G Hotel has been a household name on the island of Penang. Shortly after the opening of the 5-star luxury hotel in 2008 we stayed there once and that was a truly wonderful stay. This year (2015) the equally luxurious G Hotel Kelawai , also known as Baby G among the local islanders, opened its doors. This trendy hotel lies within walking distance of G Hotel Gurney , just behind it along Jalan Kelawai. After finding out that there a new G Hotel had opened in Penang, we did not hesitate and immediately contacted the hotel to arrange a short stay to experience it all ourselves after hearing many great things about it already.
G Hotel Kelawai has a very stylish interior. The theme is modern/business/minimalistic with lots of dark tones and shades. The lobby looks very nice. A nice touch is the free scoop of ice cream at check-in instead of the familiar welcome drink. Checking in was a breeze. Showing my passport was enough and within minutes we were heading for our room.
Guests at G Hotel Kelawai can use all facilities of G Hotel Gurney (and vice versa). There is a complimentary buggy connecting both hotels. Especially nice is the fact that the buggy has a rain cover, so you can easily visit Gurney Plaza when it rains.
All 208 rooms at the G Hotel Kelawai are sleek with a minimalist design, with here and there some nice vintage characteristics. There is great attention to detail and the whole looks both modern and artistic. Especially the rooms at higher floors are really worth the extra costs per night. You can then enjoy a magnificent view over the island. The bed slept wonderfully, which is mainly due to the high class, very luxurious mattress (Royal Platinum by Serta). The furniture was from many renowned international brands. Those that love a specific type of pillow, there is a pillow service where you can easily order your favorite pillow.
Throughout the hotel, you will have free Wi-Fi, also available in all rooms. The drinks and snacks in the mini bar are free and replenished daily. Yes, you read it correct; a mini bar with free contents! Obviously, every room has a smart TV (so you can bring your own movies on a usb stick), but what is amazing is that it is a whopping 55″ in size. Furthermore, there is a very silent air conditioning (which I personally find quite important) and a large rain shower. Nice details about the bathroom were the shower accessories of the popular Australian brand Appelles. Another nice detail is the Nespresso (like) coffee machine, with several complimentary capsules of coffee. No need to rush to the breakfast area for your first cup of the day when you can enjoy your coffee right in your room.
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