Clean and smart with great location
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). It may look small from the outside, but its narrow frontage is deceptive. The building extends back a long way and the upstairs corridor is near impossibly long.
The various four- or six-bed mixed and female dorms are small and simple, with fresh painted walls and wooden or polished cement floors, well equipped with chunky white metal bunk beds, personal lockers, reading lights and “charging stations” for your devices. The dorms are air-con cooled and although most have windows, they are a tad dark, as the windows are tiny, frosted and view the internal hallway. If you prefer your air fresh and your light natural, it may be worth an upgrade to the six-bed “Loft Dorm” with ensuite bathroom.
Clean mixed gender shared bathrooms offer a refreshing hot shower with separate tiled toilet and shower cubicle and a long cement trough for teeth cleaning and preening. For flashpackers, “Luxury” double rooms (we’d call them modest) with beds on a low-rise Japanese style sleeping platform, a Flatscreen TV and either with share bathroom or ensuite are also on offer.
While they are a steal compared to the boutique hotels in this area, you’ll get a better value private room at Ropewalk Guesthouse or Tido Hostel, or if you prefer the Lebuh Muntri location and don’t mind a bit of boho quirkiness, consider Moon Tree 47.
Beanbags dot every corner and plenty of places beckon to sit and relax, including a lounge with TV and a quiet reading “chillax zone”. A simple include breakfast is served in the friendly downstairs dining area. Ryokan is a sociable place and attracts a young, mixed crowd of travellers from Asia and further afield and the front terrace is usually busy and is a good place to meet fellow travellers.
We think the location is terrific and though the dorms are small, you’re only sharing with a few bods, so overall is not a bad deal. Single travellers who prefer their own room may like to check out 75 Travellers Lodge across the road, and while this old-school joint is far removed from a “boutique hostel”, it’s clean and good value.
Address: 62 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (0425) 00 287;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'7.03" E, 5º25'12.62" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Six-bed, no window, 35/45 ringgit for four-bed, female only, 45/50 for 6-bed dorm with ensuite
|30 ringgit||40 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||103 ringgit||118 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||140 ringgit||158 ringgit|
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