20 Best Homestays In Pulau Pinang, Malaysia - Updated 2024

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Georgetown is 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 the top things to do to the best restaurants in George Town, you’ll never run out of memorable experiences. 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. Continue reading to discover the best homestays in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 07, 2024.

1. Amazing Home Inn (from USD 32)

Are you wondering where to stay in George Town, Penang? The Amazing Home Inn could very well be your answer. Located 3.2 km (1.99 mi) from Penang Botanic Gardens and 5.5 km (3.42 mi) from Rainbow Skywalk at Komtar, this property offers cosy yet functional accommodations. Free parking is a plus for guests planning to travel by car. It’s also conveniently close to Northam Beach and Straits Quay.

The homestay features family rooms with flat-screen TVs and air conditioning. Some rooms have a terrace. Bed linen and towels are provided. 1st Avenue Mall Penang is 5.4 km (3.36 mi) away, and Wonderfood Museum is 5.8 km (3.60 mi) away. Penang International Airport is just 23.5 km (14.60 mi) from Amazing Home Inn. Explore Georgetown Penang’s best stay option by booking rooms here!

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Amazing Home Inn

Address: 182 Persiaran Gurney

Parking Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning Parking on site Private parking

2. Rumahku Express, Georgetown, Penang (from USD 25)

Welcome to Rumahku Express, Georgetown, Penang! Located in George Town, this property offers a garden, bar, and captivating city views. Just 3.6 km (2.24 mi) from Northam Beach Cafe, it provides convenient access to the coast. Enjoy the convenience of a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the premises. The homestay offers comfortable family rooms. Some units feature a seating area, and all units have access to a shared bathroom. Guests can unwind in the shared lounge area.

Explore popular attractions like 1st Avenue Penang, Rainbow Skywalk at Komtar, and Penang Times Square, all within easy reach. The nearest airport is Penang International Airport, only 16.5 km (10.25 mi) away.

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Rumahku Express, Georgetown, Penang

Wifi Available

Address: 39 Lebuh Noordin

Parking Bar Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Express check-in/check-out Luggage storage

3. Three-bedroom condominium with views of the sea and the city (from USD 94)

This spacious condominium is located at the heart of Georgetown, Penang, which means that when you look out your window, you have stunning views of both the city and the sea. Aside from that, the suites have three rooms, but you can request up to three more floor mattresses if the group you’re with has seven people all in all. A condo that can accommodate all of your family while also providing Instagram-worthy backdrops for you to enjoy? What an awesome deal!

But that’s not where the advantages end for this condo. If you book this homestay in Georgetown with swimming pool, you will also have access to various entertainment venues, such as a gymnasium, gym, children’s playground, garden, and rock-climbing wall.

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George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
110 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 7 Beds 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great views from all rooms
very clean and comfy place
wonderful experience clean and well keep
it was clean and very accommodating
rooms are clean and comfortable
the place is extremely clean and tidy
great hospitality from the owner
good host
allen was a great host
most like is the parking that owner provided to us
allen is so helpful and fast response on my questions
really good location too
the location is near to many attractions in georgetown
location-wise very good as it’s located at the middle of the city
the location is great and very convenient if you’re travelling to penang
parking location is superb but could be tight for large vehicles
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4. Cosy apartment perfect for a romantic getaway (from USD 12)

Located near Gurney Paragon, this apartment may seem small at first glance — but eventually, you will see that it gives off charming and cosy vibes. With its vibrant colour scheme and well-equipped rooms, this accommodation is perfect for couples who are going on a romantic vacation. It also helps that this apartment is near Penang Times Square, Rainbow Skywalk, and Komtar, so if you’re feeling the urge to sightsee, you can do so with ease.

Moreover, are you bringing a vehicle with you? If so, you don’t have to worry about where to park. This apartment already provides you with a free parking space.

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Room 4u near Gurney Georgetown

Wifi Available

Address: 24 Jalan Loh Boon Siew

Parking Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services WiFi Available Free WiFi Air conditioning

Georgetown Tour Guide

Ang Chin Boon

Ang Chin Boon

Hello...I am ANG. Licenced Tourist Guide by Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. I was born and raised in George Town, Penang. I just love Guiding !I have been actively doing guiding all these years. Drive my guests to interesting places in Penang Island, Sharing my knowledges & experiences of George Town. I wish their trip becomes story worth sharing.Will you be one of my esteemed guests ? Read more

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Georgetown Tour Guide

Reka Luxshmi

Reka Luxshmi

Hello! I'm Reka. I love travelling and eating local food. I am a HR professional with a master's qualification in Business administration. My passion for travelling has led me to pursue my licence in tour guiding in Malaysia. Malaysia is a beautiful country with colourful & warm people and lots of local cuisines. While I still am attached to the corporate world, tour guiding usually takes ... Read more

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5. Homey family stay near 1st Avenue Penang (from USD 36)

With its shared lounge and fully equipped rooms, this Penang accommodation feels like a second home for the guests who are staying here. After all, everything about this place is just homey and comfortable — there’s a living area and a garden where you can unwind, a well-stocked kitchen where you can cook delicious meals, and there’s even a grill and a terrace that you can use. Indeed, it feels good to come back to this rental after a long day of sightseeing and exploring.

To make things even better, 1st Avenue Penang — the city’s beloved mall — is only a seven-minute walk. So, you can simply saunter off and go on a shopping spree without dealing with traffic. Isn’t that just fantastic?

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RumahKu Georgetown

Wifi Available

Address: 37 Lebuh Noordin

Parking Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Express check-in/check-out BBQ facilities

6. An apartment strategically placed in the centre of the city

This apartment homestay in Penang is strategically placed in the centre of the town, so most attractions are nearby. In particular, you can easily travel to Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chew’s Jetty, and Cheong Fatt Tze — The Blue Mansion.

And once you’re back home after a day of exploring, you can rest without experiencing any problem or hassle because the rooms provide you with all the amenities that you need.

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V Lodge by D Imperio Homestay Penang

Address: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

7. Charming apartment with excellent customer service

Decoupage Homestay is best described as an urban escape. With its unique decorations, it feels like you’re stepping into a different time or world when you’re inside, but when you walk out, you’ll see that this rental is smack dab in the middle of Georgetown. As a result, you’ll easily immerse yourself in the culture and sounds of the city. Iconic landmarks, such as Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Chew’s Jetty, are also close by.

Moreover, the apartment offers different kinds of services to improve your stay. For example, you can request an airport transport service or help with luggage storage. The staff is more than happy to assist you in whatever way they can so that you have a great vacation.

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Decoupage Homestay

Address: 29, Lorong Soo Hong, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 10300

8. Luxurious family stay with city views (from USD 68)

Every tourist in Georgetown wants to stay in the heart of the city because it’s more convenient that way — shops and attractions are all nearby. But the problem is that most accommodations in the centre of Georgetown can get really pricey.

Luckily for you, this is a great option for a budget homestay in Penang. This accommodation is located near the famous attractions of Georgetown, such as Penang Fort Cornwallis, Kek Lok Si Temple, and Khoo Kongsi. And they also have stellar services and amenities that make your stay comfortable. Best of all, their prices are reasonable — they usually start at 67 USD, but even with that starting price you will already receive the basic necessities and perks.

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New Luxurious CityView 2BR Homestay@Georgetown

Wheelchair accessible

Address: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

9. Inviting boutique homestay with old-world charm (from USD 68)

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 great street 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

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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
236 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire townhouse 2 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
pros: air conditioning good wifi not too many mosquitoes
air conditioner worked great
the open air shower area was cool
towels pay tv and wifi all were great additions to the stay
the apartment is quite small two stories but fits two people well
clean and simple unit in a restored townhouse
the room is clean and spacious
rustic traditional very clean and comfortable
the place was clean and taken care of
it is a great place to stay clean small and neat
calvin was polite and helpful
the staff and the host are very friendly
host was patient friendly and helpful
calviinh and the house maid were extremely helpful
the host is super helpful and available immediate when you need him
location is very good
location good right near food places
i like the location
we loved the location of the shophouse
amazing house and perfect location
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10. Elegant apartment with sea views (from USD 126)

Penang offers an exclusive stay for its visitors with heritage hotels and budget home stays. 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.

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Maritime Suites by Comfy

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Persiaran Karpal Singh 29B-4-2,

Parking Restaurant Bar Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Facilities for disabled guests Barber/beauty shop Family rooms

11. Modern, seafront apartment in city centre

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

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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
188 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 9 Beds 12 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice view from the sitting room
all furniture are of good quality and very comfortable
the apartment is clean beautiful seaview from the balcony
sparkling clean and comfortable
the place was spotless clean when we arrived
it was very clean and spacious place
nice room very enjoy clean and relax
the apartment is very clean
jesslyn is a great host
jesslyn is a great host
the host is responsive and helpful
great place and great host
jesslyn was a very helpful host and provided us with everything we needed
good location worth of money
a nice place at great location recommended :)
the condo was just n a great location close to food and shopping
this apartment is situated in a good location and accessible to many places in penang
had a great stay perfect location to town
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12. Well-appointed, convenient apartment units (from USD 34)

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

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ArteS Penang Homestay

Address: Persiaran Bukit Gambir

WiFi Available WiFi available in all areas Hot tub Infinity pool Invoice provided On-site parking Air conditioning Family rooms

13. Well-furnished, large holiday home with five bedrooms (from USD 126)

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.

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14. Large, well-equipped apartment with three bedrooms (from USD 60)

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.

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15. Compact, budget homestay in excellent location (from USD 31)

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 cheap homestay in Georgetown – 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

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16. Centrally-located budget homestay

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. This Georgetown budget homestay is quite close to the 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

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George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
117 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amenities provided are washing machine fridge iron hairdryer free wifi astro fully air conditioned etc
there are two rooms with queen beds but it can fit 6-8 people
the beds were very comfortable and the linen was brand new
the apartment was neat and tidy and comfortable for our family group of 7
the home facilities and amenities are great
very clean and comfortable place
the place was clean and nice
the apartment is clean and well maintained
strategic place and the place is clean and comfortable
the place was very clean
the owner was very responsible
the host was very helpful
the host was very responsive
the owner is very friendly
the host is very helpful and kind
great location super convenient to every where in george town by walking distance
location is great it's convenient to visit any tourist attractions
nice apartment close to the city centre would stay again
the location is center and within walking distance to the main attractions and culinary places in george town
the place also very near from most of the attractions in georgetown
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17. Bright and comfy private room in a revamped historic house

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

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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
206 reviews  
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
room had safe air con fan and hairdryer provided
wifi was pretty spotty depending on where you are but generally good in the reading room
i had a room on the top floor with a lovely view
complimentary simple breakfast including lovely local offerings fresh fruit and decent coffee served
we love his place the space is inspiring great breakfast and lovely room
very clean stylish and modern
clean comfortable and a fantastic building
comfortable and clean room
it was clean nice and well-kept
very comfortable bed great shower and spotlessly clean
host is friendly and helpful
host was very nice and helpful
sekthim and staff were friendly and ready to provide help and answer our questions anytime
they were really helpful by showing us around the compound
great accommodation and friendly service
located in a really good location as well
well located and nice boss
location is good walking distance to all the eatery
the location is nice and close to the food market restaurants
location was very good- close to many good food places and street art
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18. Large heritage house with modern amenities

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.

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George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 11 Beds 16 Guests 9 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
location is good bit room condition is not as good as our expectation
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19. Reasonably priced apartment with a sun terrace (from USD 55)

The Landmark is a well-known building in Penang that offers a wide variety of accommodations for families. One of their most famous suites is this 800-square-feet (74.32-square-meter) studio with its own sun terrace. This is because this apartment already provides all the basic amenities, as well as several fun perks, such as an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and free parking. Of course, there’s the sun terrace that provides you with stunning views of the city.

The nearest airport is Penang International, which is 20.9 km (12.99 mi) away. If you think that’s too far away, you don’t need to worry — The Landmark offers a paid shuttle service for you.

Nearby attractions to this property are Tanjung Bungah Beach (2.7 km or 1.68 mi away) and Rainbow Skywalk (6.1 km or 3.79 mi away).

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The Landmark - 800 sqf Studio with Balcony

Wifi Available


Parking Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Family rooms Free parking Internet services

20. An affordable homestay perfect for families

Are you travelling with your family and you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in Georgetown? If yes, then look no further because this rental house is the best option for you.

With an area of about 550 square feet (51.1 square meters), the house consists of two bedrooms and three extra mattresses. As a result, it can host up to six people. Additionally, the house also comes with several amenities, such as free parking, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a well-equipped kitchen and living room.

This accommodation really does feel like your home away from home — just cosier and with a great sea view. And if you’re in the mood for exploring, Georgetown city centre is only 1 km (0.62 miles) away.

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Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
217 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
big spacious a/c works amazingly good value for your money
shops food laundry nearby + great view
we were impressed with the thoughtful attention paid to setting up the apartment
the place is clean and comfortable
both rooms are clean and nice
a very clean house with fully furnished items
the stay is very nice & clean once you enter the house
the unit is very clean and comfortable despite the apartment surroundings
the host is very friendly and she replied very fast
the host is super responsible and chat all the times with you
easy to communicate with the host
the host is a very nice person helpful and trusted
nevertheless the host was helpful and very friendly also patiently answer all my doubts
perfect positioning close to everything
a perfect budget stay very strategic location as well
the apartment overall cleanliness is great the location is convenient to explore around george to ensure area
very very secure place multiple locking gates with keyed entry
owner is nicer and the location good as well
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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.

Frequently asked questions about homestays in Pulau Pinang

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