Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Lebuh Chulia -- often referred to by its English moniker Chulia Street -- was named after the moneylenders from the eponymous region in India who first settled this area. This is the heart of Georgetown's backpacker scene, with the predominant theme being cheap guesthouses, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and Chinese shophouses selling everything from antique knick-knacks to furniture.
Just lovely105 Lebuh Melayu, Georgetown
T: (04) 261 3966;
Sinkeh, the name of one of Penang’s latest guesthouses, means “newcomer” in Hokkien dialect, a historical reference to one of the most hardworking intakes of Chinese immigrants to Penang; but ... Read the full review of Sinkeh.
Fun and homely47 Muntri St, Penang
T: (04) 264 4021;
It’s all in the name: A less imaginative owner may have opted to call this homestay, located at number 47 on popular Muntri Street, by street name and number but this fun play on words hints at ... Read the full review of Moon Tree 47.60 to 120 ringgit 2 votes Flashpacker
Great four-star value1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown
T: (04) 259 8888;
Heritage hostels, homestays and boutique hotels have really mushroomed in Georgetown over the last few years, but options for quality larger hotels, with rates that won’t break the bank, are still ... Read the full review of Royale Bintang Penang.
Lovely23 Love Lane, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 1323;
In a city of beautiful hotels that really deserve the boutique label, 23 Love Lane really stands out. A collection of buildings that date back in some cases to the 1800s, 23 Love Lane was previously ... Read the full review of 23 Love Lane.
New kid on the block17B Lorong Chulia, Georgetown
T: (04) 261 1567;
Hostels in Georgetown are undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment. As attention moves away from the tired establishments along the traditional backpacker row, Lebuh Chulia, a host of more ... Read the full review of Roommates Guesthouse.
Stylish heritage at midrange prices82A Lebuh Penang, Georgetown
T: (04) 250 8383;
Looking for a restorative night’s sleep in Penang? One of Georgetown’s newest boutique hotels, Ren i Tang, offers you the chance to stay in a building with plenty of curative credentials, since ... Read the full review of Ren i Tang.
Boutique benefits, laidback feelNo.25, China Street, Georgetown, Penang
East Indies Mansion, in the very centre of Georgetown, is no ordinary homestay experience. Considered one of Penang’s most impressive early residences, the building’s roots go back to the very ... Read the full review of East Indies Mansion.
Coffee plus a bed26 Lebuh Pregrave, Georgetown
T: (012) 431 8583;
Located in a beautifully restored heritage shophouse, Pavilion Coffee Homestay has all the hallmarks of Penang’s best cafes combined with stylish yet affordable accommodation. Pavilion Coffee ... Read the full review of Pavilion Coffee Homestay.
History on a budget48 Muntri Street, Georgetown,Â Penang
T: (04) 261 3067;
Penang is justly renowned for its clan temples, but it also has some of the best preserved Chinese shophouses anywhere in Asia. Spared from the merciless development that has bulldozed its way ... Read the full review of Muntri House.
Excellent flashpacker value53 Noordin St, Georgetown
T: (04) 263 7125; F: (04) 263 2125
From the team behind the Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka, Noordin Mews bills itself as affordable luxury accommodation for today's flashpacker in the heart of George Town and we couldn't say it any ... Read the full review of Noordin Mews.
An affordable heritage hotel1,3,5,7 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 8232; F: (04) 263 8232
Opened in July 2012, and formed out of four linked shophouses that date back to the late 19th century, Cintra Heritage House offers a heritage-style lodging at a more affordable price than many ... Read the full review of Cintra Heritage House.
Pretty building but noisy55 Love Lane, Georgetown
T: (04) 261 3931;
Next door to Old Penang Guesthouse, the restored colonial Red Inn offers charm, personable staff and spotless dormitory accommodation (along with a handful of private rooms which we were told are ... Read the full review of Red Inn.
Clean and charming53 Love Lane, Penang
T: (04) 263 8805;
Opened in 2008, Old Penang offers solid budget to flashpacker accommodation and is very popular -- with good reason. The majority of the offerings are dorm beds but there are some private single and ... Read the full review of Old Penang Guesthouse.Under 60 ringgit 4 votes Backpacker
Sets a new benchmark458 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, Penang
T: (04) 263 2663;
Move over, rundown hostels of Georgetown: there’s a new boy in town. It is not often you walk into a backpacker hostel and feel like you could be in a trendy boutique hotel, but Syok @ Chulia will ... Read the full review of Syok @ Chulia.
A reliable upper range option362 Chulia St, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 2177; F: (04) 262 3177
Set behind their cafe restaurant area right on Chulia Street, the Yeng Keng Hotel offers 20 smart rooms in a restored 19th century building. Originally a private residence then later in life a budget ... Read the full review of Yeng Keng Hotel.
A solid backpacker option81 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (04) 261 3378 ; F: (04) 263 3378
Right beside the popular Muntri Mews and attached to the Western Oriental Cafe, the Oriental Guest House has basic but quite spacious share bathroom rooms in a cavernous 100+ year old building. You ... Read the full review of Oriental Guest House.
Popular Southeast Asian choice17 Jalan Muntri, Georgetown
T: (04) 263 3228; F: (04) 262 3229
Guest Inn Muntri seems to attract a more Southeast Asian crew than some of the other guesthouses in Georgetown which can make for a refreshing change. Rooms come in three main varieties: dorms, ... Read the full review of Guest Inn Muntri.
A solid flashpacker option15 Love Lane, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 0991;
Set on the northern stretch of Love Lane, past the intersection with Lebuh Muntri, Red Inn Heritage is one of a number of properties under the Red Inn label in Georgetown. It's a big property, ... Read the full review of Red Inn Heritage.
Very good flashpacker value39 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 6378; F: (04) 263 3378
This modern-styled guesthouse is owned by the same people who have 75 Travellers Lodge and Oriental Guest House just a few doors down. Rooms are moderately-sized for the money and all rooms come with ... Read the full review of Star Lodge.
Friendly and homely75 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 3378;
The 75 Travellers Lodge is a little bit tatty in places but very easy on the budget, with cheap dorm beds and very affordable budget rooms. The people who run it have succeeded in creating a warm ... Read the full review of 75 Travellers Lodge.
Don't let the nighttime trade put you off15 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown
T: (04) 262 6271; F: (04) 263 9300
The entrance of Cathay Hotel, across from Red Garden Food Paradise on Lebuh Leith, is, to be honest, far grander than the interior. An old Chinese mansion, the Cathay has an air of colonial charm, ... Read the full review of Cathay Hotel.120 to 250 ringgit 3 votes Midrange
Chic hostel on a fashionable street62 Muntri Street, Georgetown
T: (04) 250 0827; F: (04) 250 0288
There is no shortage of accommodation in Penang but to be frank, many of Georgetown’s tired-looking budget hostels may not really cut it with today’s discerning backpacker. However, Ryokan on ... Read the full review of Ryokan.
Popular backpacker digs370-D Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown
T: (04) 263 5723;
Popular but basic, Stardust Guesthouse has its own cafe downstairs where you can watch the Penang speed by on Chulia Street. Upstairs, you'll find average rooms, but that is the case with most of the ... Read the full review of Stardust Guest House.
Budget with character54 Love Lane, Georgetown
T: (016) 419 8409;
The Love Lane Inn offers free WiFi and basic budget rooms — though go for an upstairs room as the downstairs ones are pretty dark. As with many Georgetown guesthouses, free tea and coffee is on ... Read the full review of Love Lane Inn.
Cheap Chinese hotel511 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown
T: (04) 261 0810;
As far as the Chinese-style hotels in Penang go, this one is good value, clean and spacious. We were shown a ground floor room out behind the kitchen area that was spacious with a real mattress (even ... Read the full review of Hang Chow Hotel.
Staying in Batu Feringghi is expensive and often means spending a lot more money than in Georgetown, or making do with a rundown room in a very simple guesthouse. Budget places are scarce, so if you're keen on staying here but don't have much to spend, try to book ahead. Most budget travellers don't bother and instead opt to stay in Georgetown.
An historical beauty97, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
T: (04) 886 8686; F: (04) 886 8600
Penang is an island that shivers with good stories: rags to riches and back again, love and loss, passion and pain, all written into its hand-painted tiles, parquet floors and louvered shutters. ... Read the full review of Lone Pine Hotel.Over 500 ringgit 1 vote Luxury
Contemporary and clean76C-4 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
T: (04) 881 1344;
Accommodation for backpackers in Penang has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. A slick new breed of affordable hostels has popped up in Georgetown, with dorms styled in the latest ... Read the full review of Roomies Boutique Bed and Breakfast.
A good choice47 Jalan Batu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 1553;
With a similar home-style feeling to Baba's, this slightly more expensive place is owned by the same family. It also has most rooms on its second storey and a blue paintwork theme, though they do ... Read the full review of E&T Budget Guesthouse.
Cheapest on the stripBatu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 2569;
Ah Beng is the cheapest on the strip and you get what you pay for. Rooms are built into and extended around a family home and the place has seen some wear. Rooms are a reasonable enough size and the ... Read the full review of Ah Beng Guesthouse.
A polished step up53 Jalan Batu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 1316;
Alis is a little more polished than your average budget stay and prices reflect that. This two-storey building is set around a courtyard back from the beach and is comprised of brick downstairs with ... Read the full review of Alis Guesthouse.
Clean and friendy52 Jalan Batu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 1686;
This friendly family-owned place has an authentic home-style sense to it, where travellers end up feeling a part of the family rather than just a guest. Guests take off their shoes before entering ... Read the full review of Baba Guesthouse.
Luxury for everyone72 Jalan Batu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 1601; F: (04) 881 1568
One of the more affordable of the chain hotels on this busy stretch of beach, Holiday Inn has all the amenities you'd expect, including a large pool, two restaurants and a posh-looking reception area ... Read the full review of Holiday Inn Resort Penang.Over 500 ringgit 1 vote Luxury
Boutique style at reasonable prices66-15-0 Jalan Batu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 9000; F: (04) 881 9002
This Balinese-style hotel boasts features such as pointy rooftops, open-air walkways and lovely gardens, and is one of the few budget hotels in this area. The 25 carpeted rooms of different types and ... Read the full review of D'Feringghi Boutique Hotel and Restaurant.
Beachside budget53 Jalan Batu Feringghi
T: (04) 881 1316;
Ismails is comprised of a row of white concrete chalet-style rooms. Each has its own small balcony area, but all adjoin, affording no privacy. Only two units face directly onto the beach, with the ... Read the full review of Ismails Beach Guesthouse.
Not the best valueBatu Feringghi
T: (0124) 652 9653;
Close to Ismail's, Waverunner is almost its mirror image but in a considerably shabbier state. While the rooms on offer are well sized and come with TV and air-con standard, they lack the more modern ... Read the full review of Waverunner.
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