Hotel Review: Kimberley Hotel Georgetown Standard Queen Room (2022)

Kimberley Hotel Georgetown

Kimberley Hotel Georgetown is located just around 2 minutes away from KOMTAR Bus Terminal, opposite Prangin Mall, and near to places I like to go to in Penang. For this 1-night stay in Penang, I chose Kimberley Hotel Georgetown for the location, and that the rooms looked good on their website.

Or so I thought.

Kimberley Hotel Georgetown is within an oversized shophouse along Jalan Sungai Ujong.

The entrance to Kimberley Hotel Georgetown is on a driveway underneath the shophouse lot.

Scan MySejahtera and take your temperature before checking-in. The check-in process was fuss-free, with a RM50 deposit taken for incidentals.

Standard Queen Room

My first impression of my booked Standard Queen Room was… underwhelming.

I was looking at pictures from https://kimberleyhotel.com.my/rooms/ before booking, and was expecting something similar. Unfortunately, they seem to be all induced images, and my Standard Queen Room looked like a regular budget hotel, but costed me MYR110.90.

There were quite a lot of scratches on the headboard of the bed.

A 3-pin power socket is provided by the bedside desk.

There is a working desk in front of the wall-mounted TV.

Coffee and tea making facilities are provided.

While Kimberley Hotel Georgetown is relatively new, opened in 2016, the toilets unfortunately look dated rather than nostalgic.

A bidet spray is provided beside the toilet bowl.

A sink is also available, but do note that no toiletries are provided other than toilet paper and 2-in-1 soap in the shower.

Towels are available on the towel rack.

A standing shower is provided, with 2-in-1 soap in a dispenser mounted on the wall.

A day time look at Kimberley Hotel Georgetown.

Buffet Breakfast at Auction Rooms

My room rate included breakfast, which was served at Auction Rooms in a neighbouring shophouse from the hotel lobby.

Looks like Auction Rooms was the former site of the Nanyang Cheang Chew Association.

Set menus are also available at RM18 nett.

After mentioning my room number to the staff, I was ushered to my seat and was informed that this was a buffet breakfast.

And my eyes lit up.

This would be the first time I am having a self-service buffet in almost 2 years. Something that is not legally possible in Singapore.

The buffet selection was basic. First up was fried rice.

Some small pieces of fried chicken.

Some standard fried eggs to go along with the fried rice.

And a stir-fried vegetable and baked beans.

While the food spread is basic, I was actually quite happy to see a buffet line again. I almost had to relearn picking up food with tongs from a big tray again.

Orange juice and water are also available, along with some white bread.

Coffee and tea is available at the bar.

On the side, porridge is also available.

I picked up a small breakfast for myself as I was still feeling full from my big feast of Nasi Kandar Deen Maju the previous night, chalking up an almost RM20 bill with 6 ingredients I think.

Also, I was looking forward to a lunch feast of Char Kway Teow, Chicken Rice, and Durian Ice Cream shortly later.

Conclusion

The Kimberley Hotel Georgetown looked good in their website pictures, but turned out rather basic. However, the budget room rates all around KOMTAR hover around the same price anyway, so overnight options are limited and it’s now really based on location. I’m not sure if the COVID downtime played a part in this lesser experience.

3 comments

  1. Oh I just wished I read this review earlier. I booked a room here for next week…..I am now prepared to be underwhelmed

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