bygone era. Singapore has Raffles and Rangoon has The Strand, while in Penang’s vibrant capital Georgetown, it’s the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. The hotel is split into two beautiful buildings – the Heritage Wing with a stylish waterfront pool and the modern Victory Annexe with a sleek sixth-floor pool. Expect vintage cocktails at Farquhar’s Bar and English afternoon tea at Palm Court.

Why we love Eastern & Oriental Hotel

  • Luxurious Heritage Wing Suites come evening canapes and drinks.

  • Victory Annexe Corner Suites feature large balconies and claw and ball baths.

  • It’s a five-minute walk to George Town’s colonial villas, Chinese houses and rainbow of street art.

  • You’re in one of Asia’s best street food destinations.

5 stars
Dec - Mar
14 hours (not including stopover time)
On the waterfront, close to the heart of UNESCO-listed George Town and within walking distance to many bars, restaurants and shops
Approx. 45 minutes' transfer from Penang airport



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities

Sarkies, which is located in the lobby of the Victory Annexe, is the hotel’s main restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served each day. For a more formal affair on Wednesdays to Saturdays, book a table at Java Tree which is named after the tree that stands in the grounds and pre-dates the hotel. With classic dishes on offer complemented by selected wines.

The classy Palm Court is open each day for casual international dishes and tastes of Malaysia. A traditional afternoon tea is served here daily from 3pm to 5pm. The cosy Planters Lounge is situated on the sixth floor of the Victory Annexe and is open for casual all-day dining. The final venue at the E&O is Farquhar’s Bar, a classically decorated cocktail bar located by the lobby in the Heritage Wing. On Wednesday to Saturday, you can head here in the evening for pre- and post-dinner drinks and views out over the waterfront.

Popular with guests and locals, Sarkies serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet-style.

Palm Court
A mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese dishes as well as burgers and salads are served at the all-day diner.

Planters Lounge
Overlooking the Andaman Sea, Planters serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Farquhar's Bar
Overlooking Penang's waterfront, enjoy a drink from the nostalgic oak and brass long bar.

Java Tree
Java Tree is an elegant restaurant serving classic dishes.

Keep up the traditions of the hotel with a visit to Palm Court for afternoon high tea.

What's included

For Heritage Wing Suite and Corner Suite guests • Breakfast at the Cornwallis or Sarkies (for all stays until further notice breakfast will be served at Palm Court or Cornwallis) For Studio Suite guests • Breakfast at Sarkies.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast as above • Monday-Thursday and Sunday: Dinner at Palm Court; Friday & Saturday: dinner at Sarkies (Friday and Saturday)
Full Board • Breakfast as above• Monday-Thursday: Lunch and dinner at Palm Court; Friday & Saturday: Lunch and dinner at Sarkies; Sunday: lunch at Sarkies and dinner at Palm Court.

PAÑPURI is the hotel's organic spa that offers a range of massages including Indian Ayurvedic, traditional Thai and Japanese shiatsu.

Discover the history of the hotel and Penang with a visit to the hotel's gallery. Inside is a museum of artefacts and photos showcasing the social and cultural history of the area.

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