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Sinkeh

105 Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3966/ www.sinkeh.com).

This charm­ing guest­house is clean, rea­son­ably priced and flooded with nat­u­ral sun­light.

Lang Hoose

269 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 6616/ www.langhoose.com).

The open-air rooftop ter­race is a big draw at this homey es­tab­lish­ment.

By the beach

Lone Pine Ho­tel

97 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 886 8686/ www.lonepine­ho­tel.com). This invit­ing ho­tel has beau­ti­ful grounds and rooms with lovely views.

Con­tem­po­rary de­sign

Loke Thye Kee Res­i­dences 326 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 1929/ www.lokethye­kee.com).

A mix of Straits Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture and con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior de­signs fills this ho­tel. Le Dream Bou­tique

139 Jalan Pin­tal Tali, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9370/ ledreamho­tel.com).

Come to this mod­ern space for its swanky rooftop bar and good ser­vice.

Ba­lik Pu­lau

Mal­i­hom

Jalan Ba­lik Pu­lau, Ba­lik Pu­lau (+6012 428 5191/+604 261 0190/ www.mal­i­hom.com).

Mal­i­hom means ‘vil­lage of the fra­grant rice’ and is the kind of place you go to es­cape the chaos of city life. Eight Thai rice barns have been thought­fully re­fur­bished and placed on a hill­top in Ba­lik Pu­lau and fea­ture pri­vate decks, spec­tac­u­lar views and an in­fin­ity pool that over­looks the hills. Opt­ing for full-board is ad­vised due to the lo­ca­tion of the es­tate. Bring a good book and be pre­pared to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate.

Batu Fer­ringhi

Hard Rock Ho­tel Pe­nang

Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1711/ pe­nang.hardrock­ho­tels.net).

Part of the suc­cess­ful Hard Rock chain, this re­sort is ex­tremely pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies and those look­ing for a fun­filled beach stay. All 250 well-de­signed rooms of­fer Rock ’n’ Roll ser­vice and ameni­ties, and fam­i­lies with lit­tle ones can check in at the Lil Rock Suite kit­ted out with a PlayS­ta­tion 3, mu­sic videos, a spe­cial kids’ in-room menu and a mini bar stuffed with snacks. The freeform swim­ming pool is a big draw and there is a lively kids’ club as well. For en­ter­tain­ment head to Hard Rock Café for live bands ev­ery night.

Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort

72 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 886 6666/ www.hol­i­dayin­nre­sorts.com/pe­nang). Chill out be­neath co­conut trees on the white, sandy beaches at the Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort Pe­nang with the vi­brant night mar­ket right at your doorstep. One of the orig­i­nal ho­tels on Batu Fer­ringhi, this ho­tel has loyal guests who keep com­ing back for the spe­cial long-stay rates, good ser­vice and great lo­ca­tion just steps away from the beach.

Lone Pine Ho­tel

97 Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 886 8686/ www.lonepine­ho­tel.com).

Just steps away from the shore, the Lone Pine Ho­tel is a charm­ing prop­erty that was re­fur­bished in 2010 to a more con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of the orig­i­nal ho­tel, which be­gan op­er­a­tions in 1948. The tall ca­sua­r­ina trees pro­vide shade and a lovely view, while the ham­mocks are a pop­u­lar af­ter­noon es­cape. Rooms are airy and ei­ther face the sea or gar­den, and there are fam­ily-sized op­tions avail­able. Din­ing op­tions in­clude al­fresco din­ing by the pool, mod­ern Ja­panese dishes at Matsu, and a se­lec­tion of tapas and wine at Batubar.

PARKROYAL Pe­nang Re­sort

Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1133/ www.parkroy­al­ho­tels.com). An­other pop­u­lar fam­ily op­tion, the PARKROYAL is right by the beach and has a large free-form pool which has wa­ter slides at one end for the kids. Beach ac­tiv­i­ties like jet ski­ing, para­sail­ing and boat trips are avail­able, and trop­i­cal cock­tails at the

Sun­set Bar are a hol­i­day high­light.

Shangri-La Golden Sands Re­sort Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 886 1911/www.shangri-la.com). An­other pop­u­lar fam­ily-friendly ho­tel on the beach with its very own mini theme park called the Ad­ven­ture Zone with mul­ti­ple sec­tions of mod­u­lar play equip­ment and play ar­eas for tod­dlers. The ho­tel of­fers a ‘Kids Eat, Stay and Play For Free’ pack­age avail­able for up to three chil­dren less than 12 years of age. Rooms are well-de­signed and com­fort­able, and there’s a kids club and ac­tiv­i­ties like guided jun­gle walks avail­able.

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Re­sort & Spa

Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 888 8888/www.shangri-la.com). Rasa Sayang is one of the old­est and bet­ter five-star ho­tels in Pe­nang. Rooms here are ac­cen­tu­ated with a view of the Straits of Malacca and the sur­round­ing green­ery. The lo­ca­tion strikes a good bal­ance be­tween the lively night mar­ket and the calm pri­vate beach. The ho­tel’s spa, Chi, is famed for its treat­ments; and if you re­ally want to treat your­self, book into one their lav­ish suites.

Bayan Lepas

Ho­tel Equa­to­rial Pe­nang

1Jalan Bukit Jam­bul, Bayan Lepas (+604 632 7000/ pe­nang.equa­to­rial.com). This ho­tel is ideal for busi­ness travellers and is lo­cated on a hill near the air­port with views over the Pe­nang Bridge. With 662 gue­strooms fur­nished with mod­ern ameni­ties as well as a host of other cus­tomer-ori­ented fa­cil­i­ties, this ho­tel re­tains its ti­tle as the best ac­com­mo­da­tion in the area.

Fig Tree Hill Re­sort

Off Jalan Ke­nari, Ta­man De­saria, Sun­gai Ara, Bayan Lepas (+6019 362 0270/ www.figtree­hill-re­sort.com).

For an off-the-grid get­away in Pe­nang, head to Fig Tree Hill Re­sort. A half-hour’s drive from Ge­orge Town through a nar­row jun­gle road leads you to this lit­tle known re­treat. A Ba­li­nese-style re­sort far from the bus­tle of the city, ac­com­mo­da­tion of this sort is rare in Pe­nang. Choose from a range of unique vil­las with names such as Lily (with a view of the swim­ming pool), Jas­mine and Cem­paka. Ba­sic breakfast is served but one should come pre­pared as it’s quite a dis­tance to drive out for other meals. Bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties are pro­vided.

Ge­orge Town

1881 Chong Tian Cul­tural (Her­itage) Ho­tel

38, 40, 42 Jalan Pin­tal Tali, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 1881/ www.1881chong­tian.com).

This ho­tel has en­joyed, and is still en­joy­ing, suc­cess since the 1800s when it catered to prom­i­nent mer­chants

who came to Pe­nang to trade and has since achieved cul­tural her­itage sta­tus. With its spa­cious and com­fort­able rooms, you’re sure to en­joy your time in this 130-odd-year-old build­ing. In lieu with its her­itage preser­va­tion ef­forts, there’s also an on­site mu­seum that show­cases an­tiques from var­i­ous Chi­nese dy­nas­ties.

23 Love Lane

23 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 1323/www.23love­lane.com).

For­merly a pri­vate fam­ily res­i­dence, this bou­tique ho­tel can best be de­scribed as a labour of love, from the de­tailed ren­o­va­tion works un­der­taken to res­tore the orig­i­nal build­ings’ ar­chi­tec­ture to the in­clu­sion of the owner’s per­sonal col­lec­tion of South­east Asian art and an­tiques. We like the brightly dec­o­rated li­brary on the up­per floor of the An­glo In­dian Bun­ga­low, which is filled with books and is the ideal place to re­lax af­ter a day of ex­plor­ing.

The Blue Man­sion

14 Le­buh Leith, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 0036/www.cheong­fatttze­man­sion.com).

This 19th cen­tury her­itage build­ing has been stun­ningly re­fur­bished to its for­mer glory. Orig­i­nally the home of Cheong Fatt Tze, a suc­cess­ful Chi­nese ty­coon who was also known as the ‘Rock­e­feller of the East’, the man­sion’s 18 rooms are grouped into three cat­e­gories – Han, Liang and Tang – each with a unique blend of mod­ern ameni­ties and an­tique fur­ni­ture. House tours are avail­able daily to give visi­tors an in­sight into one of the most in­ter­est­ing grand houses in Pe­nang.

The Bou­tique Res­i­dence Ho­tel

133 Jalan Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 9133/ the­bou­ti­queres­i­dence­ho­tel.com.my).

Lo­cated just a stone’s throw from the fa­mous Nasi Kan­dar Ber­atur, this bou­tique ho­tel is a com­fort­able and con­ve­nient place to stay, and is made up of a col­lec­tion of re­stored 19th cen­tury shop­houses fur­nished with Asian and Euro­pean pieces. Es­tab­lished on one of the first streets laid out by Francis Light in 1786, this ho­tel houses an in­door swim­ming pool, an an­tique gift shop and a café.

Camp­bell House

106 Le­buh Camp­bell, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8290/ camp­bell­house­penang.com).

We have own­ers Nardya and Roberto to thank for the painstak­ing ren­o­va­tion of Camp­bell House, which his­tor­i­cally served as a ho­tel for pil­grims be­fore their trip to Mecca in the 1900s. With the ho­tel’s em­pha­sis on un­wa­ver­ing com­fort and ease of func­tion­al­ity, ser­vice is of their high­est pri­or­ity. We like how each suite is dis­tinc­tively dec­o­rated with stylish fea­tures and fur­ni­ture, with a ro­man­tic sari silk head­board in one room and a French Re­nais­sance wardrobe in an­other.

Clove Hall

11 Jalan Clove Hall, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 0818/clove­hall.com).

Min­utes away from Ge­orge Town, own­ers Jo and Jim Lim run Clove Hall’s six spa­cious rooms and suites, and there is some­thing to love in ev­ery room. Star Anise is one of the rooms set around its own pri­vate court­yard; Clove has a par­tial out­door shower room with a rain shower and sunken bath; Cin­na­mon has a sit­ting room that over­looks the pool. The friendly own­ers like to be pre­pared for your needs upon your ar­rival, so prior book­ings are en­cour­aged.

Cof­fee Ate­lier

47-55 Lorong Ste­wart, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 2261/ www.cof­feeate­lier.com).

Just like a cup of cof­fee, you won’t be able to re­sist the ap­peal of this quirky prop­erty. Charm­ing and im­pec­ca­bly clean, the old and new col­lide beau­ti­fully in the restora­tion of the suites with tra­di­tional Chi­nese an­tiques and mod­ern ameni­ties such as air con­di­tion­ing, flat screen TVs and WiFi. Visit the on­site Kopi Mu­seum, which used to be a lo­cal cof­fee roaster called the Kim Guan Cof­fee Fac­tory, and where the orig­i­nal Kim Guan brand is still sold. There are limited rooms so ad­vanced book­ing is ad­vised.

Eastern & Ori­en­tal Ho­tel

10 Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+604 222 2000/www.eo­ho­tels.com).

Imagine be­ing greeted upon ar­rival by two door­men dressed in knee-high socks, khaki shorts and brimmed hats? That’s the norm at the E&O, where guests are treated like it’s the 19th cen­tury, back when the ho­tel first opened. The rooms hark back to an op­u­lent Bri­tish past but the in­ten­tion­ally old-fash­ioned rooms come with TVs and ev­ery con­ceiv­able mod con. A pri­vate wa­ter-limou­sine ride to the nearby Straits Quay is avail­able for ho­tel guests for a min­i­mal fee.

NEW The Edi­son

15 Le­buh Leith, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 2990/www.theed­is­on­ho­tels.com).

Ooz­ing old world el­e­gance, this ho­tel was de­signed to re­sem­ble an An­glo-Colo­nial man­sion. Wind down from a long day of sight­see­ing by los­ing your­self in a book at the li­brary. Oth­er­wise there’s the pool and ca­bana for swim­ming and loung­ing. The ho­tel is also ide­ally sit­u­ated to walk to some of the best at­trac­tions in the her­itage zone.

Ho­tel Pe­naga

Cor­ner of Jalan Hut­ton & Le­buh Clarke, Ge­orge Town (+604 291 3201/www.hotelpe­naga.com).

Be­long­ing to renowned ar­chi­tect Hi­j­jas Kas­turi and his en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist wife Angela, the restora­tion of this 1920s col­lec­tion of shop­houses used re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als wher­ever pos­si­ble and didn’t stray too far from the orig­i­nal styles. The re­sult is a gor­geous sus­tain­able blend of old and new with taste­ful dé­cor, a beau­ti­ful gar­den, an­tique fur­ni­ture from China, as well as spa­cious rooms for whole fam­i­lies. The own­ers have also ded­i­cated a stu­dio space specif­i­cally for artist res­i­den­cies.

Loke Thye Kee Res­i­dences

326 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 1929/ www.lokethye­kee.com).

A nos­tal­gic land­mark, Loke Thye Kee has been com­pletely re­fur­bished to the high­est stan­dards. The build­ing’s restau­rant and bar have al­ready seen a stream of guests who are keen to rekin­dle the for­mer glory of this city icon. How­ever, the Loke Thye Kee Res­i­dences are staunchly mod­ern. The row of re­stored her­itage shop­houses com­prises five suites lux­u­ri­ously fur­nished in a min­i­mal, con­tem­po­rary fash­ion. An oasis of pri­vacy, each suite has its own en­trance, a kitch­enette and an out­door ter­race.

Macalister Man­sion

228 Jalan Macalister, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 3888/ www.macal­is­ter­man­sion.com).

The re­fined English charm and lux­ury of the man­sion was de­signed with Colonel Nor­man Macalister in mind. A mem­ber of the De­sign Ho­tels group, the ho­tel fea­tures clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary works of art with the rooms re­tain­ing their orig­i­nal­ity, but with the ad­di­tion of in­dul­gent mod­cons like a pil­low menu and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Sys­tems.

Mango Tree Place

Town­house 1934, 21 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, Ge­orge Town; Hide­away, 494 & 496 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+6014 246 2132/ www.man­gotreeplace.com.my).

Mango Tree Place is a friendly bou­tique ho­tel with im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. The team is es­pe­cially wel­com­ing to kids, of­fer­ing free baby cots, and is there­fore a great choice for fam­i­lies. The ho­tel has two sites, Town­house 1934 and Hide­away, and a sim­i­lar con­tem­po­rary de­sign ethos runs through both. Their break­fasts lean to­ward lo­cal va­ri­eties – take it as a safe in­tro­duc­tion to Pe­nang cui­sine. Our ad­vice is to book the court­yard suite at the Town­house – there’s a swing in the room.

Mun­tri Grove

127, 129 & 131A-F Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 5107/ www.face­book.com/Mun­triGrove).

Bright, airy rooms with wooden floor­boards and fur­nish­ings set against white walls, sheets and bil­low­ing mos­quito nets – it’s a ro­man­tic, colo­nial fan­tasy come to life. But while there are her­itage el­e­ments here like the shut­tered win­dows, the Art Deco dress­ing ta­bles and four-poster beds, Mun­tri Grove has a re­fresh­ingly mod­ern trop­i­cal vibe. Don’t miss the ho­tel’s su­perb break­fasts: eggs any way you like, toast, cereal, fresh fruit cut upon or­der and aro­matic cof­fee, ground just be­fore it hits the cafetière.

Mun­tri Mews

77 Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 5125/ www.face­book.com/muntrimews).

Mun­tri Mews is lo­cated close to many of the city’s key land­marks on a her­itage street brim­ming with 19th cen­tury Straits Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture. What was for­merly com­mu­nal park­ing for horse car­riages is now a con­tem­po­rary ho­tel suit­able for leisure travellers. The ho­tel com­bines Malay, Chi­nese, In­dian and Euro­pean in­flu­ences with each suite hav­ing a spa­cious sit­ting area that opens and leads to a ve­randa or pri­vate gar­dens, depend­ing on which floor your suite is on. Mun­tri Mews has an on­site con­ve­nience shop, a busi­ness cen­tre and an in-house café, Mews Café.

No­ordin Mews

53 Le­buh No­ordin, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 7125/ www.no­ordin­mews.com).

Sit­u­ated on the same street as the old en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre Wem­b­ley Cinema, No­ordin Mews is a bou­tique ho­tel that draws upon Asian cinema and ’50s pe­riod fash­ion in a nod to the in­ter­est­ing past of its lo­ca­tion. The re­stored 1920s Per­anakan shop­house is set in a walled trop­i­cal gar­den with its own pri­vate swim­ming pool. Each of the 16 air-con­di­tioned rooms has its own en-suite bath­room, flat screen TV and com­pli­men­tary WiFi.

Palm Man­sion Bou­tique Suites

76-88 Le­buh China, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3609/+6012 422 1858/ www.palm­man­sion.com.my).

Palm Man­sion Bou­tique Suites of­fers you the op­por­tu­nity to stay in her­itage shop­houses that date back 150 years with mod­ern ben­e­fits. With fur­ni­ture made from re­cy­cled tim­ber, the guest rooms have a sturdy, homely and subtly retro vibe. Rooms can host up to three or four oc­cu­pants and in­clude a mez­za­nine floor for an ex­tra el­e­ment of pri­vacy, an at­tached bath­room, king­sized bed, flat screen TV, free WiFi and com­pli­men­tary breakfast.

The Royale Bin­tang Pe­nang

1 & 2 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (+604 259 8888/ www.royalebin­tang-pe­nang.com).

As part of The Royale Bin­tang fam­ily, guests can ex­pect a cer­tain level of

com­fort and con­ve­nience when stay­ing at The Royale Bin­tang Pe­nang. This four-star ho­tel of­fers its guests the finest in ser­vices and ameni­ties, such as high qual­ity mat­tresses and ef­fi­cient house­keep­ing ser­vices. The ho­tel is partly lo­cated in a re­stored her­itage build­ing orig­i­nally built in 1892. This gives the ho­tel a sense of old-world charm and glam­our that is com­ple­mented by an ex­ist­ing Bri­tish Colo­nial de­sign.

Sekeping Vic­to­ria

164A-B Le­buh Vic­to­ria, Ge­orge Town (+6017 207 5977/www.sekeping.com).

The bril­liant Malaysian ar­chi­tect Ng Sek San fully re­alises his trade­mark aes­thetic in this cen­tury-old Pe­nang ware­house re­fur­bished with worn con­crete pil­lars and walls. There are two suites, a few trees grow­ing non­cha­lantly in the space, as well as five vin­tage bi­cy­cles avail­able for guests’ use. With ev­ery­thing kept to a bare min­i­mum, Sekeping Vic­to­ria is not made for snug­gling. One for de­sign buffs at home with min­i­mal­ism.

Seven Ter­races

8 Lorong Ste­wart, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 2333/ www.face­book.com/ SevenTer­races).

Award-win­ning hote­liers Karl Stein­berg and Christo­pher Ong are the pow­er­houses be­hind these re­stored 19th cen­tury An­glo-Chi­nese ter­races. All suites are dec­o­rated with an­tique Per­anakan fur­ni­ture and art­works, a sig­na­ture theme of Ong’s also found in his ear­lier projects like No­ordin Mews and Mun­tri Mews. The open court­yards and air wells through­out the ho­tel keeps the place cool and of­fers respite from the crowded city cen­tre.

Spices Ho­tel

5 Lorong Lu­mut, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 9986/www.spiceshotel.com).

Ad­ja­cent to the most vis­ited at­trac­tions in Pe­nang like Khoo Kongsi, Aceh Street Mosque and the fa­mous street mu­rals by Ernest Zachare­vic, Spices Ho­tel is in­spired by its his­tor­i­cal set­ting, and fea­tures Is­lamic, In­dian and Malay in­flu­ences. Here, you’ll be in­vited to take full ad­van­tage of the spirit of true Malaysian hos­pi­tal­ity by re­lax­ing in this homey ac­com­mo­da­tion. Spot the brawny Bodhi tree in the wall of the cen­tral court­yard, the ho­tel’s unique fea­ture that is still grow­ing today.

Straits Col­lec­tion

91 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 7299/ www.straitscol­lec­tion.com.my).

Man­aged by the folks who run the award-win­ning prop­erty Bon Ton Re­sort in Langkawi, the Straits Col­lec­tion is made up of four res­i­dences on Ar­me­nian Street. Ar­me­nian Street 91 is a re­stored shop­house with a full du­plex and in­door court­yard. The res­i­dences have been re­stored to its orig­i­nal style and ap­peal, but that doesn’t mean the own­ers have scrimped on mod­ern ameni­ties. Each res­i­dence is equipped with WiFi, air con­di­tion­ing and rain show­ers in their bath­rooms.

Yeng Keng Ho­tel

362 & 366, Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 2177/ www.yengkengho­tel.com.my).

Orig­i­nally built as a pri­vate res­i­dence, this 19th cen­tury man­sion un­der­went restora­tion which re­sulted in the beau­ti­ful ho­tel you see today. The tra­di­tional façade, rus­tic chan­de­liers and mother-of-pearl Chi­nese fur­ni­ture is sure to charm guests with their an­tiq­uity while the free WiFi, an in­house café bar and 24-hour se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance will bring a bal­anced moder­nity to this bou­tique ho­tel. There is also a de­light­ful gar­den where you can spend an idle day re­lax­ing.

You Le Yuen

7 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+6013 492 2125/ www.youleyuen.com). Housed in what was a di­lap­i­dated shop­house,

You Le Yuen is now a beau­ti­ful four-suite bou­tique bed and breakfast dec­o­rated with re­stored an­tique wooden fur­ni­ture. A chance to ex­pe­ri­ence gra­cious style within an old build­ing made com­plete with mod­ern ameni­ties, the ho­tel is also avail­able for a whole-house book­ing. Be­sides that, their pop-up pri­vate kitchen caters to in­ti­mate meals for groups of four to 15 din­ers and serves con­tem­po­rary In­dian cui­sine.

Gur­ney Drive

G Ho­tel Gur­ney

168A Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town (+604 238 0000/www.gho­tel.com.my).

G Ho­tel Gur­ney is a chic and stylish ur­ban icon along bustling Gur­ney Drive, with sea views and is only a short stroll away from Gur­ney Paragon and Gur­ney Plaza. With a stun­ning in­te­rior and con­tem­po­rary de­sign, G Ho­tel Gur­ney of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion with style and essence. Fur­ni­ture pieces de­signed by Kartell and Cap­pellini will im­press, and when you want to un­wind head to the ho­tel’s stylish pool or get a mas­sage at the Danai Spa.

G Ho­tel Kelawai

2 Per­siaran Mak­tab, Jalan Kelawai (+604 219 0000/www.gho­tel.com.my).

Cut­ting-edge life­style and sleek cor­po­rate touches meet in the newly opened G Ho­tel Kelawai. We love the strik­ing de­sign in the lobby and the rooftop in­fin­ity pool where you can grab a cock­tail at Grav­ity, their pool­side bar, and take in the beau­ti­ful panoramic view. Also, ho­tel rooms are fur­nished with com­fort­able touches like Serta beds, Her­man Miller chairs and eco-friendly Ap­pelles toi­letries. If that’s not enough, the won­der­ful cui­sine at Spoon and 2PM will win you over.

Mid-range Air Itam

Bellevue Ho­tel

Bukit Ben­dera, Air Itam (+604 829 9500/www.belle­vue­ho­tel.my).

Perched atop Pe­nang Hill, Bellevue Ho­tel used to be the res­i­dence of the first Sher­iff of what was then called Prince of Wales Is­land. There are only 12 rooms here, which are sim­ply fur­nished but guests don’t come here for lux­ury. It’s all about the view, fresh air and to get away from the hus­tle of the city be­low. The sur­round­ing gar­dens are home to a col­lec­tion of birds and ex­otic trop­i­cal plants.

Batu Fer­ringhi

Bayview Beach Re­sort

Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 886 1111/ www.bayviewho­tels.com/beach).

This beach re­sort boasts 360 rooms and suites that over­look Batu Fer­ringhi beach. They’re nicely dec­o­rated and fit­ted with pri­vate bal­conies promis­ing a spec­tac­u­lar view of ei­ther the hills or the sea. With the re­sort’s en­ter­tain­ment and recre­ational ameni­ties com­pris­ing a pool bar, a ten­nis court, a kids’ club and a spa, this ho­tel is ideal for a well­priced beach get­away.

Lost Par­adise Re­sort

262 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 890 4800/ www.lost­par­adis­ere­sort.net).

A beach­front prop­erty, Lost Par­adise Re­sort is a sanc­tu­ary sur­rounded by lush trop­i­cal trees and the An­daman Sea. Their rooms and suites have Ba­li­nese and Mi­nangk­abau ar­chi­tec­tural in­flu­ences and are made up of Su­pe­rior, Deluxe and Fam­ily op­tions and even a Royal Suite. The re­sort is equipped with fun ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude kayak­ing, fish­ing, is­land tours, hik­ing and more.

Bayan Lepas

Jere­jak Rain­for­est Re­sort

No 1, Mk 13, Daerah Timur Laut, Pu­lau Jere­jak, Bayan Lepas (+604 658 7111).

Sur­round your­self with Pu­lau Jere­jak’s lush green­ery and wildlife at the Jere­jak Rain­for­est Re­sort, which is sit­u­ated at the south eastern tip of Pe­nang and of­fers spa­cious and well-fur­nished chalets nes­tled atop a green slope with breath­tak­ing views. The best way to en­joy your stay is to spend time out­doors and try ab­seil­ing, wall climb­ing, na­ture walks or wa­ter polo. If you’ve been long­ing for a re­lax­ing re­treat, try the spa for aro­mather­apy mas­sages and lux­ury baths.

Vis­tana Ho­tel

213 Jalan Bukit Gam­bir, Bukit Jam­bul, Bayan Lepas (+604 646 8000/ www.vis­tana­ho­tels.com).

Lo­cated in Bayan Lepas, Vis­tana Ho­tel now sports a sleek, re­freshed look cour­tesy of Malaysian ar­chi­tect, Zaidan Tahir. Each of its ex­ec­u­tive deluxe and ex­ec­u­tive rooms has su­per com­fort­able beds, plush car­pet­ing and large win­dows for you to en­joy the sur­round­ing view. The ho­tel is also en­hanced with a cou­ple of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing free WiFi through­out the ho­tel, a grab-andgo cof­fee bar and a 24-hour gym equipped with FreeMo­tion Fit­ness equip­ment.

Gel­u­gor

Cen­tury Bay Ser­vice Suites

5 Lin­tang Pan­tai Jer­jak, Sun­gai Nibong, Gel­u­gor (+604 659 1515).

These Ba­li­nese-in­spired ser­vice apart­ments are per­fect for fam­ily va­ca­tions as the bed­room suites are de­signed to fit the whole fam­ily com­fort­ably. While you’re there, go for an af­ter­noon swim in the out­door pool (there’s also a chil­dren’s pool and a play­ground for the kids) or re­lax and un­wind in the Jacuzzi and sauna.

Ge­orge Town

Ar­me­nian Street Her­itage Ho­tel 139 Le­buh Carnar­von, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 3888/ www.ar­me­ni­ans­ther­itage­ho­tel.com).

Lo­cated within the her­itage zone of Ge­orge Town, this ho­tel is strate­gi­cally close to sev­eral pop­u­lar at­trac­tions as well as the fa­mous street art mu­rals. Thought­fully de­signed for solo travellers, cou­ples and fam­i­lies, rooms here are fur­nished with com­fort­able beds, a writ­ing desk and have their own en-suite bath­rooms at a rea­son­able price.

Bayview Ho­tel Ge­orge­town

25-A Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 3161/ www.bayviewho­tels.com).

Bayview Ho­tel is just a hop away from his­tor­i­cal land­marks like the Pe­nang Mu­seum and Cheong Fatt Tze Man­sion. Its cen­tral lo­ca­tion means guests have easy ac­cess to the best street food and pop­u­lar sites in town. For din­ner, check out the ho­tel’s fa­mous re­volv­ing restau­rant and sky bar which boasts a 360-de­gree view of Pe­nang.

Cin­tra Her­itage House

1,3, 5 & 7 Le­buh Cin­tra, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 8232/ www.cin­tra­house.com).

The charm of this Chi­nese Eclec­tic her­itage house is the crafts­man­ship that has gone into its build­ing and re­cent re­fur­bish­ment. De­tails like the fact that the wooden shut­ters have been re­stored without nails all add to the charm of this bou­tique ho­tel. There are only 13 rooms here and prices are rea­son­able.

Ci­ti­tel Pe­nang

66 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 291 1188/ www.cititelpenang.com).

This is one of two Ci­ti­tel Ho­tels in Malaysia; the other is lo­cated in Mid Val­ley, KL. Its lo­ca­tion on Jalan Pe­nang is su­perb, pro­vid­ing guests with im­me­di­ate ac­cess to food, en­ter­tain­ment and shop­ping. If you love rooms with views, the ho­tel’s 451 gue­strooms and suites face ei­ther the sea or the her­itage city, as well as the first Pe­nang Bridge. For a lo­cal breakfast, head to the fa­mous cof­fee shop, Kheng Pin, which is just down the road.

Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel

5 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 6388/ www.hotel­con­ti­nen­tal.com.my).

Ho­tel Con­ti­nen­tal is clev­erly lo­cated on Jalan Pe­nang, which is one of the main roads in Ge­orge Town. A short dis­tance away from com­mer­cial and bank­ing dis­tricts, shop­ping cen­tres and sev­eral his­tor­i­cal land­marks, the ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion is per­fect for tourists. The room rates are pretty hard to beat too, more than enough to make up for the slightly dated rooms.

Delux­cious Her­itage Ho­tel

15-17A, Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 9993/www. delux­cious.com.my).

This gor­geous ho­tel is a reimag­in­ing of a 19th cen­tury colo­nial house in the hub of Ge­orge Town. There are 18 pri­vate suites avail­able, each one in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed to ac­com­mo­date the dif­fer­ent lay­outs of each room. Check out their spa of­fer­ing a range of treat­ments and mas­sages; some room pack­ages even in­clude a free Ba­li­nese mas­sage. The Delux­cious Restau­rant also in­vites guests to par­tic­i­pate in a culi­nary jour­ney of fu­sion de­lights with award-win­ning lo­cal Chef Keith Khoo.

DWELL

17 Bangkok Lane, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 0385/ www.palan­quinn.com).

Like its sis­ter prop­erty, Palan­quInn, Dwell is di­vided into Ter­race, Loft and Mez­za­nine suites and was de­signed with flash­pack­ers in mind. This retro-in­spired ho­tel has mod­ern ameni­ties like com­pli­men­tary WiFi, air con­di­tion­ing and flat screen TVs as well as her­itage fea­tures like funky tiles, del­i­cate coloured glass win­dows and high ceil­ings. Take the Mez­za­nine suite for a view of the neigh­bour­ing Bud­dhist tem­ple’s stupa from your bath­tub.

East In­dies Man­sion

25 Le­buh China, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8025/www.eastindieshotel.com).

Decked out with a med­ley of vin­tage fur­ni­ture in var­i­ous shades and prints, East In­dies Man­sion is sit­u­ated in the heart of the her­itage zone. Orig­i­nally the home of Pe­nang’s first Kap­i­tan Cina (a leader of over­seas Chi­nese), this bou­tique ho­tel has been re­stored to its for­mer glory, keep­ing as close to its ini­tial de­sign, al­beit with a host of mod cons. Our favourite part of the man­sion is its large court­yard fur­nished with old-school rat­tan chairs, which are per­fect for chill­ing out and meet­ing new peo­ple.

Ge­orge­town City Ho­tel

1-Stop Mid­lands Park, Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 7111/ www.george­townci­ty­ho­tel.com).

The 320-gue­stroom ho­tel fea­tures your stan­dard ho­tel chain vibe and fa­cil­i­ties, but it gets classier as you go up the ranks. There’s a de­cent pool and gym­na­sium, but the ho­tel doesn’t come rec­om­mended if you’re look­ing for a trop­i­cal re­treat. It’s all about ur­ban pursuits here, as its part of the 1-Stop Mid­lands Park, a lo­cal busi­ness and en­ter­tain­ment mall. Head over if you’re on a busi­ness trip or look­ing for a lively city break.

Glow Pe­nang

101 Jalan Macalister, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 0084/www.glowho­tels.com).

The funky art­works by lo­cal artist Zaini Zainul and vi­brant splashes of colour that con­trast strik­ingly against grey walls give the ho­tel a dis­tinctly trendy am­bi­ence. Lo­cated strate­gi­cally within the vicin­ity of some ex­cel­lent hawker stalls and Chi­nese ko­pi­ti­ams, this ho­tel of­fers plush pil­low top mat­tresses and perks like com­pli­men­tary WiFi and breakfast. Af­ter you’ve vis­ited the Sun Yat Sen memo­rial nearby, go for a swim in the pool or en­joy mu­sic and drinks at their pool­side bar.

Ho­tel Jen Pe­nang

Jalan Magazine, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 2622/www.hotel­jen.com).

For­merly known as the Traders Ho­tel Pe­nang, Ho­tel Jen is lo­cated right next to Kom­tar, the most prom­i­nent build­ing in Ge­orge Town and is walk­ing dis­tance from shop­ping cen­tres and the en­ter­tain­ment and eater­ies of Up­per Pe­nang Road. If you pre­fer to hang out at the ho­tel, there’s an out­door swim­ming pool and 24hour fit­ness cen­tre. The rooms and suites here are for the most part bright and mod­ern.

Ho­tel Royal

3 Jalan Larut, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 7888/www.hotel­roy­alpenang.com).

Lo­cated in Pe­nang’s ma­jor com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial ar­eas, this ho­tel of­fers a range of rooms from Su­pe­rior to Pres­i­den­tial with views of the coast­line. Fa­cil­i­ties in this ho­tel in­clude ball­rooms, meet­ing rooms, a swim­ming pool and gym. There is also an at­tached restau­rant that serves both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal cui­sine.

NEW Jawi Per­anakan Man­sion

153 Jalan Hut­ton, Ge­orge Town (+604 218 9858/www.face­book.com/Jaw­iPer­anakanMan­sion).

Lo­cated in what was once known as the ‘Malay Mil­lion­aires Row’ of Ge­orge Town, the build­ing’s ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures in­clude lime plas­ter walls, wood lat­tices, Doric col­umns and Adam’s wheel win­dow arches, and is a com­bi­na­tion of Mus­lim, Bri­tish and In­dian de­sign. The build­ing houses eight man­sion rooms, each fur­nished with silk and wool Kash­mir throws and Mughal tiles. There are also four fam­ily suites with a loft and a Vic­to­rian-style bath­tub. Ba­sic on-site fea­tures such as WiFi, house­keep­ing ser­vices and 24-hour se­cu­rity are avail­able.

Lang Hoose

269 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 6616/www.langhoose.com).

Its name might be Scot­tish Gaelic but Lang Hoose boasts 100 years of Chi­nese shop­house her­itage. The prop­erty has nine rooms and can cater to a va­ri­ety of travellers, but we think this place is best for big­ger groups of fam­ily or friends. All rooms come with free WiFi ac­cess, air con­di­tion­ing and fans. Make use of Lang Hoose’s con­vivial open rooftop ter­race, where you can en­joy a cuppa (tea- and cof­fee-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties are on the house) or buy a beer and kick back to en­joy a spot of TV af­ter a hard day’s sight­see­ing.

NEW Le Dream Bou­tique

139 Jalan Pin­tal Tali, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9370/ledreamho­tel.com).

This four-star bou­tique ho­tel opened its doors in Oc­to­ber 2015 and has earned noth­ing but rave re­views. Lit­tle re­minders of the past lend this mod­ern ho­tel stately charm; for in­stance, oak chairs with up­hol­stered leather seats and a faux fire­place com­ple­ment ex­posed con­crete walls; and no visit here is com­plete without a visit to the rooftop Jacuzzi.

Mu­seum Ho­tel

72 Jalan AS Man­sor, off Jalan Trans­fer, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 6668/www.mu­se­umho­tel.com.my).

Sit­u­ated min­utes away from buzzing Pe­nang Road, this sprawl­ing ho­tel fea­tures rooms that are in­di­vid­u­ally themed and decked out with beau­ti­ful an­tique fur­ni­ture. Its lav­ish fur­nish­ings, rem­i­nis­cent of a time gone by, and mod cons like flat screen TVs and rain show­ers al­low guests to ex­pe­ri­ence a bal­anced con­trast be­tween past and present. We like its pri­vate mu­seum which houses more an­tiques for guests to mar­vel at.

The Northam All Suites

55 Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Ge­orge Town (+604 370 1111/web. northamho­tel-pe­nang.com).

As the name in­di­cates, the Northam’s suites are spa­cious, well dec­o­rated and re­plete with mod­ern and homely ameni­ties, though some may re­quire spruc­ing up. For re­cre­ation, en­joy a cool splash in the in­fin­ity pool that over­looks the sea or head to the Sam­sara Spa for a re­lax­ing Ba­li­nese mas­sage. The ho­tel will also ar­range for a game of ten­nis, squash or golf at your re­quest.

Palan­quInn Her­itage Suites

39 Lorong Bangkok, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 0385/ www.palan­quinn.com).

With two note­wor­thy Bud­dhist tem­ples in the vicin­ity, Palan­quInn is a charm­ing bou­tique bed and breakfast with sev­eral pri­vate her­itage suites, part of a col­lec­tion of colo­nial town­houses that date back to the 1920s. The suites are spa­cious, con­fined and fit­ted with a bal­cony for a view of the lively street life be­low or the Bud­dhist tem­ple’s stupa. Guests who book the Loft Suite will have the en­tire floor to them­selves.

Ren i Tang

82-A Le­buh Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 250 8383/www.ren­i­tang.com).

Orig­i­nally a tra­di­tional medic­i­nal hall in 1885, the sen­si­tively re­stored Ren i Tang is the re­sult of a two-year restora­tion project. With a name that means ‘Hall of Benev­o­lence’, Ren i Tang con­sists of 17 spa­cious rooms with mod­ern ameni­ties like air con­di­tion­ing, satel­lite tele­vi­sion chan­nels and eco-friendly bath­room kits. One of our favourite rooms is the Tub Room, which comes with a herbal soak­ing tub and a se­lec­tion of bath salts for re­lax­ation.

Sinkeh

105 Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3966/www.sinkeh.com).

This unique guest­house sup­ports Ge­orge Town’s arts and cul­ture by fun­nelling 20 cents for ev­ery ring­git spent by travellers into new pro­gram­ming and pro­duc­tion. The nine rooms were de­signed by Lil­lian Tay, an award-win­ning Malaysian ar­chi­tect, and they are sleek and mod­ern, mak­ing use of light to bring open­ness to the small spa­ces. It has an airy court­yard at its heart and there is also a stu­dio, where reg­u­lar re­hearsals, pro­duc­tions, per­for­mances and lec­tures take place.

Sun­way Ho­tel Ge­orge Town

33 Lorong Baru, off Jalan Macalister, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 9988/ ge­orge­town.sun­way­ho­tels.com).

Hol­i­day mak­ers will be pleased to know that the ren­o­vated Sun­way Ho­tel now comes with wider beds to rest in af­ter a long day. The re­freshed look has a bal­ance of mod­ern and min­i­mal­ist de­sign and all rooms come with in­ter­net ac­cess. For a bet­ter view of the city, up­grade to the Deluxe Club Room which also grants guests ac­cess to the Club Lounge. The ho­tel’s fa­cil­i­ties also in­clude a spa­cious swim­ming pool and a fit­ness cen­tre.

Su­per 8 Ho­tel

81 Le­buh Tye Sin, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 5888/www.su­per8ho­tel.com.my).

Su­per 8 is lo­cated in the mid­dle of the com­mer­cial and bank­ing area, which makes it only a half-hour drive away from Bayan Lepas In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Its crisp white bed sheets and clean floors make it a de­cent place to hang up your hat for a short stay. We rec­om­mend in­vest­ing in ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper as the karaoke lounge down­stairs op­er­ates till mid­night.

The Wem­b­ley –

St Giles Premier Ho­tel

183 Jalan Magazine, Ge­orge Town (+604 259 8000/www.face­book.com/ TheWem­b­leyPe­nang).

The Wem­b­ley of­fi­cially opened in April 2015 and has brought a touch of style to Pe­nang’s fleet of busi­ness ho­tels. Bright golden in­te­ri­ors and tra­di­tional, el­e­gant styling set the scene while a host of fa­cil­i­ties such as a shop­ping ar­cade, a welle­quipped gym­na­sium and a salt­wa­ter swim­ming pool en­sures an en­joy­able stay. Dine at the Wem­b­ley Café, which is gar­ner­ing some de­cent re­views.

Gur­ney Drive

Ev­er­green Lau­rel Ho­tel Pe­nang

53 Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 9988/ www.ev­er­green­lau­rel­hotelpenang.com).

With ho­tels across Tai­wan, Thai­land and France, this is Ev­er­green’s only ho­tel in Malaysia and caters mostly to busi­ness travellers. Fac­ing the sea, The Ev­er­green Lau­rel Ho­tel is a com­pact, com­fort­able place with spot­less, well-main­tained rooms and a de­cent breakfast spread. The lounge isn’t par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing, so look for fun out­side the ho­tel.

The Gur­ney Re­sort Ho­tel & Res­i­dences

18 Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town (+604 370 7000/ www.gur­ney-ho­tel.com.my).

A part­ner ho­tel of the The Northam All Suites, this ho­tel lacks its younger coun­ter­part’s fresh­ness and charm, but it has lo­ca­tion and price on its side thanks to the ho­tel’s place­ment on the busy stretch of Gur­ney Drive. Guests are close to food, shop­ping, nightlife and the seafront. Room-wise, the ho­tel con­sists of stu­dio and two-bed­room suites with a Jacuzzi, lounge area and high-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

Se­berang Perai

Ix­ora Ho­tel

3096 Jalan Baru, Ban­dar Perai Jaya, Perai (+604 382 8888/ www.ixo­ra­ho­tel.com).

Con­ve­niently lo­cated a 20-minute drive from the Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port (depend­ing on the traf­fic on the Pe­nang Bridge) and a stone’s throw from Mega­mall Pe­nang, this ho­tel at­tracts busi­ness travellers and tourists. The spa­cious rooms are ba­sic and func­tional. Come here if you’re trav­el­ling in groups or with fam­ily as there are suites with up to four be­d­rooms each that will eas­ily ac­com­mo­date your group.

Pearl View Ho­tel

Jalan Baru, Se­berang Perai (+604 398 9888/www.pearlviewho­tel.com.my).

Pearl View is sit­u­ated in Perai’s com­mer­cial cen­tre, pro­vid­ing guests with easy ac­cess to shop­ping malls and en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres. The ho­tel is a bet­ter fit for those with busi­ness af­fairs rather than ca­sual travellers, but its charm­ing Lo­tus Spa will suit both. Try the Ta­marind Skin Ex­fo­li­a­tion or the Crown­ing Glory head mas­sage. A hair­dress­ing sa­lon is also tucked within the spa with treat­ments rang­ing from fa­cials to aro­mather­apy.

Sum­mit Ho­tel Bukit Mer­ta­jam

566 Jalan Aru­mugam Pil­lai, Se­berang Perai Ten­gah, Bukit Mer­ta­jam (+604 538 6666/www.summithotelbm.com).

Over­look­ing Bukit Mer­ta­jam, Sum­mit Ho­tel is one of only a hand­ful of in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard ho­tels in the area. This three-star es­tab­lish­ment is lo­cated in the mid­dle of Bukit Mer­ta­jam and Se­berang Perai’s busi­ness dis­tricts and has over 160 rooms and suites. Do note though that Ge­orge Town and Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port are quite a dis­tance away.

Sun­way Ho­tel Se­berang Jaya

11 Le­buh Teng­giri Dua, Pusat Ban­dar Se­berang Jaya (+604 370 7788/ se­berang­jaya.sun­way­ho­tels.com).

Mostly fre­quented by busi­ness travellers who want to stay close to the in­dus­trial hubs and com­mer­cial zones of Pe­nang, this ho­tel boasts rooms with con­tem­po­rary de­signs. There’s also un­lim­ited broad­band ac­cess in the ba­sic deluxe rooms, which is quite a boon as the nightlife here isn’t any­thing to shout about.

Tan­jung Bun­gah Copthorne Orchid Ho­tel Pe­nang

Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 892 3333/ www.mil­len­ni­umho­tels.com/ copthornepenang).

Copthorne Orchid’s well-ap­pointed rooms boast views of the sea and come with pri­vate bal­conies, of­fer­ing its guests the feel­ing of a gen­uine sea­side hol­i­day. Its pool will com­pete for your at­ten­tion and so will the var­i­ous nearby at­trac­tions like Gur­ney Drive and Batu Fer­ringhi. The kids can also en­joy their time at the chil­dren’s pool and spe­cial Kids Cor­ner. You’ll find all your stan­dard ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties here, rang­ing from a gym to a Jacuzzi, and good ser­vice.

Flamingo Ho­tel by the Beach, Pe­nang

Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 892 7111/ pe­nang.flamingo.com.my).

This ho­tel has 280 gue­strooms, rang­ing from deluxe to suites kit­ted out with con­tem­po­rary ac­cents like crisp all-white linen and beach-fac­ing deck chairs. You’ll have the op­tion of great hawker grub close by, and we love the ro­man­tic sun­set views from the pool­side. Other fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an out­door swim­ming pool, an out­door Jacuzzi, a spa, a fit­ness room and the ho­tel’s Kids’ Club.

Four Points by Sher­a­ton Pe­nang

505 Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 371 8888/ www.four­pointspenang.com).

Four Points by Sher­a­ton op­er­ates on the prin­ci­ple that ‘com­fort doesn’t have to be com­pli­cated’. Rooms are mod­ern with bright, stylish touches plus all the ameni­ties you need to make your stay an easy one. Choose a sea view room to en­joy the sight of the lovely semipri­vate beach. When hunger strikes, head to The Eatery, the ho­tel’s all-day din­ing restau­rant, where the salmon laksa comes highly rec­om­mended. Fol­low it up with a drink at The Best Brew, a laid­back bar with a darts board, pool ta­ble and a good se­lec­tion of beers.

Rain­bow Par­adise Beach Re­sort

527 Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 899 0000/ www.par­adis­e­ho­tel.com).

Rain­bow Par­adise is a soar­ing sight along the white sandy beach of Tan­jung Bun­gah. It has its own pri­vate stretch of beach and 315 taste­fully-dec­o­rated rooms fea­tur­ing sea and hill views. Guests can en­joy fa­cil­i­ties like a ten­nis court, fit­ness cen­tre, swim­ming pool, a wa­ter sports cen­tre and a seafront restau­rant. Fam­i­lies and big groups will ben­e­fit most, as this re­sort has two-bed­room suites that mea­sure al­most 1,000 square feet with a spa­cious bal­cony.

Bud­get Air Itam

Fast­book Hos­tel

Desa Per­mata, 1228L-3, Jalan Paya Terubong, Air Itam (+6019 477 7661/www.fast­bookhos­tel.webs.com).

This hos­tel is ideal for back­pack­ers on a bud­get. Rooms are ba­sic and com­fort­able and there is a com­mu­nal liv­ing hall for en­ter­tain­ment, and a shared kitchen. Ven­ture out­side and you have a con­ve­nience store, nasi kan­dar restau­rant and food court all within easy walk­ing dis­tance. Come week­ends, guests can en­joy a typ­i­cal Pe­nang night mar­ket as one will set up on the street right out­side the hos­tel.

Batu Fer­ringhi

Baba Guest House

52 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1686).

Baba Guest House is lo­cated very near the shore and ideal for the ea­ger beach­goer. It’s also a short stroll to the main street with hawker cen­tres, mini mar­kets and shops. The clean­li­ness of the prop­erty is com­mend­able. Some rooms come with air con­di­tion­ing while oth­ers have only fans. A word of cau­tion about the noise from the sur­rounds – there is a mosque next door and it can get a bit noisy from in­side too.

Fer­ringhi Inn & Café

3A Jalan Sun­gai Emas, Eden Square, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 9999).

Fer­ringhi Inn & Café is one of Pe­nang’s bet­ter bud­get mo­tels and is walk­ing dis­tance to the beach, bank, hawker cen­tre, money changer and other fa­cil­i­ties. You’ll be able to nav­i­gate the area with ease and all the rooms here have bath­rooms, a hot shower, satel­lite TV and air con­di­tion­ing at a very rea­son­able price.

Roomies

76C-4 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi; 1-9B Eden Pa­rade, Jalan Sun­gai Emas, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1378/ www.roomiespenang.com).

De­signed with flash­pack­ers in mind, Roomies Pe­nang fills the niche for bou­tique bud­get stays in Batu Fer­ringhi, an area dom­i­nated by lux­ury ho­tels. Lo­cated by the po­lice sta­tion, Roomies Pe­nang of­fers dorm op­tions and pri­vate rooms with 300-thread-count sheets. There’s an in­dus­trial aes­thetic at work here with ce­ment floor­ing and syn­thetic grass. The ho­tel also pro­vides visa ser­vices and the beach is only three min­utes walk away.

Ge­orge Town

The 80’s Guest­house

46 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 8806/www.the80s­guest­house.com).

This guest­house is lo­cated in a row of 100-year-old shop­houses and the his­tory of the build­ing and its pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions are pre­served through orig­i­nal and vin­tage dé­cor as well as con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings. The rooms and dorms are com­fort­able with pre­mium mat­tresses, lock­ers, in­di­vid­ual read­ing lights and elec­tri­cal plugs. There are also hot show­ers, free WiFi, and an in­ner court­yard where guests can hang out and socialise.

Ar­me­nian House

35 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 8309/Face­book: Ar­me­nian-House).

Sit­u­ated on the pop­u­lar her­itage street of Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ar­me­nian House is a ren­o­vated old shop­house of­fer­ing wal­let-friendly ac­com­mo­da­tion. While the room rates guar­an­tee ba­sic ameni­ties and com­fort­able bed­ding, guests can also en­joy a hot breakfast and free bi­cy­cle rental, which is sub­ject to early book­ing and avail­abil­ity. There’s a café at­tached to the ho­tel that of­fers home­made cakes, sim­ple com­fort food, cof­fee and beer.

NEW Chu­lia Court the Tav­ern

357 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3809/ chu­li­a­court.com.my).

You wouldn’t think by look­ing at this stylish bar and restau­rant that the up­stairs has been ren­o­vated to ac­com­mo­date travellers in a 21-bed dorm and sev­eral pri­vate rooms. The dorm is new with a car­peted floor and over­head fans while the rooms are sparsely fur­nished, but in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able. Breakfast is com­pli­men­tary. The bar­tender will mix a wel­come drink

for any­one stay­ing the night. As dusk falls, stroll along Chu­lia Street to sam­ple street food from fa­mous hawker stalls; the wan­tan and curry noo­dles are pop­u­lar among the lo­cals.

Chu­lia Her­itage Ho­tel

380 Lorong Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 3380/www. face­book.com/chu­li­a­her­itage­ho­tel).

Chu­lia Her­itage Ho­tel is lo­cated within a two-storey her­itage house in the cen­tre of Ge­orge Town. It’s a good choice for those look­ing for a cen­tral lo­ca­tion within walk­ing dis­tance of a great range of eater­ies, her­itage spots and bars. It’s equipped with air-con­di­tion­ing, LCD tele­vi­sion and WiFi, and guests can use the ho­tel’s bi­cy­cles to ex­plore the town. Over­all, it’s a de­cent spot to stay – just bear in mind that all those lovely wooden floors do carry a lot of noise.

Co­coa Mews

101 Le­buh King, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0451/ www.co­coamews.com).

Co­coa Mews is a hum­ble hos­tel in a her­itage house orig­i­nally built about 100 years ago. This guest­house is ideal for back­pack­ers and those who don’t mind shar­ing a bath­room. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a shared pantry and WiFi. Rooms are sim­ple and ba­sic, and guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore the nearby at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Pe­nang’s mu­rals and the Pi­nang Per­anakan Man­sion. The hos­tel also sells bus tick­ets to other states and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

NEW Con­tainer Ho­tel

4 Gat Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9515/ con­tain­er­ho­tel.my/pe­nang). Pe­nang’s first cap­sule ho­tel is clean and min­i­mal­ist. Stacked on top of one an­other, the sin­gle-sleeper pods aren’t too dif­fer­ent from bunk beds; if in tow with kids, they’re likely to squab­ble over the top pod the way they do over the top bunk. There are also twin pods avail­able. Cyn­ics might com­plain about claus­tro­pho­bia, but we found our pod to be spa­cious enough. It’s best to pack light if you plan on stay­ing here, as the stor­age space be­neath your pod will fit a large ruck­sack at most, but cer­tainly not a wide suit­case. Brownie points for the free WiFi with an un­com­monly strong sig­nal.

Couzi-Couji Party Hos­tel

84 Le­buh Gereja, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9585).

Widely rec­om­mended by back­pack­ers, this hos­tel is fairly priced, com­fort­able and party-friendly. Yes, you read that right. The hip own­ers of this hos­tel are known to throw kayak­ing tours, pool par­ties and bar­be­cue nights for their guests, which sug­gest a lot of min­gling and beer drink­ing. Re­gard­less of the room you choose, whether it’s a dor­mi­tory or a pri­vate room, all are com­fort­ably air-con­di­tioned and come with stan­dard hos­tel ameni­ties.

Cozy Home Inn

205 Jalan Ar­gyll, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 4648/www.cozy­home­inn.com.my). Cozy Home is ide­ally lo­cated in the his­toric city of Ge­orge Town. Money chang­ers, street food and en­ter­tain­ment nearby makes this lo­ca­tion a con­ve­nient one. The guest­house has 13 rooms in its three-storey build­ing, and while no meal ser­vices are pro­vided, there is a rea­son­able food court (New World Park) within walk­ing dis­tance. There’s also a nearby su­per­mar­ket where you can stock up on drinks and snacks.

House of Jour­ney

45 & 47 Lorong Seckchuan, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 1399/www.face­book.com/house­ofjour­ney).

Step in to the House of Jour­ney and you’ll be greeted with ex­posed brick walls, a heav­ily wood-ac­cented dé­cor and a warm and friendly vibe. Own­ers Ch­eryl and Rayson have equipped this hos­tel with free WiFi, same-day laun­dry ser­vices and mul­ti­ple plug points. Its cen­tral lo­ca­tion, walk­ing dis­tance from Lit­tle In­dia and var­i­ous at­trac­tions makes it very con­ve­nient. They are also recog­nised by both South East Asia Back­packer Magazine and WorldBestHos­tels.com as one of Malaysia’s best hos­tels.

Hut­ton Lodge

17 Jalan Hut­ton, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 6003/www.hut­ton­lodge.com). Hut­ton Lodge fills the gap be­tween Chu­lia Street’s out-and-out back­packer hos­tels and Ge­orge Town’s big­ger ho­tels. Set back from the road, and just off Jalan Pe­nang, the Indo-Malay bun­ga­low of­fers a range of room sizes and styles from af­ford­able dor­mi­to­ries to the ex­ec­u­tive suite. There’s a pleas­ant gar­den ter­race, in­ter­net ac­cess in the lobby, a tele­vi­sion and li­brary space, and you’ll be greeted by a very help­ful man­ager. Bear in mind that park­ing spa­ces are limited.

Kimberley House

59 Le­buh Kimberley, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1486/www.face­book.com/kim­ber­ley­house59).

Kimberley House is miles ahead of its com­peti­tors in al­most ev­ery way. For a rea­son­able price, you get wellap­pointed rooms with com­fort­able beds, stylish sheets and shared bath­rooms that are shiny and clean. The owner has gone so far as to jazz up the dor­mi­tory with a chic lay­out of black and white. Kimberley House also pro­vides bi­cy­cle rental, laun­dry ser­vice and free WiFi.

Noob Hos­tel

484 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 1125/ www.noob­hos­tel.com).

For­merly known as Tofu Café Bed & Bikes, Noob Hos­tel is eco-friendly, cy­clist-friendly and far from the runof-the-mill hos­tels. Here, in­di­vid­ual pod beds with pri­vacy cur­tains are pro­vided for guests. Within the pods, there are read­ing lights, a per­sonal fan, a towel rail and com­pli­men­tary per­sonal lock­ers. The only ef­fort you’ll be ex­ert­ing is when you pedal your bike (which you can rent from the hos­tel) to the var­i­ous at­trac­tions nearby.

Old Pe­nang Guest­house

53 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 8805/ www.old­penang.com).

A beau­ti­fully re­stored pre-war

build­ing, Old Pe­nang Guest­house is be­lieved to have been con­structed over 80 years ago. The high­light of Old Pe­nang is the af­ford­able rates, a bar­gain for travellers who want to ex­pe­ri­ence a stay in a re­stored her­itage build­ing on a tight bud­get. Some of its old-time charm is still ev­i­dent, from its mo­saic-tiled floor­ing to wooden-shut­tered win­dows. There’s also a dor­mi­tory and a quaint in­ner court­yard for chin­wags or a quiet read.

Pedal Inn

93 Lorong Macalister, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1626/ www.ped­alinn.com.my).

Tai­lored for cy­clists on the go, Pedal Inn is bud­get ac­com­mo­da­tion that of­fers com­pli­men­tary breakfast, WiFi and lug­gage stor­age for its guests. Liv­ing up to its name­sake, there’s also con­sid­er­able space set aside for bi­cy­cle stor­age and a DIY sta­tion for bike main­te­nance. Pedal’s on-site café serves freshly made sand­wiches, curry puffs and lovely peach cheese­cake to go with your hot cuppa.

PP Is­land Ho­tel

33A Lorong Abu Siti, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 9071/ www.ppis­land­ho­tel.com).

Of­fer­ing clean rooms with rea­son­able rates, this ho­tel is less than five min­utes from the city cen­tre. Rooms here blend com­fort and con­tem­po­rary sen­si­bil­i­ties and you can choose from a stan­dard to a deluxe to rest af­ter a long day of ex­plor­ing the pop­u­lar tourist sites nearby or af­ter a jaunt of shop­ping and din­ing. The ho­tel also pro­vides free WiFi, com­pli­men­tary park­ing and 24-hour se­cu­rity.

Queen City Ho­tel

63 Le­buh Queen, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 7079/ www.queenci­ty­ho­tel.com.my).

A strate­gic lo­ca­tion in the Unesco her­itage site means guests of Queen City Ho­tel can eas­ily walk to nearby at­trac­tions like the Kap­i­tan Kel­ing Mosque, Teochew Tem­ple and the fa­mous Nasi Kan­dar Ber­atur. With clas­sic in­te­ri­ors and warm wood ac­cents, the rooms here are clean,

sim­ple and equipped with ba­sic ameni­ties.

Queen’s Hos­tel

20 & 22 Le­buh Queen, Ge­orge Town (+6013 489 6218/www.face­book.com/queen­shos­tel.my).

Queen’s Hos­tel is Pe­nang’s first fe­ma­le­only hos­tel. The over­all am­bi­ence cer­tainly isn’t lack­ing in de­sign and ameni­ties and its hum­ble space is in­ge­niously fit­ted with rain show­ers and beauty es­sen­tials (a ne­ces­sity that most women travellers can ap­pre­ci­ate) such as hair dry­ers, hair straight­en­ers and OPI nail pol­ish. The high­light is the dorm it­self, filled with thick comfy mat­tresses di­vided by makeshift cur­tains for pri­vacy.

Red Inn

55 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3931/ www.redin­npenang.com).

This quaint inn was first opened in 2010 and is lo­cated in the heart of Ge­orge Town where din­ing, shop­ping and nightlife ac­tiv­i­ties are all within walk­ing dis­tance. There are only ten rooms avail­able, so re­mem­ber to book ahead. Rooms and dorms are air con­di­tioned and ba­sic with brightly coloured walls. High qual­ity beds and WiFi are as­sured and there is a shaded ter­race as well as an in­door com­mu­nal area where guests can spend idle morn­ings or af­ter­noons.

Room­mates Guest­house Pe­nang

17-B Lorong Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1567/Face­book: Room­mates-Pe­nang).

Since this place is con­ve­niently lo­cated on Lorong Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town’s at­trac­tions are lo­cated well within walk­ing dis­tance, mak­ing sight­see­ing that much eas­ier, com­ple­ment­ing the guest­house’s lack of a cur­few. This homely 16-bed guest­house is a back­pack­ers’ favourite, and its fa­cil­i­ties in­clude free WiFi, ho­tel-grade mat­tresses, com­pli­men­tary breakfast, free linen and tow­els as well as pri­vate lock­ers. The staff are friendly and al­ways ready to give you travel rec­om­men­da­tions.

Ryokan Mun­tri Bou­tique Hos­tel

62 Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge Town (+604 250 0287/ www.ryokan­muntri.com).

Ryokan is akin to a Ja­panese-in­spired, flash­pack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence where one night’s stay will do your wal­let no harm. Pur­port­edly Malaysia’s first flash­packer hos­tel, each bunk bed is fit­ted with a per­sonal stor­age space to charge your elec­tron­ics and a read­ing light to help you catch up on that pa­per­back you’ve been mean­ing to read. The ho­tel has rooms with four and six bunk beds, and if you pre­fer a bit more pri­vacy, opts for its all-fe­male room or the pri­vate suites.

Street Art House

11 Lorong Lu­mut, Ge­orge Town (+6016 443 2087/ stree­tart­house­home­s­tay.blogspot.my).

This lo­cal home­s­tay of­fers welle­quipped, air con­di­tioned rooms with all the ba­sic es­sen­tials you need. The ameni­ties of­fered here in­clude LCD TVs, com­pli­men­tary WiFi and a shared fridge. If you’re in town for Pe­nang’s fa­mous street art, round off your trip here. It’s just walk­ing dis­tance to Lit­tle In­dia, Ar­me­nian Street and Chu­lia Street; and there’s the added ad­van­tage of free bike ren­tals.

Syok at Chu­lia

458 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+6016 416 6966/ www.staysyok.com).

De­spite the in­flux of hos­tels and flash­pack­ers within its vicin­ity, Syok rises above its com­peti­tors with charm and clean­li­ness. You’ll sleep in bunk beds out­fit­ted with a per­sonal locker, sock­ets and a read­ing light.

And for a bit of fun, head to the Syok Lounge on the se­cond floor where you can play darts and foosball, or have a drink at the bar.

NEW Time Cap­sule Ho­tel

418 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 0888/ www.face­book.com/time­cap­sule­ho­tel).

Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from quirky Ja­pan, Malaysia’s own T-Ho­tel Group launched the Time Cap­sule Ho­tel on busy Chu­lia Street. Rather like the Con­tainer Ho­tel on Gat Le­buh Chu­lia, Time Cap­sule Ho­tel puts you up in a small yet com­fort­able pod. The in­di­vid­ual cap­sules here evoke fan­tasies of liv­ing in a fu­ture di­men­sion or sleep­ing in a space­craft.

NEW The Tipsy Tiger Party Hos­tel

20 Lorong Ste­wart (+604 261 2063/ www.face­book.com/tip­sytiger­hos­tel).

The Tipsy Tiger is ei­ther an ac­quired taste or a god­send – depend­ing on your dis­po­si­tion. Chiefly run by friendly vol­un­teers who put in six hours a day in ex­change for free lodg­ing, this back­pack­ers’ hos­tel boasts of dirt cheap rates and con­sid­er­ably clean fa­cil­i­ties. But the main lure is cheap liquor and nightly par­ties; the hos­tel dou­bles as a bar come sun­down. Stay­ing guests re­ceive two free drinks and fur­ther dis­counts on the (al­ready im­pos­si­bly cheap) bar menu.

(Bar) Daily, 8am-11.45pm.

Tune Ho­tel

100 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 5807/ www.tune­ho­tels.com).

The low-cost air­line of ho­tels, Tune makes few claims about lux­ury stays – they’re all about value-for-money, clean, com­fort­able, se­cure rooms and a good lo­ca­tion in the city cen­tre. Here, guests can cus­tomise their stay with add-ons such as breakfast, air con­di­tion­ing and WiFi. Thanks to its close prox­im­ity to hawker food and pub­lic trans­porta­tion, Tune is all about good, no-frills ac­com­mo­da­tion. Be­gin your hol­i­day with a trip to nearby at­trac­tions like Lit­tle In­dia and Fort Corn­wal­lis.

Gur­ney Drive

Para­mount Ho­tel

48F Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 227 3649/www. paramoun­tho­tel.com.my).

This fam­ily-owned ho­tel has been op­er­at­ing for three gen­er­a­tions since 1948. A re­cent makeover has seen the ad­di­tion of new air con­di­tion­ing units and com­pli­men­tary in­ter­net ac­cess through­out the ho­tel's dor­mi­to­ries and 15 rooms; that be­ing said, Para­mount's rooms are still very ba­sic. Most guests spend their days out­doors any­way, given the prox­im­ity of the beach. Sup at Ocean Green, the in-house seafood restau­rant, which dishes out fresh seafood daily.

Tan­jung Tokong

Baan Ta­lay Home­s­tay

4 Lorong Ab­bas 2, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 890 8205/ www.my­baan­ta­lay.com).

The name means ‘home’ in Thai. And that is what you will ex­pe­ri­ence with the warm homey feel­ing at this home stay. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude pri­vate bath­rooms, air con­di­tion­ing, WiFi and more. Guests are ex­pected to treat the space as if it were their own home; so be neat and clean up af­ter your­self. Choose from fam­ily rooms and deluxe dou­bles to suit your needs. Traipse through the el­e­gant court­yard and beau­ti­ful gar­den to get to the beach,. There are also hawker stalls and a bus stop within walk­ing dis­tance.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Ho­tel Seri Malaysia

7 Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Bayan Baru (+604 642 9452); 2 Jalan Usa­hawan 5, Pusat Per­ni­a­gaan Dato’ Kailan, Kepala Batas (+604 575 6700/ www.ser­i­malaysia.com.my).

With its pres­ence in 21 lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide, Seri Malaysia aims to be the leader in the home-grown ho­tel chain busi­ness, and this is well demon­strated here. Don’t ex­pect lux­ury or style though. This one screams bud­get and it tends to at­tract fam­i­lies with lots of kids in tow. Fa­cil­i­ties and rooms are av­er­age but fit­ted with air con­di­tion­ing, satel­lite chan­nels, a busi­ness cen­tre and a swim­ming pool.

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Mal­i­hom

The Edi­son

G Ho­tel Kelawai

Ci­ti­tel Pe­nang

Mu­seum Ho­tel

Sun­way Ho­tel Se­berang Jaya

Chu­lia Court the Tav­ern

The Tipsy Tiger Party Hos­tel

Old Pe­nang Guest­house

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