Dec 7, 2015

A lovely stay at Vistana Penang

So yours truly had been planning for a trip back to Penang again to see a bit more of my hometown which has been constantly changing over the years and months... I wanted to also see my son who was studying there and with his tight schedule, he could not quite make the trip to KL for a few days stay.

So my husband, our youngest daughter and I packed our bags and headed up north on a leisure 5 hour car drive...for those who want to drive from KL to Penang, it normally doesn't take so long, but hubby was driving on 90-100 km p/hour and we took several stops for breakfast, toilet breaks, fruit breaks, refueling, stretching... etc....



So finally we arrived at the Second Penang Bridge and for the first time took the opportunity to drive across it... but hey, is it just my imagination or is the Second Penang Bridge longer then the First one??? It seems like forever to cross over to the island on the bridge and even hubby was getting pretty antsy...


Nevertheless, with my trusty Google Maps guiding the way, we found ourselves at Vistana Penang, our home for the two nights we would be in Penang...

Vistana Penang is located in Bukit Jambul, close to the business hub of the city, the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone and just about 10 minutes drive from Penang International Airport (PEN) as well as the Second Penang Bridge , 5 minutes away from the first Penang Bridge, 7 minutes away from the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) . The Bukit Jambul Country Club Golf Course is also very accessible from the hotel and  walking distance from the Bukit Jambul Shopping Complex....


Stepping into the lobby , I was warmly greeted by the staff and was quickly checked in. I was given a 2 bedroom Apartment Suite in the Apartment wing...


The concierge was very helpful and insisted on bringing our luggage up for us and showing us the way. He pointed out the hotel facilities along the way...


And yaaayyy...the apartment room we have comes with 3 rooms... This here is where my daughter would sleep.. it has a comfortable bed.... and the toilet is just outside this room....

My daughter was delighted with her room for sure...


This is the living room with a two seater sofa and a square stool .


The 50" LED television comes with 34 satellite TV entertainment channels with a mixture of both local and international channels...


This would be both my hubby and mine room.... It is the master bedroom and comes with a very comfy king sized bed and a small study table...The terracota walls make the room very warm and inviting as well...


I love that there are ample pillows there on the bed. Normally, that is what that makes my hotel stay comfortable...or less comfortable.. and these pillows are just so comfortable....


This is the master bedroom's adjoining bathroom...


Here you can find a choice of both rain shower as well as the hand held shower at the bathrooms with good water pressure. Then there are the amenities by the Mangosteen series that are exclusive to YTL hotels...They do smell heavenly...


The third room is a very small room which Vistana Penang has turned into a study room with a long study table. There was something wrong with my kitchenette which was then sealed off, as the concierge was telling me, so they moved the mini fridge as well as the coffee and tea making facilities here . I was pleasantly surprised to find two generous big bottles of mineral water there as well.

Anyway, I took the opportunity to set up my work station there. The little room also has an ironing board and a ceiling fan.


This is my dining table... just in case we brought food back to the hotel, we can eat here....


The lift area in the hotel is very cozy with mosaic-ed walls...


This is how the hotel looks like at night...however this is not my photo as I took it off the Vistana Hotel website...

The hotel has 221 Executive Deluxe Rooms (28 Sqm) and 17 Executive Suites (50 Sqm), designed to provide a modern-contemporary ambiance... They also have a range of two and three bedroom suites / apartments in the "Suite Wing" like the one I am occupying...


This is the view from my balcony early in the morning.... from the 15th floor...


When I zoomed in my camera lenses, I can even see the First Penang Bridge!!!


You may want to go for a quick dip at their pool on the 2nd floor. It is rather inviting, especially on a hot afternoon...


And the best thing of all is the gorgeous green scenery, because this pool area overlooks the Bukit Jambul hill and Golf Club, just exactly what we need to chill out on a sweltering hot day... 


A Buffet breakfast is served at the Cafe, which is also opened for lunch and dinner .


There are ample seating here at the Cafe and it serves both Asian and Western Cuisine.


The Buffet breakfast is quite good with a mixture of local and even western including pasta, ...dimsum and a whole load more pastries, cakes...


.... the omelette station... however I was a wee bit disappointed that the omelette station had less ingredients... there was only choice of capsicum, onions and cheese....whereas I normally loved my omelette with mushrooms or some sausage bits... or maybe I am too demanding/ spoiled LOL...


After breakfast I meet up with Mr Wayne, the General Manager who showed me around a few other places in the hotel, which I am sharing here ....beginning with the hotel floors...


The Executive Suite here is a spacious suite with a separate living and dining area. It is about 50 sqm and resembles a one bedroom apartment...It sure is comfortable and practical with generous plug /power points that is so essential to executives to enable easy charging of gadgets, laptops etc...

There are 17 units of Executive Suites in the hotel...and what sets them apart is also that the Executive Suite comes with a bathtub....


Then we peeked into the Executive Deluxe Room which is very much like all the other hotel rooms.. You can choose from two double beds or one generous King Sized bed...

The Executive Deluxe Room is smaller at just 28sqm, and there are 221 units of these rooms available at Vistana Penang..

For your information the hotel is WiFi ready and the WiFi is pretty good... but for those who wants faster speed WiFi, you can purchase it at very reasonable rates....


The 24-hour gym is just perfect for those gym buffs and gym bunnies. Guests are able to do their work-out anytime of the day. I definitely know of a few friends and blogger buddies who would love this!!!!


The gym comes with free towels, you can put on some music if you like and well, there is a mineral water dispenser there to re-hydrate after sweating it out...


I love that those treadmills come with a gorgeous view of the swimming pool....beckoning you to go and take a dip after working out... hehehe


There are also ample weights for those fond of working out with weights


This here is the Executive Lounge located next to the entrance of the Suite Wing/ apartments. Guests can enjoy this exclusive space to recharge, relax, catch up on some work or chill out with friends and watch some TV...


There are self service and complimentary coffee, tea, refreshments and tidbits there to enjoy anytime of the day....

Go ahead and take those peanuts or crackers and snack on it while watching that football match, or movie....all in air conditioned comfort...at NO EXTRA COST


There is even a desktop computer there with printer for you to work and newspapers to relax with...I really like this concept...Other hotels would probably be charging you for these...


Check out Barista near the reception/entrance of the hotel for all day meals and snacks. It is a small grab and go kinda place ...


And if you are a coffee lover, you really should check out and try the variety of coffee they have served there....


The 247 hub here is just right there next to Barista ... here it is opened 24 hours a day with free internet access and even if you do not bring your own lap top, you can access the internet here via your chosen work station....


I really like it that there is a choice of both an Apple Macintosh desktop as well as a normal Windows desktop to suit the users...Seldom is there a choice of desktop for you to work with at other hotels....and again... NO EXTRA CHARGES...

Lol... loving those NO EXTRA CHARGES words because these days it seems that practically everything comes with EXTRA CHARGES including GST... siggghhhhh


Looking to host a meeting, a conference or some social events ? Vistana has the right vibes....with one lovely ballroom that can easily accommodate 500 people and ten function/ meeting rooms.


A sneak peek into the ballroom... as the staff are in the midst of setting up some conference event there....


And the ample space for guests to mingle around... outside the ballroom... and yes, it comes with it's own personal entrance as well....

Overall, I really had a great stay here and it exceeded in expectations when it comes to comfort... 

Thank you for having me over and for the great hospitality

Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul
213, Jalan Bukit Gambir, 11950, Bukit Jambul, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 646 8000



37 comments:

  1. The place you stayed really looks very nice! You sure are travelling a lot! And yes the second bridge is longer!

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  2. Didnt know that you have a son studying there! Surely it was a fun family trip ;) make me want to have a road trip to penang too

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  3. beautiful place babe! look like you have awesome road trip. Its good and enjoy if you have people to drive. Most of the time I drive. So tiring!

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  4. Wow, you've provided us with a thorough tour of the hotel. Hope you enjoyed your stay there with so much glorious food to accompany you too!

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  5. Stayed there too but not the apartment one. Stayed in the hotel room and it was similarly great and stylishly furnished too.

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  6. waaaaaaaaaaaaa simple je designnya tapi paling best dok hotel tak payah kemas langsung ! ;)

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  7. missed Penang wanna go again.
    My dear say don't fly shall drive next time. Maybe can try stay this hotel if go :D

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  8. I have been to Vistana KL but never been to the one in Penang, looks good! I everything looks clean and new.

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  9. The hotel look nice and comfortable. Next time i will suggest this hotel to my parents when they go to Penang. :D

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  10. Vistana is an awesome hotel. I just returned from Penang but it was just on transit at Bayan Lepas Airport.

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  11. Wow...Vistana hotel is provided an cozy environment for their guest. Their breakfast seem like not bad too.

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  12. I never noticed Penang has this hotel before~ i never have a chance to stay in hotel when I go Penang as I always stay at my grandma's house~

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  13. looks like a fun getaway from kl. love the pool area

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  14. What a great stay you have. I have booked B&B already.

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  15. I love the gym. Vistana had offered more than what we had paid for the hotel stay.

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  16. you are hotel hopping everywhere now! hahaha... even at my hometown penang

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    1. hey... our hometown... I am also originally from Penang...

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  17. Ah, room looks pretty clean and neat! And yes, I love my eggs with more ingredients, just like you, high 5!

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  18. Comfy stay and bed in this Hotel! You can have lovely makan time and pool time too! The lounge looks so big and comfy ler!!

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  19. I really like the hotel with gym! Never forget to keep our body fit during vacation! :D

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    1. best thing is gym is open 24/7.. no need to wait for it to open!!!

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  20. hi darling miera! looks like you had a lovely vacation! Love your shots babe

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  21. Must be expensive the price as the room look nice and the hotel has full facilities.

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    1. I think it is pretty reasonable... check out the prices in the website...

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  22. Aww momma go visit son. Sweet. And nice place that you stayed for the trip

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  23. Nice place to stay and pretty convenient to move around also.

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    1. very convenient.. about 15 minutes to Komtar..

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  24. wahh..getaway lagi..bestnya u! hotel pun cantik. nice place to stay.

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  25. My BFF is planning her holiday trip soon to Penang, will share your post with her :)

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  26. the hotel room look so comfort and nice....next time can stay at here when go penang

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