75 Travellers Lodge

75 Travellers Lodge

Cheap and cheerful

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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”.

Travelfish says:

Freshly painted, bright and airy double rooms are all graced with windows for a bit of fresh air, although they don’t have much of an outlook. As well as a comfy bed with clean linen; good strong ceiling fans, wash basins and a mirror are all standard amenities and you can pay a bit extra for air-con, but the cool cement floors and high ceilings keep the rooms at a reasonable temperature.

Love the desk. : Sally Arnold.
Love the desk. Photo: Sally Arnold

Choose to share a bathroom or again, for more coin, keep it private. Only one style of single room is available—fan cooled with ensuite, but it’s very tight on space, and it’s worth the few extra ringgit to upgrade to double, even if you’re alone. If the purse is really tight, there’s a ten-bed mixed fan-cooled dorm.

Bathrooms both share and ensuite offer hot showers, but it’s in tiny, but very clean, combo toilet and shower cubicles—everything will get wet! Other than a very affordable sleep, the folks who run 75 Travellers Lodge have succeeded in creating a warm atmosphere and you will find guests hanging out at the tables and chairs at the front enjoying reasonably priced drinks, chatting and swapping stories and for a quieter spot, there’s a terrace to hang out on too.

So where do you think we should put the basin? : Sally Arnold.
So where do you think we should put the basin? Photo: Sally Arnold

75 Travellers Lodge won’t be hitting the pages of Conde Nast Traveler anytime soon, but its unpretentious charm has more appeal than some of the try too hard hipster joints about town. The owners also run the nearby Star Lodge and Western and Oriental Guesthouse, but here was by far the most charming.

You won’t find 75 Travellers Lodge on any booking sites, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a walk-in room as it has a loyal following of return guests, call ahead to check availability. For tad more style and space (and a bit more of a spend), larger airy old-shool style rooms are on offer at Hutton Lodge.

The dorm has a bit more space. : Sally Arnold.
The dorm has a bit more space. Photo: Sally Arnold
Contact details for 75 Travellers Lodge

Address: 75 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (0426) 223 378;  
Email: 75lodge@gmail.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'7.28" E, 5º25'12.29" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm fan cooled 18 ringgit 18 ringgit
Sgl fan private bathroom 42 ringgit 42 ringgit
Dbl fan share bathroom 45 ringgit 45 ringgit
Dbl air-con share bathroom 55 ringgit 55 ringgit
Dbl fan private bathroom 55 ringgit 55 ringgit
Dbl air-con private bathroom 60 ringgit 60 ringgit

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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