We packed up early ,(maybe not so early) ,9 am and took on a slow drive to Penang .Had a breakfast stop for 1/2 hour and finally reached Feringghi at 2 pm.
Booked at the Hard Rock Hotel , lagoon deluxe room.Requested for the deck facing the bar, and they obliged .Guest relations are amazing at check -in.Nothing was a No. Managed to check -in within 20 minutes of arrival , pretty good as it was super busy.
Famished , we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe .We had booked the all-inclusive , so dinner and lunch was included .Note to self , never do this ever again .Set lunch was a choice of beef burger /chicken burger /chicken sandwich with a choice of a soft drink.And the menu is the same DAILY. (Seriously only fools like me would have done this,knowing clearly well Penang is food haven !!)
Not only were the choices limited , service was so slow and unfriendly .Nothing compared to the hotel staff ,right next door.
Gulped down some amount of food ,and headed back to the room .To be welcomed so graciously with this view.
Oh my Lordy lord , everything I could have ever asked for .Happy hour runs from 11 am -5 pm on beers , wine and passion fruit mojito (1 for 1). Does get pretty expensive if it’s not discounted .Nothing like swimming up to the bar ,just a few paddles away.Rooms are decent sized ,king sized bed ,tv ,wifi ,DVD player ,Bose music system ,De’Longhi coffee pod machine , and the regular toiletries .
After a couple of hours in the pool (and the swim up bar) ,we finally got changed for dinner .The band on Friday is amazing .Jazzy and super entertaining starting at 7:45 pm at the lobby lounge .(Dinner set meals are made available either at Pizzeria or Hard Rock Cafe ) With the shady service at the cafe , we opted for the Pizzeria .They were amazing .Nothing was too much trouble .Dinner sets were either pastas or a choice of pizza .Wayyyyy better I must say.In view of the amazing band ,they even obliged to serve us at the lobby lounge.
Breakfast was ok.Nothing to shout about .Gets rather busy in the mornings , sightings of flies around .Long queues at the egg station .The friendly waiters did mention that weekends are pretty busy at the hotel ,and occupancy runs nearly full house .So that probably explains it.
We booked directly via their website , it was about RM 2200 for 3 days 2 nites including 2 lunch and 2 dinner sets.
Will I come back ?100% .The pool access is a must .Its just a hop and skip into the pool , the vibe is amazing , music always fills the air in the midst of human laughter . What more could one ask for?
Hard Rock Hotel Penang …yes, you do rockin’ pretty well.
P/S:took us a grueling 7 1/2 hours to get back to KL due to traffic .Not sure if long weekends are the best time to travel .