We planned for a trip at both E&O properties in Penang, which in itself is a completely refreshed experience compared to my last trip 24 years ago.
The most refreshing thing about this location is the absolute lack of coconut trees. In its place, are the casuarina trees which were mistaken by the early occupants of the property as pine trees (hence the name). Complete with regular tropical cow grass, 1950s inspired styling or genuine 1950s furniture ... beautifully lush rooms which even made screte concrete beautiful ... it was just enjoyable.
This is one of the few resorts we spent idyllic afternoons on the balcony ... sometimes soaking in the bath tubs that many rooms have on their balconies... the bed was very comfortable.
The pool area was charming enough and pleasant. Interestingly different and tropical, deck chairs are also on the lawn facing the sea.The bar was very kitsche ... the food was not bad. The staff were friendly and helpful. Very charming also, the oldest parts of the hotel have been preserved in their 1950s splendour.
The hotel is also strategically located. The front faces the public beach .. with its paragliding and other activity ... and a short walk down the beach takes you past the other hotels - many of which are priced same or more, and not necessarily much better except for more facilities.
Lone Pine is also a 2min walk from the night market strip, and a food square where the food is cheap and good, and parties of young people drink cheap beer late into the night. Not rowdy, just a very earthy, urban experience ... and close enough to crawl back to the hotel.
The only downside if any, is that batu ferringhi is far from town and the airport, which means a cab ride from the airport is about 50RM. Maybe the other, is the mediocre wifi reception I had in my room, and both the wire and wireless connection does not support my apple Mac laptop (i checked with the staff - technical issue with their network).
Lastly, the spa never seemed to have limited operating hours, and was never open in the early evenings after dinner for us to try ... and we did try a few times.
We took the internal shuttle then to our last night at the E&O hotel in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in an idyllic spot along Penang's coastline, Lone Pine is Batu Ferringhi's only luxury boutique hotel. Renewed and rejuvenated after a lovingly undertaken restoration, Penang's favourite beachside boutique resort reopened its doors refreshed in design and facilities, but still infused with the same colonial spirit and idyllic charm that has made it one of Penang's legendary hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lone Pine Batu Ferringhi
- Hotel Lone Pine
- Lone Pine Hotel Penang, Malaysia