GEORGE TOWN: The Hilton brand of hotels may be commonly found in all major tourist destinations and major cities, including in Malaysia, but there has never been one in Penang.
That changed today with the launch of the American hotel chain’s first-ever property on the island, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton.
It is located at the Miami Beach in Batu Ferringhi.
Also, unlike the DoubleTree hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Melaka, the property in Penang is the first of Hilton’s premium brand resorts in Malaysia.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng thanked the Hilton group for finally making a presence in Penang, saying it was good timing with the rising popularity of Penang as a tourist destination among foreigners as well as Malaysians.
“This is truly an exciting day for Penang. Of all the beautiful states in Malaysia, we are proud to be home to the country’s very first DoubleTree Resort.
“It is timely that this property will also be Penang’s first Hilton-branded property.
“My question is, what made you wait so long to get here?” Lim asked in jest.
The CM and media were then given a tour of the 316-room resort and its grand ballroom.
Hilton Malaysia’s regional general manager Jamie Mead said the opening of the hotel was an important milestone for the DoubleTree brand, with its premium resort entering the Malaysian market.
“With Penang being a popular short- and long-stay holiday destination for its culture and cuisine, which is a big hit among local and foreign tourists, we are confident our guests will be captivated with our new offering,” Mead said.