Georgetown the charming multicultural capital of Penang, Malaysia, the second largest city in the country and a top tourist destination. Its rich heritage is the result of the confluence of three cultures – Malay, Chinese and Indian – which is reflected in its fascinating mix of architecture, cuisine and culture. From colonial buildings and old Chinese shops to temples of various religions, there is a lot to admire in Georgetown’s Old Town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Staying in a homestay is a great option, as it allows you more flexibility than a hotel, as well as more space. Here is a selection of top homestay options you can check out, as you plan your trip to Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
Featuring a modern and tasteful design, this room, in a refurbished 19th-century Straits Chinese house, is located inside the heritage zone of Georgetown and offers a unique choice of accommodation in Penang. The double room is one of eight en-suite rooms available in this historic house, which is not only a guesthouse but also a theatre rehearsal space and the owner’s living quarters. Blessed with a lot of natural light, the room is located on the second floor of the house and comes with a queen-sized bed. Several major attractions and food stalls are within walking distance from the house. Facilities include complimentary breakfast and an elegantly-designed common area for relaxing. Don’t forget to say hello to Luna, the resident dog!
“Sinkeh is an absolutely wonderful place. It’s a converted historic building with a beautiful mix of old and new. The house is very calm and peaceful, almost monastic.” – Susanne
Room #3 in Award-Winning House - SINKEHGeorge Town, Penang, Malaysia
This spacious homestay is a stylishly-furnished independent house that guarantees a comfortable stay with its plethora of modern amenities. Located in Georgetown, the property has five bedrooms, each featuring a double bed. A living room with a flat-screen TV and a fully-equipped kitchen add additional convenience. It is located 3.8 km (2.4 mi) from Penang Times Square and 4.1 km (2.5 mi) from the Penang Jetty.
This no-frills accommodation is a suitable option for those looking for a budget homestay in Georgetown. It offers two clean and comfortable bedrooms with queen beds that can easily fit four to six people, as an additional three mattresses per room are available on request. Guests have access to several amenities, including a fully set-up kitchen and washing machine. A free, open-air car park is also available here. The homestay is quite close to Georgetown’s city centre (about 15 minutes’ walk), which ensures easy access to visitors.
”Good budget place. Nice views. Walkable distance to the UNESCO Heritage area. The host is very helpful and kind”. – Ben
Budget homestay Georgetown PenangGeorge Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
If you are looking for a secure and fully set-up homestay in a central location, then this three-bedroom apartment in Jelutong, Georgetown, is the one for you. This fully air-conditioned homestay can easily accommodate families and large groups - two of the bedrooms have one double bed, while one has a single bed. The living room comes with a sofa bed and also a TV set. Facilities include free Wi-Fi throughout the house and free parking. The Heritage Zone, with attractions like Penang Times Square, Rainbow Skywalk at Komtar and Wonderfood Museum, can be reached within 10 minutes by car.
The prime location of this homestay and its steeped-in-local-culture ambience makes it a winner. This property is a restored two-storey heritage house, which is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, so all trails, attractions, plus food joints are within walking distance. Very well-maintained and tastefully decorated, the property has a studio bedroom with one double bed, two bathrooms, a living room with a TV, a dining room and a kitchenette. For extra guests, queen-size mattresses and a sofa bed are available.
Great location, cannot do better than this. Charming, clean, comfortable. Great place. – Adolfo
BOUTIQUE HOMESTAY in GEORGETOWN PENANGGeorge Town, Penang, Malaysia
Reasonably priced and located a mere 500 metres (1,640.4 feet) from the KOMTAR Tower and Prangin Mall, this homestay is a great choice for budget travellers. There are two bedrooms available in this property – one bedroom offers two single beds and one double bed, while the other has three single beds. Other facilities include a kitchenette, flat-screen TV and washing machine.
“Very comfortable and easy access to many places. Satisfied with the cleanliness of the house. Parking ticket provided by the owner. Really recommend this homestay. ” – Mira
Located in a modern apartment complex, this homestay offers several options for large groups of travellers – there are three self-contained units, each comprising two bedrooms or more and all with double beds, a living room, and a fully set-up kitchen. The property has a swimming pool, as well as a hot tub on site that can be accessed by guests. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in all units, as well as free parking.
“The whole apartment was really comfortable…clean…great facilities and great location. Is highly recommended for those who are a big family.” - Joule
Elegantly done up, this spacious condo features fantastic sea views that make it a lovely setting for a vacation. Located bang in the city centre of Georgetown, the property is convenient for visiting nearby attractions, such as Gurney Drive. As there are three bedrooms, making it ideal if you are looking for a place to fit in a large group. One bedroom has a king bed, while the other two have queen beds. Additionally, all of them come with two floor mattresses.
Ideal apartment for a large group of people to stay at. Plenty of bedding and great location to nearby sights and food locations. Jesslyn was a very helpful host and provided us with everything we needed!” – Jonathan
Cozy Sea Breeze Homestay Town areaGeorge Town, Penang, Malaysia
This posh homestay, beautifully appointed, offers a beautiful setting for large groups of up to six persons. Located just around 1.6 km (around 1 mi) from Penang Times Square, this property has a duplex suite that comes with two bedrooms – one with a double and the other with two single beds. The living room contains two sofa beds, along with a flat-screen TV.
This large house with nine rooms, all air-conditioned and located in the heart of Georgetown, is a fantastic option for families and large groups. There are four bedrooms in this historic house, each with one queen bed. A number of facilities are available here, including a well-equipped kitchen, complimentary light breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a TV with cable. You can easily walk to major tourist spots and eating establishments from this rental.
Delighting Homestay George Town (30 pax)George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Soak in the atmosphere of Georgetown
Accommodation options in Georgetown offer an interesting mix of old and new – from boutique hotels to homestays. Make your decision keeping in mind the time you have available, how you want to spend your days and how large your travel group is.
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