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Penang hotels, hostels and guesthouses

A wide range of Penang hotels can be found in the north of the island. This is hardly surprising as Penang is the most visited tourist area in Malaysia.

There are 4 main areas to recognize:

These areas all have hotels at the top end but only in Batu Ferringhi and in George Town you will find rock bottom dirt cheap hotels.

Batu Ferringhi

Lone Pine Hotel Batu Ferringhi
The Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi

Penang has (according to most travelers, only one beach: Batu Ferringhi. (there are other beaches, see elsewhere in this website).

Most of the beach is taken by the 5 star hotels as Golden Sands, Lone Pine (the oldest hotel in Penang, see photo) and Rasa Sayang.

That said, the beach is everywhere still available for travelers who do not in one of the 4-5 star hotels although it might be a little difficult to reach the beach.

At the far end of Batu Ferringhi, there are several cheap hostels and guesthouses like Annie's Homestay, Ali's Ferringhi Guest House or the Boomerang Lodge.

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Batu Ferringhi is at day time quiet but comes alive at night when the tourist shops and the night markets (Pasar Malam) open.

Many travelers who decide to stay at Batu Ferringhi will also want to explore the heritage of George Town or Teluk Bahang National Park. There are frequent buses to and from town which continue to Teluk Bahang (for the park, Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden).

Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive reflects very much the 21st century of Penang with skyscrapers and 4 and 5 star hotels. Interesting enough it is also here where you can find a very good and cheap food court (at the west end of Gurney Drive).

Those who seek restaurants as Nandos, Starbucks and Secret Recipe are also at the right place. The only cheaper place here is the Good Hope Inn, which is a very good value for the money. At the boulevard, it is 4 and 5 star hotels as the G Hotel that attract travelers. For rock bottom cheap hostels you have to be in George Town.

The Good Hope Inn at Gurney Drive
The Good Hope Inn

George Town

Cheong Fatt Tze mansionsGeorge Town (in particular the Armenian Quarter) is the old and most touristy part of Penang. It's no surprise that here you find many excellent hotels in almost all price ranges.

The most popular part for low budget hotels is the Chulia Street/Love Lane area. Places like Hutton Lodge, YMCA Penang and the Reggae Penang are popular hangouts for backpackers and other low budget travelers.

George Town is also the area to find many heritage hotels like the Yeng Keng, the E&O, Clove Hall, Mango Tree Place, 23 Love Lane, Muntri Mews and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. These hotels are usually more upmarket.

One cheap heritage hotel option is the Hutton Lodge in Hutton Lane.

Other areas in Penang

Bayan Lepas is convenient if you arrive or depart from Penang International Airport. However, it's a long way to the beaches of Teluk Bahang and Batu Ferringhi and the Georgetown city center is also 15 km away. On the other hand, Teluk Bahang is a long way from the airport but has much to offer.

Yeng Keng Hotel, George Town Penang
The Yeng Keng Hotel

In between Batu Ferringhi and George Town you might want to check out Tanjung Bungah where you find the Baan Talah, a cheap hostel.

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Hotels, Guesthouses and Hostels in Penang

There is plenty of accommodation available in Penang, from dirt cheap to high end. Here is a selection of our recommended accommodation in Penang:


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