MalaysiaPenang $$$$$ Beachfront

Hard Rock Hotel Penang: Review

Beachy vibes meet classic rock anthems at Hard Rock Hotel Penang. Hear catchy tunes throughout the complex and see tributes to legends like The Beatles at every turn.

The action centers around the freeform lagoon pool, which just happens to be the largest pool in Penang at 26,000 sqft. Float in an inflatable tube, relax in a poolside cabana, play in the water playground with your kids, or take part in daily games and activities while classic and current hits play in the background.

Music continues in your room with a complimentary electric Fender guitar hire through the Picks program. This is guaranteed fun whether you're a practiced musician or play it safe with the ol' air guitar. All rooms include a Bluetooth Bose sound system and HD movies.

Every rock star needs to unwind, so visit the Rock Spa for a massage. Choose a treatment indoors or in a beachfront semi-open bungalow set against the gentle sounds of trees swaying in the breeze and waves lapping at the shore.

Back in the lobby, walk through the world of rock n' roll, pop, and even metal surrounded by guitars played by the likes of Pat Benatar and The Who, and outfits worn by artists from Elton John to Taylor Swift. Take an exclusive memorabilia tour to learn juicy stories behind each item.

Don't want to leave? Pick up some Hard Rock t-shirts and merch from 1 of 3 Rock Shops. This is one rockin' vacation you'll never forget.

One of many tributes to The Beatles
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5 star Resort


$$$$$Rates start at $60-$119 per night


  • 250 Rooms
  • Chain: Hard Rock Hotels
  • Rewards: Rock Royalty
  • Airport transfer available (charged)
  • Free on-site parking
  • Breakfast included (based on room package)
  • All ages welcome
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Opened 2009
  • Last renovated 2017
  • Check-in 3:00PM
  • Check-out 12:00PM


Front entrance at carparkFront entrance at carpark
Front entranceFront entrance
Beatles statues in lobby areaBeatles statues in lobby area
Around the hotel
Water playgroundWater playground
Cocktails from Sand BarCocktails from Sand Bar
Lagoon areaLagoon area
Poolside cabanasPoolside cabanas
Garden areaGarden area
Relaxing in a cabanaRelaxing in a cabana
Pool area
Batu Ferringhi Beach

Internet & Tech

SpeedTest results:
Download speed
105.00 Mbps
Upload speed
30.80 Mbps
52 ms
These results are an average of 3 tests completed at a random time of day.
  • Wifi access: Free (all guests)
  • Wifi strength: Very strong
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Power outlets: Convenient (universal input)
  • USB power
  • Business center
  • Printer: Free (Business center)
  • In-room safe: 13 inch laptop friendly
  • HDMI input in TV
  • In-room music player: Bluetooth


  • Excellent bed comfort
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Excellent soundproofing
  • Ultra dark (bliss!) window coverings
  • 49" Satellite Smart TV
  • Medium size in-room safe
  • Paid minibar
  • Mini fridge
  • Kettle
  • Iron & board
  • Complimentary coffee & tea
  • Rain shower head
  • Luxury Soaps
  • Interconnected rooms
  • Free on-demand movies

Room types:

Deluxe 35 sqm
1 king or 2 single

Entry-level rooms with work desk, music player, a lounge chair, and a balcony. Large pieces of wall art depict music stars like John Lennon and Stevie Wonder. Available with either hillside, pool or sea views for slight price difference.

Seaview Deluxe Terrace 58 sqm
1 king or 2 single

Seaview deluxe rooms on the 2nd floor with extra-large balconies featuring sun lounges and a sofa.

Lagoon Deluxe 42 sqm
1 king or 2 single

Ground floor deluxe rooms with a large patio with pool lounges and steps leading straight into the pool. Most popular room type at Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

Roxity Kids Suite 41 sqm
1 king & 1 single bed with trundle

Main bedroom with work desk and lounge chair. Separate room with children’s beds, toys, a beanbag, and video games.

Rock Royalty Seaview Deluxe 35 sqm
1 king

Seaview Deluxe rooms on the top floor with added extras like a Nespresso Pod Machine, and nightly turndown service. Includes complimentary access to the Rock Royalty Lounge for crowd-free breakfast and evening cocktails.

Seaview Studio Suite 53 sqm
1 king

1-bedroom suite with large bathtub, dining table, and balcony with ocean views. Includes additional perks and complimentary access to the Rock Royalty Lounge for a private breakfast and evening cocktails.

Work deskWork desk
View from balconyView from balcony
Deluxe Seaview room


  • Outdoor pools: 1
  • Poolside Bar
  • Swim-up Pool Bar
  • Waterslide
  • Beach lounges
  • Watersports
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Fitness center
  • Spa services
  • Kids club
  • Kids playground
  • Free daily activities
  • Free daily entertainment
  • Bar
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Busboy
  • Concierge service
  • Tour & activity desk
  • Manicured gardens
  • Teen room
  • Bike hire
  • Memorabilia tour
  • Beach access
Tabu Teen ClubTabu Teen Club
Rock ShopRock Shop
Teen club, Rock Shop, & gym
Rock Spa entranceRock Spa entrance
Indoor massage roomIndoor massage room
Outdoor massage roomOutdoor massage room
Rock Spa

Food & Drink

  • Best in town food quality
  • Excellent food service
  • Room service available
  • Gluten friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Restaurants nearby: Plenty


$$$$$Starz Diner
Asian, Western

Buffet breakfast restaurant with live cooking stations and both indoor and alfresco seating. Also open for lunch and dinner with options ranging from fried rice, laksa, and satay sticks to beef burgers, fish & chips, and pasta.

6:30am-11am, 11:30am-10pm, 7 days
$$$$$Hard Rock Cafe

Classic American-style diner specializing in hamburgers, steaks, and Tex-Mex favorites like nachos. Portion sizes are always large. The 2-level interior is decked out with music memorabilia and features recorded rock music by day and live bands by night.

3pm-10pm Monday -Thursday, 12pm-12am Friday-Sunday
Italian, Mediterranean

European inspired menu featuring salads, cuts of meat, and of course, a wide variety pizza and pasta options. Meals can be enjoyed in an alfresco dining area located between the pool and beach.

11am-11pm, 7 days
$$$$$Sand Bar

Caribbean-style beach shack serving signature and classic cocktails and a wide range of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Don't miss daily happy hour specials.

11am-11:30pm, 7 days
$$$$$The Shack

Swim-up pool bar serving signature and classic cocktails and a wide range of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

11am-9pm, 7 days
$$$$$Lobby Lounge

Cozy lounge setting to enjoy signature and classic cocktails, wine, beer, or spirits with a light snack. Live music every Friday and Saturday.

11:30am-11:30pm, 7 days
Mushroom & potato ragoutMushroom & potato ragout
Tofu scramble & gluten free baked goodsTofu scramble & gluten free baked goods
Blueberry pancakesBlueberry pancakes
Pre-order breakfast options for vegans
Watermelon salad & pumpkin quinoa saladWatermelon salad & pumpkin quinoa salad
Japanese-style sushi bowlJapanese-style sushi bowl
Malay desertMalay desert
Special order vegan meals at Starz Diner
Hard Rock Cafe

What's Nearby

Batu Ferringhi Night Market


A classic night market selling clothing, souvenirs, and locally handmade items. Don’t pay the first price, vendors expect to be haggled with so but bring your best bargaining skills.

Map... Get walking directions... Full attraction details...

Tropical Spice Garden


A tribute to Penang's history on the colonial spice trade route between Europe and India, the Tropical Spice Garden showcases a living collection of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, and spices that naturally grow in Malaysia and made the island of Penang highly coveted during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

George Town UNESCO Heritage Site

Modern History

A fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and British Colonial architectural styles resulting in an unconventional yet charming urban formation. George Town's rich cultural diversity saw it listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Most recently, a dynamic street art scene has burst into George Town. Some wall murals, like Ernest Zacharevic’s "Boy on Chair", provide interactive settings for visitors to become part of the picture and pose beside painted characters.

Map... Get driving directions... Full attraction details...

Northam Beach Café

Asian Street Food

Modern and stylish hawkers' market providing the perfect spot to indulge on Asian street cuisine as you watch the sun softly set behind rows of fishing boats. Over 40 food stalls and a central drink vendor share dozens of numbered tables. Diners give their table number when ordering meals and watch in delight as a bargain-priced feast is delivered to their table.

Map... Get driving directions... Full restaurant details...

Insider Tips For Hard Rock Hotel Penang

  • Dietary requirements are best managed with advanced notice. Inform staff upon check-in to be sent a custom breakfast menu. Vegan, vegetarian and other dietary requirements can also be catered to at Starz Diner with prior notice either to reception or the restaurant.
  • Arrive at breakfast before 8:15am to avoid crowds and a potential wait for a free table.
  • Pool hours are 7am-9pm. The quietest section of the pool is the lagoon, located past Pizzeria (east end of complex). Few guests realize the pool extends this far.
  • Hire an electric Fender guitar to jam out in your room through Hard Rock's complimentary Picks program. Orders can be placed at Tabu Teen Club.
  • 6 cabanas are located alongside the pool and cost RM60 (USD$12.71) for daily hire (9am-8:30pm). Cabana hire includes 2 bottles of water and a fruit platter. All cabanas have a sound system so bring an AUX cable to play your favorite tunes.
  • Hear juicy backstories of the guitars and outfits once donned by music legends that now grace the lobby area on a memorabilia tour. Tours run at 11am every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, meeting at Tabu Teen club.
  • Direct access to Batu Ferringhi beach is available at the pool area. Only swim in the sectioned off area to avoid accidents with jet skis. Jellyfish are common at the beach, report to the towel stand if you are stung for vinegar spray.
  • Swimsuit rental is available from the towel desk for RM12 (USD$2.54) per day.
  • Staff perform music and dance shows or host group activities around 2pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the Sand Deck at the center of the pool area.
  • Mountain bikes can be hired through Tabu Teen club for RM10 (USD$2.12) per hour. Bike hire includes helmets.
  • WiFi passwords are displayed on the TV welcome message in guest rooms.
Tour guide, DanTour guide, Dan
Informative plaques for each itemInformative plaques for each item
Outfit worn by Slipknot artistOutfit worn by Slipknot artist
Memorabilia tour
Connecting the guitarConnecting the guitar
Rock on!Rock on!
Picks program
Guitar selection for Picks program

COVID-19 Response

In response to Malaysia's Relaxed Movement Control Order (RMCO), Hard Rock Hotel Penang has implemented the Safe + Sound program to prioritize hygiene, encourage social distancing, and comply with governmental SOPs. Specific measures implemented include:

  • Sanitization of guest luggage upon arrival.
  • Issue of welcome packs upon check-in containing a mask, hand sanitizer, and sanitation wipes.
  • Implementation of digital check-in if required to avoid crowds in lobby area.
  • Daily check of guest temperatures. Temperature-checked guests are issued a colored wrist band, mandatory to enter the pool and other public areas. Wrist band colors change daily.
  • Dedicated Clean Team to sanitize common areas every 2 hours.
  • Mandatory wearing of masks in common areas.
  • 30+ hand sanitizing stations placed throughout complex.
  • Seal on sanitized rooms before new guest arrival which must be broken before first entry.
  • QR codes to scan for contactless menus at all dining venues.
  • Temporary closure of Pizzeria, lobby Lounge, and The Shack.
  • Limited number of people allowed in Starz Diner and Hard Rock Café at any time.
  • Roxity Kids Club limited to 5 children at a time for a maximum of 1 hour per child.
  • Gym limited to 5 users per time.
  • Limited elevator occupancy to 2 individuals or 1 family.
  • Nightly cleaning of pool and water quality checks every 2 hours.
  • Requirement to shower before treatment in Rock Spa.
  • Replacement of some daily activities with low-contact options like tube races and Congkak games.
Daily temperature checksDaily temperature checks
Welcome packWelcome pack


Best Parts:
  • Pool area. Largest in Penang, includes a water playground for children and a swim up pool bar.
  • Rock memorabilia like outfits worn by Elton John and Taylor Swift in lobby area.
  • Picks program. Hire a guitar and jam out in your room.
  • Friendly and helpful staff, all passionate about music.
  • Starz Diner chefs ability to craft meals to dietary requirements with advance notice.
  • Direct beach access to Batu Ferringhi beach.
  • Rock n Roll music and theme consistent throughout hotel and restaurants.
  • Poolside cabanas with stereo systems to play your favorite tunes.
Could Be Better:
  • More vegan / vegetarian options needed at Hard Rock Café.
  • Pool area often crowded especially during mid-mornings and later afternoons.
  • Buffet breakfast crowded after 8:15am.
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Contact Details

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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Perk: Free room upgrade from Hillview Deluxe to Poolview Deluxe, or from Poolview Deluxe to Seaview Deluxe.


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