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The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang

Yeah..the next destination we are going to stay at The Wembley Penang, just 5 minutes drive from Cititel Penang. This hotel is just opened for 2 years and pretty new. 
The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang, also a four-star hotel offers 415 comfortable guestrooms inclusive of Suites and Executive Rooms are exquisitely designed with batik-style motif, complement with luxurious amenities and complimentary WiFi access. Offering panoramic views of the north and south channels including the iconic Penang Bridge and the city of George Town, The Wembley’s guestrooms and suites are well-appointed with modern facilities that are practical to both business and leisure travellers.  Guests will appreciate the Hotel’s convenient accessibility to major commercial and government offices, cultural and historical sites, quaint shops, shopping complexes, bazaars and a variety of popular local food fare.  The famed Batu Feringghi beach is a mere 30 minutes’ drive away whilst it takes only five minutes to get to the Penang Ferry Terminal and just a mere 20 minutes from the Penang International Airport!
Check in process is quick and now we are excited to look at our hotel room

Welcome drinks and popcorns for the kids.

Impressive Deluxe King Room with extra bed provided. Elegant deco, neat and pleasant.

Complimentary drinking water in bottle, a working desk, and International socket and LED Colour Television

Mini Fridge placed on the upper cupboard. This is good design, so my kids won't be open it again and again.

Iron & Ironing Board, Digital Safe, slippers also provided for guest.
Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities

Finally, we have bathtub! The kids keep nagging for it.

Wembley Café (Level 2) offers a wide selection of mouth-watering food featuring local favourites, Asian and Western cuisine, buffet breakfast and rotational theme buffet dinners in a relaxing, contemporary ambience. 24 hours cuisine-on-call.

Delicious Tong Yuan in ginger flavoured sweet soup

During night time, we try the ala carte menu. We ordered Wan Tan Noodle (both soup and dry version). My kids finished up all the noodle. Yummy..Springy and bouncy noodle served with charitable amount of chicken meat and shrimp dumpling.

Nourishing pumpkin and crab meat soup to warm up our tummy
After dinner, we join the crowd for the light up ceremony celebrate Earth Hour day

On the next day, we have our morning breakfast with many local food offerings - such as my favourite nasi lemak, noodle, local kuih muih, desserts, cereals, baked beans, lamb, chicken, popiah roll, Japanese section with cold soba noodles, bread and pastries. Spoilt for choice with this exquisite spread of local and international delights all day long.
Relaxing cafe to have our wonderful breakfast. The have egg station whereby we can order our favourite eggs - you want it to be sunny side up, scrambled eggs, half boiled eggs, poached eggs, hard boiled eggs or omelette. Just named it!

Executive floor with more spacious room and Offering guests a choice of enjoying their stay in a sea-facing or heritage-view room, rooms come equipped with a 39-inch or 50-inch LED-colour television, based on the room category, air-conditioning, international direct dial, attached bathroom with rainshower/long bath, bidet, digital in-room locker (electronic safe), iron and ironing board wireless internet connectivity, coffee and tea-making facilities, six local television channels, four in-house movie channels, ten selected satellite television channels and four music channels, amongst others. 

The Hotel’s Executive Lounge, DSRT Sky Room and the first Helipad in Penang and Northern Region are located on Level 30 and 31 of the hotel, and offer a panoramic view of George Town and Penang Island.

Other in-house services and facilities within the Hotel include wireless internet connectivity throughout the Hotel, laundry and valet services, a Salt-Water Infinity Swimming Pool, a gymnasium, a 24-hour internet kiosk, ample covered car park (478 parking bays), doctor-on-call, travel and transport arrangements. Recent additions to the hotel facilities comprises of a health centre – HH Health Therapy (Level 11), a karaoke outlet – Cloud 9 Viva Karaoke (Level 1) and a Shopping Arcade which is expected to open soon.
Splash Time !

The Hotel’s function space on Level 9 and 10 would set as the preferred venue for many successful annual dinners, corporate meetings, seminars and weddings with the impressive Wembley Grand Ballroom, one of the largest pillar-less ballroom in Penang, with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 persons, complemented by 10 other supporting function rooms suitable for smaller private meetings and events. It is a dream to any astute meeting planner as each function room features modern audio-visual equipment and wireless internet access.  Tailor-made proposals to meet Guests’ needs and requirements can be arranged accordingly.  Special Wedding banquet celebration packages are also available.

Adjacent to The Wembley, is the all-new Cititel Express, Penang, which is the epitome of a “Smart, Clean and Simple” hotel has also open its doors for both the business and leisure travellers.

Cititel Express, Penang
Cititel Express accommodates 234 guestrooms and family rooms with all the essential amenities for a refreshing experience with great value. The hotel appeals to busy executives seeking affordable accommodation within a functional environment with a local identity and service that is friendly, attentive and yet unpretentious. Enoshima Japanese Restaurant offers delectable Japanese cuisine at the Lobby Level.

Rooms come equipped with a 32-inch LED-colour television based on room category, air-conditioning, international direct dial, attached bathroom with rainshower, bidet, digital in-room locker (electronic safe), wireless internet connectivity, six local television channels, two in-house movie channels, five selected satellite television channels and two music channels, amongst others. 
Be it a first time visitor or regular, a visit to Penang is never complete without taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Penang.  

Discover George Town’s old world charm and cultural diversity either on foot or the old-fashioned (and eco-friendly) way - by taking a leisurely ride on a trishaw or on a bicycle to explore this historic city up close and personal.  Or if you prefer exploring George Town in air-conditioned comfort, you can enjoy a bus ride within this heritage city for FREE!  The ‘Hop-On Free Central Area Transit’ (CAT) plies the route between the Weld Quay Jetty and Komtar at 15-minute intervals from 6am to midnight daily.  

Embark on a tour to the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, Fort Cornwallis, Penang War Memorial, Town Hall, City Hall, State Assembly Buildings, Penang Supreme Court Building, Convent Light Street (the oldest girls’ school in Penang), Cathedral of the Assumption, Penang State Museum, St George’s Church, Little India, Goddess of Mercy Temple, The Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Khoo Kongsi, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kapitan Kling Mosque, Church Street Pier, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Captain Francis Light's final resting place and many more heritage sites which are just between five to ten minutes driving distance away from this new hotels.

Do take some time to explore the living heritage of George Town, where, on a walk-about or cycle-ride tour, you will come across traditional tradesmen such as the rattan weaver, songkok maker, joss stick maker, tombstone engraver, ‘poh piah skin’ maker, ‘yu char kuih’ maker, signboard engraver, wooden and bamboo blinds maker and the ‘nyonya beaded shoes’ maker - at work.

Look out for the amazing street arts within the heritage enclave of George Town; these unique and beautifully executed paintings and wall murals are painstakingly drawn by Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic at selected streets in the inner city.  

Complementing these fascinating paintings are welded iron wall caricatures - which sees each installation blending humour and historical facts of the streets and landmarks, depicting colloquial demeanour of early settlement days and marking George Town's icons with memorable moniker.  

So go ahead and rent-a-bike from the nearby LinkBike - Bike Share System located just a mere five-minute walk from Cititel Penang, The Wembley, Penang and Cititel Express, Penang, grab a map and away you go to explore historical Penang!

For the ardent shopper, bargains galore await at the many bazaars, shops, departmental stores and shopping malls, namely Komtar, 1st Avenue Mall and Prangin Mall which are located right opposite of The Wembley hotels and are about 100m walk away, or Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon along the renowned Gurney Drive – a 10-minute drive away.

183, Jalan Magazine, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 604-259 8000   •   Fax: 604-264 3388     •   Website:

Cititel Penang - My kids First Visit to Penang

Friday, March 31, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

Penang! Here we come....

This was the most exciting school holiday moments bringing my kids on a road trip of 4 hours journey to Penang. Hubby agreed to drive and more easier for us to get around Penang city. The kids get to explore and sightseeing along the way. 

The four-star Cititel Penang, the flagship hotel of CHM Hotels (Cititel Hotel Management), open on 18 December 1997, is centrally located within Upper Penang Road, a vibrant entertainment and dining enclave right in the heart of UNESCO-listed George Town, Penang.  Standing a magnificent 16-storey tall, it commands a view of the city, the north and south sea channels including the iconic Penang Bridge.  Offering 451 comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms of various categories, guests will appreciate its strategic location of being within easy access to the commercial and government establishments, favourite historical and cultural sites, key shopping malls and other tourist destinations.
Friendly staff welcoming us during the check in. You can request for non smoking room during the stay here. I will prefer that especially travelling with kids. Parking is complimentary for hotel guest. There are many food stalls around Cititel Penang and also Happy Mart (the convenience store) within walking distance from our hotel here.

Our room are located at Level 16 with breathtaking sea views. Cozy and relaxing deluxe room just nice for our family stay for two nights.

Our extra bed perfectly fit into our deluxe room

Stunning and calm sea view from our hotel room. The wide window glass overseas the Penang Bridge and the George Town City

  • Daily replenishment of bottled mineral water, Hair dryer, ironing board, iron, in-room safe, and slippers are all provided. Even though this hotel is already 20 years old, I am very impressed on the hotel room hygiene, furnishing in good condition and well maintain. The ceiling fan is quite helpful when the air conditoning is too cold and I can adjust on the temperature.

  • Clean bathroom provided with Rainshower and toiletries

  • Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities and Mini refrigerator is provided

The Hotel’s function space on Level 3 has proved to be the preferred venue for many successful corporate meetings and seminars with the business community.  The Perdana Ballroom (function room area) offers a total floor space of 633sq meter which can hold up to 500 diners (banquet style) and with three demountable partitions, provides six breakout rooms to cater for space requirement of different seating capacities, ranging from 10 to 850 persons (theatre-style).  Additionally, there are three function rooms which are available on the Lobby Level for smaller meetings and events.  Tailor-made proposals to meet guests’ needs and requirements can also be arranged accordingly.  Wedding banquet celebration packages are also available.

The wellness centre located at Level 3

Cititel Penang have indoor pool for guest to enjoy. Kids can't wait longer to jump into the pool
Other in-house services and facilities within the Hotel include wireless broadband connectivity throughout the Hotel, laundry services, a wellness centre, gymnasium and an indoor pool with jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, in-house convenience store, 24-hour internet kiosk, covered car park, florist, tailor, doctor-on-call and travel and transport arrangement.
We have our lunch and dinner at Main Street Cafe @ Cititel Penang. Fresh juice for the kids, while daddy and mummy enjoying the tea and coffee beverages

The 24-hour Main Street Café, designed in contemporary style with sleek façade and furnishings and decorated in warm, earthy tones and pastel shades, presents the perfect ambience for any event, be it a business lunch, a hi-tea, family gatherings and even corporate events. Offering a varied menu selection featuring 'Chef's Signature Dishes', international selections, local favourites, vegetarian delights, pastas, desserts and themed buffet spreads over the weekends, this restaurant in Penang remains a favourite amongst the local community. Set up with the Internet Kiosk for 24-hour access, patrons are accorded complimentary usage when dining here.
Comfortable place to dine in and they have children cutlery too. Waiting patiently for the food. The food are fresh served upon ordering. 

We ordered food from the ala carte menu : -
  1. Fish and Chips - Fried snapper fillet dipped in crisp batter and served with garden salad, french fries and tartar sauce. (Highly recommended by hubby and  my girl can finish almost half of the portion).
  2. Vegetarian fried noodles served with vegetarian chicken.
  3. Hainanese Chicken Rice (can choose either steam chicken or roasted chicken),  
  4. Wantan Noodle Soup (served with shrimp dumpling, honey barbecue chicken and chinese flower cabbage)

Must Try this local favourites - Chicken satay infused with lemongrass flavour. Tasty chicken skewers dip into the fragrant spicy peanut sauce.
On the next day, we had our breakfast at Main Street Cafe that offer mouth-watering buffet spread to kick start our beautiful morning. Kids wake up so early that I have to bring them for breakfast at 7am! 

Varieties of choice for our breakfast food selection. Nasi Lemak, hash brown, baked beans, sunny side up eggs, porridge, prawn noodles,yogurts, cereals, waffles, meehon, fruits, drinks and many more

On Friday nite, we had our Japanese buffet @ Main Street Cafe. Array of choices of food!
Delectable sushi platter, sashimi counter and lots more

Main course choices - fried chicken, crabs, seafood, and lamb meat

Crispy and delicious Fried Tempura 

Desserts section - Ice cream, fresh fruits, Rojak Buah and many more.
Besides that, guest also can enjoy dining at Zhonghua Gourmet Restaurant and Kirishima Japanese Restaurant (all located on the Lobby Level), Citi Lounge (on Mezzanine Level) and Platinum City KTV Lounge on Level 1. Even while eating out, Guests are spoilt for choice as many reputable eateries, local hawker stalls, open-air coffee shops, stylish cafes and pubs which are within a 5-minute walking distance from the hotel, all along Upper Penang Road - the city’s entertainment and dining hotspot!

Cititel Penang is celebrating her 20th Anniversary this year and the Hotel is offering exclusive promotions like 20% discount if you book via the hotel website, food and beverage offer of dine-in on weekend buffets at Main Street Café, with two full-paying adults and the third diner can dine at only RM20nett. There will be 100 free anniversary cupcakes to given out to in-house guests staying on the 18th of each month, whilst stocks last. Also, for the first 20 guests who check-in on the 18th of each month, will stand a chance to win a complimentary free night’s stay for their next visit.
Spotted one of the mural art- The Awaiting Trishaw Pedaler is a giant mural that graces the wall of a building on Penang Road. Right opposite Cititel hotel (just cross the road).
Splendid time with my kids during this school holiday and have fun exploring Penang with so much food to taste and places to visit.

Level 3, Cititel Penang
66, Jalan Penang, 10000  George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 604-291 1188  •   Fax: 604-370 1185

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