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Malaysia ’s First Hardrock Hotel Opening in Penang

Malaysia ’s First Hardrock Hotel Opening in Penang

Batu Ferringhi Beach Will Soon be Rocking to a New Beat

Auckland , 13 January 2009 :PenangIsland’s BatuFerringhiBeachwill soon be rocking to a new beat. Malaysia’s first Hard Rock Hotel is due to open later this year right on the beachfront.

What was once the landmark Casuarina Hotel is in the midst of a multi-million dollar transformation into the Hard Rock Hotel Penang, which will offer luxury with friendly, quality services and a unique rock’n’roll edge.

Former Wellingtonian John Primmeris the Hard Rock Penang Hotel General Manager and says that the property will be quite different from existing Malaysian hotels.

“We will offer lots of entertainment, non-stop music, facilities for all age groups and unique authentic Hard Rock memorabilia throughout the hotel, unpredictable fun but snappy service. Live bands will play every evening in the Hard Rock Café.”

Primmer adds that he expects most guests to be younger couples who are IT savvy, enjoy all genres of music and are looking for a different kind of holiday. He says the hotel will also appeal to families, as well as the MICE market.

Why Penangfor a new Hard Rock Hotel? “Penangoffers the total package holiday with great beaches, fantastic food, sightseeing, plenty of cultural activities and shopping. It represents very good value for money, especially the accommodation,” Primmer says.

“Also, Batu Ferringhi needs some morenightlife and what better way to liven it up than with a Hard Rock Hotel!”

The hotel will have 250 rooms – including 17 suites – and most have sea views and private balconies. The ground floor lagoon view rooms have their own private balconies and sun loungers, with direct access to the swimming pool.

Other hotel facilities include a spa, beach watersports base, gym, Lil’Rock Kids Club, teens club and two Hard Rock merchandise shops. There will also be three restaurants and a lobby lounge bar overlooking the sea.

“The lobby bar will entice guests from the moment they arrive. It will be the first thing they see when they walk in and is actually an extension of the hotel reception desk, so after check-in it’s time for a welcome drink,” Primmer says.

The hotel’s swimming pool will be Penang’s largest free-form pool at 26,000 sq ft stretching the entire length of the hotel on the beach side. It will feature sand islands, waters slides, a swim up bar and private poolside cabanas.

Meeting facilities include the Hall of Fame ballroom seating up to 300 banquet style, andthree meeting rooms. Themed events, team building, beach parties and rockin’ meetings will be the Hard Rock’s specialty.

When the hotel opens mid 2009 it will be the 10th Hard Rock Hotel worldwide, the first in Malaysiaand the third in Asia.

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