For work or play
At this Penang hotel, rooms inspired by innovative designs create energising space for guests.
As a regular visitor to Penang – my birthplace – I am familiar with the various new hotels popping up all over the Pearl of the Orient. But the one establishment I keep going back to is G Hotel Kelawai.
Described as “style redefined”, it is where iconic design and cutting edge lifestyle set the stage for extraordinary experiences. Over a recent weekend stay, I re-discovered how the rooms are inspired by innovative design to create energising space for guests to work or play by day or mix and mingle by night.
Overall, there is a total of 208 rooms namely 35 units of Executive Room (measuring 36sqm), 28 units of Executive Premier (49sqm), 143 Deluxe Rooms (36sqm) and two units of Premier Suite (86sqm).
The rooms aim to personify an opulence that is bespoke from its clean architecture, to its interior design and even the thread count in the sheets. Staying in the Executive Premier for two blissful nights, I felt right at home.
Every room comes with Serta Royal Platinum Mattresses, Herman Miller designer work chairs, 55- inch smart HD LED TV, 300 thread count linens, alarm clock, ironing facilities, free non-alcoholic minibar and high speed WiFi in all rooms and throughout the hotel.
Also noteworthy is that the bathrooms come with eco-friendly Eloura toiletries, imported exclusively from Australia. The formula is free from parabens, mineral oils, animal testing and animal ingredients. The products combine Australia’s finest certified organic essentials oils with scientifically proven skincare technology.
As for the executive floor benefits, guests will be spoiled with complimentary shoe shine service, local city calls, call forwarding service, usage of DVD player and coffee machine and access to Executive Lounge for personalised check-in and check-out, buffet breakfast and evening cocktails at the 24th floor.
Also, to make your stay better, G Hotel Kelawai offers a fully equipped gymnasium and business centre. The 24-hour gymnasium allows you to work out using state-of-theart fitness equipment.
For those who have the love for water – like yours truly – the infinity pool on the 24th floor gives you a chance to take in what Penang has to offer while having a dip. Fathom in the picturesque view when you go for a swim as there is a 360° view of the island including the view of the iconic Penang Bridge.
At the same time, the guest can enjoy a night out with drinks to match and view that intoxicate at the rooftop bar called Gravity. Here, one can dance to the coolest tunes, sip on the newest mixes and party the night away.
Excite and awaken your senses at SPOON, reminiscent of a French Bistro which is positioned strategically to capture the n panoramic mountain top scenery. It takes pride in serving eight types of freshly baked French bread daily which are a Soft Roll, Multigrain Roll, Wholemeal Roll, Chocolate Bread, Farmer’s Bread, French Baguette, Muesli Bread and French Village Bread. Meanwhile, the 2PM lounge is a spot that appeals to the sophisticated. Whether it is a chatter over a glass of wine or champagne to loosen the edge off after a long day, 2PM is stylishly defined.
The hotel also offer function rooms named as Forum II – VI, which can accommodate a variety of group sizes, from small intimate meeting groups to medium-sized conferences and even transform into comfortable spaces holding up to 100 seating capacity for a wedding celebration.
Last but certainly not least, there is the hotel lobby. Sleek and chic yet cosy with intimate touches, the lobby is all about style redefined. Step right into designer furnishing with Italian made Baxter Chester Moon Sofa. Designed by Paola Navone, Chester Moon features the finest hand-quilted upholstery in an exclusive capitonne pattern, where the leather is painstakingly drawn together creating an elegant feature.
Thus far, G Hotel Kelawai has won over 50 awards since its opening in 2015, including the Best Design Hotel by Haute Grandeur, Best Hotel for FIABCI Malaysia Property Awards, Best Luxury Lifestyle Hotel Worldwide – Hotel of the Year Awards and Luxury Contemporary Hotel of the year by the Luxury Travel Guide.