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Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

Established in 1885 by the famous Sarkies brothers and reopened after extensive refurbishment in early 2001, the Eastern and Oriental Hotel is a Penang landmark. In the colonial period it was advertised as the 'premier hotel east of the Suez' and is still an institution today.

The original property has 100 suites and offer colonial charm and the facilities and comforts one would expect from a hotel of this class. A new wing called the Victory Annexe has 122 sea view suites offering Club facilities including full butler services. There are a large choice of dining outlets within the hotel, including the 1885 Restaurant, which offers classic, yet contemporary dinning as well as a decadent, English afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm. There is also a less formal cafe offering snacks and drinks, near the swimming pool which has wonderful views over the sea to the mainland.

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