Penang is a beautiful holiday destination situated along the coast of Malaysia. With endless sandy beaches, fascinating temples, and night markets to explore, the island is popular with both Malaysians and international travelers. It’s easy to find a great hotel for your stay – no matter what your budget – but what about a hotel with Halal amenities and facilities? This list sets out 5 absolutely amazing hotels which strive to accommodate the needs of Muslim guests.
Hotel Jen Penang is well equipped to cater to the needs of practicing Muslims. On-site restaurants, including the breakfast buffet, serve Halal meals. There are also a number of highly recommended Halal restaurants and cafes in the vicinity. To ensure guests can perform their daily prayers, prayer directions are also marked out in the rooms. Alternatively, you can enquire at the front desk for directions to the nearby mosque.
All rooms at the hotel are also clean, modern, and stylish. Large windows allow gentle sunlight to stream in, but also give you the chance to enjoy incredible views of surrounding Georgetown. Other important amenities include hair dryers, free toiletries, electric kettles, and a long list of satellite channels.
Location-wise, Hotel Jen Penang is located in the centre of historic Georgetown, in the midst of shopping, charming street art and good eats. You will also have easy access to the beach, which is just a shuttle ride away. If you’re here on business, you may also note that the hotel is just 15 minutes by car from the busy Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone.
Hotel Jen Penang
Address: Magazine Road, 10300 George Town, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 80 USD / 335.00 MYR
At the Wembley, guests can find a prayer mat folded in the cupboards of their rooms, for ease of conducting prayers. If you would like a copy of a Quran, just visit the reception desk and they would be happy to lend you one. From the hotel, the Masjid Jamek Simpang Enam mosque is also just a short distance away. As for Halal food options, the Wembley Café in particular offers a luxurious spread at its buffet, featuring exquisite dishes from Thai, Japanese, Italian, and of course Malaysian cuisines. The buffet choices also change from day to day, so you won’t be bored even if you’d like to eat there every single day of your trip! The Café also does not serve alcohol.
Rooms are in warm, luxurious neutral colors and wood accents. It’s impossible not to feel at home and relaxed in one of those comfy, plush beds, which will give you a great night’s rest. Guests have also commended the Wembley for excellent housekeeping and the clean and tidy state of the rooms.
As a base for exploring the city, the location of the Wembley is extremely convenient. Just across the road are huge shopping malls where you can stock up on snacks, souvenirs, and more. There are also interesting attractions such as museums nearby. If you’d like to travel a bit further, just head to the nearby bus stop.
The Wembley, Penang
Address: 183, Jalan Magazine, 10200 George Town, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 80 USD / 335.00 MYR
The colonial, 19th century style hotel is well loved by tourists. Inside each room, you will find neutral shades, classic wood furnishing, and well-maintained parquet flooring. The Eastern & Oriental Hotel understands the needs of their Muslim guests and provides a special prayer room in the Heritage wing. Additionally, Qibla directions are set out in each suite and prayer mats are available upon request. If you choose to dine in at one of the six restaurants at the hotel, all food outlets do not serve pork, although some provide alcoholic drinks. Venture a little further from the hotel and you will come across numerous Halal eateries as well!
Moreover, the hotel is situated right by the sea, which you can get to by foot or on bicycle, which the hotel rents out to guests. Due to the hotel’s location, a number of the rooms also overlook the Andaman Sea and offer breathtaking views. If you open the balcony doors late at night, you will be able to listen to the soothing sound of the waves as you fall asleep.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Address: 10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 141 USD / 590 MYR
Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang is a stylish place to stay in a great location. The ferry terminal at Georgetown is a mere 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) away. You can also easily get to various shopping centers by foot. To top it all off, many of the hotel’s rooms offer stunning views of the sea from large windows. For Muslim guests, the hotel will also provide a copy of the Quran and a prayer mat upon request. Qibla directions are already available within every room. Guests also have the option of using the common prayer room at the hotel.
One of the most popular restaurants in Penang is in fact Bayview’s own Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant Penang and Sky Bar Penang. As its name suggests, the restaurant slowly turns and offers guests a constantly changing view. Come early for an unobstructed, glorious view of the sunset, and the bright lights of the city against the night sky. The restaurant does not have a Halal certificate as they serve alcohol, but the food offered does not contain pork.
Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang
Address: 25A Farquhar Street, 10200 George Town, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 56 USD / 234.50 MYR
The Holiday Inn brand carries a strong reputation worldwide and its resort in Penang does not disappoint. Located right on the sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi, you can easily get to the beach and the sea for water sports and more. The resort also caters to guests who wish to spend most of their holiday in one location, providing extensive facilities like a fitness center, a spa, an interactive kids club, and more. Muslim guests can also request prayer mats and a copy of the Quran to conduct daily prayers in the privacy of their rooms. Holiday Inn Resort Penang also has a number of on-site restaurants offering Halal dishes. The Terrace Café by the pool is perfect if you’re in the mood to dine outdoors, while refreshments are always available at the Lobby Lounge.
If you manage to drag yourself out of the comforts of the resort, you can easily get to Georgetown by car within 30 minutes. Aside from shopping, eating, and sightseeing, there are also plenty of other unique attractions nearby like a butterfly farm and a fruit farm.
Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Address: 72, Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 68 USD / 284.75 MYR
Penang: an island of sun, sea, and street food
We hope this list has been useful for planning your adventure in Penang, especially for Muslim guests!