The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is a hotel of old, colonial charm with the finest traditions of comfort and service. The property began its colourful history in 1884 as The Eastern. The Oriental was added in 1885 due to the Eastern’s overwhelming popularity. The hotels then combined to become the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Established by the Armenian Sarkies brothers, Martin and Tigran, they became one Grand Hotel with Moorish minarets, a spacious domed lobby and a sweeping seafront.
In 1927, it was advertised as “The Premier Hotel East of the Suez”, boasting more than a hundred rooms, baths with hot and cold running water, individual telephones and a sea-front lawn which was commonly acknowledged to be the world’s longest at 842 feet.
While well patronised by colonial administrators, planters and the wealthy local elite’, it also counted Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Herman Hesse among its more famous guests.
The hotel is fully owned and managed by the Eastern & Oriental Berhad Group. After a major refurbishment, the E&O Hotel reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday, 3 April 2001.
Standing majestically along Farquhar Street and intersecting with Penang Road, the E&O Hotel is 20 kilometres from Penang International Airport. Located conveniently near food havens, shopping and entertainment belts of downtown Georgetown, financial district of Beach Street and surrounding cultural quarters, the hotel is again positioned as an exclusive 100 all-suite Grand Hotel, evoking an aura of place and time, maintaining strong historical links and traditions yet coupled with the facilities of present day.
All suites are magnificently furnished, extravagantly spacious and come in eight different types, with either city or sea views. Each suite comes with modern day amenities and every guest who stays at the E&O Hotel receives individual attention. The hotel’s round-the-clock impeccable butler service guarantees that guests’ personal needs and comfort are a constant focus from the moment they arrive. Personalized attentive service standards with old world charm are the hallmark of the E&O Hotel.
Set amidst lush tropical greenery in a beautifully manicured garden is our swimming pool that faces the sea and the focal point for guests seeking to unwind or to energise the body, mind and spirit. This is also where the oldest “Java” tree, which was planted before 1885, still stands (only three other smaller trees of this kind exist in Penang).
Savour the old world grandeur as you conduct your events in our 400-seat Grand Ballroom with a full stage, royal boxes and a gallery. While embodying the opulence of a grandeur age, it offers all necessary modern facilities to ensure the success of any event. Smaller function suites accommodate groups of 20 to 150 people. In every function room and suite, the latest and the best technology give guests instant access to the wireless world.
A tantalizing medley of flavours and aromas tempts guests to sample the hotel’s restaurants, cafes and bars, each with its unique aura.