G Hotel Kelawai
G Hotel Kelawai is the sister hotel of the G Hotel Gurney and is just within 5 minutes walking distance away from each other, both located at Gurney Drive area in Penang (Malaysia). A brilliant feature of G Hotels is that you can access all the services and privileges of both hotels. The 208-room G-Hotel Kelawai is the place where the iconic design and the avant-garde lifestyle create the conditions for an exclusive and extraordinary stay. The appeal of the hotel is more based on privacy and exclusivity than the G Hotel Gurney.
The G Hotel Kelawai offers to all guests 208 rooms and suites all extremely elegant with a typical minimalist style but embellished with individual touches typically vintage. Inside you notice the great attention paid to every small detail that allows you to stay in rooms with a modern atmosphere but certainly with stylish design. It may be superfluous to say that the rooms that are on the upper floors are the best as they offer incredible views of the entire island, absolutely recommended. The mattresses are of the highest quality as well as the option of a pillow menu, which allows each Guest to rest in the best possible way, in full comfort and luxury.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel as well as a great treat from the G Hotel Kelawai is the free minibar which is refilled daily. Among the other avant-garde technologies included in each room and suite, a 55″ Smart TV, silent air-conditioning system and Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary capsules. The bathrooms of all rooms at the G Hotel Kelawai are really comfortable with large showers and luxury toiletteries.
Guests can enjoy the most precious modern luxury, more precisely peace and quiet, even if you are in the lively city of Penang. This is a charming hotel with a modernity suffused in terms of bold and innovative approach and design. Visitors will find designer furniture everywhere, from the lobby to the functional and hotel rooms. G Hotel Kelawai offers 3 on-site dining options, each with a different atmosphere. There’s the Spoon Café, a great all-day dining option that serves a variety of fresh food from all over the world. The 2PM Lounge has an option for outdoor dining, perfect for afternoon tea.
At the hotel’s pool bar, you can stop for a nice drink as well as at the Gravity, rooftop bar that spectacular views aside, the real deal here is the myriad of mouthwatering shots prepared by well-trained mixologists. Gravity is located on the 24th floor of G Hotel Kelawai and is a must for nightlife of the island as it offers a place of fun and relaxation with an incredible and panoramic view of Penang. This popular rooftop bar, famous among the local and also among all international tourists, offers a wide selection of spirits, wines and innovative cocktails, all paired with tantalising dishes and light snacks served in a comfortable setting with soft lighting and trendy music.
Just enjoy the outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, steam bath and pool loungers to complete a great stay in Georgetown. Located on the 24th floor, G Hotel Kelawai Executive Lounge offers incredible views of Georgetown. The space is perfect for business meetings or simply for relaxing with a glass of wine.
G Hotel Kelawai is located between Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon and is a short distance from Gurney Drive, a very popular area in Penang thanks to the great concentration of chefs who show off their skills in terms of street cuisine, for which Penang is really famous. The hotel itself offers a buggy with driver that is always available to accompany guests to the various points of interest nearby, of course, all for free.
With a prime location on bustling Jalan Kelawai in the heart of Georgetown, it is just 200 metres from Gurney Plaza and closeby to Gurney Paragon, both 2 famous shopping malls in Penang. Gurney Plaza is one of the most popular shopping centers on the island. Before the arrival of Gurney Paragon this was by far the most popular mall in Georgetown. Gurney Plaza also contains several hundreds of shops, department stores and numerous restaurants. On the ground floor, between G Hotel and Gurney Plaza, you have a street with coffee shops, fast food chains and several popular restaurants. Gurney Paragon is one of the newest malls on the island of Penang. The entrance to the mall can be found near opposite the hotel. Gurney Paragon contains hundreds of shops, restaurants and a lively square with bars and cozy eateries. It’s the place to be in Penang and thus an extra reason to stay at the hotel if you are a shopping enthusiast. Besides the two malls Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon there are several other attractions within walking distance of the hotel. Gurney Drive is obviously a beautiful promenade, great for a lovely stroll in the evening. Within less than 15 minutes walking distance are two beautiful temples; the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddist Temple and the Wat Chaiyamangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple. Within 10 minutes by taxi you can reach the wonderful historic heritage center of Georgetown, with several interesting sights.
Wine O’ clock at Gravity, Level 24
Jive to the coolest tunes, soak in the 360° panoramic view of Penang and indulge in Gravity’s selection of house pour aromatic red wines and crisp light white wines perfect for classic occasions and impromptu moments. Free flow of wine at only RM75 per person per hour!
Afternoon Tea at 2PM, Ground Floor
Famed for its Afternoon Tea from 2pm – 5pm daily, 2PM features a three-tiered silver stand of new treats on the plates including homemade scones, fruit tartlets, macarons, French pastries and a pot of tea of your choice.
Date Night @ Beyond, Level 25
Bring your love to a greater height with a thrilling 5-course dining experience at the rooftop, perched on level 25. A borderless view of the panoramic scenery of Georgetown, sunset and beyond, thought-provoking creations and romantic ambiance are sure to set your date night an enviable one. RM998 per couple and a bottle of Perrier Jouet will be served throughout the dinner.
Free bicycle to ride to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
One of the best ways to explore Penang and nearby attractions at UNESCO World Heritage Sites where there are hundreds of years of history, traversing all the different cultures that have come and made their mark on the city.
Fully-equipped for quick business dealings or a casual discussion, the Executive Lounge is set to grace you with a class and professionalism like no other. Staying guest from Executive Room onwards get to enjoy evening cocktails from 6pm to 8pm daily. Relish your drinks in the evening sunset here at level 24.
Value for Money
Early bird promotion and attractive room packages from USD 100 are available on the website when you book direct. Seal the deal and book early to secure the best room rates.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are handicap/disabled rooms specially designed to be handicap friendly, more accessible, equipped with safety features and yet not compromising on comfort, style and luxury.
Yes, they welcome families. The room can fit one extra bed at additional cost. They have a wading pool for kids to enjoy in at G Hotel Gurney. Meanwhile, baby cots are available on complimentary. Book early so that you will not be disappointed.
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Top 20 of things to do on your first trip in Penang
If I had to choose a city in Malaysia, I would choose Penang, always. The reason? Because it is varied. Penang is a cocktail of Asian cultures where Chinese, Indians and Malays live happily on an extraordinary island. There is a lot to do, as well as museums, temples and delicious food. This melting pot of cultures incorporates a unified blend of Chinese, Indian and Malay culture. The influence of these three ethnic groups is seen in food, along the streets and in art forms that represent community harmony. If you are looking to relax on the beach, take a green tour or say hello to the ghosts, Penang is the right place. For your knowledge I have compiled a list of things to do in Penang. The total listing has 20 things to do and that’s why I made two Top 10, the first one I published a couple of days ago and this is my second top 10 of things not to be missed in Penang.
11. Catch the Ghosts
Yes, you read correctly. A museum on ghosts. Of course you might be scared, but do not worry, not all sections of the Penang Ghost Museum make nightmares come. That said, it’s really a unique attraction. Visitors can take pictures with “exposures” that also include detailed explanations of the various ghosts and legends associated with them. The exhibited works cover a wide range of ghosts and creatures of various cultural and religious folklore and is a truly memorable experience. Even if the installations are made of wax or synthetic cotton, I would advise against touching them… you never know.
12. The Interactive Museum
From scary to amusing, the step is short if you head to the Penang Interactive Museum! Although 3D museums are the norm in many places, what makes this museum special is the deep atmosphere of Penangite of the “exhibits”. The motto of the museum is to “rediscover Penang”, so many of the exhibited objects convey just that. Want to be fed a giant prawn from a giant bowl of smoked salmon? Or maybe you’d like to try Teh Tarik? Maybe you could even dream of a cup of coffee with the head of the Minister of Penang? Regardless of what you like, the Penang Interactive Museum is definitely a fun place for family and friends and, no doubt, when you leave you will be satisfied with the experience.
Discovering the lively vibes of Penang
Penang, a world-famous tourist destination known once as Pulau Pinang or “Isle of Betel Nut” is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 and this paradise has no shortage of cultural attractions and natural landscapes. In its heart lies the cosmopolitan Georgetown, the main city of the island of Penang as well as the urban center that offers traditional elements of this part of Asia, from the trishaws pedalling to the Chinese shophouses, to name a few. Even the most modern aspects of Asian culture are visible, especially in the exceptional art scene and in its funny parties, all fed by a captivating local enthusiasm for the long history of Penang and its kaleidoscope of cultures.
To get to Penang you can fly on the Penang International Airport, formerly known as Bayan Lepas International Airport, which is located in the Bayan Lepas area of Penang. The airport is located 16 kilometers south of Georgetown, the capital of the district of Penang. Passengers arriving or departing from the north direction of the airport can have a fabulous view of Georgetown, Butterworth and the Penang Bridge.
The best time to visit the island and the district of Penang is the relatively dry period between December and March. This is located about 5° north of the equator and is therefore characterized by a warm and humid climate, with frequent downpours especially in spring, summer and autumn. This last season usually sees abundant rainfall with more than a thousand millimeters of rain falling in the mere 3 months of September, October and November. In terms of temperature, the maximum is kept constantly above 30° C throughout the year, with peaks of 32-33° C in spring. The minimums are usually maintained at values above 20-22° C.
Gravity: the oasis of nightlife of G Hotel Kelawai
Gravity is located on the 24th floor of G Hotel Kelawai in Penang (Malaysia) and is a must for nightlife of the island as it offers a place of fun and relaxation with an incredible and panoramic view of Penang. This popular rooftop bar, famous among the local and also among all international tourists, offers a wide selection of spirits, wines and innovative cocktails, all paired with tantalising dishes and light snacks served in a comfortable setting with soft lighting and trendy music.
Many great events have taken place at Gravity such as birthday celebrations, wedding proposals, year-end parties, business meetings, cocktail events and even pre-wedding photoshoots under the breathtaking colour-changing sky as the backdrop for an enviable romantic pictorial.
Taking cues from Bangkok’s dining in the sky concept, Gravity is one of the few rooftop bars in Penang that has successfully pull in crowds, week after week for its novelty dining experience. This latest addition to the gentrification Penang offers some palate pleasing bar bites, intriguing cocktails and drinks coupled with stirring background music that are set to match the view.
Special City Guide: Penang
Penang gets its name from the Malay word pinang, the areca plant, which grew on the island in abundance. The nut of the tree, commonly called betel, was chewed habitually throughout the East (and in some parts still is). In the 15th century, it was a quiet place populated by small Malay communities, attracting the interest of some southern Indian betel merchants. By the time Francis Light, an agent for the British East India Company, arrived in 1786, the island was already on the maps of European, Indian, and Chinese traders. Light landed on the northeast part of the island, where he began a settlement after an agreement with the sultan of Kedah, on the mainland. He called the town Georgetown, after George III. One story claims that to gain the help of the locals for clearing the site, he shot a cannonload of coins into the jungle.
Georgetown became Britain’s principal post in Malaya, attracting Europeans, Arabs, northern and southern Indians, southern Chinese, and Malays from the mainland and Sumatra to trade and settle. But it was never extremely profitable for England, especially when, in 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles founded a new trading post in Singapore. Penang couldn’t keep up with the new port’s success.
In 1826, Penang, along with Melaka and Singapore, formed a unit called the Straits Settlements, over which Penang was voted the seat of government by a narrow margin. Finally, in 1832, Singapore stole its thunder when authority shifted there. In the late 1800s, Penang got a break. Tin mines and rubber plantations on mainland Malaya were booming, and with the opening of the railway between KL and Butterworth (the town on the mainland just opposite the island), Penang once again thrived. Singapore firms scrambled to open offices in Butterworth.