A date with nostalgia

Since the 1800s, the Sarkies Brothers, or some may know them as SB from the insignia imprinted on antiques, have presented to the world the concept of luxury hotels.

Having seen the two World Wars, Eastern & Oriental Penang, previously known as “The Premier Hotel East of Suez”, stood strong against the test of time, boasting a long line of satisfied patrons; list includes visionary entertainer, Charlie Chaplin, Hollywood royalty, Douglas Fairbanks and Nobel Prize winner,  Rudyard Kipling.

A stay in their suite is no ordinary affair; it is a hotel, yet it is familiar, you have to check in, yet it feels like coming back home. Tailored to meet each of its patrons’ needs, the impeccable service rendered feels extensive but not forceful. That delicate care and consideration are what sets this classic establishment apart from its shiny, posh and younger competitors.

As we go along to submit to the new and exciting, we tend to negate our rich past, our colourful history. Take a break, and make a date, with nostalgia.

Checking in

From the faint musky scent in the corridors to the strong use of marble on floors, The Majestic Hotel is a classic, an ode to the glorious days of the 1930s. Even with the new Tower Wing on the west side of the establishment, the hotel still holds true to its original character of being a national heritage site.

With cosy rooms such as the Smoke House, the Drawing Room and the Tea Lounge, guests are given the comforts of a home, a communal experience that extends beyond the walls of the suites.

As most establishments race to build the new and innovative, looking back to the past feels like an escape, a luxury in itself, where one can break away and enjoy the difference in pace.