Most 4 star hotels in Penang are located on the island's north coast between George Town, one of Malaysia's most historic cities, and the popular Batu Feringghi beach resort. Four Points by Sheraton Penang is situated halfway between Batu Feringghi and George Town in another rapidly growing Penang beach destination, Tanjung Bungah.
As one of Malaysia's best known beach resorts, Batu Feringghi boasts some of the most modern four-star hotels in Malaysia. Places to stay to the west of Batu Feringghi tend to be less crowded and commercialised than properties to the east.
Two of Batu Feringghi's most family friendly places to stay are Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La and PARKROYAL Penang Resort. Both of these four-star beach resorts feature free children's clubs, multiple swimming pools, and babysitting services. Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La also includes an indoor family entertainment centre called Adventure Zone, while one of the PARKROYAL Penang Resort swimming pools comes with a waterslide.
Adults who come to Batu Feringghi for a more romantic beach holiday may prefer the more peaceful Bayview Beach Resort, which includes two poolside bars and beachfront massage services. The list of spa services at this 4 star Penang retreat also contains manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, and full body scrubs.
The other large cluster of four-star hotels in Penang is in George Town. High-end places to stay in this historic city range from the stately Royale Bintang Penang to the more contemporary Hotel Jen Penang. One of Hotel Jen Penang's most unusual amenities is an onsite miniature golf course.
Whether their exteriors are modern or colonial, however, all four-star George Town properties come equipped with wireless internet access, swimming pools for adults and children, a couple of bars or lounges, and restaurants which serve three meals per day.