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Ferry From Penang to Georgetown, Malaysia

Sorry for the long leave of absence, folks! This family had a looot of transitions lately. Aside from moving homes, I also gave birth and started homeschooling! So please forgive me for being awfully quiet. You can still follow our Palawan adventures in social media (Instagram @mylittleglobetrotters) where I post more often.

For now, let me backtrack and give you some info on our ferry trip from Penang train station to Georgetown, Malaysia.

If you’re traveling while pregnant (which I was!) you can manage to stay in the very front of the line while waiting for the ferry to dock from Georgetown. I believe it comes every hour so we got the first ferry schedule out in the morning. The fees are very affordable, just a few Malaysian Ringgit per person!

This is what the ferry looks like.

Yes, you’re practically jammed up with cars and motorcycles so I suggest you bring out your hanky if you don’t want to inhale toxic fumes (because some motorists don’t turn their engine off during the short trip!).

Once you lang in Georgetown, make sure you know the address and name of your hotel with map to get to the place as some taxi drivers aren’t familiar with many of the newer or less famous ones.

Hard Rock Hotel in Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Last month, we decided to have a family moon to celebrated our late holidays. We flew in after the New Year and my son ended up missing a few days of school but it doesnt matter because we really wanted to bond as a family before my husband left for work in the islands back home.

Malaysia was a new destination for the whole family, a country we haven’t ticked off our bucket-list together as a unit. So, we booked our tickets in advance with our favorite low cost airline, Air Asia. The plan was to stay a few days in Kuala Lumpur before traveling to Penang where my husband and my kids have not been. I previously researched on where we could possibly do some R & R and found out about Hard Rock Hotel in Batu Ferringhi, Penang. This place had some very high reviews online so we had to experience it for ourselves and it did not disappoint at all!

hard rock hotel batu ferringhi

Oh, we were so envious of the people who has direct swimming pool access from their rooms although realistically, this may not be the safest choice for families with very young children.

The winning factor for Hard Rock Hotel is their water park themed pool which was superb for the kids! My children literally stayed, swam and played here all day because they were having such a blast!

pools hard rock hotel penang

They even have cool activities such as this pillow fight on a balance beam in the pool!

And because the kids expelled so much energy at the pool, they become very, very hungry. Good thing there are good pool-side grub for eats!

Here’s the kiddie menu (very affordable, if you ask me considering this is inside a top hotel!)

hard rock hotel penang kids menu

And the regular adults pizza menu. Obviously, they specialize in pizza 🙂

hard rock hotel pizza menu

And so we ordered the best thing on the menu!

hard rock hotel pizza

For people who want to protect their skin from the harsh sun, Hard Rock Hotel has canopies all over the pools where you can sunbathe without over exposing yourself. This is where we chose to watch over our kids and eat our snacks as well!

hard rock hotel penang poolside

We were so amazed by the birds just flocking over to us. Unlike the Maya birds we are accustomed to back home in the Philippines, the birds hanging out with us were more of a rare species it seems. I was able to catch a snapshot of one and am totally amused that we can go bird watching just by the pool of Hard Rock Hotel in Penang, Malaysia without any binoculars. What a treat!

birds in malaysia

And to those beach lovers like us, we couldn’t resist the call of the ocean so one morning we took a stroll by the sea to check out the scene.

hard rock hotel batu ferringhi

I can imagine it would be so nice to exercise here as there aren’t that much people in sight.

hard rock hotel penang beach

It was a trip to see a horse on the beach.

batu ferringhi beach

For couples with older kids wanting time of their own, they can choose to “deposit” their children 3 years – 12 years old at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club for age appropriate activities for the young ones.

hard rock roxity kids club

Since my darling daughter didn’t meet the age minimum of 3 years old, we weren’t able to try it out. Oh, but she wanted to go inside! Better luck next time, I guess!

hard rock roxity kids club penang

Another highlight was the Roxity Kid’s Suite because they have a whole different section only for your children in the room. A pull out double bed which is super comfortable for 2 children. I could even fit next to my child because at night I would put my younger one to sleep before transferring to the main king sized bed next to my husband.

hard rock hotel roxity kids suite penang

These sweet details for the kids make our hearts sing with delight!

kids suite hard rock hotel

This room situation is totally ideal for couples wanting some space and alone time at night! Yes, the kid’s section has a sliding door so you can actually close off your own much needed space!

hard hotel hotel penang king sized bed

Feeling inspired by Elvis Presley or John Lennon? You can listen to your rock idols in the room with their endless music selection of music legends.

bathroom hard rock hotel penang

bathroom hard rock hotel

Love the humor!

hard rock hotel asia

You’ll see tons of memorabilia from famous rockstars displayed all over the hotel.

guitar hard rock hotel

the beatles hard rock hotel

We genuinely enjoyed the breakfast buffet which had a nice selection of cuisine.

Of course I chose mostly the local Malaysian eats because I know I wouldn’t have access to these dishes back home. I absolutely love anything “Nasi” and honestly, craving for it at this moment as I type.

At night, there are days where local bands play live music and my husband thoroughly enjoyed and even brought my daughter for some musical exposure 🙂

Hard Rock Hotel
Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia