Guesthouses and Hostels in Penang
Most cyclists do not spend a lot of money on hotels hence our hostels in Penang page is perfect for them. I recommend the following hostels based on quality of location, hospitality and cleanliness.
Cyclists have to remember, Batu Ferringhi is about 10 km from the jetty, Tanjung Bungah about halfway, see my map of Penang to get the idea.
Annie's Homestay is the one I would recommend as the best place to stay in Batu Ferringhi. It's located in the residence area of Batu Ferringhi.
Annie and her husband Raj do their best to make your stay comfortable.
It has that kind of atmosphere you want to find when traveling for a long time. Yup, it's basic, but it's clean and VERY friendly.
Annie's Homestay is probably the best of the cheapies at Batu Ferringhi. The room price includes breakfast and free coffee and tea all day long. It's a hard to beat place.
Ali's Ferringhi Guest House
Ali's Ferringhi Guest House is a family-run guest house, The guesthouse, a traditional Malay house was built in 1965 and converted in 1975 converted to a guesthouse.
Travelers rave about the friendliness of the owners who have always more ideas for you to do at Penang.
There's a restaurant is across the road and right on the beach. The night markets are an easy walk away.
To go to other parts of the island, take the bus, there is bus stop is just up the road.
The Boomerang Lodge is located right at the beach. It's an atmospheric place.
It is a relatively new guest house. The Boomerang have dorms (shared bathrooms) and private rooms with attached bathrooms.
Don't expect anything fancy but it's clean and comfortable and a good place to meet other travelers.
There are more guesthouses at Batu Ferringhi but I think this one is the most popular and one that is worth to check out.
Ferringhi Inn & Cafe
The Ferringhi Inn & Cafe is located in the heart of Batu Ferringhi It contains a hotel and a restaurant. The basic hotel is a decent value for the money.
The restaurant downstairs is ok, though there are much better options in the area available (I ate here a few times and although the food was fine, it took quite a bit of time to be served).
The spacious rooms with hot shower, flat screen television and air condition plus astro cable TV free internet access (wireless) and free breakfast.
It's about 5 minutes to reach the beach and bus stop to George Town. The hotel is open till midnight
Nazlina Spice Station
A great alternative for travelers on budget who love to stay in a heritage house is Nazlina Spice Station. Nazlina has 2 rooms on the first floor available. Both rooms are tastefully decorated and a pleasure to stay. The 1st floor includes toilet, bathroom and common room. It's actually a homestay.
The front room is US $30, the back room is $35.
Hutton Lodge Penang
The Hutton Lodge at Hutton Lane is slightly more expensive but you get a great value for your money.
The old colonial building is restored with respect for the history of the mansion. Downstairs you will see old photos of Penang and the lodge before the renovation.
I've stayed a few times here with great pleasure. Rooms are very clean, there is a strict no shoes policy in the rooms and the shared toilets and showers are immaculate.
Breakfast is included but it's basic with toast and jam. Coffee and tea is the whole day free available.
The Hutton Lodge is not the cheapest of hostels and I found the breakfast a little disappointing but the lodge as is was excellent. Much recommended!
The popular Reggae Penang is a cheap option in the heart of the backpackers area in George Town. With 7-Eleven, night markets, Nazlina's Spice Station for cooking classes, the Tibetan temple and many sights worth to visit within walking distance, the Reggae Penang is a really good and cheap choice.
The hotel, like the next door Red Inn and
Next door to the Reggae Penang is the Red Inn, similar priced, similar rooms, similar food.
Old Penang Guesthouse
The third in the row, next door to the Reggae and the Red Inn is the Old Penang Guesthouse. The guesthouse is very much the same as the Red Inn and the Reggae and equally popular at Love Lane. The reason these 3 are so similar is that they're essentially the same building.
Baan Talay Homestay
Tanjung Bungah might not be the first place to think of when you try to find a hotel/hostel in Penang because it is relatively far from both Batu Ferringhi and George Town.
That said, public transport to both locations is easy available and nearby there is a good food court.
If you don't want to stay in either the busy George Town city center or Batu Ferringhi, this is your best option.
Travelers who have stayed here all claim the family is very friendly and always willing to help you with whatever question you have.
The homestay chalets are near the Tanjung Bungah beach.
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