Located about 10 - 20 minutes drive away from the Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang, U Hotel is a modern budget boutique hotel, targeted at business travellers, and short stay holiday makers. Located within the Bayan Lepas industrial business hub, and directly surrounded by local restaurants, convenient stores, and services, U Hotel is also rather close to the cultural and historic district of George Town, about 10 - 20 minutes drive away.
Ambience at U Hotel is chic and modern. The stylish, colourful, art decor is eye catching, and U Hotel holds an art competition yearly, inviting local Malaysian artists to create murals and artwork which adorns the walls on each level. Take the chance to explore each level of U Hotel, it's almost like walking around a modern art museum!
Rooms at U Hotel are small, but clean and comfortable, with decent amenities. Designed for business travellers, the small space of the Venus Queen room is only suitable for the lone traveller, or couples. There is some space for luggage, and the shelf has enough space for a few clothes, but it's definitely not adequate for staying more than 3 days & 2 nights. The bathroom is a nice size, about 1/3 the overall size of the room, with a shower, and stocked with minimal toiletries, but lacking shampoo. Design is industrial retro, with white walls against wooden furnishings, and retro artwork.
Food at U Hotel isn't available. This 3-star hotel has absolutely no food, or room service offered. However, there are many coffee shops, hawker centres, fast food outlets, and restaurants all within 5 minutes walking distance from U Hotel. Complimentary bottles of water are provided in the room though. Supposedly, there is a cafe within the building, but during my stay, it was under renovation.
Service at U Hotel is decent enough for a budget hotel. The reception staff are friendly, and are able to offer tips / advice on getting around, finding amenities, or loaning umbrellas. Rather efficient as well, especially when many people check-in or check-out at the same time. Baby cots and laundry services are only available upon request. As there's no room service, and no making-up of rooms until you check out, you'll rarely see or interact with staff.
Facilities & Activities
There are no activities within U Hotel, aside from walking around each level to admire the artwork. There is also no gymnasium or swimming pool, though the lobby has a whimsical designed business centre. U Hotel also offers several conference rooms / meeting rooms within the premises. I like that they offer free airport transfers too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- U Hotel Penang in Bayan Lepas is a budget hotel in Penang and is about stylish and comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Whether you're a budget business traveller, convention-goer or just here on holiday, we believe in providing an experience beyond the ordinary. Great customer service is one of our core values. We believe in a job well done and creating authentic connections with our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- U Hotel Penang Bayan Lepas