Marriott has opened its first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Malaysia.
Courtyard by Marriott Penang is located along the bustling Jalan Macalister in the heart of Penang’s UNESCO-listed George Town, a cosmopolitan urban centre with shopping complexes, “timeworn” shophouses, skyscrapers and traditional places of worship, according to Marriott.
The new 199-room hotel offers rooms and suites with views of Georgetown and the Straits of Malacca (a narrow stretch of water).
“Each room is fitted with thoughtful amenities and comes with high technology equipment and an ergonomic work area, ideal for business or leisure travellers. The public spaces are inviting and flexible to stimulate ideas, and a Business Centre in the lobby provides guests with everything they need to move forward,” reads a statement from the hotel.
The hotel offers a signature dining venue as well as a bar that serves up a vast selection of drinks. Penang Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant, features a menu inspired by a blend of local cultures – Malay, Nyonya, Chinese, Indian – and international cuisines with signature dishes such as Penang Laksa, Chef Ismail’s Chicken Rendang with Ginger Flower, Ox Tail Soup, and Lamb Shank Biryani in Claypot.
Gin Library, slated to open in the last quarter of 2020, is the island’s first and only distillery-themed bar according to Marriott. Reimagined in the Anglo-Indian style, the bar’s design is inspired by the island’s unique heritage and style. Gin Library will be serving a collection of gin and malt whiskey spirits and hand-crafted cocktails.
Facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor infinity pool overlooking Penang Hill, a pillarless ballroom that can accommodate up to 150 guests, eight meeting rooms and one VIP room, each fitted with audio-visual equipment.
“We’re delighted to debut the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Penang, one of the most popular island destinations in Malaysia for locals and visitors alike,” said Jennie Toh, vice president, Brand, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “
“With its inviting, flexible spaces and classic style, the new hotel is set to meet the demands of our independent and forward-thinking guests,” she added.