Penang

Where to stay: Penang

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We have 26 places to stay in and around Penang.

Introduction


Georgetown

All manner of accommodation options are available in central Georgetown, so there’s no real reason to stay outside of the UNESCO World Heritage zone. Budget lodgings are scattered throughout the area with a concentration around Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Muntri and Love Lane and usually means a dorm, but many are worthy of “boutique” status with clean comfy beds in smart digs (although the odd fleapit still remains).

Exclusively flashpacker places are a little thin, but look for privates in hostels or budget rooms in swankier hotels and guesthouses. Where you’ll find the best value in town is mid to top range with an outstanding choice of gorgeous renovated heritage buildings converted to boutique hotels—worth a splash-out even if your budget only allows one night. Note that in some hotels rooms may not have windows or ensuite bathrooms, check before booking. A two ringgit per night heritage tax is often not included in quoted rates, and is payable on check-in.

Ren i Tang
Ren i Tang

That feels better

From US$56 with Agoda

Sinkeh
Sinkeh

Stylish, arty and minimalist

From 190 ringgit Walk-in

Campbell House
Campbell House

Sophisticated and luxe

From US$83 with Agoda

Coffee Atelier
Coffee Atelier

Rustic and authentic

From US$84 with Agoda

Museum Hotel
Museum Hotel

Midrange Heritage in a quiet street

From US$30 with Agoda

Nam Keng Hotel
Nam Keng Hotel

Intimate heritage “business” hotel

From US$51 with Agoda

Noordin Mews
Noordin Mews

Tropical Deco meets Chinese retro

From US$81 with Agoda

Ropewalk Guesthouse
Ropewalk Guesthouse

Clean and friendly flashpacker option

From US$22 with Agoda

Siok Hostel
Siok Hostel

Smart and comfortable hostel

From US$18 with Agoda

The Edison
The Edison

Tycoon’s mansion with a modern twist

From US$82 with Agoda

The Frame Guesthouse
The Frame Guesthouse

Contemporary-heritage minimalism

From US$12 with Agoda

Hutton Lodge
Hutton Lodge

Unpretentious and charming

From US$16 with Agoda

Ryokan Muntri
Ryokan Muntri

Clean and smart with great location

From US$25 with Agoda

Batu Ferringhi

If you’ve come to Penang for a beach holiday, the reality is that it doesn’t compare to many other beaches in Malaysia. Staying in Batu Ferringhi 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.

Lone Pine
Lone Pine

Old-world charm with a sea breeze

From US$160 with Agoda

Roomies
Roomies

Clean and contemporary hostel

From US$35 with Agoda

Baba Guesthouse
Baba Guesthouse

Modest friendly guesthouse by the sea

From US$22 with Agoda