Amongst the luxurious five stars hotels in Malaysia, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O) located on the island of Penang is a unique historical landmark from 1884.
With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and the arrival of the steamship, travel to Asia assumed unprecedented style and luxury. Writers, actors, playwrights, the rich and the titled, in Europe and America, looked to the exotic East to satisfy their wanderlust. Suddenly, there was a new breed of travellers – the globetrotters. It was to meet the demands of the new affluent travellers that the Eastern & Oriental Hotel was born.
Nowadays, with its large colonial building, the wooden furniture, the lovely pool, the butler’s uniforms and the unique sea view on Penang, E&O hasn’t lost its character and grace.
When I first visited Malaysia in 2006, PZ booked this Hotel for us to make sure that I would fall in love with Penang and Malaysia. No need to say it worked perfectly well. You can’t resist the charms of the E&O Hotel (and my wife’s)!
Do stay at E&O Hotel if you visit Malaysia, or have a cup of tea and scones at Sarkies Corner or a delicious gourmet dinner at the restaurant 1885, and perhaps you will feel the spirit of Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Hermann Hesse, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham, some of the famous guests who stayed there.