Penang 2011 - E&O Hotel

The E&O Hotel in Penang has the same storied history as Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Both are important social institutions in the Colonial hey days, and they have played host to some of the most eminent dignitaries and celebrities of the era.Douglas Fairbanks, Rubyard Kipling, Sun Yat-Sen and Somerset Maugham are just some of the famous personalities who have stayed at the E&O.

In those days, most locals probably couldn't even set foot on the front lawn. It is great that today anybody can walk straight into the lobbies without a second glance from the uniformed doormen who still stand duty at the main entrance.

A stroll along the seafront at E&O is both nostalgic and romantic.

The owners of both the Raffles Hotel and E&O Penang have felt compelled to capitalize on the fame and heritage of their properties by building large extensions to the original buildings, and I feel that the huge extensions have not done the original buildings much favour. In E&O, the only original part left is probably the entrance wing and the lobby.


All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.

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