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 Eastern & Oriental Hotel    

10 Farquhar Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: 604-222-2000    Fax: 604-261-6333

A return to elegance …conceived out of love…withstood the test of time due to perseverance.

The Eastern & Oriental Hotel stands majestically along Farquhar Street, in the bustling heart of Penang. The bygone era of a glorious past is seen the minute you catch a glimpse of this imposing white colonial building. Warm lingering feelings of elegance greet you as you drive up the courtyard and walk into the spacious domed lobby.
At a glance, everything about the E&O, from the porter’s uniform to the enchanting ambiance sets us down memory lane, to the good old days of Malaya. The E&O proudly retains the old-world charm it has been recognized for, even with the infusion of modernity.
Personalized attentive service standards and high levels of hospitality are the hallmarks of the E&O. This is complemented by our impeccable 24-hour butler service attending to medical travel guests’ every need. Each magnificent suite is extravagantly spacious and thoughtfully furnished with modern day amenities and instant access to the wireless world. Its restaurants, cafés and bars, each with its unique aura, tempts with a tantalizing medley of flavors and aromas.
The atmosphere and service provided by the E&O enable medical tourism guests to recuperate from their health tourism surgery, to socialize or simply to relax. A magnificent pool with its view across the sea is the focal point for guests seeking to unwind or energize the body, mind and spirit.

On the doorstep is an amazing heritage of art and architecture, festivals and food. The E&O is but a few minutes walk from a myriad of shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs. And beyond the city, hills and villages, seas and beaches beckon enticingly.

To many travelers, the E&O has become a sanctuary. A place where there is always enough time for the things that really matter.

The Legacy …in the beginning…

Founded by the Armenian Sarkies brothers, the Eastern, a hotel ‘facing the Esplanade’, began its colorful history way back in 1884. So swiftly did this hotel prosper and gain popularity that within the following year, in 1885, the Oriental was established. Both hotels were then combined to form the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang.

It was a move that was impressive and proved to be a success, earning the hotel a place in history as one of the finest hotels of the British Empire. The Eastern & Oriental stood majestically with its Moorish minarets, spacious domed lobby and the endless 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 the world’s longest sea-front lawn at 842 feet.

The hotel was well patronized by colonial administrators, planters and the local and international elite. Among its more famous guests it has welcomed Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Hermann Hesse, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham.

The property has changed hands and endured numerous renovations over the years, and today it has reclaimed its heritage as one of the finest hotels within the Far East. 
All E&O guests will receive the following courtesies:

  • Welcome Cocktail & Cold Towel upon arrival
  • Personalized Check-in by a Butler
  • Breakfast at Sarkies Corner
  • 24-hour Butler Service
  • Daily Fruit Platter
  • Choice of Local Newspaper (English, Malay or Chinese)
  • Complimentary access to Gymnasium and Sauna
  • Complimentary Valet Parking for In-house Guest only
  • Complimentary Pressing of Two (2) Garments (upon arrival on the 1st day only)
  • Premier Suite Amenities


                                                                 Deluxe Suite

                                                            Georgetown Suite

                                                               Premier Suite

Sarkies Corner

A typical colonial coffee shop setting, this place offers all-day dining and celebrates Penang's diverse cultural heritage. Choose from a wide selection of delicious local fare, international cuisine and spectacular buffets. Fresh local and imported seafood should not be missed.

The 1885

A classic restaurant serving contemporary and traditional cuisine with a superb selection of wines from all over the world.

The Bakery

The "Meeting Place" of the hotel, this little shop specializes in gateau, tarts, pastries, chocolates and breads. All of these are homemade and while you are here, enjoy a cup or two of freshly brewed coffee or tea. 

Farquhar's Bar

A little piece of colonial Malaya, this bar pours an excellent range of tap beers and serves great pub fare. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Straits while you try the tasty tapas, and other European and local tit-bits. A great place to relax after work.


The terrace on the promenade offers alfresco dining amidst breathtaking views of the tropical garden and sea. Breakfast here during sunrise is a must.

The Deck

Situated by the pool, it serves snacks and drinks.

Note: The Eastern & Oriental provides 24-hour Room Service


Butler Service

At your service, when you wish. A butler is available any time of the day and night from checking in, unpacking and packing suitcases, arranging for room service, shining shoes, making travel arrangements to checking out. Even if it's just to ask for more chocolates or fruits, ring the bell next to your bed and everything will be taken care of. The Eastern & Oriental prides itself for its high level of hospitality and treats every guest like royalty.

Sports & Recreation

For health enthusiasts, the hotel's exercise room has a small gymnasium and sauna. Take a stroll along the beautifully landscaped garden overlooking the sea, or sunbathe by the pool.

Additional Services & Facilities

The hotel also provides concierge, babysitting, secretarial, limousine, airline and hotel reservation services for your added convenience. A gift shop, florist, and foreign currency exchange are available.

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