Top 13 Penang Staycation Spots - Updated 2024

Melanie
Melanie 
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Staycations are just as wonderful and rewarding as overseas holidays, but less stressful and much more affordable. After all, it’s good to have a break every now and then. Penang offers many attractive staycation spots to suit every budget and ensures that your wallet lives to survive another day. Furthermore, a staycation in Penang is an opportunity to explore the city’s best places to eat, shopping, beaches, spas, recreation, and other things to do. Experience it all when you book a glorious stay at one of the many fine hotels in town or by the beach. Scroll down to read on about the top Penang staycation spots!

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 09, 2024.

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1. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang (from USD 42)

A staycation is about having nothing to do and having all day to do it. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang is one of the best staycation spots in Penang, thanks to its super stylish rooms that overlook sea views and lush gardens. Simply kick back and relax in luxurious accommodation that comes complete with amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, tea and coffee making facilities, and rainfall showers in the bathrooms.

In addition, the hotel has a fitness centre, teddy bear museum, outdoor pool, kid’s pool and beach area, cosy lounge and restaurant, offering Chinese and Indian cuisine.

Stayed at this property?

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang

Address: 56 Jalan Low Yat
10.66 km (6.7 mi) from Chew Jetty

2. Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang (from USD 111)

Sometimes, the best holidays are close to home and that’s what makes Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang a fantastic staycation spot. The five-star Penang resort in Malaysia offers 304 well-appointed rooms that overlook tropical gardens or a lagoon-style pool. Moreover, the resort’s architecture exudes elegance, with a blend of history and tradition, surrounded by century-old rain trees.

Guests are treated to five dining restaurants, a bar for relaxing evenings, well-maintained facilities and a good choice of leisure activities. With complimentary daily shuttle service to George Town, guests can explore the attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stayed at this property?

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang

Wifi Available

Address: Jalan Batu Feringgi
11.97 km (7.5 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Fitness centre

3. Vangohh Eminent Hotel & Spa (from USD 207)

Experience luxury, tranquillity and art at the Vangohh Eminent Hotel & Spa, which offers tastefully decorated rooms which combine oriental charm and western design. Guests can select from deluxe twin bedrooms, double bedrooms or deluxe family suites, all elegantly styled with modern touches.

Every room comes with complimentary high-speed internet, cable TV, bathroom toiletries and complimentary breakfast. Dip into the pool for a relaxing swim or head to the spa for a pampering session. Next, explore the restaurant for delicious dining and drinks at the bar.

Stayed at this property?

Vangohh Eminent Hotel & Spa

Wifi Available

Address: Jalan Machang Bubok 2
19.5 km (12.2 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

Penang Tour Guide

Ang Chin Boon

Ang Chin Boon

Hello...I am ANG. Licenced Tourist Guide by Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. I was born and raised in George Town, Penang. I just love Guiding! I have been actively doing guiding all these years. Drive my guests to interesting places in Penang Island, Sharing my knowledges & experiences of George Town. I wish their trip becomes story worth sharing. Will you be one of my esteemed guests ?

Tours by Ang

Penang Tour Guide

Fong Seok Kong

Fong Seok Kong

I am a licensed tourist guide of Malaysia specialising in the English language, though I am also able to communicate in the Chinese dialects of Mandarin, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hokkien and my country's national language of Malay. I do all tours inbound of Penang island such as walking tours, food tours, drive tours, historical tours, hill & temples, etc. I am a tourist guide with passion an... Read more

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Beth Chong

Beth Chong

My interest in travel started from childhood and when I was a teenager, I went for my first solo backpacking trip to Paris and London. It resulted in my working in the Tourism Industry and eventually becoming a nationally licensed Tourist Guide of Malaysia. I managed to go to almost to every corner of my country and now, have become a trainer of Tourist Guides imparting knowledge and experience... Read more

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Hon Seng Phuah

Hon Seng Phuah

Hello. I am Hon Seng Phuah from Penang. I am a freelance tourist guide since 2013. My tour service includes Penang around island and George Town heritage walking tours. You may experience the Penang multi-culture and best foods like Penang assam laksa, nyonya cuisine, nasi kandar and to name a few, traditional business activities, colonial buildings, modern living city and last least the greene... Read more

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Penang Tour Guide

Jenny Wan Kim Lim

Jenny Wan Kim Lim

Hi, I'm Jenny! I love showing people around Taiwan and Malaysia. I grew up in Penang and spend a lot of time in Tainan too. For the past few years, I've been a licensed tour guide for these 2 countries , sharing my passion for exploring. Being a guide isn't just a job to me, it's what I love doing. I enjoy finding hidden spots, introducing you to tasty local food, and making sure you have amazi... Read more

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4. G Hotel Kelawai (from USD 122)

Iconic, exclusive and stylish describes G Hotel Kelawai, innovatively designed to create energising spaces for guests to play by day and mingle by night. There 208 stylish rooms here, with complimentary Wi-Fi access and well-designed bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Better yet, guests can enjoy ice cream upon check-in.

Dining is superb at the hotel’s three restaurants, including the Gravity rooftop bar that presents panoramic views of George Town. Located within walking distance are a wide choice of restaurants, boutiques and retail shops.

Stayed at this property?

G Hotel Kelawai

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2, Persiaran Maktab
4.15 km (2.6 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

5. Eastern And Oriental Hotel (from USD 132)

For almost 135 years, the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, affectionately known as the “E&O” to locals, charms guests with its grand elegance, reminiscent of the British colonial era. In fact, the hotel’s Heritage Wing is beautifully designed with plush suites and newly refurbished facilities. Next is the Victory Annexe, with suites designed for the modern guest, whilst retaining E&O’s old-world ambience.

Not to be missed are the culinary experiences at their famed restaurants and their poolside terrace, followed by drinks and entertainment at the lounge and bar.

Stayed at this property?

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 10 Farquhar Street
1.26 km (0.8 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

6. Evergreen Laurel Penang (from USD 52)

Sometimes, a break in routine is all you need and the perfect place for this break is at the Evergreen Laurel Penang. With 368 well-appointed rooms with elegant furnishings, guests can select from superior rooms, deluxe rooms, executive suites and deluxe executive suites that make this hotel the ideal city retreat.

For leisure and recreation, the hotel has a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, salon and restaurant. Located close to the many attractions of George Town, guests can explore the cultural heritage of Penang and its shopping and dining delights.

Stayed at this property?

Evergreen Laurel Penang

Address: 53 Persiaran Gurney
3.21 km (2.0 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna

7. The Light Hotel Penang (from USD 78)

All you need to relax and unwind can be found at the Light Hotel Penang, strategically located in the prime business district of George Town. Select from 303 rooms and suites that offer guests understated elegance with a magnificent chandelier and full marble lobby. For dining, there are two restaurants, along with a bar and lounge, whilst the swimming pool and fitness centre keep active guests happy.

Best of all, rooms have a complimentary mini-bar and there’s a kid’s playroom, as well as steam and sauna facilities for families. Close by are plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities for guests’ convenience.

Stayed at this property?

The Light Hotel Penang

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya,
6.74 km (4.2 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

8. Hard Rock Hotel Penang (from USD 96)

For a rocking good staycation, the Hard Rock Hotel Penang ticks all the right boxes with music-themed accommodation, great dining options and musical entertainment that’s synonymous with Hard Rock. The five-star hotel offers 250 guest rooms and suites with a contemporary feel and six food and beverage outlets, including the famous Hard Rock Cafe.

Families with little rock stars and veteran ones will be pleased with the fantastic amenities that include a kid’s club, full-service Rock Spa and gym. In fact, this hotel has the largest free-form pool in Penang, for epic swims, and it comes equipped with sand islands and three waterslides. Finally, the captivating sea views all around keep guests happy.

Stayed at this property?

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Wifi Available

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach
12.46 km (7.8 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden

9. Lexis Suites Penang (from USD 116)

Yearning for privacy and quiet relaxation? Then, the Lexis Suites Penang is a perfect choice, as the five-star luxury resort is the only hotel in Penang with a private pool and steam room in every suite. The luxurious seaside resort offers 222 spacious suites that are elegantly furnished and boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow in plenty of natural light. Guests will love the private balconies with breathtaking views of the Straits of Malacca, abundant greenery and scenic landscapes.

Indoor facilities include the spa, kids’ room, karaoke room, gym, games room and lobby shop. For outdoor fun, guests get to soak up the sun on the white sandy beach and play beach sports.

Stayed at this property?

Lexis Suites Penang

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar
18.31 km (11.4 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

10. PARKROYAL Penang Resort (from USD 95)

Escape to a tropical retreat on Batu Ferringhi Beach with PARKROYAL Penang Resort. This luxury Penang, Malaysia, beach resort offers modern rooms with LED TVs, featuring local and cable channels, tea and coffee making facilities, minibars, personal digital safes and DVD players, upon request. All rooms feature scenic sea views or hill views and come with free internet access, plus 24-hour room service.

What guests love are the indoor pool for splashing fun and four dining options, so they can eat until their hearts are content. Highly recommended is the local cuisine at the Cinnamon Asian Kitchen and Italian delights at Gustoso, for romantic dining overlooking the sea.

Stayed at this property?

PARKROYAL Penang Resort

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach
12.28 km (7.7 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

11. Shangri-La Golden Sands (from USD 133)

Go for a luxurious staycation in Penang and book a few days at Shangri-La Golden Sands. This upscale resort is home to a mini waterpark with slides and three outdoor pools which is ideal for some family fun. Located along Batu Ferringhi Beach, the property also offers free Wi-Fi, a family entertainment center, a gym, and a kids’ club. Want to splurge even more during your stay? Make sure to book the room with a private balcony and mesmerizing sea views!

Stayed at this property?

Shangri-La Golden Sands, Penang

Wifi Available

Address: Jalan Batu Feringgi
12.09 km (7.6 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Fitness centre

12. The Bayview Beach Resort (from USD 49)

Another resort that’s suited for your staycation needs is The Bayview Beach Resort on Batu Ferringhi Beach. The rooms at this highly-rated property are fitted with a private balcony that has views of either the rolling hills or the pristine beaches. Other amenities included are free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom, a mini-bar, a TV, and a coffeemaker. Guests of this beachfront resort will also have access to shared facilities like the outdoor pool, gym, spa, tennis courts, and the library!

Stayed at this property?

The Bayview Beach Resort

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach
12.41 km (7.8 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Garden

13. Boulder Valley (from USD 184)

Located just 9 km (5.59 mi) from Penang National Park, Boulder Valley is one of the worthy staycation spots in the state. Its shared amenities include the outdoor swimming pool, a lounge, a scenic garden, and a terrace. Guests of this hotel have three unique options to sleep in: a safari tent, a tented villa, and a glass-walled chalet.

This staycation spot also has a wellness center where you can treat yourself to a full-body massage and your special someone to a couples’ massage! For family entertainment, board games, books, and an indoor play area are available too.

Stayed at this property?

Boulder Valley

8.3 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: 8 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
13.85 km (8.7 mi) from Chew Jetty

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms

Make your staycation reservations in Penang

Stay in, unplug from the world and restore your soul at the many staycation spots in Penang. It’s good to wander often and wonder always at what special features these fine destinations have in store for you to make your staycation extra special.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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