During out trip to Penang, Malaysia we stayed in a service apartment instead of a hotel. Having stayed in hotels I knew that the size of the room was rather small and it would certainly be a tight squeeze for our family of 5 with the extended family to fit into two rooms.
I chose to stay Gurney Residence which was located near the famous Gurney Drive eating/shopping strip.
The service apartment wasn’t as posh as a hotel but it was certainly more practical as we the kids had more then ample space to move around.
We had an apartment on a high floor and the sea view was certainly magnificent. Just look at what greeted us from the balcony.
Even though it rained and the sky looked ominous the view was still breathtaking. Looking out to the vast ocean really makes one feel calm and at peace.
The sofa in the living room was really enormous. It can easily accommodate 10 adults. The only drawback that the television set was really tiny at 21 inches wide. It would have been superb if it was a 50 or 60 inch set as we were all straining to see what was being shown on television seated at the sofa. In the end we shifted some seats of the sofa nearer the screen to be able to watch more comfortably.
The kitchen was sparsely equipped and we didn’t cook as the cooking utensils that they provided were not in good condition. There were many nice restaurants nearby and we ate out after spending the whole day out at the various attractions.
The kids were thrilled to see the huge bathtub and couldn’t wait to try it out. Unfortunately the jacuzzi function didn’t work so they were only able to use it as a normal tub.
There was a queen size bed in each room giving ample space for the kids to roll around in bed
We were upgraded to a 4 bedroom suite for a night when we checked in as the 3 bedroom one that we booked was not ready for occupation. The kids went wild running from one bedroom to another playing hide and seek.
There were bathrooms in each bedroom so we did not need to take turns using it.