On Jalan Kelawai, close to the sea and the terrific Gurney Plaza and Paragon shopping malls, the new G Hotel Kelawai (“Baby G” according to my taxi driver) stands close to its more established sibling, G Hotel Gurney, and guests have signing privileges, and buggy access, across both properties. G Hotel Kelawai is the one with the funk factor and its irregular contours are lit at night in unmissable disco colours. In contrast to the exterior party-pad look, interiors feature sleek timber battens, stark surfaces, Italian chairs designed by the likes of Paola Navone, and a muted palette of black, grey, taupe and bronze. The 208 spacious guestrooms are unadorned but for white orchids and padded beheads and come with fabulously comfortable mattresses, 300threadcount linens, work stations with net-backed ergo- nomic chairs, huge televisions, coffee machines and block-out curtains. Thoughtful extras include free Wi-Fi and local calls, complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, and bicycles to take out on George Town’s uniformly flat roads or mountain bikes to tackle the hills. Book an executive-floor room for daily happy-hour drinks and canapes and access to the rooftop lounge for breakfast, which is also served at the light and bright mosaic-floored French bistro-style Spoon on Level 2, where tables are laid with copper cutlery and there are daily-baked pastries. “The chefs are young and the food is healthy,” according to director of communications Christina Tan, who says the market from Australia is growing apace. Easy to see why. From MYR710 ($228), including breakfast; rate valid to December 31. More: ghotel.com.my.