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Penang Marriott Hotel | A Luxurious Fusion of Heritage and Modern Design by dwp

The vibrant island state of Penang, Malaysia, welcomes a new hospitality landmark of  modern luxury and design innovation – the Penang Marriott Hotel. Designed by the acclaimed global design firm, dwp | design worldwide partnership, this stunning property promises an unrivalled blend of timeless style, charm, and the cultural tapestry that makes Penang unique.

Situated along the prime, seafront location of Gurney Drive, the Penang Marriott Hotel offers breathtaking sea and city views in addition to its central location in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel’s  aesthetic stand as a testament to dwp’s interior design prowess and visionary approach, reflecting a symphony of design principles that marry Penang’s vibrant heritage with the timeless elegance synonymous with the Marriott brand.

dwp’s design team, led by Group Creative Director Scott Whittaker, meticulously crafted the hotel’s aesthetic to embody the essence of Penang while incorporating the sophistication and comfort expected of a Marriott property. “Our goal was to create a design narrative that celebrates the rich cultural tapestry of Penang, infusing it with a contemporary flair that resonates with the discerning modern traveller,” Whittaker explained. “Every element, from the carefully selected materials to the bespoke artwork, tells a story of Penang’s vibrant heritage and natural beauty.”

The hotel’s interior spaces showcase a harmonious blend of local craftsmanship and international design sensibilities. “We collaborated closely with local artisans to incorporate authentic Penang elements, such as intricate woodcarvings and batik-inspired patterns, into the hotel’s design,” Whittaker added. “These touches not only add visual interest but also foster a sense of place, immersing guests in the unique charm of Penang.”

Ramesh Jackson, Marriott International’s Area Vice-President for Indonesia and Malaysia, lauded the hotel as a cornerstone in Marriott’s expansion, praising its embodiment of architectural brilliance and cultural fusion. “It’s more than a hotel; it’s a sanctuary where timeless style meets the unique charm of Penang,” Jackson remarked, highlighting the property’s blend of modern comfort and upscale amenities designed to enchant every guest.

The hotel seamlessly blends modern elegance and comfort, featuring 223 exquisite rooms that redefine luxury on Penang’s iconic promenade. Guests can prioritise a healthy lifestyle with a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness centre, a steam room, and an outdoor infinity swimming pool that promises a serene oasis with a sun deck providing breathtaking views of the Gurney seafront.

Dining experiences at the Penang Marriott Hotel are equally impressive, with a variety of options to indulge the senses. Kucina highlights the art of Italian gastronomy, while Sago serves a symphony of local and international flavours. Lava Java is the go-to destination for quick energy boosts or delightful snacks, and the Great Room bar and lounge provides a stylish ambiance for memorable evenings with expertly crafted cocktails.

Events and functions are elevated experiences at the hotel, with the centrepiece being the breathtaking pillarless grand ballroom, distinguished by its soaring high ceiling and equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Five flexible function rooms offer customizable setups to accommodate a variety of events, from conferences to social gatherings.

Alfred Chew & Datuk Loh Kian Chong of dwp celebrated the collaborative spirit and innovative flair that have propelled the Penang Marriott Hotel to set new standards in the hospitality landscape. “This project stands as a beacon of excellence, showcasing the power of dedicated design and commitment to unparalleled guest experiences,” they stated.

Penang Chief Minister Chew Kon Yeow applauded the project for its contribution to Penang’s burgeoning future, emphasising the hotel’s alignment with the state’s commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism. “Through eco-friendly practices and a celebration of our heritage, the Penang Marriott Hotel not only enhances our hospitality offerings but also preserves the essence of Penang for future generations,” Chew noted.

“The Penang Marriott Hotel is a testament to dwp’s commitment to creating spaces that inspire, engage, and leave a lasting impression,” Whittaker concluded. “We are proud to have played a role in shaping this landmark property that not only sets a new standard for luxury hospitality in Penang but also showcases the transformative power of design.”

The Penang Marriott Hotel signifies a new chapter in Penang’s story, one where tradition and modernity coalesce in beautiful harmony. dwp’s interior architectural narrative weaves through every element of the hotel, promising guests an experience that transcends mere accommodation and ventures into the realm of immersive luxury.

Hotel Details 

Penang Marriott Hotel

55 Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Malaysia, 10250

Tel: +60 4-5661888


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