Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang
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... eating tasty Tandoori chicken at Kassim Mustafa a busy open air Muslim restaurant we had time to ponder on the day. I had indeed made a balls up with the travel arrangements and now I could laugh at my basic mistake. As a travel advisor I had failed my end of year exams. On reflection it had made for an exhilarating but taxing experience and we again thought how very fortunate we are to be able to get back to basics. This was our very objective when we set off from ...
... pouring off us. We eventually managed to get a bus back and stopped to grab some food and get some more money out. On the way into the hotel we grabbed a cake each from the hotel cafe. In the evening we walked around little India and found a great little cafe where we had a great curry with rice and a ...
... the temple complex and at one point we saw a group of them taking photos of each other with their iPad. Yes, monks with an iPad; even they are more hip than I am. I am sure they instantaneously posted the photos to their Facebuddhist accounts.
The next morning, 11th February, I had to leave and return to reality, meaning my pygmy hippo PhD project based in Perth. Candace drove me to the Penang International Airport for my flight to Singapore, and ...
... very hard to read. That said it was all very interesting to read about an Englishman who made such an impact here. Next up was a trip to one of Georgetown's famous mansions. Georgetown is full of many decrepit buildings, all with unique charm but it's also home to a few perfectly preserved buildings with great historical importance. I was also interested to learn that until Singapore took its crown in 1826, Penang served as the capital of the Straits ...
... had got damp after Ko Tao, so all my clothes stunk and we didn't think we had time to do laundry when we were getting the train, so I took the opportunity to buy a t-shirt and a shirt to tide me over. After that, we made it to Kimberley street and found the Curry Mee place. It wasn't as friendly as the other places that we had been, but the food was good. We had the mixed curry mee, which was a spicy coconut milk based soup with two types of noodles, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCopthorne Orchid Hotel Penang Pulau Penang
The rooms were spacious, and clean. The beach is quite small, but then again is fully exclusive to the hotel only (as the other entries to the beach are actually quite difficult to access). Other than that the hotel is quite basic, but conveniently located.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang Pulau Penang
We booked our hotel a day before and didn't check any reviews, we wished we had! There is major building work right door. It's unbearable to sit by the pool because the noise from the construction work is deafening and there is alot of dust from it.
This hotel was more one star or no star at all. Not been maintained very well -in fact it was shabby. Our room had a very badly worn carpet, the ceiling had obviously fallen down at some stage and had been repainted but not re-artexed so was patchy.
we arrived at the hotel dismayed to find that it had 4 30 floor apartments being constructed next door! this was not mentioned at the time of booking! This made laying by the pool very un realxing! The beach was dirty and only had 2 broken sunbeds with out any umberllas. The footspa in which you was ment to wash your feet before entering the hotel would have giving you an infection itself. The beach has been cut down dramatically due to the apartments having a beach front!
I had stayed in this hotel (2 Rooms) between May 14-16,2006. I had made the reservation through Asiatravel.com. To begin with, the entire hotel is completely worn out and run down. I had stayed in Room 1717, which was inter-connected to then adjacent room. The painting was peeling off everywhere. The mattress was so old, it was impossible to sleep on it. To top it off, the linen and bed cover were very old and had a foul smell. The linen had dried blood and other stains and were partially torn as well. The inter connecting door would not close and stay in place, since the handle was broken and the door was warped. The carpets were stained with bad odor. All the furnitures were scratched and peeling off. The flush in the toilet did not work. The bath tub, wall tile, shower curtain and the mirrors were stained beyond repair. There was no proper supply of hot water and the shower heads were broken with little or no water coming out of it. The food was pathetic. Instead of staying for two days, we left within a day. This hotel must be closed since it is not fit for public consumption. I am surprised that your group is operating such a bad hotel.
Have just come back from a 10 night stay at this hotel. I would agree the hotel is somewhat tired and the air con could do with a major overhaul. However the rooms were spacious, clean and the bedding and towels changed every day. The TV was poor- a consideration for days when the rain is so bad you are stuck in the hotel. One thing I found offputting was the fact that there were several corporate events hosted at the hotel and you could be sat in the garden overlooking the beach and find yourself being surrounded by people doing team building exercises (noisily) or stared at by the male delegates because you were sunbathing. We booked trips from the car hire desk in the hotel and they were reasonably priced and very reliable The building work next door is currently very noisy and lasted from early morning to midnight. Ironically if you used the private garden area by the beach you hardly heard any noise. As with previous reviews I would suggest buying breakfast from the bakers across the road. The hotel breakfast was poor quality. For evening meals use the Hawker centre at Batu Ferringhi - Long Island Cafe- on the right hand side of the road just past the first market stalls is excellent. Fantastic food and great prices. Don't be put off by the plastic plates. I would not stay at this location again as it was impossible to walk anywhere, Batu Ferringhi is a much better location.
I agree with the comments made by Tripadvisor Member, Cardiff.
Just stayed at the Copthorne Orchid and although didnt have any major problems there are some things people should know.
The Copthorne Hotel Orchid in Penang is not a terrible hotel, but it certainly is nowhere near the caliber of a well-managed hotel--and it is certainly not worthy of the USD$50/night (with taxes and service fees). Overall, I felt as if I was simply helping to pay the lease on the building while it was in the process of being sold again (know that feeling?)
I stayed at the Copthorn with my mother (native) whilst visiting relatives and found it to be pleasant overall. The service was generally good, and the staff were freindly and did thier best to help you if you had problems. Some downside were: the pool is quite small and there is a lack of chairs/sunloungers (as there seems to be in most hotels) this problem was fuelled by people who get up at about 5 am to 'poach' these chairs. The pool attendants did not seem to care about this. My mother (pregnant at the time) had to go on a mission to find chairs. Eventually she uncovered a whole load of them in a shed, and dragged some out, this was obviously down to laziness of the attendants. The pool is small, however it is clean, which is more than I can say for other Penang hotels' pools I have stayed at. If you are a 'lay about around the pool all day' person, I would not recommend this hotel, as it is slightly lacking. However if you, use the pool maybe 2-3 times for a couple of hours then it is quite adequate.
We were booked into a Junior Suite, and the first one we checked in had cockroaches roaming the bathroom, AND our bed. Oh yes, and also ants in the bed. When I called reception to complain, the shock in the receptionist's voice BECAUSE I requested a room change was rather insulting. It went something like this: