I was in Penang recently and stayed at a rather new 3-star business hotel called Mei Hotel in Abu Siti Lane. The 15 storey hotel is located right in the heart of Georgetown and easily accessible to the attractions in the city (walking distance to KOMTAR, and Macalister 128, etc) and only about 30 minutes to the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zones.
First thing you will notice if you are driving and staying at Mei Hotel is the hotel boast the only hotel with two lifts for cars to the parking bay. There are two lifts (one for going up and one for coming down) that you will drive you car into and with driver the lift will take you up to your preferred parking floor and you will drive out of the lift into your parking bay.
The lobby of the hotel is basic ~ a nice lounge area for waiting guests, a small concierge who is more than happy to assist you to get rides or information to get around, a personal computer area for your online needs and some friendly and courteous front office.
I check into the hotel at about 2pm and was surprised to get an upgraded to the 28-sqm “Winter Suite” (or studio suite) on their Mei Suites Floor. This Mei Suites Floor only have 4 suites for privacy and exclusivity – one studio suite and three two-bedroom suite.
My minimalist-inspired Winter Suite is very spacious and comfortable – equipped with a king size bed, one work desk, digital personal safe, a fully equipped kitchenette with induction cooker, microwave, a good size refrigerator and silverware and dishes.
The room is clean and air conditioning is powerful – I loved it especially with the hot Malaysian weather. The wood parquet flooring also add a little “class” to the room and although when I first thought of a 33.44 sqm room, I imagine it to be little tight but somehow the room is not cluttered at all even with the fully functional kitchenette.
The bathroom is basic with a separated shower stall but comes will full set of amenities – shavers, toothbrush and paste and etc.
The only comment I have about the bathroom is the little pedestal that toilet bowl sits on .. maybe I have short legs as I felt my legs a little hanging when sitting on the toilet bow.
The hotel boast a fitness center (at level 3), small meeting facilities and a lovely hangout place on Level 14 that gives you a good vantage point of Georgetown.
The rooms usually does not come with buffet breakfast but if you are keen to have your meals in house, it can be purchased at RM 13 per pax but do take my suggestions there are plenty of good food around the hotel ~ so go around enjoy a good Penang breakfast as I would say the hotel breakfast is has limited items and food is just average.
In summary, I would say this hotel is affordable, clean and accessible if you are in town for business and if you are a foodie, this is a great hotel to start your food hunt. The location of the hotel is wonderful (especially if you are a foodie – you have Siam Road Penang Char Koay Teow, Jiao Sai Maggi Goreng (just opposite the hotel entrance), Burmah Road Char Koay Kak, New Lane Street Food, Penang Road Cendol, Macalister Lane Chee Cheong Fun, Kek Seng Kopitiam, Old Green House Hokkien Mee, New World Park, Nagore Road, Transfer Road Roti Canai, Uncle Lau Lobak, and many more wonderful food all within a 30 minutes walk.
If you think the Studio Suite I had was too big, Mei Hotel also offers Standard Room (no window) at 16 sqm and Deluxe Room (with window) at 18 sqm.
If you are travelling with family and wanted a bigger room, they do offer the 70.56 sqm two bedroom executive suite with a King-bed in the master room and a pair of super single beds on the second room. There is a fully equipped kitchenette and a living area too.
Mei Hotel Penang has complimentary parking (using the car-lift) as well as paid street-side parking. There are also a few handicap-parking bay right in front of the hotel.