George Town, Penang has accommodation types to suit all tastes. It was our final weekend in Georgetown and the weekend of Jack’s birthday, an exciting weekend for sure. We needed an equally exciting hotel and in stepped G Hotel Kelawai. This ultra-stylish 5-star hotel lived up to and exceeded all expectations. From the moment we stepped in, we could tell the hotel, staff, service and facilities were of the highest quality.
The G Hotel Brand
The G hotel brand operates within Georgetown, Penang. The company has two hotels within close quarters to each other, G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai. The G Hotel Gurney has been open for much longer but had an RM35 million makeover in 2017. The much newer G Hotel Kelawai opened its doors in 2015 and retains it’s new, fresh feel. Both hotels are undoubtedly 5-star and the brand places pride in giving exclusive, stylish and extraordinary experiences for all guests.
G Hotel Kelawai – Iconic, Exclusive, Stylish
G Hotel Kelawi is labeled as “Style Redefined” with an iconic and cutting-edge design. The hotel is beautifully stylish and has a completely exclusive feel from the moment you step through the doors.
The staff are beyond friendly, providing only the most professional treatment to each and every guest. If it wasn’t for the staff, the small touches such as a complimentary welcome ice-cream made us feel right at home.
G Hotel Hotel Kelawai Amenities
The exclusive and 5-star status of G Hotel Kelawai is further backed up with their impressive list of amenities. Guests at the hotel can expect all of the following:
- Welcome ice cream at check-in
- Complimentary non-alcoholic minibar replenished daily
- Handicap rooms for easy access and mobility
- Serta Royal Platinum Mattresses
- Herman Miller designer work chairs
- Appelles eco-friendly toiletries
- 55” Smart HD LED TV
- High-speed Wi-fi connection in the room and common areas
- 24 Hour Gymnasium
- Rooftop infinity pool
- Complimentary G-cycle usage
- Secured car park spaces
- Executive lounge access (for executive floor rooms and suites)
- Free shuttle bus to UNESCO World Heritage Site and Batu Ferringhi
- Cross usage facilities with G Hotel Gurney
The lobby of G Hotel Kelawai is all about style and has an elegant ‘wow’ factor. As this is the first place you’ll set foot in when you enter the hotel, it’s sure to give you a great first impression. The lobby is decked out in designer furnishing and features two stunning, Italian made ‘Baxter Chester Moon Sofas’.
G Hotel Kelawai has a total of 208 rooms with 143 Deluxe rooms, 35 Executive, 28 Executive Premier and 2 Premier suites. The design ethos for every room is ‘elegant but casual’. Each room comes with Serta Royal Platinum Mattresses, Herman Miller work chairs, 55″ smart TV, ironing facilities, free non-alcoholic minibar and high-speed wifi.
We were lucky enough to see each room in person and they are all of the highest quality. The Executive Premier Suite (pictured above) embodies what it means to have a luxury hotel experience.
Our Room – Executive Premier
The room in which we stayed was one of the ‘Executive Premier’ rooms. At 45sqm it can fit a workspace, large bed, couch and coffee table whilst still feeling exceptionally spacious. Every detail of the room was well thought out, it was immaculate and beyond comfortable.
Our complimentary minibar was a nice touch with popular soft drinks and snacks which were replenished each day. There was a great selection of hot drinks including espresso pods to be used in our rooms own coffee machine.
The bathroom in our room was, again, immaculate and very spacious. At one end there is an elegant bath with a large window offering great views of Penang Hill. The other end has a large shower that boasts perfect water pressure and great temperature control.
Another standout feature is the Australian imported toiletries. The eco-friendly Appelles toiletries are a luxury touch to make your stay that bit grander.
G Hotel Kelawai facilities
The G Hotel Kelawai is a fantastic hotel. It should come as no surprise that this 5-star hotel comes with 5-star facilities to match. One thing is for certain, this hotel has everything you’ll need to have a fantastic day from beginning to end.
For the health conscious and active-minded guests, there is a fully equipped fitness centre to make use of. There is a great range of equipment from, state-of-the-art cardio machines to free weights. The gym, which is open 24-hours, is perfect for an early morning workout or late night cool down to end your day.
Rooftop Infinity Pool
Fantastic hotels and great swimming pools usually go hand in hand. It’s no surprise that the G Hotel Kelawai boasts an incredible swimming pool to match their high standards. Located on the 24th floor, the rooftop infinity pool offers amazing views right across Penang in all directions. Take a sunrise dip or enjoy a swim as the sun goes down and the downtown lights up. Relax poolside and order a bite to eat or even a midday cocktail for a truly relaxing afternoon.
The perfect place to end the day for the leisurely minded guests. Gravity bar opens from 5pm-1am daily and, like the pool, has fantastic night time views of George Town. The bar offers a great drinks selection as well as chilled out evening tunes. It’s the perfect place to grab a cold drink and watch the sunset.
The Executive Lounge
The executive lounge is one of the many benefits for G Hotel Kelawais executive floor guests. The lounge is an added luxury and a truly exclusive experience. Offering a buffet breakfast in the morning to a cocktail evening with free-flowing drinks between 6pm-8pm, the lounge certainly makes you feel like you’re getting a lot for your money. There’s a great selection of finger food and drinks including wines, Asahi beer and multiple spirits. The lounges friendly and helpful staff are on hand and really enhance the luxury experience.
Spoon Café is G Hotels in house restaurant, it has an extremely spacious chic interior and French bistro vibes. Opening from 6am-11pm daily you’ll find the amazing buffet spread in the morning and set menu lunch offerings around midday. In the evenings from Sunday-Thursday, there’s an international buffet on offer. Though, for Friday and Saturday, there is a special Hot Wok & Grill menu for guests to feast on.
The hotel’s breakfast consists of a large buffet located within Spoons Café. There’s an international selection on offer to keep an international set of taste buds happy. We found everything from French bread to local favourites like Nasi Lemak and even a live action station offering Roti Canai and omelettes. There was an abundance of fresh fruit, juices, cereal and yoghurts too. Overall the breakfast had an incredible variety which was all of very high quality.
The 2PM Lounge
Located on the bottom floor of G Hotel Kelawai, 2PM lounge is the home of the sophisticated afternoon dining experience. Open from 2 pm the lounge is perfect for an afternoon wine or champagne. The lounge is well known for its afternoon tea offering and selection of tasty cakes and coffee. Our favourite was the award-winning Le St Honore Ruby Vanilla Mousse – It’s a must try!
It would be unfair to only focus on the hotel’s facilities and not give credit to their incredible hospitality. The hotel’s staff really make G Hotel Kelawai what it is, a luxury hotel. The moment we entered the hotel until the moment we left, all staff were friendly, smiling, professional and attentive. Small touches, such as bringing afternoon cookies to your room, enhance your stay at the hotel.
G Hotel Kelawai is based on the prominent upmarket Jalan Kelawai. Jalan Kelawai is famed for its traditional temples, local eateries, upscale restaurants, boutiques and jewellers.
Within just a few minutes’ walk outside of the hotel’s doors, are Gurney Paragon and Gurney Plaza. The two large shopping malls house everything from clothes shops, expensive jewellers, cafes and pharmacies. You literally have everything you need right on your doorstep.
In terms of nearby attractions, G Hotel Kelawai is a short drive away from George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. The well renowned Batu Ferringhi beach destination is also just a short drive away. Fortunately, guests at G Hotel Kelawai can enjoy a free shuttle bus to both locations.
If you want to venture away from the hotel’s gastronomic options there are many great eateries nearby. The malls do have restaurants, though we encourage you to head to Gurney Drive. The short walk to Gurney Drive will have you feasting on the world-famous Penang Street food. After all, a trip to Penang wouldn’t be complete without sampling its famous cuisine.
We truly enjoyed our stay at G Hotel Kelawai and could spend an entire day praising them. It’s no surprise that since their 2015 opening they have won over 30 awards in the hotel industry. The experience that we had was luxury from beginning to end. We’d recommend this hotel to anybody, suitable for both leisure and business travellers. We can promise that your stay in G Hotel Kelawai will do nothing but improve your visit to Penang.
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