Project Description

The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is the embodiment of both a special time and a special place. For well over a century, this remarkable hotel – known simply as `The E&O’ to generations of travellers – has stood as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era.

In many ways, it has also come to represent Penang itself; its story inextricably woven into the island’s history, its traditions an indelible part of many a traveller’s treasured memory, its name synonymous with the magical island once known as The Pearl Of the Orient.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, George Town, was cited as ‘A remarkable example of historic colonial towns on the Straits of Malacca that demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from their former function as trading ports linking East and West.’

From the time Captain Francis Light (1740-1794) established Britain’s trading post in Penang, settlers from all over the world have made Penang, especially George Town, their home. Their presence is seen and felt strongly in the diverse architecture, places of worship, food and historic monuments around the Island.

There are two “American Express Heritage” trails which you can explore on foot or by trishaw. And these trails begin right at the E&O’s very own doorstep.