Bellevue which means ‘beautiful view’ in French and Bellevue Hotel is a hotel with a beautiful view which is located on Haliburton’s Hill. It was once a bungalow of Thomas Haliburton who was the first sheriff of Penang. Bellevue Hotel is the only hotel on Penang Hill and it is also the only convalescent bungalow from the early stage of development on Penang Hill that has been well maintained and accessible to the public until today.
“Bellevue Hotel is the only convalescent bungalow from the early stage of development on Penang Hill that has been well maintained and accessible to the public”
Today, the hotel consists of a restaurant that serves a variety of western and fusion food. At the restaurant, visitors are able to admire the ‘belle vue’ of George Town City while having a meal, hotpot or even a cup of coffee. The abandon Crag Hotel which was the first hotel on Penang Hill could be seen on top of Lomond Hill (on your left).
Bellevue Hotel have a very close relationship with the landmark of Georgetown too! You are also able to walk through the tales of two best friends who built the landmark of Georgetown when passing through the alley towards the restaurant and admire their creation - KOMTAR and the Dome (one of Bucky’s last world project) from the Bellevue Restaurant
For nature lovers, Bellevue hotel offers attractions such as Ginger Garden & Aviary
which is a private collection and also the research centre for Folia Malaysia magazine for more than 20 years. This is an award winning ginger garden, which contains variety of ginger from around the world. Besides the ginger garden, the garden also have a collection of rare and endangered Malaysian plants together with an aviary which is a private collection of native and exotic birds. The interactive mechanical dinosaurs also add a hint of excitement to the garden.
“Walking around the Hotel is like walking through a time travel tunnel, where you are able to travel back to more than 160 years ago”
Walking around the Hotel is like walking through a time travel tunnel, where you are able to travel back to more than 160 years ago and see the bits and pieces of paintings of the old Penang during the 1800s drawn by British painters who stayed in Penang.
The hotel also provided Buggy Tour
to take visitors around summit road where all the preserved old bungalows are located along the road. This buggy tour save visitors a 4km walk while visitors gained deeper and better understanding on Penang Hill.