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Set majestically 250 feet above sea level, Hotel Equatorial Penang is a 5-star hotel peacefully tucked away on a hillock just 15 minutes from the Penang International Airport and the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone.  George Town, listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, is only 20 minutes from the hotel.

The hotel houses 662 guestrooms and suites, each classily furnished and facilitated with state of the art in-room amenities. 
It is a popular choice for executive retreats and incentive group gatherings.  Hotel Equatorial Penang is also uniquely built for meetings, banquets and conventions.  It houses two columnless Grand Ballroom and Matahari Ballroom – reputed to be the largest on the island able to house up to 1,300 people; and also 21 function rooms with various dimensions.

Penang island is famed for its eclectic cuisine and the hotel is no different with its variety of dining outlets.  The hotel houses several delicious options for your palette ranging from classic French cuisine at The View to authentic Japanese fare at Kampachi. Other hotel facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, a business centre, scheduled shuttle services and impeccable service to complete a 5-star stay experience.

  • Check in is from 2.00 pm
  • Check out at 12.00 noon
  • Electrical supply is 240V with rectangular pin plug points
  • Valet service and self-parking
  • Taxi and limousine service
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Pets and durians are not allowed
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Foreign exchange service
  • All major credit cards are accepted

Fascinating scenes from Penang

Video credit – Penang GlobalTourism

Approximate distances to places of interest from Hotel Equatorial Penang:

To Distance
Penang Golf Club, international 18-hole championship golf course 0.3 km
Nearby shopping malls, cineplex, banks and Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) 4 km
Snake Temple 8 km
Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone, industrial estate 4 km
Queensbay Mall 6 km
Pantai Hospital 3 km
Airport 8 km
City Centre 15 km
Prai 21 km
Penang Bridge 7 km
Second Penang Bridge/Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge 19.5 km

Penang is one of the most culturally diverse destinations in the country. Established in 1786 as a trading post by the British, the island is now a modern and contemporary metropolis with old world charm. This is a combination that has seen Penang’s capital, GEORGE TOWN, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a true potpourri of cultures with Malay, Chinese, Peranakan or Straits Chinese and Indian being the most prominent. This combination of cultures has resulted in a rich array of culinary delicacies and a depth of heritage and traditions – a microcosm of Asia on a 293 sq. km island.

Penang consists of the Penang island and a 760 sq. km coastal strip of the mainland called Seberang Prai (known previously as Province Wellesley during the British colonial rule).  The two are linked by both the 13.5 km Penang Bridge and the recently opened Sultan Abdul Halim Bridge, the Penang second bridge. Sultan Abdul Halim Bridge is the longest in Malaysia and Southeast Asia and has a total length of 24 km with a length-over-water of 16.9 km.

Money and traveller’s checques can be exchanged at banks and money changers. Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, JCB and American Express are accepted at Hotel Equatorial Penang, other major hotels, restaurants and department stores.  Check on the acceptance of your credit card before making your purchase. Cash however, is needed for transport, small purchases or rural areas.
The Ringgit Malaysia is not traded nor exchanged in the international market and it is advisable to change back to your preferred currency before departing Malaysia.
“RM” is used in Malaysia to indicate the price but the international currency code is “MYR”.
Click here to check the exchange rate that corresponds to your local currency.

All travellers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Malaysia. However, it is strongly recommended travelling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.  It is required that there are adequate unused pages in the passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.
To view entry requirements by country of origin visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia website here.

Lightweight clothing is ideal with sweatshirts for the high land areas. A shirt, jacket and tie is normal office attire and is appropriate for business.  In rural areas, conservative dressing is advisable.

Travellers have little to worry about in a country where the health standards are ranked among the highest in Asia.

Drinking Water
Tap water is best consumed after boiling.  Bottled drinking water and mineral water are also widely available.

Tipping Policy
The custom of tipping is not practised in Malaysia. To tip or not depends entirely on you. Most hotels and large restaurants have already included a 10% service charge in addition to the 6% government tax to the bill (indicated by the ++ sign on menus and rate cards) so tipping is unnecessary.

Public Transport
Metered taxis can be hailed throughout the city. However, during traffic jams, it might be difficult to get a taxi during rush hour.  Buses are available but the schedule may be unpredictable.  There is no common ticket accepted by all operators. Fares are usually collected on a per trip basis either by dropping coins into a till when entering a bus, or paid to a conductor.  Kuala Lumpur’s rail-based transit system consists of three light rail transit (LRT) lines, one monorail, one commuter rail system consisting two lines, and two high-speed airport rail links.  The high speed KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit lines connect Kuala Lumpur to the international airport and can be taken from the KL Sentral train station.

Mobile Phones
Networks accepted in Malaysia is GSM, UMTS, HSPA & FD-LTE.

International Airports In Peninsular Malaysia:
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Penang (PEN), Johor Bahru (JHB) and Langkawi (LGK)

In East Malaysia:
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH)

Serving Domestic Flights
In Peninsular Malaysia:
Alor Setar (AOR), Ipoh (IPH), Melaka (MKZ), Kuala Terengganu (TGG), Kuantan (KUA) and Kota Bahru (KBR)

In East Malaysia:
Bintulu (BTU), Labuan (LBU), Lahad Datu (LDU), Miri (MYY), Sandakan (SDK), Sibu (SBW) and Tawau (TWU)

Airport Tax:
Airport tax is charged upon departure and costs RM5 for domestic flights and RM40 for international flights.