We were seduced by the guidebooks but found the place to be very disappointing. This would be our opinion. If you've been there do you agree or disagree?
Forget all this tripe about Penang being the jewel of the East, forget the UNESCO World Heritage stuff, forget the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award and forget the superb street food stuff. The place is a complete disappointment with very few redeeming features.
When we were in Langkawi the locals would ask us where we were going next. When we said Georgetown they universally pulled a face and told us that we wouldn't like it. How right they were.
Its just a city, not a very nice one at that, with few sites to see and pretty poor food.
After this we went to Malacca. What a difference.
If you're thinking of doing both, save your money, go to Malacca instead and do something more worthwhile with the 3 days you were going to spend in Georgetown.