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), the colourful stripy front and street number are prominent. Common areas and a couple of private rooms occupy the ground level, and the dorm with security card entrance is on the upper floor.
The spacious clean light-filled air-con room looks like you’ve stumbled upon a princess camping ground, with rows of colourful canopied beds. Resting on a slightly raised wooden platform, each of the twelve sections painted a different jewel colour to match the surrounding curtains, a quality mattress sits low to the ground without a bed per se, sporting fluffy pillows and snug quilts, and looking very cosy and inviting.
Generous space within the “tent” and a small lockable storage crate come bedside table, along with personal lighting and power points creates the illusion of a private room (until the person in the next bed starts rustling plastic bags). The drapes are open at the top to allow the air-con to flow, however with the curtains drawn at night, it could perhaps feel a little stuffy—nab a bed closest to the air-con unit if you are concerned.
At the end of the dorm a couple of bean bags offer a spot for a quiet read furnished with a small library with books to exchange—mostly guidebooks and not much chick lit when we looked. A large full length mirror provides room for several princesses to make sure they’re looking their best before hitting the streets, and just in case, a hair dryer, hair straighteners and shelves to put your make-up on are all within reach. There’s even a set of scales to check what damage all that delicious Penang food is doing. An iron and ironing board are available too, if you must.
Share bathrooms are clean with toilet and hot-water shower within the same cubicle. Guests are provided with a fluffy towel and a small plastic bucket of toiletries to hang from a convenient rack, and a vanity mirror allows you to squeeze and pluck in privacy. If occupied, an additional bathroom is on the lower level.
Private air-con doubles with share bathrooms are available, and may be booked by couples (male guests are permitted only if they are accompanied by a female). The set up is similar to the dorm, with a low double mattress on a raised platform, the same lockable crate/table and a standard lamp, all that’s missing is the princess canopy.
Communal areas include a small kitchen where you can help yourself to coffee and tea or refill your water bottle, but not much cooking could be done except for toast. Breakfast isn’t included, but little India with excellent roti canai is on the doorstep. A washing machine is free to use (BYO soap) with racks and hangers for drying.
The spacious tiled chill out area was a tad dark when we popped in during the day, but seems a cosy place to hang out in the evening, and roomy enough to grab one of the yoga mats for a bit of a stretch or impromptu class, and besides you’ll probably be out all day exploring anyway—free bikes are provided if it’s too hot to walk.
Queen’s Hostel embraces a calm and very friendly vibe, so if you’re feeling nervous about solo travel, pop on your glass slippers and roll up your carriage to Queen’s Hostel where you’re sure to meet a bunch of strong like-minded adventurous women.
In a similar vein, Ropewalk Guesthouse harbours a six-bed female-only dorm with inviting canopy-style “rooms”, but lacks the all-girl vibe, as other rooms are open to all genders. Alternatively both Tido Penang Hostel and Siok Hostel’s female dooms occupy female-only floors.
Address: 20-22 Lebuh Queen, Georgetown
T: (0134) 896 218;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'21.54" E, 5º25'6.64" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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