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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Yeng Keng is a hotel with a history. Since the 70s the Yeng Keng has been a popular budget hotel for backpackers from all over the world. The locals tell stories of how the hippy generation in the 70s would frolic in the nude at the Ferringhi Waterfall and come back and crash at the Yeng Keng. Have attached a photo of what the Yeng Keng used to look like before the renovation.

Over the last few years, the new owners of the hotel have lovingly given this Penang icon a new lease of life as a hip and comfortable boutique hotel. The hotel is intimate with only 20 rooms and is tastefully and lovingly renovated. My read is that the owners have taken great care to preserve the "feeling" of staying in a shop house with antique-style furniture and fittings which are reminiscent of the 60-70s in Malaysia and consistent with the vibe of Chulia Street.

The property offers many nooks and crannies to sit down and enjoy the property(see pictures attached). The hotel also offers the creature comforts of a larger hotel with fast complimentary internet, excellent cafe serving Hainanese food, bar, swimming pool, concierge, reception...Because of its intimate size, the staff take pains to serve the guests well and are proud of working for the property. Pricing at the Yeng Keng is comparable with the large chain hotels in Penang(see picture with its published prices), but I would suggest that the Yeng Keng offers better value given its intimacy, complimentary breakfast and internet, and great location,

Most of the regular rooms are quite small(see picture attached), but they are fitted out with strong air-conditioning, complimentary mineral water, coffee/tea facilities, and room safes. Guests are welcomed with a welcome drink of iced apple juice and there is a free flow of coffee and tea all day as well as fresh seasonal fruit.

The Chulia street area where the Yeng Keng is situated is home to the largest concentration of backpacking accomodation in Penang. This makes for a lively and vibrant youth vibe with Raggae Bars, Drinking Holes, Coffee Places, Bakeries to tickle your palate. Chulia street is also home to a large variety of street food.The street food in Penang is generally safe and hygienically prepared and is one of the things that Penang is paricularly famous for. In the evening, take a 3-5 minute walk left of the hotel entrance and you will come to a 7-11 convenience store. Opposite from the 7-11 you will see a nice cluster of street food which includes curry mee, wantan mee, lor bak and other Penang supper favorites. They are all generally of high quality as evidenced by the steady stream of local people and cars stopping in for a quick bite or takeaway. During the day there is also plenty of great Penang Food within minutes from the hotel, check with the concierge for recommendations.

As a former backpacker, it is great to come back to the Yeng Keng area because it is a chance to relive the memories of my backpacking days - but without having to give up the creature comforts that I have come to expect in a business hotel.

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Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
7  Thank Dover C
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

If you have never stayed in this hotel, you simply must give it a try! I stayed here with my wife, elderly mum and aunty, and we had a wonderful experience - the heritage feel of the hotel, the friendly staff, the great service, the nice breakfast, the location (near sights, fantastic street food and old eating houses; just 10 mins brisk walk away from mall) etc. The only downsides to the great experience were the rooms, which are really tiny as compared to business hotels, and the noise that can echo through the hotel due to its smaller size. We had two nights (of three) of disturbed sleep but the staff were very kind and took great pains to ensure we were fine. Nevertheless, a great and memorable experience.

Room Tip: Make sure you request for the rooms away from the reception and far back of the hotel - they are much quieter.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank JLEESingapore
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The hotel is beautifully done up with a good mix of traditional and modern fittings. The rooms are very clean. It's in the middle of the UNESCO Heritage area and easy walking distance to eateries and sights. I would think twice about taking a public bus and dragging bags along the road to the hotel, though. After reading so many good things about the staff in previous reviews we felt sorely let down by those we encountered.. When we arrived in the evening we were ignored by the guy standing around in the courtyard as we struggled to bring our baggage to the reception desk through the courtyard from the road. He later gave us a cursory introduction to the room facilities and was quite incorrect in telling us in response to our query that there was no in-room safe (we found it behind a closet door minutes later). WiFi is free throughout the hotel, but was so weak inside our room that we had to sit outside the room in the upper floor lobby to get a working connection. This problem probably does not apply to rooms that are nearer the lobby. Provided toiletries were very basic (soap, shampoo, no conditioner or body lotion) and of poor to average quality. The air-conditioner in our room struggled to cool us down in hot weather despite maximum settings. Fortunately, it rained in the nights when we were there. Showers were hot with good water pressure though. Breakfast provided a decent choice of food, including local cakes and savories - some things I had not eaten for years since my teen years in Penang!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank updoc1
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

When I read the reviews about this heritage boutique hotel in George Town,there was a common remark throughout,and it was about the service and friendly staff,so I decided to make a reservation for 2 nights and I must say that I was not disappointed.The staff was very friendly and personal. .Siti,Yeoh & Priya who work in the front desk gave us very good tips on dinning,places to visit and assisted us with transport arrangements as well.They gave us a late check out which was very much appreciated and after walking in the heat all day we were greeted with a glass of cold water by one of the guys at the entrance.The location is excellent because it is in walking distance to most of the heritage sites and attractions.The rooms are not large,but comfortable,with high ceiling and nice decor.The public areas on both levels are very nice and comfortable. I highly recommend staying there .

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are slightly larger and more quiet
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank sarmufmaf
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed in Yeng Keng with the family for 3 nights. We all enjoyed this hotel with a very helpfull and friendly staff. Each time we needed something they were happy to help. Rooms are very clean and its nice to have a (small) swimming pool so the kids could enjoy and have some distraction after doing the different visits in Georgetown.

The location of the hotel is perfect, you can easily walk to the different areas of Georgetown.

You get a good wifi connection included in the price wich is a pluspoint.

Breakfast was good as well but you have to ask if you want eggs, omelets or so. Only downside would be the coffee.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank ArlindoAlves
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