Stayed two nights in January 2013 before going to the beach at Batu Ferringhi & really glad we did. The historic centre of Georgetown is fascinating and lively and hot and dirty. You have to watch where you're walking all the time as there are no level surfaces and many impediments as well as a lot of traffic. There is a lot to see, a delghtful jumble of temples, clan houses, shrines, hawker stalls and shops that range from the boutique to quite industrial. We were so glad we were staying at the Yeng Keng, to step through the gate to the calm courtyard was to come home and relax. The rooms are not huge but are clean and the bathrooms are very nicely finished. We had rooms 212 and 210 upstairs at the back and we were not disturbed by any noise from the road. Must mention Ms Yeoh the receptionist, a great welcome and very helpful in suggesting sights, arranging taxis etc. She is a real asset to the hotel. We tried to sightsee in the morning while it was cooler and then spent the afternoon in the hotel pool. I don't imagine there are many places in the local area where you can while away the afternoon heat with a cooling swim, it was great.
One gripe, when you are in the courtyard and order drinks from the cafe they also bring a bowl of peanuts. We assumed that they were complimentary and were surprised to be charged 2 ringetts for them. They are on the menu as "tid bits" but had not been ordered. This happened every time we ordered a beer.