In its early days as an outpost of the East India Company, Penang drew travellers of every shade and description – merchants, missionaries, mercenaries, sailors and adventurers. From London to Singapore, one was required to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, an arduous journey which took four months on the average. In the 1840s, an overland rail route was established which made it possible for travellers to bypass the Cape of Good Hope all together. But it was not until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and the arrival of the steamship, that travels to Asia assumed unprecedented style and luxury. Writers, actors, playwrights, the rich and the titled, in Europe and America, looked to the exotic East to satisfy their wanderlust. — The E & O Hotel
Suddenly, there was a new breed of travellers – the globetrotters. It was to meet the demands of the new affluent travellers that the Eastern & Oriental Hotel was born. Already renowned in Southeast Asia for their enterprise and business acumen, the Armenian Sarkies brothers, Martin and Tigran, settled down in Penang and established the Eastern Hotel in 1884. Encouraged by its success, they opened another hotel, the Oriental in 1885, on an adjacent piece of land facing the sea. — The E & O Hotel
One of the many signature features of a colonial establishment is the wider than normal stairs (see photo below) that I first came across at Hotel Fort Canning, another fine example of colonial heritage in Singapore preserved.
Traditional English High Tea @ 6 Star Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Loving the full flavoured orange vanilla tea! #Penang#fb