Want to visit a place that has a wonderful mix of Indian, Chinese, Malay, and European influences? George Town awaits you! It is the capital of Penang, the second largest city in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, and it offers a wondrous frozen-in-time feel, alongside a very modern atmosphere. Explore George Town’s past from its captivating old town center, which was recognized in 2008 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. During its heyday, this former trading port brought people from far and wide, and what’s left is a marvelous assortment of religious shrines, British colonial-style buildings, and old Chinese shops. The famous “Sleeping Buddha Temple” Wat Chaiyamagkalaram and the majestic Burmese Temple are amazing cultural sights to see. Other top spots just outside of George Town are Penang Hill, the funicular train, and the unbelievable Kek Lok Si Temple. Take a relaxing afternoon stroll along Gurney Drive or Karpal Singh Drive, two scenic seafront promenades. Or shop ‘til you drop at Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon. If you’re curious about George Town, satisfy that curiosity and travel to this beguiling city, and allow the friendly locals to open their doors to you! Check out our top 10 Airbnb vacation rentals in George Town:
1. Tiffany's dressy two bedroom
This dazzling 27th level apartment offers guests views of the city, sea, and mountains. High-class in appearance and highly-rated in comfort, this apartment is sure to make you smile. Be thrilled cooking is prohibited in the house, because you have the perfect excuse to dine at the delicious Japanese and Korean restaurants on level one of the facility! Level 1 also offers a convenience store, a hair salon, and a mini-mart. Top amenities in the apartment include speedy WiFI, a washer, a fridge, a microwave, an iron, and a hairdryer. Level 9 has a divine swimming pool, a gym, and a jacuzzi. For kids, there’s a fun playroom.
2. Stylish 1-bedroom suite
Fun and whimsical is what this apartment is all about. With splashes of color and delightful details, this apartment offers a comfy queen-size bed in the bedroom and a cozy queen-size fold-down sofa bed in the living room. You’ll fall in love with the sparkling infinity pool, with nice views of the water and the surrounding area. If you crave some tasty fast food, KFC and Pizza Hut are within 5 minutes walking distance. Just a level below this apartment are eateries that serve great local cuisine, and there’s a handy convenience store as well. Situated in the heart of George Town, this apartment also provides easy access to many wonderful tourist attractions, and for indoor fun, there’s a TV, Wifi, and a PlayStation 3!
3. Two-bedroom sea view stunner
With a Scandinavian style, this apartment is clean, simple, and functional. This space, near many great eateries and attractions, showcases textured furnishings and decor that will take your breath away. Offering high-ceilings and huge windows that feature amazing panoramic views of George Town and the harbor, this luxury duplex is spacious and has comfy queen-size beds and a couple of fun bunk beds. In the kitchen, guests will find a refrigerator, a toaster, an electric induction cooker, a kettle, and a water purifier.
4. Two-bedroom 180° panoramic charmer
The dazzling beauty of an apartment looks like the results of an award-winning interior design competition. From the gleaming chandelier to the placement of the TV to create a faux fireplace, to the eclectic mix of pretty accents, this is any traveler’s dream accommodation. The outstanding high-glass windows in the living room area afford guests a 180° sea view and spectacular sunrise views. The large windows are found throughout the apartment and provide ample natural light, as well as gorgeous views. The kitchen is simple, but functional with a fridge, an electric induction cooker, a toaster, and a kettle. The space is connected to free WiFi, and a lovely indoor pool and gym are found on level 5.
5. Private room in fab 1928 colonial abode
High ceilings and an inviting veranda add to the lavish experience of this traditional pre-war colonial townhouse. The beautiful private room features stunning decor. Large distinctive windows and the double door entrance allows ample natural light, There’s a cozy bed with top-quality bedding, along with a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, air-conditioning, and a small fridge. This townhouse is close to many attractions. The popular Gurney Drive promenade is an 8-minute walk and the Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon shopping area is a 15-minute stroll. Tourist sights nearby include the “Sleeping Buddha Temple” and the Burmese Temple. This townhouse is surrounded by many restaurants, markets and a great local coffee shop.
6. Cozy & efficient studio with city views
Near the Penang Heritage City, Gurney Plaza, and Paragon Mall, this conveniently-located studio is the perfect lodging for first-timers to George Town. Located within walking distance of the beach, this newly renovated studio also offers a balcony with nice views of George Town’s exciting surroundings. Although it is a studio, it is still a fairly spacious accommodation, with a queen-size bed in a nice nook of the studio. There’s also a fold-down sofa bed and a cushy single bed. The fully furnished space has a full-service kitchen, speedy WiFi, washer with dryer, and the ground level has a Starbucks and convenient store.
7. Three-bedroom deluxe condo with gorgeous views
Located along Gurney Drive, this new, modern high-rise condo offers wonderful city and sea views of George Town. Luxury is the operative word at this lodging that provides comfort for up to 12 guests. Other top-notch luxuries include beautiful sunrise views, 24-hour security, sparkling pool, gym, free WiFi, an air conditioning in every bedroom, along with big comfy queen-size beds. With the area surrounded by local shopkeepers hawking their wares and a large array of tempting cuisine, this condo’s locale affords guests a genuine Malaysian experience with the comforts of home.
8. Two-bedroom penthouse beauty with great views
This apartment offers easy access to many tourist attractions in the center of George Town. With its locale along the seafront promenade of Karpal Singh Drive, there’s ample opportunity to explore the best the area has to offer. Overlooking the sea and mountains, this modern penthouse offers a variety of restaurants. But if you don’t want to dine out, the long table along one of the magnificent glass walls in the living room provides a romantic dinner setting. Don’t miss the pool view at night, which is dazzling, and there’s also a gym if you want some exercise.
9. One-bedroom suite with a view
With a bedroom offering a comfy queen-size bed and sea and city views, you’ll experience comfort and attractive sights in this cozy apartment. A great value for your money, this high-rise offers unlimited high-speed internet, lovely stylish touches, and a spacious kitchen with microwave, fridge, and tea kettle. The modern bathroom provides shampoo, shower gel, bath towels, and a water heater. There’s also a washer/dryer available, with free detergent. Located at the center of George Town, you’re near many tourist hot spots. For awesome views of the city and its surroundings, head to the Komtar Penang skyscraper.
10. One-bedroom luxury studio with stunning views
With a roomy balcony boasting sea and city views, this clean and tidy apartment is a wonderful stay for a short or long-term visit. The furniture, aside from the queen-size bed is also comfortable. The extra amenities are great and include a Smart TV, WiFi, air conditioner, and a washing machine. The spacious kitchen area provides a refrigerator, a kettle, a microwave, an induction cooker, and other utensils. There’s also a nice size dining table that easily seats 4. It is a 25-30 minute walk to the center of George Town’s downtown area, but if you want some exercise take a cab going to your destination and enjoy a nice cool evening stroll on the way back.
Warm greetings from George Town!
It is common to see a Chinese temple, a Hindu temple, and a mosque within a few blocks of one another in George Town. The amazing mix of cultures in this part of Malaysia has resulted in tantalizing street food, exquisite heritage architecture, and breathtaking cultural and historical sites. With the added pleasure of first-rate shopping and beautiful waterfront boardwalks, George Town is a wonderful playground for tourists of all kinds, from food fanatics to history buffs to shopping fiends. George Town has something for everyone so, don’t hesitate: include in your travel plans a stay at one of these top-notch Airbnb accommodations, and make your dream vacation in George Town a reality!
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