Old Penang Guesthouse

28 July 2009

The guesthouse where we stayed for a good 2 nights during our recent trip to Penang was one of the best that I have ever tried. It was clean, comfortable and very homey, reminded me so much of my mom’s ancestral house back home in the Philippines.

Old Penang Guesthouse Entrance

Old Penang Guesthouse Entrance

Old Penang Guesthouse is a beautifully restored shophouse located in Love Lane, one of the backpacker areas in Georgetown, Penang. The location is very accessible and easily within walking distance to the various sights in town.

Location of Old Penang Guesthouse

Location of Old Penang Guesthouse

Despite being recently renovated (it was done 8 months ago according to one of the staffs), the building still retained its old world charm. This was evident in the original mosaic-tiled flooring, intricate artworks, an airy inner courtyard, the wooden floor in the 2nd storey, and the wooden shuttered windows. Practically, every aspect of the guesthouse reflects some history of the region.

Beside the inner courtyard, there is also this lounge where the guest can just sit down comfortably and read a book or watch TV.

the huge and well ventilated courtyard

the huge and well ventilated inner courtyard

They have lots of books as well; particularly travel guides to help you plan on your itinerary in Penang or your next destination. They also offer tour, visa and transportation assistance to their guest; all this they do at a very competitive price.

The rooms are all air-conditioned and are clean in every aspect of the word. The beds were comfortable although the pillow could have been a bit thicker though. We were lucky enough to get the room with a private bathroom but the common toilet and shower was not so bad as well as it is regularly cleaned by the guesthouse staff.

Twin Room

Twin Room

12 Bed Mixed Dorm

12 Bed Mixed Dorm

Double Room

Double Room

The staffs, headed by Paul, were very helpful and very hospitable. A plus factor was that they were very knowledgeable about Penang in general. Ask them for directions, they would answer instantly – same goes if you ask them for food recommendation, they would tell you the place to eat as well as the direction going there.  

Lastly, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I paid 70 MYR/night, which got me a private air-conditioned room with an attached toilet. This came with free use of their towels (very important for me as I hate bringing my own towel during trips), breakfast (consisting of toasts and jam), free flowing coffee and WiFi access (not too reliable though). This was good for 2 persons already. A very good value for money, I can definitely say.

Old Penang Guesthouse
No.53, Love Lane,
10200 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 04-2638805


4 Responses to “Old Penang Guesthouse”

  1. Dea Says:

    Hi Marvs!

    Penang seems lovely, I hope I can visit it someday, I’m glad that Malaysia is now very accessible to Manila (Clark, that is), thanks to LCCs. Good to see you blogging about your travels.

  2. Dea Says:

    Marvs, I’ll link your blog up on mine, ha? I just started.

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