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250 to 500 ringgit
Great places to stay in Georgetown, Penang
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit

Georgetown, Penang, offers a great array of places to stay, from cheap backpacker haunts through to charming heritage hotels. Here are a few guesthouses and hotels in Georgetown that struck us as outstanding value for money. Don’t let the choice of hotels in Georgetown put you in a spin. Under 50 ringgit If you’re visiting Georgetown on a budget, dorms are the way to go. Most of the... Read our full review of Great places to stay in Georgetown, Penang.

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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.


23 Love Lane, Georgetown
over 500 ringgit
23 Love Lane
Luxury - over 500 ringgit
23 Love Lane, Georgetown
T: (0426) 21 323

With a name and address such as 23 Love Lane how can this gorgeous historical boutique hotel be anything but romantic? Hidden behind a high wall, within a leafy fragrant garden retreat, piercing the heart of Georgetown’s heritage zone, this eclectic mix of buildings and architectural styles, some from the early 1800s, have been everything from private residence to stables to a backpacker... Read our full review of 23 Love Lane.

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14 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown
over 500 ringgit
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Luxury - over 500 ringgit
14 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown
T: (0426) 20 006

Operated as a museum and presented a UNESCO award for heritage conservation, you know you’re buying into a special piece of Penang’s history when you spend a night at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion also simply known as The Blue Mansion. Once the digs of Georgetown’s “Rockefeller of the East” this opulent and elegant boutique hotel is one of the city’s finest. Rooms are housed in a... Read our full review of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

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153 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Jawi Peranakan Mansion
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
153 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown
T: (0421) 89 858

Some of Penang’s most beautiful heritage hotels have been salvaged from decay and neglect by local developer Chris Ong, the man behind the Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka, often pouring profits into saving more crumbling buildings and the latest effort is the Jawi Peranakan Mansion. This stately Anglo Indian mansion stands imposingly on Jalan Hutton, once known as Georgetown’s “Malay... Read our full review of Jawi Peranakan Mansion.

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82A Lebuh Penang, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Ren i Tang
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
82A Lebuh Penang, Georgetown
T: (0425) 08 383

Looking for a restorative night’s sleep? Ren I Tang, offers the opportunity to unwind in a beautifully restored heritage building with plenty of curative credentials, converted from what used to be Southeast Asia’s longest established Chinese medicine hall and warehouse. The concept may sound clinical, but it feels as though there is a very positive feng shui to this beautifully restored... Read our full review of Ren i Tang.

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105 Lebuh Melayu, Georgetown
120 to 250 ringgit
Sinkeh
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
105 Lebuh Melayu, Georgetown
T: (0426) 13 966

Stylish, arty and minimalist Sinkeh edges the heritage zone both physically and metaphorically. Located away from the thrum in quiet Lebuh Melayu, it’s nevertheless an easy walk to all the main tourist sites. Designed by Malaysian architect Lillian Tay, this is no ordinary 19th century shophouse restoration and remains somewhat elusive in the streetscape—we walked past several times. The... Read our full review of Sinkeh.

106 Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Campbell House
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
106 Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown
T: (0426) 18 290

Sophisticated and sumptuous, Campbell House occupies a grand triple-storey corner building in the heart of Penang’s UNESCO heritage zone and offers a range of luxurious Asian-themed rooms overlooking the streets below featuring high ceilings, warm timber floors and beautiful heritage tiles. Furnished with antiques and plush beds with beautiful features such as the gorgeous Chinese screen in... Read our full review of Campbell House.

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47-55 Lorong Stewart, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Coffee Atelier
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
47-55 Lorong Stewart, Georgetown
T: (0426) 12 261

Big on space and big on character, the enchanting rooms at Coffee Atelier offer a counterpoint for the oh so lovely but sometimes almost too refined restorations at heritage hotels elsewhere in Georgetown, here it’s rustic and authentic, warts and all. Housed within a row of five shophouses on Lorong Stewart built in 1927 that once housed a coffee merchant and now incorporates a cafe and... Read our full review of Coffee Atelier.

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269 Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown
120 to 250 ringgit
Lang Hoose
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
269 Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown
T: (0426) 18 616

Quirky and cosy Lang Hoose is the perfect middle ground for Goldilockses whose budget doesn’t stretch to one of Penang’s high-end heritage hotels, are beyond backpacker digs and can’t come at a faceless chain. No, the name is not a spoonerism for Hang Loose, although it’s ideally suited for lounging about, with a museum-like sitting area and rooftop terrace, but is Gaelic for “long... Read our full review of Lang Hoose.

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47 Lubuh Muntri, Georgetown
60 to 120 ringgit
Moon Tree 47
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
47 Lubuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (0426) 44 021

It’s all in the name: A fun play on words of its Lubuh Muntri address hints at the twinkle, quirkiness and dash of poetry that sets Moon Tree 47 apart, and if you don’t get the joke, the zesty green shutters at the front of this heritage shophouse may offer a clue. Step inside, and the original chipped patterned floor tiles, walls decorated with black and white photographs, old cabinets... Read our full review of Moon Tree 47.

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76 Jalan A S Mansoor, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Museum Hotel
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
76 Jalan A S Mansoor, Georgetown
T: (0422) 66 668

From the original Peranakan tiles lining the arched five-foot-way to the ornate gilt carved Chinese screen and huge antique British coat-of-arms in the vast lobby, and even the name, suggests you may be in for a bit of a treat at the Museum Hotel. This beautifully restored midrange hotel is located on a quiet street with little traffic noise about 500 metres north of Jalan Penang, a little... Read our full review of Museum Hotel.

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17 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Nam Keng Hotel
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
17 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
T: (0426) 35 177

Nam Keng Hotel bills itself as a “heritage business boutique hotel”—we’re not exactly sure what that means, but this intimate eight-room hotel is in the business of providing some lovely rooms. Located on a quieter cross street, Lebuh Cintra, in the heart of the Heritage zone, a row of three combined former shophouses harbour two rooms on the ground floor and the remainder upstairs. A... Read our full review of Nam Keng Hotel.

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53 Lebuh Noordin, Georgetown
250 to 500 ringgit
Noordin Mews
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
53 Lebuh Noordin, Georgetown
T: (0426) 37 125

Taking its inspiration from 1950s Asian cinema and fashion, Noordin Mews a former trishaw garage and servants quarters now boutique hotel, is a delightful and utterly charming choice among Penang’s heritage picks. Added to the sway is a long, cool, sparklingly swimming pool, a rarity in Georgetown's tropical swelter. Located a little outside the main tourist drag, it’s still less than a... Read our full review of Noordin Mews.

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20-22 Lebuh Queen, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
Queen’s Hostel
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
20-22 Lebuh Queen, Georgetown
T: (0134) 896 218

Sorry gentlemen, Queen’s Hostel is a (mostly) women only affair. And ladies, if you’re after a safe dude-free, relaxed and welcoming hostel environment with little extras that will make you feel like a Queen, this my well be your castle of choice. Queen’s Hostel is a little difficult to spot with no obvious street signage, but equipped with the address (where else, but on Lebuh Queen),... Read our full review of Queen’s Hostel .

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78 Jalan Pintal Tali, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
Ropewalk Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
78 Jalan Pintal Tali, Georgetown
T: (0426) 45 769

Occupying a row of three heritage shophouses, Ropewalk Guesthouse harbours an assortment of simple and clean air-con rooms spread over two floors of the three buildings. Offerings include a female-only dorm, (sorry guys, no male or mixed dorms here), along with a selection of private double, twin, and triple rooms with and without ensuite bathrooms. The folks at Ropewalk Guesthouse greeted us... Read our full review of Ropewalk Guesthouse.

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458 Lubuh Chulia, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
Siok Hostel
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
458 Lubuh Chulia, Georgetown
T: (0426) 32 663

Walk into Siok Hostel and you feel like you could be in a snazzy boutique hotel. Located on the corner of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Leith smack in the middle of Penang’s backpacker area, Siok Hostel occupies three beautifully renovated shophouses. A loving restoration to this previously burnt-out heritage building is evident in the high-end finishes and preservation of original features,... Read our full review of Siok Hostel.

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15 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown
over 500 ringgit
The Edison
Luxury - over 500 ringgit
15 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown
T: (0426) 22 990

Opposite Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, The Edison, dating from 1906, was once the residence of Yeoh Wee Gark, another of Penang’s Hakka tycoons who made their home in this affluent enclave. Post WWII it was transformed into a hotel and until the restoration completed in mid 2016, operated as a somewhat seedy budget hotel, The Cathay. Like the proverbial phoenix, The Edison has a new life as a... Read our full review of The Edison.

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168 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
The Frame Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
168 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown
T: (0426) 38 807

In the thick of Penang’s backpacker area on Lebuh Chulia, just a short saunter from Chulia night market, The Frame Guesthouse doesn't make much of an impression as you pass by. It could be easily mistaken as the frame shop it was previously, with a collection of picture frames and signboards leaning against the spartan reception area, but this heritage shophouse turned guesthouse is worth... Read our full review of The Frame Guesthouse.

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106 Jalan Argyll, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
Tido Penang Hostel
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
106 Jalan Argyll, Georgetown
T: (0425) 19 266

From the street, Tido Penang Hostel appears to be a modern multi-storey cookie-cutter chain hotel, but step into the air-con lobby, and the ambience is a tad more hipster than you may expect, with raw cement and traditional tile finishes, a hint to Penang’s heritage architecture. Here you’ll find a terrific value hostel with clean, spacious and modern eight-bed mixed or female-only dorms... Read our full review of Tido Penang Hostel.

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75 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
75 Travellers Lodge
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
75 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (0426) 223 378

Want a good central location? On a budget? Don’t like to share? Don’t care for fancy boutique this or heritage that? Old-school 75 Travellers Lodge on Lebuh Muntri offers decent no-frills clean and comfortable rooms in a friendly older style guesthouse, that at a pinch some fancy marketing department would label “retro”. Freshly painted, bright and airy double rooms are all graced... Read our full review of 75 Travellers Lodge.

1-7 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
120 to 250 ringgit
Cintra Heritage House
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
1-7 Lebuh Cintra, Georgetown
T: (0426) 28 232

Think of Cintra Heritage House as an “entry level” heritage stay, here a row of four restored late 19th century shophouses offer comfortable homely antique-filled rooms and home-stay like hospitality at a more affordable price than many others in the city. This charming guesthouse has preserved not only the facade, but the integrity of the building is still very much intact with shuttered... Read our full review of Cintra Heritage House.

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17 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown
60 to 120 ringgit
Hutton Lodge
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
17 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown
T: (0426) 36 003

Set back from the shophouses along Jalan Hutton, almost hidden from view behind an ancient tree, Hutton Lodge occupies a lovely old free-standing Indo-Malay bungalow dating from the late 19th century. After a chequered history, the double-storey building was almost destroyed by fire in 2003, but the bones survived to continue its legacy. However don’t expect a fancy hipster reno at this... Read our full review of Hutton Lodge.

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62 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
Under 60 ringgit
Ryokan Muntri
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
62 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (0425) 00 287

Among the smart cafes, bars and beautiful heritage hotels on one of Penang’s most fashionable streets, Ryokan Muntri markets itself as a “boutique hostel”. Once you step in through the very traditional shophouse facade you find yourself in a world of sleek polished cement, chrome and a baffling array of feature lighting (switched off when we visited—obviously the power bills are high).... Read our full review of Ryokan Muntri.

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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.


97 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi
over 500 ringgit
Lone Pine
Luxury - over 500 ringgit
97 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi
T: (0488) 68 686

Cashed up and yearn for some old-world charm by the sea? Established in 1948, five-star Lone Pine, was the first hotel in Batu Ferringhi and along with service and comfort offers a good dose of romance and nostalgia. The story goes that the original owner mistook the solitary casuarina tree on the front lawn for a pine, and a name and icon was born. Today a swath of shady casuarinas dot the... Read our full review of Lone Pine.

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76C-4 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi
Under 60 ringgit
Roomies
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
76C-4 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi
T: (0488) 11 344

If your pursestrings are too tight for a beachfront resort, a short walk to the shore, Roomies offers the best deal for a cheap sleep in Batu Ferringhi. Opposite Park Royal Resort in an ugly shop lot—don’t be put off by the hostel’s outward appearance—climb (and climb and climb) up to the fourth floor where you will be more-than-pleasantly surprised when you reach the top. To help you... Read our full review of Roomies.

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52 Kampung Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi
60 to 120 ringgit
Baba Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
52 Kampung Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi
T: (0488) 11 686

Baba Guesthouse is but one of several options where a row of ramshackle friendly family-run guesthouses face the beach, a few metres from the sand. To be honest there’s not a lot of difference between them, even the asking prices are more or less identical, but if it’s location you’re after you can’t beat this neck of the neighbourhood at Batu Ferringhi, well, unless you’re prepared... Read our full review of Baba Guesthouse.

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