Hilton Worldwide recently went into a management agreement with Malaysia’s Pinnacle Nexus Sdn. Bhd. to open the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang. Located in the northern beach area of Penang, near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang will add to the existing pipeline of five hotels in Malaysia where Hilton Worldwide currently operates six hotels under the Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands.
“We are very pleased to be working with a well-respected partner such as Pinnacle Nexus to introduce the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Penang,” said Andrew Clough, senior vice president of development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “The signing of this agreement underscores our commitment to developing Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands in Malaysia. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang will be a tremendous addition to the brand’s rapidly-expanding global portfolio across six continents and at the same time, bolster the country’s tourism profile to attract more travellers to Malaysia.”
Well known for being a tourist destination, Penang has tremendous potential as it continues to develop its MICE infrastructure as well as medical tourism offerings. The existing hotel building will undergo an extensive refurbishment of its public areas, as well as rooms and suites before joining DoubleTree by Hilton. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang will become the brand’s third property in Malaysia when opening during the first quarter of 2017, joining DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur and DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru. Bookings are not open yet.
“We are excited to announce yet another DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Malaysia, extending our presence in one of our key markets,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Every aspect of this hotel is being thoughtfully designed to ensure our guests enjoy a world-class experience throughout their stay. We look forward to welcoming guests at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang with our DoubleTree hospitality and service culture.”
Set into a hillside, the resort will feature 318 rooms and suites, each with its own balcony. Most of the rooms and suites will offer impressive views of the sea. The property will have three restaurant and bar options including an all-day dining outlet, a lobby bar, and a café. In addition there will be meetings and events facilities, including a ballroom and four function spaces covering an area of more than 1,300 sq.m. Other facilities include a gym, an outdoor pool, and children’s recreational area.
“We are honored to partner with Hilton Worldwide to introduce the world-class brand of DoubleTree by Hilton to Penang,” stated Jason Chong, Director of Pinnacle Nexus Sdn. Bhd., a member of Cornerstone Partners. “Leveraging the expertise of a truly global, award-winning hospitality company combined with strong local market expertise, we firmly believe that DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang will further enhance the international appeal of Penang as a tourist and business destination.”
Conveniently situated along Jalan Batu Ferringhi, a popular beach destination in Penang, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is approximately 15 km from George Town . The resort has easy access to Batu Ferringhi’s recreational, dining and nightlife.