The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

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: gho­

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