Cathay Hotel

15 Leith Street, , Penang, 10200, Malaysia

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Good For Couples
  • Families50
  • Couples61
  • Solo30
  • Business0
  • jrboy86's Profile Photo

    Don't judge the hotel by the look of it~!


    At first when i saw the look of the hotel...i went OMGosh~~~am i going to stay here...then when I went in, and I saw those old uncles as in 70+ yrs old...i totally lost my confidence and will to stay in the hotel.

    Because of the budget and the time went is quite pack every where, I decided to give it a try and when the uncle open the door for the Deluxe Room, I'm left without words...All i can say is I'm definitely staying here and it is worth the price at RM105/night for two queen size bed that can fit 4 big guys in it.

  • travelpug's Profile Photo

    Fine looking hotel


    This white colour hotel looks interesting for those who are into old architecture and low budget. Room costs RM69nett per night for 2 persons. It's basic room with tile floor. Good location as there is a hawker center opposite it. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located just opposite.

    Unique Quality: Basic mid range hotel

    Directions: Opposite Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. You won't miss this bright white old mansion style hotel.

  • 1W1V's Profile Photo

    Check-it out


    Haven't stay there but this hotel looks like Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. I mean in the same style of accomodation in a very old Penang house.
    The price is of course much cheaper than the famous mansion and I guess the service is less experienced but if you look for new experience, this may be the place.
    If I remember well, the price must be around 50 USD.

    Unique Quality: location

  • ellielou's Profile Photo

    a step back in time


    The cavernous Cathay Hotel is not big on services. Just a neat looking place, with clean, basic, yet large rooms, with cold, cold a/c....which is a big priority in the heat of Penang.

    Unique Quality: You can walk out the front door, and look straight at the amazing Chung Fat Tze mansion. The staff consists of about five very elderly men, one of whom still has a British accent from his days of being educated by the British during their colonial rule.

    Directions: Across from 'the blue mansion.:

  • bpacker's Profile Photo

    Charming Colonial Joint


    If you're still yearning to stay in a colonial mansion but want to pay a fraction of the guests prices in the E&O, then stay in Cathay Hotel. This joint is just opposite the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and next to the clubbing area of Leith Street. A double room with air con here goes for less than US$30.

    Unique Quality: I explored this cavernous hotel and absorbed all the lovely details. Unlike Cheong Fatt Tze, the friendly caretaker over here didn't even blink an eyelid when I took pictures. I saw lovely english tiles, ancient wooden swing doors and latticed windows.

    Note:This place is extremely traditional so they don't accept internet bookings or credit cards. Pls call ( details in the weblink below ) ahead to book a room.

  • gnh's Profile Photo

    Old Charm


    Elegant mansion converted to hotel.

    Good idea to try one, but it doesn't look cheap !
    The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is just opposite the road ?

    Unique Quality: Stately building. Near to the hot spot Penang Road - the place for Penang night life !

  • ngcsc's Profile Photo

    Stay of the 70's


    For RM 70, you get a decendly clean aircon room with attached bathroom, friendly staffs, central location in town area, and value added original Penang traditional style Hotel,
    what can you expect more??

    Unique Quality: The architecture, the well kept style and outlook, the clean and not smelly geust room, this is the quality I want

    Directions: Opposite row of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

More about Cathay Hotel

Old Mansions Converted to Backpacker Hotel

by SLLiew about Yeng Keng Hotel, Swiss Hotel, Cathay Hotel, etc

Along Chulia Street, Love Lane, Leith Street and adjoining Streets in this part of George Town, there are several old mansions with courtyards that converted into budget and backpackers accommodation.

Example are Yeng Keng Hotel (Chulia Street), Swiss Hotel (Chulia Street) , Cathay Hotel (Leith Street) to name a few. You can get air con, ceiling fan, attached or common bathrooms or bunk beds to match your budget.

Most have their small cafes for meals but there are plenty of choices of restaurants, street stalls and coffee shops to choose from.

Take your time to check the rooms available. If you are coming by van from Bangkok via Haadyai in the evening, very often the van will take you to their choice but you can check the rooms out. You can always stay for a night and look for a better one the next day.


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Forum Posts

Cathay Hotel

by Solvorhh

I'm going to Penang in January and have been trying to find the booking telephone no. to Cathay hotel without any luck so far. Read your review and tried the weblink below, but for some mystical reason it did not work. Do you know how I can get a hold of it?
It just seems like the best place to start my stay!

Thanks a lot in advance!

Best regards


RE: Cathay Hotel

by ellielou

I think they have a phone number in the LP or RG to Malaysia. I found this on the web: 15 Leith Street
Phone: +60 4 262 6272

but don't know if it's what you have. And, it's a huge place, so a good chance that they won't be full if you just want to 'chance it!'

It's an enjoyable place to stay. Have fun!

RE: Cathay Hotel

by photograbber

Hi Solvor

You could also fax them with your request for a room. They don't appear to have any way of booking via the web and they don't take credit cards. Their fax no is +6 04 2639300

I faxed them with my room request when I stayed there in April and the room was ready just as I'd requested. Ask for a room in the front part of the building, there is a rather soul less annexe out the back which has no character at all.

Have a good trip



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Address: 15 Leith Street, , Penang, 10200, Malaysia