THE GURNEY HOTEL TOWER, PENANG

Client : City Atlas Sdn. Bhd.
Cons. Cost : RM 150 Million
Status : Completed 1999
This Hotel/Office project was completed in the midst of the Asian Financial Crisis and several
suppliers and contractors were adversely affected.
The developer had no choice but to complete the building to avoid defaulting on the loans.
Finishes and equipment had to be completely reviewed and budget was significantly reduced to
ensure there were sufficient funds to complete the building. One of the more telling features was
the use of air-con split units instead of a Chill Water System. These compressor units can be seen
on the building fa├žade.
The Hotel was vertically separated from the Office Tower; affording the Guest Rooms a view of the
sea and the famous Gurney Drive Promenade. An Infinity Pool and a Spa were also located at the
top of the Podium Block affording direct views to the sea. The proposed Pirate Ship & Wave Pool
were omitted. The Proposed Aquarium below the Swimming Pool, with swimming sharks visible
from the Street was never implemented.