My stay-cation with Hard Rock Hotel Penang
You can't miss Hard Rock Hotel when you visit the famous Batu Ferringghi Beach in Penang. The hotel's contemporary and outstanding design sets itself apart from the conventional beach resort. Being one of the most sought after vacation accommodations in Penang, Hard Rock Penang recently upgraded itself by refurbishing all their 6-storeys high, 250 rooms and is now proud to welcome guests to a brand-new experience. I, was lucky to be invited for a short yet memorable stay with Hard Rock Penang, and I can't wait to share my 3 days 2 nights experience with you!
We joined the 'rooms tour' led by the Marketing and Communication manager - Angeline and team as soon as we arrived at Hard Rock Penang. We heard a lot of 'ooohh' and 'wahhh' along the tour, even from ourselves, showing our state of amazement upon seeing the nicely refurbished rooms.
I have listed the rooms that we visited in a separate post. So to view the new rooms in Hard Rock Hotel Penang, kindly click here.
Memorabilia tour & Hard Rock Cafe
The room tour is then followed by Hard Rock signature Memorabilia tour, which featured some newly refreshed collections from various celebrities around the world. The memorabilia displays are located at the hotel lobby and Hard Rock Cafe. Some of the new stars on board are Steve Aoki's stage worn outfit, Lady Gaga's white pants, Taylor Swift's beige tank dress (damn, she is skinny!), Christina Aguilera's black ribbed dress, Alicia Key's gold beaded fringe dress and Rihanna's dark purple dress and custom guitar. We had 2 awesome Memorabilia guides who did an awesome job by explaining every display in detail. We were brought to the world famous Hard Rock Cafe for the Memorabilia tour as well. Adapting a classy and stylish concept adorned with red-painted walls and splashes of gold, paired with a live band stage, this place gave me a sense of Rock n' Roll. Not only Hard Rock Cafe is a platform for great music, it also makes a great dining place with authentic American cuisine.
Come enjoy the music, the heart and soul of Hard Rock!
Rockin' Hours (happy hours) : 5pm - 8pm daily ~ Band performance : 10.30pm - 2am daily
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday - 11.30am - 2am ; Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday - 11.30am to 2.30am
For reservation : +604 886 8050
We didn't want to 'waste' our comfortable room that evening so we decided to order in-room dining for dinner and enjoyed their in-room movies.
For tourists who wish to get a feel of the popular Batu Ferringghi in Penang, Hard Rock Hotel offers free shuttle service with several stops along batu ferringghi beach road between 6.30am and 11pm daily.
Rock Royalty Level Lounge
For those who prefer some privacy or a more exclusive experience, the Rock Royalty Level is not to be missed! Guests staying at the Rock Royalty Seaview Deluxe and suite categories will enjoy full Rock Royalty Level privileges. Apart from checking in privately at the Rock Royalty Level, Rock Royalty guests can enjoy and relax at the TV lounge or the rest area. Guests could also enjoy a quiet breakfast on this level with splendid sea view.
We had our breakfast the next morning at Rock Royalty Lounge and felt like a VIP. Apart from the food selection at the buffet line, we got to choose our breakfast main course from the menu and had the chef to cook it on the spot. All dining tables in the lounge face an amazing sea view and for those who love to enjoy sea breeze while having your breakfast, you can opt for the open air balcony tables.
The Rock Royalty Lounge is also an ideal place for sunset watching. Imagine sipping your cup of tea with an evening of canapes and cocktails while watching the sun setting, what more can you ask for?
Other rooms' guests may enjoy these Rock Star privileges with an additional RM170++ per room per night and RM85++ for the third guest.
Rocktivities and swimming pool
Later that day, we had a lot of fun at the rocktivities that were arranged. We had a good laugh at those who wore the sumo costume for the sumo wrestling game (I was one of them and I won! Haha!), we also had a good laugh at the staff who dropped into a large tank of water from the evil us who took turns to throw the ball at the target, and the kayak polo made everyone laughed hysterically when someone fell into the water (I was one of them too, lol!). All in all, we had great fun during the games. These games are available at Hard Rock Hotel from time to time and you can check their schedule at the towel counter beside the swimming pool.
After the games, we decided to chill at the pool since we were already wet from the kayak polo game. The swimming pool is big, boasting a water slide, a basketball hoop and a swim-up bar (The Shack). It could get a bit crowded sometimes and if you prefer to have more space to yourself, you may try during off-peak times like early in the morning or during lunch / dinner time when there are less people. Weekdays is of course another plus point too.
Buffet Dinner @ Pizzeria
Later that evening, a buffet dinner was served at The Pizzeria that evening, with a few new dishes included in the buffet selection.
Breakfast @ Starz Diner
We had a hearty breakfast at Starz Diner before checking out the next morning. A wide selection of food was available at the buffet line, with an egg station. Food was overall great and we left Hard Rock Hotel with a full and satisfied stomach *grin*.
We didn't manage to enjoy all the facilities during this trip but if you are planning to stay at Hard Rock Penang, do check out their Rock Spa and Rock Shop. Based on my personal experience, Hard Rock Hotel in Penang is a family-friendly hotel and would be a perfect choice for your getaway trip in Penang. I believe you will enjoy a Rock 'N' Roll experience and a memorable stay with their awesome hospitality, facilities and activities. So rock on!