Stay in style

From fe­male pods to man­sion rooms, here are the best de­signed ho­tels for all bud­gets.

Time Out Penang Visitors Guide - - Contents - By Sammi Lim and Cara Scarpa

Con­tainer Ho­tel

Scan­di­na­vian de­sign meets Ja­panese aes­thet­ics at Pe­nang’s first cap­sule ho­tel. With branches in Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, Con­tainer Ho­tel is fast be­com­ing pop­u­lar among back­pack­ers with an eye for the unique.

Af­ter check­ing in at re­cep­tion, guests are led to mixed or fe­male-only dorms, where they can cosy up in pods fash­ioned from re­cy­cled ship­ping con­tain­ers. Each pod is equipped with a fold­able ta­ble stand, a read­ing light, and is well ven­ti­lated. There are even twin pods for trav­el­ling duos and love birds.

If you need more room to stretch out, hang out in the mod­ern com­mon area that looks like some­thing straight out of an in­te­rior de­sign magazine. The avant­garde en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre is so neat that it steals the tele­vi­sion’s thun­der.

If you prize your pri­vacy above nov­elty, stay in one of Con­tainer Ho­tel’s reg­u­lar rooms in­stead. The White Room is fur­nished with a queen-sized bed while the White Suite comes with two – per­fect for a small group of friends.

4 Gat Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9515/con­tain­er­ho­­nang). Mixed or fe­male-only pods, RM60; White Room, RM180; White Suite, RM300.

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