We booked a double room with shared bathroom and ended up with a room at the back of the guest house overlooking the street behind Love Lane. The room was nice and spacious with a clothes horse to air / dry clothes and towels - this was a nice change from most hostels we've stayed at which don't have enough hooks to hang things from. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The only issue with the room was the noise during the night and morning. Some nights we'd be woken from dogs barking and in the mornings the carpenter would start work. This could be a problem if you enjoy sleeping in or are a light sleeper.
The bathrooms and common areas were kept impeccably clean. We really liked the upstairs shared bathroom area as it was outside and well ventilated. There was also an area to drip dry our clothes and gear. The showers had good pressure and were easily adjustable - they were by far the best we have had in Malaysia so far.
The common area was nice for relaxing and had the best wifi access (the rooms were a bit patchy). This is a busy hostel so there were many people coming and going - we were thinking of staying an extra night but the place was completely booked out so book early if you want a spot. The guests were a mix of old and young but there were a large number of mature travellers so this is definitely not a party hostel but then Penang isn't exactly a party town either.
Breakfast is provided until 12PM but is only white toast with jam and tropical fruit (watermelon, papaya). For a free breakfast it's pretty good. We would normally have some toast and then head out for some breakfast from the nearby stalls or dim sim restaurants around Lebuh Campbell. There are so many food stalls in the area you won't have to worry about walking far to find food or a snack. The lady on the corner diagonally opposite the 7-11 does fantastic spicy char kway teow for only MYR3.50. There is also a small coffee stall further up Lebuh Chulia that does roti kaya for 60 sen and kopi-o for under MYR1. There are plenty more options - you just need to explore the side lanes and try where ever the locals are eating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Penang Guesthouse is a beautifully restored pre-war building in the historic city of Penang, Malaysia and still retains much of its old world charm. It is believed to have been constructed more than 80 years ago. It is especially important as an example of a very early shop house prototype. From the original mosaic-tiled flooring, intricate artwork, inner courtyard and to wooden shuttered windows, every aspect echoes the history of the region, and offers a beguiling journey through this enchanting heritage. It is a best accommodation for travelers who seeking for budget heritage stay. The design integrates old with new, modern with historic, ensuring that the total experience is one that is authentic, honouring the past while bringing every modern convenience to bear. Let's explore the heritage and find your old time memory here! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Penang Guesthouse Hotel Georgetown
- Old Penang Guesthouse George Town