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U Hotel Penang
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Reviewed 25 February 2015 via mobile

New hotel..nice lobby..practices non-smoking policy.

Located in between Tesco Extra (hypermarket) and shop lots (McDonald's, KFC, Nasi Kandar, Chinese /Malay food). Basically this area nearby University Sains Malaysia (lotsa students and lecturers) ..so food outlets are everywhere :p
It's not exactly at Bayan Lepas area (where the airport is)..it's actually more to Gelugor area.

As it was the holiday season, there were quite a number of guests checking in. Front office staff were trying their best to accomodate but it didn't help when they were having some key card system issues (Guest unable to access to room/ unable to switch the electricity on after key card was placed on the card slot to ignite electeicy power in the room). But front office staffs are still smilling and try to maintain their cool which is good.

Please take note that during check in, a deposit of RM 100 (refundable upon check out) is required.

Checked into the Queen bed room (Venus Queen) at 3rd floor.
My impressions of the room:
- Very hot & stuffy when I walked into the room, aircond unit takes quite some time to cool the room (in fact, the room gets only cooler the next morning - the whole night was quite stuffy)
- Room are quite smaller than expected. (Approx. 16 steps from the entrance to the end of the room and approx. 12 steps for the space from the bed to the wall across the bed) / can be a bit claustrophobic to those who are used to sleeping in bigger rooms
- Room and bathroom is clean and furnishings are quite nice & modern for a budget hotel
- Clothe hangers, safe deposit box, hair dryer and an extra pillow is available in room
- Iron & ironing board is available upon request (Housekeeping team respond is quite fast )
- Free wifi is available in room but having trouble connecting to it that I gave up entirely and used my own data plan

Suggestions:
- A note or label on the telephone to advise guest on the phone directory. Some guests may not know that by dialling '0' (zero) connects to the front desk.

It's a nice hotel but I would only book U Hotel again if there are no other hotels available around Bayan Baru area..

Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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uhotelpenang, Manager at U Hotel Penang, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2015

Dear VioletzAsh,

Thank you for taking time to write us a review. We appreciate your comments and have taken positive steps to rectify all the issues you have highlighted. We certainly apologise for the inconvenience and for any mistakes we have done as we have a new building and it poses its own issues.

Our goal is to provide functional and affordable rooms for our guests, thus we didn't provide too many amenities and frills. We do hope that you will give us another try and hope to see you soon.

Regards
Karen

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Reviewed 2 June 2016
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Room Tip: เป็นโรงแรมที่อยู่ใจกลางเมือง มีรถเมล์ผ่าน เดินทางสะดวก ห้องพักโซนหลังจะเงียบ หลับสบาย
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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uhotelpenang, General Manager at U Hotel Penang, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2016

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Reviewed 20 November 2015
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Room Tip: Kamar di sisi timur mendapat pemandangan ke jalan utama
  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 November 2015
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Stayed: September 2015
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uhotelpenang, General Manager at U Hotel Penang, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2015

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Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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uhotelpenang, General Manager at U Hotel Penang, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2015
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