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Old Penang Guesthouse
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Beautiful building and great location but that could be said for most of the hostels in Georgetown.

Clean bathrooms and communal areas.

The wifi and hardwired internet are both way too slow and frequently fail completely. Frustrating when trying to Skype or just get local info. Ending up using local cafe so all was not lost but its a shame they haven't spent a few extra pennies to provide decent Internet.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
Thank big_j99
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OldPenang, Manager at Old Penang Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Dear big_j88

Thank you very much for taking the time to write us review.
We are sincerely apologize on the Internet problem. After read your review, we have investigated and changed the internet router immediately.

Hope you will stay with us again and have a nice trip!

Old Penang Manager

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

I've been here for 10 days or so now and staying another 5. It's a really nice place, not too luxurious but very clean and consistent. It's always full. I've stayed in four different rooms so far and they are all equally well equiped. Staff is friendly, stuff runs on time and always the same. The wifi could be better, but you can pick up the neighbors wifi for free as well (Red Inn). Would come back any time. AC works well in all the rooms. Bedding and bathrooms/showers are very clean and cleaned 2-3 times a day. I had my own room(s), but there are female only dorms as well as mixed dorms.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

The place was great, breakfast included, cheap dorm room and the option of a female dorm. Good social area with a tv and films and internet access. However, the staff on front desk were unhelpful and made me feel slightly unwelcome. Plus the gates close at 12pm so arriving back later than that means having to wake up a member of staff and be let in...doesn't put you in their good books i'm sure.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Hazel F
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights. The first night we had double bedroom with ac, big and in out eyes clean. The next morning we heared that we where going to change room, because ours was booked... Will we where sleeping in there! We also had seen a bug on out bed and we didn't know what it was...

We got a room with twinbeds and ac. The next morning will we where changing we saw a bug like the morning before on the wall. When we looked closly we saw that IT was a bedbug. Then we saw a nother one. We told the lady and she blamed us! She said that we brought them with us. So the only thing she did was give us another room.

The thirth room was the same as the one before. spacious, twinbed and ac. And again bedbugs on the wall. We ended ip sleeping together in an one single bed! That morning we left and she complained that we didn't bring the towels. Because you get towels everyday and there is free Breakfast as much as you want.

So overall:
If you like bedbugs on your wall and on your bed, them come! The Staff is really easy going about IT...

Breakfast and towels included.

Clean toilet and (hot)shower.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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2  Thank Patriesh
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OldPenang, Manager at Old Penang Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Dear Patriesh,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our property. We are always glad to receive our customers feedback so that we can improve our hostel to serve you better. We would like to apologize on the bed bug problem. After receive your complaint, we have immediately spray the bed frame and room with bed bug spray.

Hope you will stay with us again and have a nice trip!

Old Penang Manager

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

we came to stay hear after hearing all the good reviews about the hostle, me and the girlfrind had stayed in Penang in a few other places down the road and in our experince we thought that this one was the better of them. The hostle has got good air flow through the building so it not to hot inside the rooms are tidy and of a good size and the bed are very comfortable. At the front desk there are many different survices that the guest house offers and you can get free food maps and attraction maps of the island.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jimmy L
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We had a wonderful three day stay here. Thanks mostly to extremely friendly staff who were great with our two year old. Private room with ensuite was clean and very good value; they charged us only 20 ringgit extra per night to put a mattress on the floor for our son. On the edge of the old town, close walk to Little India, a couple of decent restaurants on the street and, conveniently, a 7/11 only 50 meters away.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Brassos
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Good location.

Great mattress in the double room en suite.
WiFi was fast enough but didn't reach to our room.

Breakfast was very basic. Bread, jams etc.

A little noisy, not too bad where we were.

Quite a few smokers (only outside though)

Nice building

Overall, good price and comfortable enough for a stopover

  • Stayed: February 2013
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2  Thank Dan B
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Additional Information about Old Penang Guesthouse

Address: 53 Lorong Love, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 119 Specialty Lodging in George Town
Price Range: $15 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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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