This Victorian-inspired hotel stands in Penang's UNESCO Heritage area, and is within walking distance to the Malaysian city's myriad cultural attractions and gourmet hotspots, making it an attractive location for bleisure travellers.
The hotel offers 162 rooms, and there were a number of objects with tongue-in-cheek references to magical illusions that made my room memorable. For instance, the custom-designed vanity mirror frame is an optical illusion that makes it appear as two mirrors. The bed too seemed to levitate.
Named â€śThe Prestigeâ€ť to conjure imagery of elegance and sophistication, the hotel’s deign also takes cues from the eponymous movie The Prestige starring Christian Bale. The movie was set in the Victorian era, and related a story about the illusory art of magic.
Meeting spaces on the hotel’s rooftop (level four) includes an air-conditioned pavilion and terrace, perfect for intimate meetings and product launches for up to 80 guests. Smaller gatherings can make use of the rooftop’s outdoor space to hold a cocktail event or welcome dinner. The latter is a stellar option for evening functions, thanks to spectacular sunset views.
Meanwhile, next to the pavilion and terrace are two 72m2 function rooms. Each can fit up to 27 people classroom-style, and when combined, can hold around 60 delegates.
One of the advantages of the hotel’s location is that it is only minutes away from major historical sites such as Fort Cornwallis and Pinang Peranakan Mansion; as well as popular art, culture and dining options along the Heritage Trail of Penang.
As such, organisers will be able to include Amazing Race-esque teambuilding sessions, or recreational activities in the evenings after a day of heavy discussions.
The Glasshouse restaurant offers both local and international cuisine, and is part of the hotelâ€™s Prestige Arcade, an enclave of 12 dining and retail outlets. Should delegates not want to venture outside after a long day of meetings, meals can be taken here.
Meanwhile, recreational facilities include a saltwater infinity pool overlooking the Straits of Melaka and a 24-hour gym.
The staff are service-orientated and aim to please. The receptionist was also very knowledgeable about local attractions nearby and suggested a few places she thought would interest me.
I enjoyed my stay and I will definitely return when I am in town for a holiday. It has everything a business or leisure traveller would want.
Number of rooms 162