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Petronas & McDonald's tie-up?

kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Has Petronas and McDonald's any special kind of tie-up? This one in Ipoh Garden, the Petronas station is adjacent to McDonald's. The new one in Batu Ferringhi, Penang features a Petronas station incorporating a McDonald's drive-in.
· Date: May 10, 2011 · Views: 20968 ·
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Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
May 10, 2011 9:00am

Kayes, not sure if there is a tie-up. Many McD in the Klang Valley are built next to petrol stations - many are Petronas. I notice KFC are next to Shell. I am told most McD have their own toilets in their restaurants even though they are located next to Petronas. As we all know, every Petronas's washroom has many cubicles - both for males and females. Petronas is famous for their clean toilets, if I am wrong.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
May 11, 2011 8:13am

While there are many good comments about Petronas's clean toilets, personally I prefer those toilets which are located inside the station's retail centre. It's always safer than those located at the side or back of petrol stations. Whatever it is, normally I don't like to use these toilets for obvious reasons. If possible, I try to hold it until I reach home or office.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
December 5, 2011 1:15am

The new MH Hotel is very near this McDonald's Drive-Thru. All pics by Blue Grass. Thanks Blue Grass.



http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/mhhot11.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/mhhot12.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
December 5, 2011 6:57am

The location of this MH Hotel is superb - it's near the toll exit. It sure attracts many 'Koh Loh Hug' (Stopover Guests).


Hotels help to promote Health Tourism in Ipoh. With direct flight Ipoh-Medan, I am sure more Indonesian Chinese will send their children to Ipoh to study Mandarin. Currently they are sending their children to Penang to stay Mandarin. With cheaper lodging and many good Chinese schools in Ipoh, it will surely draw many students to study in Ipoh. Hotels are much needed when parents come visiting their children. Indonesians love shopping in Malaysia too.


All these will help to boost neighbouring towns like Kampar, Tg. Tualang, Bidor and many more.


Thanks Blue Grass for all the pics and kudos to our captain on board, Capt. Kayes for promoting our hometown.


Glory is back!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
December 5, 2011 3:41pm

The many new hotels in Ipoh will help to turn 'Koh Loh Hug' (passing-by or drive-thru visitors) into 'Chee Hug' (staying guests or stopover guests). Visit Perak Year 2012 coupled with Kayes's sites will surely bring in more visitors to our hometown. Promotions are very important, just as the Malay saying: "Tak Kenal, Tak Cinta!"
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
December 6, 2011 5:24am

The hotel is indeed in an ideal location. It has not opened for business yet and on the day I took the pic, there was a lot of activity going on as you can see from the numerous cars parked outside. Perhaps they are trying to open for Chinese New Year 2012. I am guessing that this is a 'green' hotel as the structure on the roof looks like it is constructed of multiple solar panels.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
December 6, 2011 7:14am

This hotel's opening is just in time for Visit Perak Year 2012. MH logo looks like wings to me - wings flying to rest stops. Parking is always a problem for many hotels but not for MH Hotel (I hope) as Blue Grass's pic shows there are several levels of car park for this hotel.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
December 7, 2011 5:41am

Parking is always not enough for many hotels esp. those with night entertainment centres. These night spots at hotels usually close after 12midnight and room guests normally go back to their rooms to rest before this time. Patrons who patronize these night spots at hotels take up many parking lots and when room guests returning to their hotels have to hunt for parking lots. Many a time, room guests (not patrons to night spots in hotel) have to park their cars by the main road in front of the hotels. Due to this, room guests have to get up early to re-park their cars to avoid being issued tickets for illegal parking.


Since MH Hotel has several levels for car park, I don't think there will be any parking problem for their hotel guests. With Kayes's sites and Blue Grass's pics, it sure helps a lot for visitors to our hometown in choosing hotel rooms. Thanks again for promoting our hometown!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 16, 2012 4:13pm

Good news for those of us who have to travel and stay in hotels due to work commitments and official duties. The entire 18th. Floor of MH Hotel is reserved for female guests only. Private check-in can be arranged.


Ladies who drive alone can also get special parking treatment at e@Curve. With the Bubblegum pink parking lots which are located at the entrance of the mall, it's easier and safer for female drivers when walking to reach their cars.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
March 5, 2012 9:28pm

I had to rush up to KL last Sunday to attend to an urgent matter. Instead of flying I decided to drive and when we reached Ipoh, I thought a fast burger at McDonald's would save a lot of time and so I stopped at this McDonald's which is conveniently situated just off the highway but to my surprise, it looked to me that extensive renovation works were going on. Scaffoldings were erected at the front entrance and the inside looked in total disarray. So I skipped McDonald's and went over to MH Hotel nearby .... which is another story.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/mcdmh10.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
March 5, 2012 9:54pm

On arrival at the MH Hotel I was told by reception that the coffee house is not ready and they don't serve drinks or snacks anywhere in the hotel at the moment but the hotel is open for business and they are taking in room guests. So I suppose there is no such thing as "breakfast included" in the room rates! Quite fed up by now, I took a couple of pics from the hotel's car park and went off to Jusco for a drink and snack at Secret Recipe there.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/mcdmh11.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 6, 2012 7:23am

So Kayes, the one who was driving a new Ferrari and speeding towards Jalan Duta Toll Plaza on last Sunday afternoon was you huh? Smile


The clouds on the second last pic. is timely captured - it looks like someone is kneeling and praying. Fantastic! With clever angle, the roofs of that row of terrace houses/shops form a good visual graphic design. Love those moving clouds captured on the last pic.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 6, 2012 8:17am

Sad to read negative comments about this very new hotel since this year is Visit Perak Year. IMHO they should have waited everything is ready before opening their doors. Much damage has been done to its reputation. Words travel and it is more so during today's cyber age. This hotel has an edge over others due to its strategic location. Well, it's still not too late!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
March 6, 2012 6:42pm

Hi Kayes,
My two sisters made a brief stopover in Ipoh recently when they were on their way to New Zealand. At first they booked their accommodation at the Excelsior but seeing the spanking new MH Hotel along the expressway, they decided to go for it instead. Just as you have mentioned, their stay was a bad experience from beginning to end and they regretted their last minute decision to cancel their booking at the older but more reliable Excelsior.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
March 6, 2012 7:56pm

hello Ken & Orange, MH Hotel must have been in a hurry to open in time for Visit Perak Year 2012. Not sure about Perak but there were various incentives given to businesses (like hotels) during the Visit Penang Years. However a hotel without the basic facility of a "coffee house" is unthinkable. It is very close to the Expressway which will have its pros and cons.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/plusmh.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 7, 2012 6:38am

Love this pic. of Giant. Perfect angle to bring out the best in this hypermarket. The green is so charming and the clouds are lovely. Colour combination is excellent. This pic. looks more like an oil painting. Awesome!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 8, 2012 8:05am

Ipoh is a food paradise so I am not sure if it's a good idea for hotels to give free buffet breakfasts for their room guests. After a heavy free buffet breakfast, surely there won't be any more "room" for all the good and yummy food that Ipoh has to offer.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
March 9, 2012 7:14am

Hi Ken, Kayes, Blue Grass, Orange,


Looks like I will be in Ipoh for a weekend in mid April, courtesy of my company (business trip to China and Penang). I wanted your opinion on hotels in Ipoh. Which is better Regalodge or Syuen in terms of cleanliness, convenience, service, etc? Or is there other newer hotels in that area that is walking distanct to makan place? Appreciate your input.


ACS77
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
March 9, 2012 10:37pm

Hi Sam,
I am sure blue grass will be in a better position to provide you with the appropriate answer. According to the the feedback I get from my Ipoh connections, Syuen is more reliable of the two and it is located nearer to the food court in Parkson Mall and the hawker center near Odeon. Don't forget the ever popular Oversea Restaurant is also within walking distance from this hotel. The service is quite good but then again, there are comments about cleanliness issues that pertain to housekeeping.


Regalodge is situated at Jalan Raja Ekram (Cowan Street), which is not far from the 'makan' places but is definitely not as strategically located as Syuen. Some friends reiterated that the hotel lack adequate parking. They drove to a faraway restaurant for dinner and upon their return they had difficulty in finding a spot in the parking lot. Excelsior is the most conveniently located hotel in that area and though it is rather old, the refurbished wing is quite presentable. Ipoh is a foodie's ShangriLa; enjoy those fleeting moments when you're back at our kampung, and may the force be with you. Have a good trip!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 11, 2012 3:07am

Wow Sam! All expense paid trip back to our Kampung!! Enjoy and hope you will makan and more makan ..... Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
March 11, 2012 8:13pm

Here are 4 pics of Regal Lodge sent to me by Blue Grass. Thanks Blue Grass!


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/regalbg10.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/regalbg11.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/regalbg12.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics7/regalbg13.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
March 11, 2012 8:23pm

hi Ken, I was also surprised to find out that parking space at the Regal Lodge is so limited.


hi Sam, maybe you should give the newly opened Riverfront Hotel a try. It is not near to those famous Ipoh food but perhaps you can borrow your brother's car while in Ipoh Smile Next trip to Ipoh (don't know when) I will definitely stay there.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
March 11, 2012 9:13pm

Hi blue grass, Kayes & Sam,
Those pictures of the Regalodge look very impressive indeed though it is dwarfed by the Tower Regency on the adjacent lot. It is hard to believe that this neat hotel has insufficient parking for its guests. At this point in time, the Riverfront is undoubtedly the most talked-about hotel in Ipoh. It is almost impossible to visualize such a mammoth building sprouting up along the Kinta River. I bet it must be an interesting sight which is a stark contrast to the mental image I have in mind. Sam, give Kayes' suggestion some serious consideration. I am sure your siblings are more than willing to volunteer as your chauffeur during those few days.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 12, 2012 6:27am

Under normal circumstances, wonder how long it takes to get used to RHD from LHD? Car rental is another alternative for Sam if he intends to drive in Ipoh town.


Thanks Blue Grass for sharing those beautiful pics. The one with reflections of cars on the glass door is brilliant! Congrats!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 13, 2012 4:13am

Blue Grass's impressive pic. of Regalodge Hotel front office brings me back to the days when I worked as a cashier in a 5-star hotel in Golden Triangle while waiting for my Form Five result. Still remember how I had to stop abruptly when my parents found out I was ACTUALLY Smile working in a hotel! "If I don't tell, my friends won't tell - my parents won't know!" was in my naive mind during that time. Ha ha!


Come to think of it, what's wrong with working in a hotel? Hmmm ..... Protective , over anxious and parents always think of all the impossible?!
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
March 13, 2012 9:15am

Hi Ken, Blue Grass, Orange, Kayes,


Thanks for your inputs and beautiful pictures. I have not finalize the hotel booking yet but is leaning towards Syuen as it is walking distant from my brother's optical shop and all the makan places around it. I will keep you guys and gal posted once I have book it. On this trip, I have to spend 1.5 weeks in ShenZhen too. Considering Marco Polo hotel or Fraser House in ShenZhen. Any recommendations? Wil spend 3 nights in Penang too. Thinking of booking Eastin Hotel. This is close to my offfice. Kayes, what do you think?


ACS77
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
March 13, 2012 9:13pm

Hi Sam,
You'll be absolutely amazed by the modern skyscrapers in this booming city of more than 10 million people. In as late as 1979, Shenzhen was just a rural hamlet but spurred by an incentive-based and profit-driven economy, the city has become China's 3rd busiest port after Shanghai and Hong Kong. The hotels near Bao-an International Airport are more economical while those that are located within the Central Business District in Futian and Luohu tend to be more expensive. Marco Polo, in the Futian district is considered to be above average and a more high-end alternative is the Shangrila, Some friends have stayed at the Days Inn and Kaili and they commented that the room rate of US$70 is extremely good value for our greenbacks. Shenzhen is known as the Ipod, Ipad and Iphone capital of the world because most of Apple's products are manufactured by Foxconn's factory located in this pioneering Special Economic Zone of China.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 15, 2012 10:27pm

Few of us were "quarantined" at Eastin Hotel PJ while preparing an important and confidential document for the duration of 5 days. Initially we were very excited about the free breakfasts provided by the hotel. The first morning was enjoyable, second was still okay but on the third morning, everyone seemed to exclaim: "What's so special about breakfast at hotel?!"


"So? You want Breakfast at Tifanny's?" we were asked. Suddenly everyone fell in love with silence for a while! Smile
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
March 17, 2012 12:57pm

Hi Orange,


For me, I will only consider breakfast in the hotel if I do not have the time to go out. Back in Ipoh, I would rather walk over to the Mah Cheh curry noodles than to eat at the buffet in the Syuen Hotel. In most hotels, I will try to look for something local rather then the standard eggs, bacon and toast. I can get those everyday at home.


ACS77
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 17, 2012 6:59pm

Hi Sam,


Breakfasts at hotel are good and convenient for those who are rushing to catch early morning flights. I believe we should try local cuisines or their unique dishes whenever we visit any country.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
March 17, 2012 7:09pm

Thanks Ken for those interesting info. about Shenzhen. Heard so much about this city but have not been there yet. Clothing that friends and relatives bought from Shenzhen are quite fashionable and quality is not that bad too.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
March 17, 2012 8:57pm

Sam, I hardly go to the FTZ area where most of the factories (and Queensbay Mall) are. My son who works with Dell tells me that Eastin is a good place to be and he knows of many overseas engineers who stay there. I have never been to the Eastin but I believe since it is managed by a renowned international chain of hoteliers, the hotel would be "world class".
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
March 18, 2012 12:07am

Thanks Kayes,


Will keep you posted on Eastin. I am planning to stay there for 3 nights. Also planning to go back to Ipoh for 3 nights. Likely to stay in the Syuen Hotel as it is near all the makan places and also close to my brother's optical shop.
In ShenZhen, I have booked the Fraser Place for 3 nights and considering staying closer to city center over the weekend, likely to be at the Marco Polo.


ACS77



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