Central Location The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang
For Cititel Hotel Management (CHM) group, having the 1,100 hotel’s rooms in three hotels in the George Town City shows that the group knows what a city hotel guest wants.
Built on the grounds of the former the amusement center known as Wembley Park, the 4-star hotel complex sits squarely straddling two main thoroughfares, The Wembley on Magazine Road and the 3-star Cititel Express on Noordin Street.
On the invitation of The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang, Doreen, and I had a girls’ weekend chill out recently; just before Chinese New Year.
We took a break from both our busy schedules to sync up for R&R which included a few good meals at the hotel and SHOPPING downtown.
We checked in on Friday evening when the traffic was the thickest in town. Not to worry, we both used Waze on our Androids and reached in time for the easy breezy check-in.
The ramp leading up to the hotel’s multi-level parking, which includes ample disable car parks. We found 4!
The hotel has is gorgeously decorated with large format oil painting as the scenery to the Front Desk and beautiful chandeliers winking at us. The Lobby has a sparkly Rockstar feel to it.
You’ve heard of in-flight magazines, Here’s the in-house magazine.
The Guest Room
Access to the room level is by a wave of our room card in the lift. Our Deluxe Room is a comfortable 28 square meters with a king-size bed. There is an appropriate 6 feet distance from the corner of the bed to the TV, which feels spacious.
The little thoughts that go into the room which we girls like and appreciate. There are the 4 bottles of mineral water per room with a bottle each on our bedside table.
The different toothbrushes, one is clear the other opaque so there’s no mix-up. How cool is that?
Dinner at Wembley Cafe
A chance to catch the twilight over the city. Then to a beautiful buffet at the Wembley Cafe. which was packed and popular with the locals. I feasted my eyes on everything and settled for my favorites as usual. The porridge with braised duck, chicken, egg and tofu was perfect with the pique chili sauce and golden garlic pips. Reminds me of kueh chiap without the flat rice noodle, called “kueh”.
Chef prepared tasty vegetarian noodles for Doreen, which she enjoyed.
We shared some desserts.
After dinner, we continued chatting at the Executive Lounge. We had three cookies to share.
Check out the view of the city winding down. Late Friday night traffic. We had nightcaps of peppermint tea to improve digestion and chamomile tea to relax muscles and reduce stress which was perfect for a good night’s sleep.
The Wembley Facilities
The next morning after breakfast and coffee we headed out for a hotel inspection. We checked out the gym. The gorgeous infinity pool. I would do laps if only I had remembered my swimsuit, Saltwater pool. Irresistible!
One word. Impressive!
Review: The Wembley A St Giles Hotel is a city hotel with great connectivity and within walking distance to great shopping, street food, murals, and arts.
The Wembley A St Giles Hotel | 183, Jalan Magazine, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang
Telephone: +60 4-259 8000
What to See Nearby
Aside from malls, Hin Bus Depot has very interesting exhibitions with a Sunday Pop Up Market.
If you walk through the hotel at the ground level, you can visit a local general store to buy bedak sejuk and Chinese wedding paraphernalia!
What to Eat?
In the mornings, there are two wet markets to check out. The Cecil Street Morning Market has a wet market, delicious roast pork stalls, Nyonya Kueh, Chinese Pasembur, and Penang’s favorite street foods. There’s a nice laksa too for a delicious, economical lunch.
Chowrasta Market is a hive of activity with street stalls spilling on the roadside. There are lots of coffee shops along the way to check out. Most kopitiam is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check out Coffee and Friends if you’re craving for western breakfast and a Panini sandwich!
Closer to The Wembley you got to check out Penang’s style of eating porridge; by SQUATTING.
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