Lone Pine boutique hotel in Penang, Malaysia was one of the first hotels to open along the popular Batu Ferringhi beach. When it opened in 1948 it only had 10 rooms, now it has expanded to 90 rooms. The hotel was given the name Lone Pine Hotel, because the owner decided to name it after the single pine tree that was on the property. He later found out it was a casuarina tree and not a pine tree at all. Whoops. I think Lone Pine has a better ring to it anyway. 😛 However, don’t let the history behind the hotel mislead you into thinking it is old and out-of-date, the hotel is far from that and have had some lovely renovations and expansions which have added some modern-day comforts, while also allowing it to keep its old world charm.
Rooms at the Lone Pine Hotel
My room had everything I’d need, comfortable bed, spacious bathroom, oh.. and a bathtub on the balcony! I haven’t seen that one before. Every room has a bathtub, but not all of them are inside, I thought that was pretty neat. A great perk is the mini bar filled with complimentary soda and water, instead of charging you $5 for a can of diet coke. There were also sarongs in the closet, which I thought was a nice touch as sometimes people go to visit temples and don’t have the appropriate clothing packed with them to get inside (knees and shoulders have to be covered).
I was able to view one of the two suites on the property which did not disappoint. They both came with a huge living room and bedroom, along with a bathtub INSIDE. 😛 Perhaps to make more room for the two couches and table outside on the private balcony. Not a bad place to have a honeymoon or romantic getaway!
The Lone Pine Property
It goes without saying that you cannot have a beach resort without it having a great spot on the beach and Lone Pine certainly delivers in this aspect. Spend the day in the Andaman Sea swimming or indulging in various water activities.
The pool area is incredibly peaceful and ideal for a relaxing swim. I actually thought there were two swimming pools, but then realized one was actually a jacuzzi. It was the biggest jacuzzi I have ever seen!
When you start to get hungry, order some poolside food from Bungalow or go inside to eat at the lunch buffet. This is also where the breakfast and dinner buffets are served. If you prefer a la carte, you have that option for lunch and dinner. I fully enjoyed the breakfast buffet as they had many options along with unique made-to-order stations such as eggs, pancakes and fresh juice where I got the BEST apple juice I’ve ever had. There is also a station for Fried Koay Teow which is a traditional dish made of wok fried flat noodles with prawn, egg, squids, chives, bean sprouts and crab meat. I normally stick to the basic American breakfast but I had to try this. It was delicious!!! I thought I was just going to get a small portion and try a taste but the waiter brought over a huge plate and of course, I ate it all.
Eventually, I was able to eat again so I ordered a tasty Ranch Steak Sandwich that came with a side salad and fries. It was the perfect poolside food!
Other dining options is Batubar, which serves tapas and cocktails or you can try their Japanese restaurant, Matsu.
I had to walk off all this yummy food, so I strolled around the night market later which is walking distance from the hotel. In case you want to explore further off the property, they offer a shuttle service to the mall and their sister hotel, E&O which is close by (only about 20 minutes away) in Georgetown and is the city’s center. I thought that was a great perk, as having convenient transport always adds to a hotel experience for me!
**Thank you Lone Pine for hosting me. As always, my opinions are my own.