E&O Hotel, Georgetown – The Launching of Heritage Wing

Last Sunday marked a special day for E&O Hotel, Penang as it was the day of Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O) Heritage Wing Reopening after nearly one year of refurbishment works.

The renovation process was the brain child of Datin Tham Oi Wah, the founder of Interiors International Sdn. Bhd.  Born with creative instinct, Datin Tham came to realise that she had a knack for interior architecture and design when she was designing a house for her family in the early 90’s.

World-renowned for its timeless hospitality, E&O remains one of Asia’s truly treasured heritage hotels. Conserving the legacy of this cherished icon, the time has now come for E&O’s refurbished Heritage Wing to reopen its fabled doors this December 2019.

Heritage Wing Suites

With the recent relaunched of the Heritage Wing, E&O is poised to reprise its role as a leading destination for timeless hospitality. Guests of the newly refurbished suites can enjoy the luxury of travelling back through time with round-the-clock butler service and modern comforts in keeping with the classic style of the Penang icon.

The Cornwallis

The Cornwallis, this is the private area exclusively open to Heritage Wing & Corner Suite guests only. It is designed to resemble a quiet and exclusive hotel club. Floor to ceiling windows offer a superb view of Penang coastline. The Cornwallis offers continental breakfast and signature canapés in the early evening. There is also a private swimming pool available for the exclusive guests.

Adding to E&O’s revered repertoire of classic hospitality and culinary experiences are the Palm Court, Java Tree and Farquhar’s Bar.


Afternoon tea is served with the finest varieties of blended and infused teas with single origin roasted coffees, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.


Relaxed style with simple elegance. A celebration of heritage flavors can be enjoyed in the menu offering of refined Nyonya recipes and classic European cuisine, complemented by selected wines and beverages.


Farquhar’s Bar is modeled on a Vintage Cocktail Bar, serving up an array of drinks at relaxed tables with a view of Penang’s waterfront. Guests can enjoy time-honored bar staples and classic cocktails.

Grand Ballroom

For grandeur, prestige and history, none can match E&O’s Grand Ballroom in Penang. The re-design and re-paint of the grand ballroom has made it more elegant, luxurious and inviting with the support by E&O professional team of event organizers, state-of-the-art technology, and legendary service, the E&O Hotel promises to create a venue befitting the grandest occasions.

E&O Gallery

E&O Gallery was created from loans and contributions of objects and artifacts from hotel guests and staff, enriched with their personal anecdotes and recollections. Since it was established in 2013, the recent refurbishment has allowed the enhanced gallery space to be extended to seamlessly articulate the E&O Group’s enduring presence in Penang, evident through its cachet of premier properties.


Overall, it was a nice experience to be invited for a media walk-through of this newly refurbished Heritage Wing at E&O. It was indeed one of the most prestigious heritage hotels in Penang with the perfect blend of both Western and Eastern culture. Let us end the year of 2019 with a photo of E&O’s traditional Christmas Tree at the Heritage Wing in conjunction with the hotel’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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