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Ropewalk Guesthouse

Clean and friendly flashpacker option

78 Jalan Pintal Tali, Georgetown T: (0426) 45 769

Ropewalk Guesthouse

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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 with one of the most friendly welcomes we encountered in Penang, and it wasn’t just the staff—other guests seemed happy too.

Street frontage at Ropewalk Guesthouse.

Street frontage at Ropewalk Guesthouse. Photo: Sally Arnold

A smart renovation was not long complete at the time of research in July 2017 and as well as the rooms and bathrooms getting a makeover, the lightwells throughout the buildings have been transformed to mini garden artworks with plants, ponds and seating to relax and enjoy.

The rooms we viewed, although on the small side, were bright and airy with windows, but we were informed not all of the rooms enjoy natural light, some with internal windows and some none at all, so request a window when booking.

Be sure to swing by.

Be sure to swing by. Photo: Sally Arnold

Air-con cooled, the stylish but modest rooms provide comfy beds, a small bedside table and hanging rack, some add a chair, but not much else, however colourful walls and smart linens with coordinated throw cushions and blankets offer a cosy contemporary ambience. Note that the budget twin rooms are not much bigger than a cupboard with bunks rather than two separate single beds and unless you are on a very tight budget, it’s worth paying the extra for a regular twin room.

We were impressed by the spacious six-bed female dorm room with well spaced single beds, no bunks, separated by bedside “dressing” tables with attached mirror and each with power outlet and individual lighting, entirely surrounded by floor to ceiling curtains creating a private space when drawn. We were unable to view rooms with ensuite, but the share bathrooms were clean and plentiful with separate toilets and hot shower cubicles that are outfitted with a small shelf of toiletries and a luggage rack style towel rail with ample space to keep your clothes and towel dry.

Not your typical dorm.

Not your typical dorm. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is not included, but baskets of snack are available to help yourself to anytime including (delicious) homemade cakes. For flashpackers looking for a well located clean sleep, Ropewalk Guesthouse is a good option, and seemed a popular place, so would be wise to book. For a similar style dorm, female travellers may consider the all-girl Queen’s Hostel or for private rooms with a little more heritage feel, consider Moon Tree 47 or Lang Hoose.

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Walk-in rates at Ropewalk Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
38 ringgit
40 ringgit
Dbl air-con share bathroom
100 ringgit
110 ringgit
Budget double. Add 10 Ringgit for a bigger double
Dbl air-con private bathroom
160 ringgit
180 ringgit
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 38 ringgit, high season 40 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 100 ringgit, high season 110 ringgit. Notes: Budget double. Add 10 Ringgit for a bigger double
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 160 ringgit, high season 180 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Ropewalk Guesthouse

Ropewalk Guesthouse
78 Jalan Pintal Tali, Georgetown
T: (0426) 45 769
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º20'1.94" E, 5º24'59.85" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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