Penang, Malaysia – 3 September 2020 – Courtyard by Marriott today announces the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Penang – the first Courtyard debut in Malaysia. Located along the bustling Jalan Macalister in the heart of Penang’s UNESCO-listed George Town, the new 199-room Courtyard by Marriott Penang is set to provide the best hotel experience so guests can pursue their personal and professional passions while on the road.
“We are thrilled to continue to grow our presence in Malaysia with the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Penang,” said Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International. “Designed for today’s ambitious and enterprising traveler, the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Penang marks Marriott International’s 17th brand in Malaysia and further compliments our growing footprint in the country.”
Famed for its cultural heritage, historic charm, and palm-fringed beaches, Penang is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is known as “The Pearl of the Orient”. At its heart is George Town, Penang Island's cosmopolitan urban center, lined with timeworn shophouses of the UNESCO World Heritage zone and traditional places of worship such as Chinese and Indian temples, mosques, juxtaposed with Western-style skyscrapers and shopping complexes.
The new hotel features rooms and suites designed to be smart and spacious, boasting 360° unobstructed views of Georgetown and the Straits of Malacca. Each room is fitted with thoughtful amenities and come with high technology equipment and an ergonomic work area, perfect for business or leisure travelers. The public spaces are inviting and flexible to stimulate ideas, along with a Business Centre in the lobby with everything guests need to move forward.
The hotel offers one signature dining venue, and a bar that serves up a vast selection of drinks. Penang Kitchen, the hotel’s lively and chic all-day dining restaurant, serves up a medley of mouthwatering creations inspired by the unique 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, Lamb Shank Biryani in Claypot, and more. Gin Library, slated to open in the last quarter of 2020, is the island’s first and only distillery-themed bar. Reimagined in the Anglo-Indian style, the bar’s design is inspired by the island’s unique heritage and style, featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary furniture with local elements and warm timber tones. True to the British colonial days, Gin Library will be serving a collection of gin and malt whiskey spirits and hand-crafted cocktails.
Additional facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool overlooking Penang Hill, and dynamic public spaces created to inspire guests to intuitively transition between work and moments of pause.
Courtyard by Marriott Penang also caters to various events’ needs with a pillarless ballroom that can accommodate up to 150 guests. The hotel features eight state-of-the-art meeting rooms and one VIP room, each fitted with the latest 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.”
“As we navigate through our business landscape in this new normal, we are thrilled to introduce the very first Courtyard by Marriott in Malaysia. Guided by the brand’s tagline, Passion Moves Us Forward, Courtyard by Marriott Penang is passionate about better serving the needs of travelers everywhere and is a reflection of the destination’s cultural heritage and rich history,” shared Rivero Delgado, Area Vice President, Singapore, Malaysia and Maldives, Marriott International.
“I am excited to welcome guests to the new Courtyard by Marriott Penang,” said Subash Basrur, General Manager. “There is a lot of anticipation for the launch of the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Malaysia and we are committed to delivering a welcoming experience that inspires and re-energizes guests at an affordable price point. As a beloved destination for business and leisure travelers, we look forward to welcoming both domestic and international guests to experience our inviting hospitality and uplifting spaces.”
Special opening rates start from MYR 300nett per room per night with complimentary high-speed WiFi for stays from September 3, 2020 till December 23, 2020. Find out more about the hotel at www.courtyardpenang.com
About Courtyard by Marriott
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