Penang Hotels Review – Cititel Express Penang

Penang Hotels - Cititel Express

Penang Hotels Review – Cititel Express Penang

After checking out of Hotel Excelsior in Ipoh, we were back on the highways and onwards to Penang. I was very excited as I have heard a lot about Penang – the arts, the culture, the beautiful temples, the awesome attractions, and of course the delicious food! In a few hours, we reached George Town, and checked in at one of the Penang Hotels. This time, we chose the no frills Cititel ExpressPenang.

These days, many people look for such hotels. After all, when we visit a city, most of the time we are out exploring her. The hotel is just a space to shower, rest and sleep. I believed we found such a hotel to suit our travel needs. Read on to find out what this hotel offers, and how it may be the choice for your next visit to Penang.


Penang Hotels Review – Cititel Express Penang – The Overview & Rankings: 

Hotel: Cititel Hotel Penang
Room Rates: US$89 and above (depending on room type) per night. I got a great deal at Agoda – US$41 per night only!
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: No. 123, Nordin Street, Georgetown, Penan, Malaysia, 10300
Rooms: Standard, Superior, Family
Service: Friendly, Helpful
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it! Great value for money!
Sleep Quality: As good as it gets for a no frills hotel. Not fantastic but good enough for the price
Cleanliness: Very clean.
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  3.0 out of 5.0 Three Point Stars Rating


Penang Hotels Review – Cititel Express Penang  – The Video: 

Would you like to see what you will get when you stay here? I have a made a short video below to help you get a feel of what to expect for Penang Hotels Review – Cititel Express Penang.


About Cititel Express Penang

Cititel Express Penang is one of the many Penang Hotels located in the heart of George Town. As such, it is within walking distance to the World Heritage Sites, streets featuring Colorful Mural Art, and best of all, the many famous and popular Penang food such as Chendol, Fried Kway Teow, and more.

View of Penang from one of the Penang Hotels - Cititel Express Penang
View of Penang from one of the Penang Hotels – Cititel Express Penang, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The ‘Express’ part of its name indicated to guests that this is a hotel with the bare minimum of facilities and amenities. It is like a slightly higher end of a budget hotel. Currently, as of writing this review, the hotel is still relatively new. As such, the furnishings and fittings are still contemporary and up to date.

The small yet comfortable room in Cititel Express Penang, one of the Penang Hotels
The small yet comfortable room in Cititel Express Penang, one of the Penang Hotels, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

It is about 5 minutes from the Penang Ferry Terminal. So, if you are arriving by ferry, it is very easy access back and forth. The Penang International Airport and Penang Bridge are both just about 20 minutes drive to and from the hotel. Going to Tanjung Bungah and Batu Feringghi? That is just a 30 minute drive.


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Amenities 

  • Common Ironing Area on each guest floor
  • Express check-in and check-out service
  • Travel and Tour Desk
  • Car Rental
  • Shopping Arcade
  • In-room takeaway menu
  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water, coffee & tea in room
  • Electronic Safe
Hotel has Rain Shower! Love this!
Hotel has Rain Shower! Love this!, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Facilities

  • Enoshima Japanese Restaurant
  • Cloud 9 Viva Karaoke
  • HH Health Therapy

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What Good Food to Enjoy in Penang?

One of the main reasons to travel to Penang is to enjoy the wonderful and delicious food. There are certain stalls that sell really great food.

Before arriving Penang, I had heard about all the awesome food but only at certain stalls. As a tourist, I had no idea which were these stalls and where they were. Thankfully, the hotel provided a map to show where each of these stalls are located and what were their specialty.

In the coming days, I will share with you more details about each of these gastronomical pleasures. Meantime, here is a list that are near this hotel:

  • Chendol – Teochew Chendol Penang Road
  • Fried Kway Teow – Kafe Ping Hooi – Carnavon Street
  • Bak Kut Teh – Restoran Cheng Heong – Air Itam
  • Assam Laksa – Coffeeshop at the Foothill of Ayer Itam Dam
  • Curry Mee – Hot Bowl Rangoon Road & 50, Lorong Seratus Tahun
  • Hokkien Mee – Ah Soon Kor Stall, Kim Sin San Coffee Centre, MacAlister Road
  • Lor Mee and Wan Tan Mee – Ipon Lane (next to Jelutong Market)
  • Lor Bak – Kheng Pin Coffeeshop – Sri Bahari Road
  • plus many more. Ask for entire list when you are at Cititel Express Penang

Attractions Nearby

There is a lot to see and experience in just George Town alone. With its rich history and culture, the place has earned the award of being one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. This is because of the many original colonial and chinese-style shophouses. Here are a few that are near this hotel.

  • Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) – Leith Street
  • Khoo Kongsi (Khoo Association Clan House) – Cannon Square
  • Arts & Crafts – Armenian Street
  • The Chew, Lee, Tan and Lim Clan Jetties – Weld Quay
  • Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Penang Hill
  • Street Mural Art

There are many more interesting places to visit and see in Penang. These can be found in Tanjung Bungah and Batu Feringghi, and many more. For example, there is the awesome and delightful Entopia. Do take time to explore this amazing city.


Where is Cititel Express Penang?

As mentioned, Cititel Express Penang is located in the heart of George Town. It is within easy access to many of the local attractions, famous food places, ferry terminal, airport and the Penang bridge. Below is a map of its location.


Address: No. 123, Nordin Street, Georgetown, Penan, Malaysia, 10300

Phone: +60-4-259-1188

How To Get There?

By Road

The Penang Bridge connects the Malaysian mainland to the island of Penang. We drove, by car, along the Malaysian Highways, cross the Penang Bridge, and to George Town. This route can be taken by bus, cab or Grab.

By Air

There is a local Penang International Airport. There is a select number of airlines that you can take to fly to this airport. From the airport, you can call a cab or use Grab to get transport to this hotel.


Getting Around

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services.

By Bus

There is a Free bus service operated by Rapid Penang. It can bring you to major attractions, shops and city events. It is called the Central Area Transit (CAT). Get a map from their website, and simply board their buses at any specially marked stops on specified routes. The only concern here is that you will have to travel within their bus schedules.

By Car

If you drove to Penang, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

Better Tip: Do not take the cab, go by Grab (see below).

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


Cititel Express Penang – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

From the start, it was clear that we were looking for a no frills hotel on a low budget. With these expectations, we truly should not expect a fine hotel with top quality stay experience. So, to be fair, while this hotel received a 3.0 rating, this hotel did very well as it lived up to the expectations.

Three Point Star RatingThe room was very clean. Housekeeping did a good job keeping the room tidy, neat and clean.

Also, we wanted a room just for shower and sleep. We intended to spend the days exploring the city. The room was never meant to be a space for rest.

So, while it was small, it was designed to have everything just at the right amount for what we wanted – decent bathroom facilities and a good bed to sleep on.

If you are like us, and travel to explore. Plus, a room is just to store your luggage, return to shower, and a bed just for a good night’s sleep. Then Cititel Express Penang is just right for you. At the prices offered by Agoda, it is definitely great value.


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If you have ANY questions about Penang Hotels Review – Cititel Express Penang, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

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Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

After a night’s stay at the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Kuala Lumpur, we headed to Ipoh, the next destination in our road trip. After a few hours, we arrived and checked in at one of the Ipoh Hotels – the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh.

As a fellow traveller and digital nomad, I fully understand your concern when searching for a good place to stay in an unfamiliar and foreign city. So, in this Ipoh Hotels Review, I will give you my honest opinion of the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh that will include my personal experience at the hotel, what is around the hotel, what are the nearest attractions, where are the best places to eat, how to get to the hotel and around Ipoh.

As usual, I searched on Agoda to find a good hotel to stay at. I found a fantastic deal for one of the Ipoh Hotels – the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. Please continue to read for my review of this hotel.


Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – The Overview & Rankings: 

Hotel: Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, Malaysia
Room Rates: US$96 and above (depending on room type) per night. I managed to get a very good deal at Agoda – for a Superior Room, US$38 per night only
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: 43, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia.
Rooms: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Various types of Suites for singles, couples and even family suites with triple an quadruple beds
Service: Cordial, friendly enough, and slightly helpful
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it!
Sleep Quality: The bed was all right, but the pillows were very soft. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. But if you like very soft pillows, then it is good for you
Cleanliness: Very good. Could be better.
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  3.0 out of 5.0 Three Point Stars Rating


Hotel Excelsior Ipoh  – The Video: 

Here is a video of the room that I stayed in at Hotel Excelsior Ipoh :


About Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

Hotel Excelsior has been around since 1983. It was Ipoh’s first international hotel.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Front of Hotel
Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – Front of Hotel, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

So, when we booked the hotel room, we were prepared to stay in a room that might be a little old and tired.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Superior Room
Superior Room, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

To our surprise, the room still looks modern, with the latest design and furnishings such as the Rain Shower.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Rain Shower
Rain Shower, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The hotel is located at the heart of the city centre of Ipoh. As such, nearby are banks, business centres, food courts, hawker stalls, restaurants, and shopping malls. Even the local attractions are not too far away.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - View of City from Room
View of City from Room, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

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Amenities 

  • Non Smoking Rooms available – Request for this upon booking if you prefer Non Smoking Rooms. When I booked and made the request, the hotel responded promptly, and did provide us a Non Smoking Room when we checked in.
  • 24-Hour Concierge Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Free high speed WIFI Internet access
  • Breakfast Buffet Available

Tip: Do check if your booking includes the breakfast. If not, then you will have to purchase it.

  • Laundry Services
  • Free Parking for Guests
  • Room Service – from 7.00 am to 10.30 pm only
  • En Suite Bathroom – Towels, well stocked with shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer, Rain Shower!
  • Refrigerator
Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Work Desk & Refrigerator
Work Desk & Refrigerator, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
  • Complimentary daily newspaper
  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water, coffee & tea in room
  • Electronic Safe
  • Foreign Currency Exchange Service
  • Ticketing and Travel Assistance
  • Taxi and Limousine Service
  • Secretarial Services
  • Baby Cot Services
  • Luggage Storage

Facilities

  • Dulang Coffee House (Ground Floor)
  • Sonata Lounge (1st Floor)
  • Excelsior Palace (5th Floor)
  • Business Center
  • Meeting Room
  • Conference Room
  • Facilities for Disabled Guest
  • Executive Club Lounge and access with VIP privileges

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What Good Food to Enjoy in Ipoh?

One of the things to do, that everyone who visits Ipoh do, is to enjoy the good food there. We know we did!

The good news is that just behind Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, there is the famous and popular dim sum place called Fo Shan Dim Sum. Locals and tourists flock here to enjoy delicious dim sum.

And a short drive away, you can enjoy the well known Lou Wong Chicken Rice. When you visit Ipoh, you must try the chicken rice here. Plus, just across the road from Hotel Excelsior Ipoh is the Oversea Restaurant where you can enjoy flavorful Chinese dishes that is as close to fine dining as you can get here.


Attractions Nearby

While the attractions at Ipoh are considered near Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, there are some that you could simply walk to, and there are those that it would be better if you have a car to drive you there or at least get a taxi or Grab.

We spent a lovely afternoon at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens. This is truly an awesome place to visit. The serenity is truly refreshing. Then there is, of course, the famous Batu Caves.

There is a lot of history and art in Ipoh. And only so much time for you to see as much as you can. So, take your pick. For us, we visited the Concubine Lane, the Ipoh Mural Art Trail, Art of OldTown, and Ho Yan Hor Museum. We wanted to visit the Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, but it was closed by the time we reached there.

Maybe next time?


Where is Hotel Excelsior Ipoh?

 


Address: 43, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

Phone: +60-5-253-6666

How To Get There?

For us, as I mentioned, we were on a road trip. Our first stop was Kuala Lumpur. We drove along the highway to Ipoh, which took us a few hours only. Our next stop will be Penang.

From the highway, using the Waze app, we easily reached and found the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh.

You can do the same as what I did – that is, to fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, then take a bus, drive or get Grab to go to Ipoh. There are many bus services that go to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur. You can do Google search to find such services.

Tip: My Advice – Take a Cab or Grab to Ipoh. You can choose the time to depart, and it is not expensive.

Tip: There is a local airport – the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. But, there are few airlines, and no international ones that stop there. Better you take my suggestion above. At the same time, you get to visit Kuala Lumpur, too!.


Getting Around

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. The town is so small, it is better to take taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

Tip: Public parking requires coupons. You can buy them from stores nearby parking areas.

Tip: There are people hanging around public parking areas, and claiming to collect fees. It is up to you, but I would advise paying a small sum for the safety of your car.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

This is quite a good hotel. Unfortunately, it lost points for the very soft pillows. Our sleep was affected. And good sleep is so important isn’t it?

Three Point Star RatingThe room was clean and well furnished. Housekeeping did a good job keeping the room, bed, en suite bathroom, towels, and everything else spotless.

The Superior Room was small. Yet, it was just nice for two persons who intended to drop everything the minute they checked in, and explore the city. In effect, the room is just functional. A place to shower and sleep.

Ahhh, there’s the rub again. The reason why the rating is an average 3.0. Sleep. It was not so good. Sleep aside, all else was good.

If you are like us, and travel to explore, then Hotel Excelsior Ipoh is just right for you. At the prices offered by Agoda, it is a great value.


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If you have ANY questions about Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus