E&O Hotel’s Victory Annexe Is Now Open
15 March 2013
Penang, 15 March 2013 – The Victory Annexe, the new wing of The Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O Hotel) in George Town, Penang has opened its doors to the world today, March 15, 2013.
The new Victory Annexe, will mark a full circle in the E&O Hotel’s illustrious history. Named after the original Victory Annexe – a magnificent 40-room addition unveiled by Arshak Sarkies in 1923, the new wing will house a total of 122 sea-view and seafacing suites.
There are 118 Studio Suites measuring 55 square metres each and four Corner Suites spanning 123 square metres each. All Studio Suites feature a bedroom, bathroom with twin vanities and private balcony. A separate living room, unique rainforest shower and dining area with 270º view of the sea are standard in the Corner Suites.
The same architectural elements of the original hotel are incorporated into the Victory Annexe. In keeping with the original colonial styled guestrooms of the early 1900s, all suites feature Victorian details such as en-suite bathrooms fitted with claw footed long baths, pedestal ceramic basins, lazy ceiling fans and breezy private balconies.
Guests staying at the Victory Annexe enjoy exclusive privileges such as complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from the mini bar. Also included in the all-encompassing room rate are daily continental breakfasts and complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day as well as evening cocktails with canapés at The Planters Lounge from 6pm to 7pm. Privacy is assured and only guests staying at the Victory Annexe are allowed access to The Planters Lounge.
Timeless elegance is coupled with modern conveniences that include high-speed wifi broadband connection, a fully-equipped gym and swimming pool.
The Victory Annexe new wing also houses a larger ballroom and five meeting rooms – all of which are seafacing and equipped with the latest in audio visual equipment, projector kits and coffee-making machines. Visitors will also enjoy direct access to the ballroom and meeting rooms from the car park.
Other facilities include the Poolside Terrace for light refreshments and cocktails.
About the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Established by the famed Sarkies Brothers in 1885, whose architectural landmarks also include the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel in Penang island is the only hotel in the heart of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site that possesses prime sea frontage. Over its century-and-a-quarter history, the E&O Hotel has played host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists, writers and heads of state.
The original site of the E&O Hotel, the Heritage Wing, features 100 elegant and expansive suites that retained its unique colonial charm whilst offering modern comforts with round-the-clock butler service.
Staying true to its architectural inspiration, E&O unveiled its new extension in March 2013 – a 15-storey building named the Victory Annexe, its namesake being an old block of the hotel so named after the British victory in World War I. The Annexe adds a further 122 classically appointed, sea-fronting suites, complemented by new restaurants, meeting rooms, pool, spa, and niche retail outlets.
The Hotel’s restaurants and bar—Sarkies, 1885 and Farquhar Bar—have a celebrated reputation for serving an extensive menu ranging from Penang’s local delicacies to European fine dining.
E&O’s stately grand ballroom is perfect for hosting formal banquets, replete with viewing balconies and polished timber floors to honour the era and romance of debutante’s balls and black tie dinner and dancing.
The E&O Gallery, sited within the Victory Annexe retail arcade, is a unique project by the Hotel and Think City Sdn. Bhd. to relate the story of Penang’s social and cultural milestones as seen through the eyes of the E&O Hotel and its patrons.
Today, the luxurious 222 all-suite hotel stands as the grand dame of heritage hotels, its distinctive classic elegance and grace of service enhanced with time. Majority of the suites look out onto the ornamental garden and swimming pool with views across the Andaman Sea.
The E&O Group
Eastern & Oriental Berhad (collectively referred to as ‘The E&O Group’ or ‘E&O’) is listed on the Main-Board of Bursa Malaysia and has established itself as a premier lifestyle property developer with a proven track record for delivering innovative concepts and high standards of quality.
The Group’s past signature projects include the outstanding Dua Residency Condominium in the KL city centre and in upscale Damansara Heights, the Idamansara and Seventy Damansara exclusive landed homes. In the heart of the KL Central Business District, E&O’s St Mary Residences and the upcoming The Mews Serviced Residence, a joint-venture with Japan’s Mitsui Fudosan Residential, represent the latest in urbane and elegant city living. In Greater KL, E&O is embarking on a 135-acre wellness-themed development in Elmina West.
The masterplanned seafront development Seri Tanjung Pinang, E&O’s flagship project in Penang, is one of the most sought-after residential addresses on the island with the exceptional Quayside and Andaman seafront resort condominiums being the latest launches.
In Johor, E&O has partnered with the wholly-owned subsidiaries of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited to develop the 207-acre Avira wellness-themed development in Medini, Iskandar Malaysia.
Taking the brand to the next level, The Group has successfully ventured overseas with its maiden project Princes House, a prime freehold property along Kingsway in central London. Recently, E&O strengthened its international growth engine with the addition of the 1919-built ESCA House, another prime freehold property to its cache in Bayswater, London.
E&O’s core of property development is supported by a cachet of complementary lifestyle elements. In the hospitality space, E&O is known for its iconic heritage hotels the Eastern & Oriental Hotel and the Lone Pine Hotel, as well as the contemporary E&O Residences Kuala Lumpur. In the lifestyle F&B space, E&O owns The Delicious Group of casual dining cafes in Kuala Lumpur. The Straits Quay retail centre and marina in Seri Tanjung Pinang bring to life the holistic concept of living by-the-sea complemented by the Performing Arts Centre of Penang and Straits Quay Convention Centre. Together, these lifestyle elements reinforce E&O’s position as a true lifestyle property development Group.