The third Hard Rock Hotel in Asia, after the one in Bali & Pattaya.... is in Penang! I've never been to either hotels, but I've been to Hard Rock Hotel, Orlando last year. Fantastic place!
I called up the hotel, and they inform me that it will open around June or July '09, no exact date yet, but the online reservation system would be up around mid April.
The next time I drive up to Penang, Hard Rock it is :)
1-9B & 1-10B,
Jalan Sungai Emas,
11100 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4 8811711
Fax: +60 4 8812155