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E & O Hotel

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derrickab

Registered: August 2008
Location: England
Posts: 74
October 22, 2009 7:26pm

The main entrance was to the right of this photo behind the travellers palms.
Norman Kelly

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 40
October 23, 2009 8:20pm

Derrickab, Et Al,


Many thanks for the insight into what was the location of the main-enrance to the 'E & O' in a previous incarnation.


I always felt not quite right when I have stayed previously, and entered at the location of the entrance as it is now, and of course this evening it triggered the memory bank from all those years ago, that is the 70's when I used to be always somewhat inebriated as a younger man, after enjoying time at what was the 'Merlin Hotel' which is now of course the 'City Bayview' in the basement, enjoying a dance or two, and which I may add is still there, as witnessed by our last visit to Penang, whilst we were domiciled at the 'E & O' last month, 2009.


We of course will be returning xmas period 2010, and I will indeed investigate what was the front of the 'E & O' whilst a guest of the 'Grand Old Dame'.


Thank you for the memories.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,395
October 25, 2009 4:25am

Derrick, indeed the old entrance was to the right of pic. The entrance to the old car park was also to the right of this pic but unseen in photo. It was very convenient to drive in and the car park always had a parking space for your car. Don Chan was the GM for many years and even though I live in Penang, I used to check into the E&O for a quiet weekend with the family. Those were the days. And when the RAAF School teachers were still occupying those flatlets on the left wing, the E&O was more hustle and bustle.


Norman, the disco you patronised at the old Merlin must have been Carmen Inn and later it became Penny Lane. I used to like the revolving restaurant at the Merlin but sad to say, this place has now lost much of its glory.
Ken Chan

Registered: August 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 21
October 25, 2009 8:56pm

Kayes, I was at the Carmen Inn on many occasions in 1972 and it was indeed a cool and cosy joint to gyrate to the hot disco music. The friendly service complemented by the casual and intimate atmosphere was ideal for an evening of fun with friends and acquaintance. How's Penny Lane when compared to Carmen Inn? The Merlin was owned by the late Loh Boon Siew's family. Was the property sold or did they just engaged a different hotel management company to run the business?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,395
October 26, 2009 12:06am

hi Ken, as I have said before, we probably bumped into each other several times in Penang. Penny Lane was set up by a chap called Ah Keat (who later set up 20 Leith Street) and he meant it to be a direct contrast to Carmen Inn. While Carmen Inn churned out hot stuff and the latest songs, Penny Lane played only oldies. For that purpose Ah Keat bought from me almost half my collection of old records. It did quite well for many years.


The land around the "Merlin area" has always been owned by the Loh Boon Siew family. In a restructuring exercise in the late 70s, the Merlin was renamed City Bayview and almost at the same time they built the Bayview Hotel, Singapore and Boon Siew's son, the late Loh Kah Kheng was made in charge of the upcoming chain of "Bayview Hotels".
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,395
October 26, 2009 12:25am

Was E & O Hotel, the only hotel in Penang that had a "postal chop" recognised by the Post Office? Pic below shows an early postal stamp with the "E&O chop". Even though the "E" has faded, it is quite clear that it said "E & O Hotel". Pic courtesy Blue Grass.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/eostamp.jpg
derrickab

Registered: August 2008
Location: England
Posts: 74
October 26, 2009 10:30pm

It is so nice to read, from many people, both visitors and local Penangites as to how the E&O is fondly remembered. Going back to when we visited in 1964 the ballroom was so 1920's with the original dance floor and the ceiling must have been all of 20ft high with the fans on long shafts, I suppose the floor could still be there under the restuarant. The ladies and gents toilets were a work of art in themselves. It is also great that they have kept the original lift in working order even though only on the face as all behind the scene has been renewed, if you ask the duty manager nicely he will take you up in the lift,a real sense of nostalgia. Every time we visit Penang we always have afternoon tea, also the buffet dinner is excellent value for money with many fine foods, the set price is inclusive of drinks, house wine and beer, roll on January.
derrickab

Registered: August 2008
Location: England
Posts: 74
April 30, 2011 7:51pm

Further to my post Oct 26th 2009, the E & O seems to have priced itself off the map for it's evening buffet's. If one is a non drinker then don't go as the price includes wine and beer, but then if you do like a tipple then fine it's then good value. On a lighter note, now the Lone Pine on BF is now fully functional they also do a simular theme to the E & O, same company I hasten to add, but slighty cheaper. Not as much choice as the E&O but still plenty to chose from.
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
May 1, 2011 2:45am

Enjoyed E&O Traditional English Afternoon Tea. Not sure if they still serve afternoon tea.


Impressed with E&O's huge wash room.



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