Though I was a solo traveller, I stayed in the large Family Room as this was the only one available. Finding the hotel can be a bit difficult, but once there, it is easy to relocate one of the two entrances that front onto different streets. Note that there are no elevators so one must carry all luggage up the stairs to reception and the rooms.
Check-in was efficient, and though my room was located close to the reception it was still quiet. Room was large (as expected) with a balcony that faced the back of another building, so no view. Bed was the firmest of my travels in Malaysia, but I still managed a decent night's sleep. Bathroom was located into the corner of the room with a three-quarter wall built around it. The bathroom was very small - only one person at a time - but did what was required and the shower poured forth plenty of water. There was a TV with scratchy reception, but since I couldn't find any channels broadcasting English, the quality of the reception was irrelevant. Air conditioning worked very well as I was able to regulate the room temperature to my desired level. Everything was extremely clean, no dust or dirt was apparent.
There is a common area within the hotel with without a roof. Free water is available from two chillers and I was able to consume food from an excellent street stall here. Note that smoking is allowed within this eating section, so non-smokers may need to eat elsewhere if the place gets crowded with smokers (it didn't on my visit).
The location of the hotel is excellent - bustling street food directly outside the door, but a rather nondescript combination of malls nearby (1st Avenue Mall is the best of them). Many of the attractions within Georgetown are a short walk away which was of significant benefit. It took approximately 10 minutes for me to walk to the City Hall (though I am a fast walker) so nothing was too far.
The price was very competitive considering some of the options in this city. I would certainly stay here again mainly due to the price and location. For those travelling on a budget, the New Asia Hotel is difficulty to beat.
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