A solid backpacker option
81 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 may think we're exaggerating about the cavernous nature of the place, but walk into the foyer/common area (which is the cafe) and you'll see what we mean. Most of the rooms are upstairs and come in standard and larger flavours. For this standard of accommodation in Penang, the rooms are large and pretty clean, though the shared bathrooms are not the best we've seen, -- they'll do at a pinch. Free WiFi is beamed throughout. The downstairs cafe opens onto a small terrace that has a handful of tables and chairs that are good for people watching and enjoying a cold drink in the late afternoon -- something we did more than once during a recent stay. Staff are friendly and approachable and can handle basic onwards travel arrangements should you need it. This isn't the smartest, cleanest place in town, but it did strike a chord with us. Owned by the same people as Star Lodge (fancier rooms) and Travellers Lodge (dorms) further along Lebuh Muntri.
Last updated on 30th August, 2014.