The Wembley Penang and Cititel Express Penang

BY CK Lam

It is unusual to find two brand new hotels under the same management standing back to back; however The Wembley Penang on Magazine Road and Cititel Express Penang on Noordin Street stands grandly together in the heart of Georgetown.

The hotels under Cititel Hotel Management (CHM) was unveiled in April 2015. Both hotels surrounded by colonial shop houses are distance to many Unesco Heritage sites and popular street arts.

The Wembley Penang located opposite Hotel Jen and First Avenue

The 4 star Wembley Penang brings luxury while the 3 star Cititel Express Penang opens its door for both leisure and business travellers.

Whether you are staying in the luxury Executive Suite in The Wembley Penang, or in one of the modest guestroom in Cititel Express Penang, you will no doubt feel the accessibility to friendly service, comfortable guestrooms and convenient modern facilities.

The Wembley Penang located opposite Hotel Jen and First Avenue
Lobby

 

Our afternoon visit started at The Wembley Penang, with a tour of the hotel facilities, followed by a buffet lunch in the 24-hour Wembley Cafe on Level 2.

The dining space offers theme lunch and dinner buffets featuring selection of Asian and Western cuisine and local favorites. Many have tried the buffets during its launching and the respond was overwhelming and also with couple of minor issues such as slow replenishment of food. With guests feedback and suggestions, the hotel has since worked and improved in the area highlighted.

Buffet at Wembley Cafe in The Wembley Hotel PenangWembley Cafe

 

Patrons can enjoy  Spices and Herbs Penang on the first day of the week, Mediterranean on Tuesday, Tantalising Thai on Wednesday and followed by Japanese and International Inspired on Thursday. Friday is dedicated to Italian while Saturday is Wembley Seafood. With Oriental weekend on Sunday, the high tea we had from 12pm to 3.30pm is priced at RM68nett for adult, RM34nett for children and RM48nett for senior citizen.

As with the festive season around, Wembley Cafe also has the  Candylicious Christmas Buffet, and is available for lunch and dinner.

The Wembley and Cititel Express, Penang

The Wembley and Cititel Express, Penang

 

The buffet offers variety such as the fresh sashimi spread, sushi rolls, and cold noodles, besides antipasto – smoked duck, marinated baby octopus, beef pepperoni, chicken pepperoni and marinated jelly fish. There is also an array of local snacks such as pasembur and rojak.

 The Wembley and Cititel Express, Penang   The Wembley and Cititel Express, Penang

Variety of antipasto

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang    Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

Japanese corner with sushi rolls and cold noodles

 

The cold seafood section comes with large prawns, crabs and mussels.  The seafood are truly fresh and it brought us back to the counter filling our plates with another round despite having one full plate.

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

 The Wembley Penang Buffet   The Wembley Penang Buffet

 

Next it is onto the array of hot cooked dishes. The best dish to start with is the lamb meatball. I was intrigued by its nicely ground texture and delicious gravy.

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang
Lamb  Meatball

 Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang
Deep-fried oysters

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

   Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang   Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

 

Choose from many types of cakes, and among them, the blueberry cheesecake will vie for attention. Nothing goes better with the creamy cheesecake than a cup of coffee. The coffee is better than some hotel cafe outlets in terms of taste.

 Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

   Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang    Sunday High Tea at the Wembley Cafe in The Wembley, Penang

 

After the lunch break, we continued to tour the hotel’s function space. Located on Level 9 and 10 are many multi-function rooms which are ideal for events, meetings, and seminars.

The Wembley Grand Ballroom, one of the largest pillar-less ballroom in Penang, with seating capacity of 1,200 persons is a choice to hold a large wedding banquet.

Wembley Grand Ballroom in The Wembley, Penang

Staffs getting the ballroom ready for the banquet dinner

 

We moved up to the 30th floor, where the Executive Lounge, DSRT Sky Room and Helipad is located. It will come as a surprise to many, that The Wembley Penang is the only hotel in the Northern region with a helipad.

Executive Lounge, DSRT Sky Room and the Helipad in The Wembley, Penang

 

The Executive Lounge with view overlooking the harbor and Penang bridge, offers complimentary service for those who stay on the Executive Floors. The benefits include breakfast and evening cocktails.

Executive Lounge in The Wembley Penang
Relaxing atmosphere of the Executive Lounge

 

There are 415 sea-facing and heritage-view guestrooms, inclusive of Superior, Deluxe, Executive Deluxe and Executive Suite.

Executive Suite at The Wembley, Penang
Superior Room

If you enjoy the utmost convenience, gorgeous custom furnishings, and comfort throughout your stay at The Wembley, your choice would be either the Executive Deluxe or the Executive Suite. Exquisitely designed with batik-style motif and complemented with luxurious amenities, the rooms are  fitted with king size bed, long bath tub and cosy living room area.

Executive Suite at The Wembley, Penang

Executive Suite at The Wembley, Penang

 

We took a tour to the hotel facilities on level 11, where the salt-water infinity pool and the well-equipped gymnasium is located. One could spend an afternoon swimming and lounging on the side of the pool while taking in the beauty of the Komtar building located right across.

Salt-water infinity pool at The Wembley , Penang

 

To get to the adjoining Cititel Express Penang, we passed through the shopping arcade at the lobby level. The arcade housed a Japanese restaurant Enoshima – the breakfast dining area for the guests of this hotel. Besides, there are several up-coming eateries and retail shops, expected to be open in Q1, 2016.

The hotel consist of 234 guestrooms, with Standard, Superior and Family Room. The rooms each with its own panoramic city view, tend to be small and basic.

Lobby area of Cititel Express Penang
Lobby area of Cititel Express Penang

Cititel Express Penang

Rooms at The Wembley Penang starts from RM265nett onwards (exclude council fee of RM3) and Cititel Express Penang from RM146nett onwards (excluding council fee of RM2). For more info, click on their website.

The Wembley Penang
183 Jalan Magazine
George Town
10300 Pulau Pinang
Tel: +604-2598000

Cititel Express Penang
123 Lebuh Noordin
George Town
10300 Pulau Pinang
Tel: +604-2591188

* Many thanks to The Wembley Penang for extending this invitation.

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