The 75 travellers lodge is where i always stay in George Town if it´s not full which happens sometimes as it is a favorite hangout for long term travellers.
It´s really just a little basic hotel, but it´s always kept nice and clean and the staff are always nice and friendly and very accomodating to the needs of long term travellers like me.
Another great thing about it is that it´s really cheap.
A single room at the moment (November 2010) is around 5 dollars and they also have a dormitory if you need it even cheaper.
They have free wifi and a nice little porch which is often full of travellers who have been to a few plaes and have a few stories to tell.
They sell beer, water and softdrinks at the hotel reception for a price that is even cheaper than the supermarket around the corner, so no need to go shopping elsewhere if you want a drink while sitting on the porch.
All in all this is a wobderful little place and i shall return again and again.
+ The room was very nice, big and bright. The bed very comfortable.
- The check-in and check-out was very uneffective, taking a long time. There was not very much space in the breakfast-area and the breakfast was the same every morning which is a bit boring if you stay more than two nights.
Here is a link to a map.
If you are interested in temples you will find the Nagarathar Sivan Temple just across the street. The hotel is also very close (50m?) to a lot of food hawkers.
Jim's Place is a basic but clean guesthouse with shared bathrooms and showers, with very hot water and good pressure. It's in a good location just off of Chinatown. Jim is a very nice guy and knowledgable about the area. Shuttles from Thailand pull up right near Jim's Place. We found many places either full or closed down when we arrived late at night, so Jim's Place was our savior.
There is a restaurant/cafe here that serves descent food. The price and quality of food though is shocking compared to what you may have been used to in Thailand. But give the Fish and chips a go.
Rooms are 20RM (6.50 USD) a good price
Jim will help you arrange Thai visas.
This hotel was ok. We booked a last minute reservation, and this was available (the only decent star rating room available).... the foyer was very big (and long), and check in went smoothly.
The room was okay! Nothing special, but had everything we needed. The roomservice was prompt too, and the maid was very helpful too (we required an iron for some creased clothing)!
The view from the room was good, even more so because we didn't expect much!!
The restaurant had ok food too. The pizza's were tasty!!!!! We even ordered some more pizza through room service later in the night!!!
It had about 3 or so restaurants (if I remember correclty), and also a kiosk type shop for buying snack, drinks, souvenirs, etc......
OH yeah, the air-con in this place is hard-core..... so beware that the foyer is quite chilly!!!!!
Decent location for walking out to places for dinner!!!!
Would stay there again if had too (although going back to George Town in 12 weeks, but opting for 5 star luxary instead).... if was on a budget the next time, would not hesitate in staying at Cititel again, had a pleasant stay!!!
The beds in the 10 bedroom were ok and the owner was friendly and helpful. However I had hardly any sleep being next to a busy main road and seen several mice in the corridor.
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Furnishing may be spartan but what could you expect from less than USD$5. Secure and friendly. Some frineds stayed there before. Cleanliness-depends on how much you can cope.
Other hostels around the area as well. Similar standards.
It's just off Chulia Street where most backpackers stay and the night life, though no discos, you will see how the locals spend their night eating and drinking by the street hawkers.
We stayed 2 nights in February 2005. This is a fairly new hotel that provides good value for modest cost. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Excellent location on Jalan Panang (main street), half way between the Eastern and Oriental Hotel (on the waterfrount) and the Komtar tower (tallest building in town) and Prangin (good source for computer software) shopping malls
A jump up in quality from the majority of Chinese hotels in Georgetown but still a long way short of the Eastern & Oriental, this place isn't bad. Room rates for a single, standard room start at RM145 and include breakfast.
At the other end of the scale from the Eastern & Oriental Hotel are backpacker guesthouses on the Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia). They vary in quality and price. A dorm room, sharing with up to seven others, can be had for as little as RM7 per night. Stardust have individual rooms and the one I looked at was fairly reasonable. It looked very clean and had a double and single bed. There was an air-conditioning unit and a fan. On the downside, the room was on the second floor and to reach it reguired climbing two very steep flights of stairs. There are no washing or toilet facilities in the room. These are located on the first floor and shared with other guests, but look quite clean. The room I looked at was located above the street so will probably be quite noisy at night. The rate for this room was quoted at RM35 if using the A/C unit, or RM30 if you don't. Cheaper rooms are available if they are free.
This is one fabulous hotel, the best in Penang. Built in the colonial era, 1885 to be precise, it is the epitome of grace and elagance. What's more, I did not find the atmosphere at all pretentious. In 1927 it was described as "the premier hotel east of the Suez". The rooms are elegant, as are the function rooms, ballrooms, restaurants and bars. Even if you are not staying here it may be worth visiting the restaurant for Sunday roast dinner or the wine and dine buffet.
Room rates run from RM335 for a Superior Suite to RM5400 for the E&O Suite, which has 3 bedrooms with a sea view. For the quality of the hotel, the rates are actually very good, but unfortunately above my budget on this particular trip.
The place for cheap, backpacker type accommodation is around Lebuh Chulia (Chulia Street) where dorm beds can be had for as little as 7 Ringgits a night.
Chulia Street also has slightly more upmarket accommodation, as opposed to dorms. There are also lots of cheap cafes, internet places and travel agencies. It's a typical backpacker area in all respects.
A modern hotel that has been refurbished fairly recently. Rooms are clean and comfortable. The location is good with a lot of bars, restaurants and places of interest within easy walking distance.
My room rate was a very reasonable 69 ringgits.
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