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“OK but no character, hard to meet travellers” 2 of 5 stars
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Roommates Penang
17 B Lorong Chulia, George Town, Penang Island 11200, Malaysia   |  
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“OK but no character, hard to meet travellers”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

this guesthouse isn't bad but it is by no means the best. I felt quite alone whilst I was here, the staff barely interact unless prompted and the small communal area makes it hard to meet other travellers. The air con is far too cold in the rooms too. It's an ok guesthouse that lacks a community feel. The showers are downstairs which can be arkward too.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The hostel is really nice - good location, great beds etc. but it's too hot. They don't turn the aircon on in the dorms till 10pm and its off at 6am. There is no aircon in the shared areas so the toilets are like saunas, the communal area too hot too. During the day we could not stay in the hostel at all as it was too hot. Even at night with the aircon on I lay in bed sweating. So we had to leave and move round the corner to the Regaee mansion which had ace aircon and more space. Such a pity they don't just sort this out.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Roommates is by far the best guesthouse I've stayed at in Asia.
I just love the way that I was greeted at the bus stop by yen ( works nights). He was carrying a 'do you want to be my Roomie' sign on Chulia street! Coupled with a Great smile, I went with him to have a look at the hostel. The place was quiet, clean and friendly and very near to food stalls, and attractions. The rooms were clean and I loved the way they designed the guesthouse to make it so cozy,

I would stay here again when I come back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Small very lovely hostel with character and personal atmosphere. Very friendly, helpful and nothing which is left out. Big beds, plenty space to store your backpack under the bed, curtain at the beds, little shelf and power socket in your bed. Good showers. Nice interior. Good location. This hostel was created out of own travel experience, all the goodies brought together with style and heart.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

One of the smaller hostel I've stayed at but cozy and cheap. Location is convenient to explore the local sites in Georgetown. The beds are nice with hard mattresses (the way I prefer) providing a good rest. Getting to the top bunk can be a challenge and struggle after a long day or heavy night out but was not an issue. Rooms are kept clean. Staff were friendly and helpful. Nice little hostel for a quick visit to Penang.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for 2 nights to just do a quick sightseeing in Penang. This hostel has excellent location because it situated on Chulia and right in the heart of Georgetown so nothing is really far away.

I love the concept having curtains over the bed so you have your own privacy. The only thing I find is the height for the top bunk is really high up. You might need abit of monkey skill to climb up. The bed is solid so it won't shake and also the pillow and mattress is very comfortable and soft.

The AC won't turn on until 10pm at night, and after 10am it is shut off. The room gets hot in the afternoon and the Mosquitos are present.

The staff is super cool and you get to meet people at the lounge area, very nice.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phills
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

The staff were chilling outside the porch and greeted me from afar, as i arrived from the Ferry from Langkawi island.
In my entire trip to Penang, i made plenty of friends here at Roommates, and i certainly enjoyed my self. Thank you!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 B Lorong Chulia, George Town, Penang Island 11200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 46 Specialty Lodging in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WHO ARE WE and WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN STAYING WITH US??*18 century straits eclectic pre war shoplot - YES!*Experience staying in a classic heritage shop in Penang - YES!*Clean and comfortable- YES! *The place is so new you can even smell the paint- YES!*Guaranteed the Funnest guesthouse on the island- SOOO YES!*Value for money- YES!*So near to the heritage attractions, you can see it- YES!*So near to Penang Hawker food, you can smell it- YES!*SUPER Easy to get here by bus- YES! YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!! :D We hope to having and seeing you real soon!Roommates Penang Guesthouse is housed in an 18th century refurbished ‘Straits Eclectic’ prewar shop lot centrally located within the core Heritage Zone of Georgetown, Penang. We are within walking distance to famous hawker food stalls like Chulia Street, Kimberly Street, shopping malls like Komtar, Prangin Mall and 1st Avenue as well as morning markets like Chowrasta Market. All the ‘MUST SEE’ Heritage attractions within Penang are located around the guesthouse and can be easily explored by foot or by bicycle. We also offer bicycles for rent for the convenience of our guests. Roommates Penang is definitely the ‘smallest’, ‘newest’ and ‘funnest’ (we made this word up!) guesthouse on the island. Although the exterior and certain sections of the guesthouse still retains its prewar features, we did cracked our brains to come up with a simplistic yet modern interior so that you can fully enjoy an open concept guesthouse that only has a land space of 530 ft2. ... more   less 
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