So, a couple of weekends ago, we headed up north for a short school holidays getaway. Our venue of choice? The Hard Rock Hotel in Batu Feringghi, Penang! Funny thing is, I've had a few opportunities to stay here via work, but the timing was never right. So this was gonna be my first time along with the fam.
We took a flight on AirAsia which was filled with screaming kids, so thank God the journey was only for an hour and nothing more. We then took a taxi to the hotel for RM69. And really, a BIG chunk of our budget was for cab fares, but more on that after this. And oh, I actually booked the whole package through airasiago, so it was pretty convenient.
We reached the hotel close to an hour later, but hey, instantly we were greeted by a carnival-like atmosphere complete with running-kids, chasing-parents and cool, loud music. Check-in was a breeze and we then went up to the room to check things out.
The room wasn't exactly huge but they're clever enough to hide the fact with cool decor. It was also well equipped with flat-screen TV, iPod dock and DVD player. And the seaview was pretty awesome.
By then we were also famished, so we headed to the Pizzeria. There are four main makan places here; the lobby lounge, Starz cafe where would have our breakfast buffet, Hard Rock Cafe (duh) and the Pizzeria.
Naturally we ordered the pizza and it turned to be quite good. The ingredients were fresh and it was wood oven-roasted to perfection. If only they had some sort of hot sauce though!
We hung out for a bit after that and had a big dinner at Hard Rock Cafe later in the day, and bought some stuff at the Rock Shop.
After that we just lepak-ed by the pool, looking at the stars with "live" music playing from the lobby in the background.
The next day, it was time to check out the breakfast buffet (which was pretty decent) and the other stuff on offer. The Kids Club had a full program if the young ones want to join, so Tia started the day with an art class. Daddy meanwhile, went to the gym : )
Afternoon came, and we headed out to town for some yummy Penang food. We took a taxi there and told the guy our intentions. He suggested to wait for us and even took us to the beca "stand" for our joyride.
The famous Penang Road chendul was the first stop. There was a bit of a queue but it was well worth it when our chendul and ABC came. Simply out of this world!.
Then it was off to Line Clear nasi kandar. An even LONGER line queue awaited us, so we just had to savour every single calorie-rich dish we ordered. Haha.
It was then back to the hotel, and in case you're wondering, the taxi fare came up to around RM130 while we also paid RM20 for the beca. It ain't cheap, I tell ya.
Pool action was up next. A major attraction here, the pools have a fun layout with slides and tubes for rent. Memamg best lah.
And at 5pm, it was time for the kids' foam party! RM20 to get in, it was great fun that's not usually available elsewhere.
In case you're wondering, the beach nearby is pretty decent but it's not for swimming because of the less than crystal clear waters and jellyfish. But nice for a jog or a walk.
At night, we walked over to the makan area at Feringghi and tried out one of the restaurants. Still smarting from the fact that we missed out on some great seafood in Kota Kinabalu, I just had to order the lobster. Haha!
The next morning, we took a cab to Youth Park at Penang Botanical Gardens for the Larian 40 Taman. It was the same cab, and this time I had to fork out around RM90. Phew! After that we just took our time to chill and relax.
We checked-out at noon and the same cabbie to us to the airport. Overall, a good first experience at Hard Rock Hotel Penang. It really has everything for a good family holiday, but make sure you have enough moolah for cab fares if you want to venture elsewhere on the island. Will we return? Heck yeah!