Roommates Penang seemed to offer so much. It was in a pretty good location with clean bunks and a well kept communal area. The fact that the bunks had curtains surrounding them was also a nice touch. It seemed that our 4 night stay here was going to be flawless. However, one aspect of Roommates was to let the entire experience down. The staff. Now, the staff weren't overly rude or unhelpful (although they did seem pretty nonchalant most of the time) but they were neglectful. We were upstairs in the dorm room when we heard a buzzing sound that got louder and louder. Upon inspection we saw that the lower half of the establishment was filled with smoke. Thinking it was a fire we ran straight outside, terrified, to the laughter of some of the local people. Upon asking, we were told that a mosquito killer mixed with diesel was being pumped into the hostel, a mixture that some told us was highly toxic. We were visibly shaken and had no idea how much we had inhaled. The hostel worker on duty sauntered over to us and gave us a pitiful, and somewhat bored, sorry with an excuse that went something like: 'oh, I had made sure everyone downstairs was out, I didn't check upstairs.' Needless to say, we thought that the shoddy lack of attention from the staff made this hostel a solid 2/5.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Roommates Penang George Town