16 July 2014 · 1 comment · Categories: Travel

If there’s one important thing to do during holiday planning, it would be booking an accommodation as early as possible. I’d usually do so a few weeks before my holiday in order to secure a good deal as well as stay in the hotel that I’m comfortable in.

The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay
But… unfortunately, no thanks to my spontaneous nature, I didn’t do so for my last Penang trip. I had so little time to search and secure my usual ones (hotels) that I had to look for another one. But with much luck and a quick search (and perhaps memory), I managed to secure a room via a hotel booking website at Royale Bintang Penang with pretty decent rate.

Swimming pool at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay
The hotel is relatively new with a rather historical touch on the exterior of the building and it’s quite visible along Weld Quay. One would be mistaken it for a refurbished old building if it wasn’t for the signage. And yes, they are under the same group who manages hotels of the same name in Kuala Lumpur, Damansara, Seremban and Terengganu. I recalled seeing this hotel when I was having my usual, awesome nasi lemak bungkus during my previous trip.

Front Desk of The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay
The front service was kinda patchy on that day. I couldn’t blame them since they were relatively new. The check in was rather fast and easy. The staffs were friendly and helpful. But to my dismay, the room wasn’t ready and I was told that it would be ready in half and hour. Needless to say, I had to wait for another hour (plus a few gentle reminders to them) before I could get the room key.

Lounge at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay
Smoking Room at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay
Welcome drinks were provided and were served at the bar lounge. I liked the setting of the lounge with big screens behind the bar. There’s dedicated smoking room with a huge projector TV in it too.

Deluxe Room by The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay

The room was bigger than I thought it would be. I suspect that they gave an upgrade since they can’t find my details in their system. So, instead of Superior, I got a Deluxe room. The room was fully furnished and carpeted.

Switches

Room amenities

It may look rather classic visually, but the room was fitted with modern furnishings and furniture like contemporary switches, digital air-con controller, LCD TV and etc. The room has king size bed, lounge chair/sofa and dressing/working table all spaced out on each corner of the room with the large bed in the middle of it. Though there’s no LAN port for internet connection, but free WiFi was available in the room as well as around hotel vicinity to all hotel guests.

Wardrobe
The wardrobe has all the expected appliances and amenities; safe deposit box, mini fridge and ironing board hidden behind the doors. Kettle, coffee, tea and four complementary bottles of water were placed neatly on one side of the wardrobe for easy access.

Bathroom
The bathroom was well stocked too. Hand towels, facial towels, floor mat as well as bath towels were pressed, folded and placed in allocated compartments and around the bathroom’s vicinity. The toilet has its own separate area directly opposite of the standing shower area. There was no bathtub but I didn’t mind at all. I was particularly glad that it has big shower head with good water pressure at all times. Toiletries were pretty complete; shower gel, shampoo, soap, cotton buds, toothbrush and etc.

Dining venue at The Royale Bintang Penang, Weld Quay
The breakfast venue was held at ground floor. The venue was lovely but the spread wasn’t impressive but it was sufficient to fill up hungry guests.

Breakfast
Overall, the stay was comfortable. The room was quiet at all times. Though they were friendly, the service of the staff could be improved further. Free parkings were provided to hotel guests but they’re quite limited. Vicinity wise, they’re quite close to food outlets and cafes, which is a plus point.

Address:
No 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld,
10300 George Town,
Penang,
Malaysia.




I am not a coffee connoisseur. I don’t go pretentious and all, describing the finer notes when it comes to tasting. But I do enjoy my cup of coffee; hot or cold.

Three Little Birds Coffee, D7 Sentul

What makes me enjoy/appreciate my cuppa more is the environment of the cafe like this place; Three Little Birds Coffee in Sentul.

Three Little Birds Coffee Opening Hours

Three Little Birds Coffee, D7 Sentul

Now, as I said, I’m not a connoisseur. So, I don’t know the origins, the coffee blends, the roasting methods and etc being practiced here. So, google up if you want to know more. Or for substantial answers, ask them!

Flat White and Affogato

But what I can tell is the environment of this place. To me, it is perfect; quiet and cozy without any obnoxious chatterbox talking loudly like they own the place. You can literally be productive here without any distractions; inside and/or outside.

Working at Three Little Birds Coffee, Sentul

They do serve food and lately, they are rolling out some healthy selections for lunch. Oh… they do have The Last Polka ice cream too!

Address:
D7, Jalan Sentul,
Sentul,
51000 Kuala Lumpur.

Business Hours :
Monday – Thursday : 8AM – 11PM
Friday – Saturday : 8AM – 12AM
Sunday : 9AM – 10PM