Moon Tree 47

Moon Tree 47

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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.

Travelfish says:

Step inside, and the original chipped patterned floor tiles, walls decorated with black and white photographs, old cabinets bursting with knick knacks with stacks of old suitcases and tiffin tins balanced on top, along with a clowder of fat cats winding around your ankles confirms that this unconventional guesthouse is not your standard slick boutique hotel and tends towards more fun and homely.

Cute and blue. : Sally Arnold.
Cute and blue. Photo: Sally Arnold

Modest rooms are not as cluttered, but defiantly verge on the idiosyncratic, some guests will be charmed but they may be too bohemian for others. Up for grabs are an assortment of air-con rooms that sleep from one guest up to four, some with ensuite hot-water bathrooms and others that share clean but extremely rustic amenities (think quirky DIY plumbing and peeling walls).

The clean and bright doubles we saw sport brown painted wooden floors with feature walls in striking vivid turquoise and pinks. Mozzie-netted beds provide clean bedding accented by cheery patterned quilts and runners. Other retro-style furniture includes a small table and comfy chairs. Although they were full when we dropped in and we didn't view them, some other rooms do away with a bed entirely and just provide a futon-style mattress on the floor and note that one room has an internal steep ladder without a handrail leading up to a private terrace and bathroom, so travellers with a recent hip replacement might prefer to look elsewhere.

Courtyard garden hide-out. : Sally Arnold.
Courtyard garden hide-out. Photo: Sally Arnold

The shady back courtyard cafe, an oasis of green with a handful of tables and chairs offers breakfast and lunch (no dinner) with lots of tempting treats at reasonable prices. It’s easy to imagine passing a few relaxing hours here mingling with fellow travellers and indulging in a few beers.

The front area of Moon Tree 47 sells arty postcards of Penang’s street art along with stamps and with its own postbox just outside is a one-stop shop to make your great aunt’s day—go on, send her one!

If you’re not put off by our warts and all description of this characterful joint and are after a prime location, friendly staff and a clean comfortable room with a touch of the unique, then Moon Tree 47 is just the place. But if you prefer your clutter a little more curated, the museum-like collections at Lang Hoose may appeal.

Contact details for Moon Tree 47

Address: 47 Lubuh Muntri, Georgetown
T: (0426) 44 021;  
Email: moontree47@gmail.com
Web: http://www.moontree47.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'8.95" E, 5º25'11.8" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Sgl air-con share bathroom 70 ringgit 80 ringgit
Dbl air-con share bathroom 110 ringgit 130 ringgit
Dbl air-con private bathroom 130 ringgit 150 ringgit
Triple air-con private bathroom 180 ringgit 200 ringgit
Family room 240 ringgit 260 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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