We have finally arrived in one of the most historical island of Malaysia, Penang! This island is connected to the land with few bridges and has also a port and airport.
George Town, the capital of Penang state, touted as the food capital of Malaysia, offers an amazing array of street food, blending Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai and European influences. Other notable religious sites include the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple and Hindu Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
Georgetown is the second largest city in Malaysia and was listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a 'World Heritage Site', together with fellow former Straits Settlement, Malacca.It has a history dating back to the beginnings of British colonialism in South-East Asia in the 18th. century, with its multi-cultural appeal reflected in its architecture, festivities and food.
In this occasion we have decided to stay at DoubleTree by Hilton, an amazing new hotel located not too far from one of the most touristic area of the island, Batu Ferringhi.
The development has 11 levels, 5-stars facilities such as SPA, outdoor Pool and Gym with an esclusive Teddy Bear Museum and Kids area.
The check in was fast and the staff was really friendly refreshing us with a delicious juice and warm cookies, well know after visiting DoubleTree Hilton in Manchester.
The room was spacious and comfy with an amazing view over the ocean where you could enjoy watching sunsets or having your morning coffee.
Right after we have settled down, we have decided to visit the pool and enjoy a bit of sun. The pool area comes with sunbeds and umbrellas, last not least there si also a sandy parts if you would like to feel like on the beach.
Lunch time and right next to the pool you can enjoy a great meal at the unique restaurant. On this occasion I've decided to take a caesar salad with chicken breast, I have to say was really tasty and refreshing.
If you want to enjoy a bit of beach time, you can always cross the private bridge and touch the ocean, there is a beautiful semi-desert sandy beach on the other side of the street, however this is not part of the hotel, therefore be careful if you are not confident swimming or leaving your stuff unattended.
For dinner you could try loads of various dishes from different roots, however local dishes was my choice from sea-bass to lamb and then my favorite dish Satay Malaysian mix meats! Everything was delicious and prices are reasonable(nothing too crazy for being a 5 stars hotel)
Night time, if you would like to explore the touristic are Batu Ferringhi or George Town, an exclusive "Cookie Van" can drop you off and pick up at determinate time with prior booking.
Overall the hotel was an excellent choice for us, especially because it was such a quiet and nice place where we could just chill all day by the pool and have everything we needed. Staff was the 5th star for this hotel, F&B manager was an amazing trip advisor for the future 4 months exploring Asia.
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