THE last guests checked out nine years ago and the former Penang Mutiara Beach Resort in Teluk Bahang has been vacant ever since.
The destiny of the hotel which closed down in 2006 continues to be a topic of discussion among the locals and industry players as the owner has been tight-lipped about plans for the place.
Petrol station owner Koay Long Chua, 77, said it would be better if the owner revive the hotel but it doesn’t look possible.
“If they had wanted to revive the hotel, they would have done it a long time ago.
“Now, there are all kinds of rumours as to what will actually happen to the place,” said Koay who has been running his business next to the hotel for the past 50 years.
“It was such a classy hotel in its heyday.
“It would be such a shame to see such a good location go to waste,” he added.
Nasi campur seller Subariah Shaffii, 52, said some people thought the place would be turned into a hospital or condominium but so far, nothing had happened.
“I think the building should be converted into a college or tertiary institution because it’s in such a nice and quiet spot,” she said.
Former employee of the hotel Jeeny De Kuijper, 41, said something should be done as the place had been left abandoned for too long.
“They will never be able to restore it to its former glory. That’s for sure,” she said.
An industry player who declined to be named said Penang Mutiara Beach Resort would not survive if it reopened and operated like before,
“Perhaps they should rebrand the hotel to give it a wellness or eco theme,” he said.
When contacted, the owner Tradewinds Corp Bhd declined to comment on the matter.