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Bukit Bendera Hotel ( Bellevue Hotel): Penang's Highest Hostel

How would you like to stay 830m above sea level and catch a gorgeous view of Penang every morning? Well, if you don't mind staying off the beaten path, book a room at the highest hostel in town which is situated at the top of Penang Hill . Like the E&O, Bellevue Hotel was once by the eccentric millionaires, the Sarkies Brothers so you're ensured of a place where the view is gorgeous. I talked to the caretaker at Bellevue and found out that a twin ensuite goes for something like RM90 or so. And for RM100+ or so, the hotel will send a 4WD to pick you from the airport! You can book the hotel online and thereafter call the hotel to arrange the transport.

Here's what I like about this place
1.Cheap
2.Lots of hiking opportunities over here, it's within walking distance to the Jungle Treks. The hotel also organise walks.
3.Lots of Character circa 1940s
4.Astounding Hill View from the Garden
5.The 4wd drive from the airport via the steep trek ( from botanical gardens) sounds fun.
6.Great place to get away from it all. The air here is crisp, clean and cool and you're constantly surrounded by greenery.

But here's the caveat, this place is quite old and run down so don't expect it to be like the E&O. Stay here only if you're prepared to be away from civilisation.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written November 7, 2005
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Hotel next to the Malaysia Hotel: Stay in Georgetown

If you don't want to spend your days at the beach, then Georgetown is a great option. Unfortunately I don't recall the name of the hotel, but it was next to the Malaysia Hotel.
It was only a simple hotel with basic facilities, but it was inexpensive and centrally located.

There is not much to say about this place, the breakfast was not too good, but the rooms were clean and the staff friendly.
Georgetown offers many opportunities, from budget hotels to luxury accomodations and the city itself is worth staying there for a few days.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Arts and Culture
  • Written December 11, 2004

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Oasis Hotel: No Chicken in the hotel...

gee... you may wondering what is the "no chicken in the hotel". it means no bringing in prostitute and no prostitution in the hotel. this place is very save for the single women and family backpackers.

walking distance to lotz of historical places...like Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, God of Mercy Temple, Little India, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Carpenter Temple, Komtar..... etc

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written November 15, 2003
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Hotel Seri Malaysia Penang: Budget Hotel in Bayan Baru

Have attended events organized in this hotel. Facilities and rates are reasonable.

Location is convenient in Bayan Baru township, Bayan Lepas.

Walking distance to Bayan Baru Sunshine Shopping Mall, Giant Hypermarket and Hospital Pantai. Also close to PISA (Penang International Sports Arena) and 15 minutes drive from airport.

This is a chain budget hotel in Malaysia. Usually for budget or family vacation. Stayed in one in Ipoh. Room is safisfactory.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written January 3, 2007
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Malaysia Hotel: Budget Hotel with Superb Location

great food , good location and affordable price

there was a promotion of RM 69 nett per night with buffet breakfast

Hotel is located back to back with Cheong Fatt Tze mansion and is just walking distance to

1) Fort Cornwallis and Esplanade
2) Heritage E & O hotel
3) Penang Museum,
4) Church of Assumption
5) Clock Tower
6) St George Church
7) Goddess of Mercy Temple
8) Khoo Kongsi
9) Yap Kongsi
10 ) Sri Mariamam Temple
11) Chek Kong Temple
12) Collonial Building ( Municipal Council

Hotel Malaysia, situated in the prime commercial centre of Penang offers you the best in entertainment and shopping. Situated along Penang Road, you are greeted by a vast choice of Local, Western and even Japanese delicacies.130 spacious and comfortable rooms with central air conditioning, private bathroom, fully carpeted, refrigerator, free coffee & tea facility, colour T.V. with video programmes, piped music and selfdial phones.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written April 5, 2004
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Continental Hotel, George Town: Budget business Hotel on Penang Road

3 Star Hotel with 200 air condition rooms and suite. Located conveniently at the Upper End of Penang Road, this hotel has a long history as a budget conscious hotel for business and tourists.

Rooms have been renovated. Basic standard room facilities with inhouse video, coffee/tea making facilities or a comfortable stay. An inhouse parking, coffee place, lounge and pub, swimming pool, health center, sauna.

Outside the hotel are restaurants, drinking places and bus stops and taxi stands.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written March 1, 2007
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Hotel Malaysia, George Town: Another budget business hotel on Penang Road

Another 3 Star hotel at prime location of Upper Penang Road, next door to Hotel Continental and opposite to Cititel Penang Hotel.

About 130 air condition rooms with color television and coffee/tea making facilities. Also has inhouse health centre, cocktail lounge, hair-dressing salon, karaoke lounge and hotel parking.

There is a Seven Eleven just outside and Chulia Street around the corner. Plenty of eating places and night out drinking pubs around.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written March 1, 2007
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Hotel Bellevue: Hotel on top of Penang Hill

Great view over George Town. On top of Penang Hill, over 800 m. Cool at night. There is a small bird park with admission fees. Old colonial atmosphere. Try the steam boat.

Take the funicular tram up. 30 minutes each way. RM4 round-trip.
Can arrange 4WD through hotel. Or even hike down to Botanical Gardens or to Air Itam town.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 23, 2006
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Yeng Keng Hotel, Swiss Hotel, Cathay Hotel, etc: Old Mansions Converted to Backpacker Hotel

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.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written March 1, 2007
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Yeng Keng Hotel, Chulia Street, George Town


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Pin Seng Hotel: A erm..cosy hotel.

Well, if you're on a thight budget, this is the kind of hotel you'd like to check in. 15 rooms and no normal hotel service. A place to crash, shower and get on the move.



Well, the beds, the view, the everything about this place.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written June 2, 2003
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Holliday inn: Beach Hotel

It's better to spend a little more money and stay in Beach not in the town , i stayed with my sister in Holliday Inn and it was real fun

The pool is great ! Specially because of the Jellyfish you can not go in to the sea . The breakfast and bar was really okay , also you can enjoy a music band twice a week there , they are really cool!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches
  • Written June 3, 2003
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The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences.

We are most thrilled to unveil the newest Hotel in Penang The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences. The Gurney is a sea-front resort cum business and entertainment hotel, highly regarded as one of the most prominent deluxe hotels in city.

It is located along the renowned tourist belt of Gurney Drive, adjacent to the new Central Business District and is less than five minutes away from all major shopping complexes and corporate towers.

For the active ones, there is the Recreational Park - an acre of elevated fun-themed park. For watery fun, there are adult swimming pool, children wave pool, water slides, lazy river ride and lots of waterfalls. For fitness- oriented activities, there are archery, beach volleyball, gymnasium, table tennis, sauna and steam bath. And for fun-oriented activities, there are pool tables, footballs, board games, darts craft and worshop by the poolside.

On Dining and Entertainment front, The Gurney is geared towards being the heart of it in Georgetown, featuring a 100 meter length side walk cafes, pubs, restaurants, suite spa and theme outlets such as The Café, The Fun Pub, Ichiban Sushi, Starbucks, Roadhouse Grill, The Bistro with Live Show, The Lounge with Live Band, The Karaoke with 12 Private Suites, suite spa with 17 individual suites, etc.

For Conference and Banqueting, The Gurney features the largest ballroom in the city, four function rooms and three boardrooms with 1,300 seats capacity complemented with 550 carparks.

At 37-storey high, The Gurney has 260 Suite Rooms with breathtaking seaview and are very spacious being almost double the size of conventional hotels. All suites are stylishly decorated in resort style and are equipped with exceptional amenities and conveniences such as jacuzzi, washing machine, dining table, etc.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written February 6, 2004
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Continental Hotel: Penang Rd's Great Hotel Value

Very friendly services from all the staff - the front desk, housekeeping and bell boys (men, especially Tommy). For only RM$98 nett with breakfast, this hotel is value for money!
It is close to all historical tourist attractions, food and if you are in a party mood, the night life is just across the street.
Since my first stay at the hotel in 2001, I have always had a great room with a wonderful view of E & O HOTEL and the sea, which some other more expensive hotel don't even have. I didn't even have to ask or pay extra for my "seaview"!
On many occasions when I arrived Penang early in the morning (7:30am), I am glad the staff allow me to check in early. Some other hotels are a stickler to the "Check in/ Check out" time. But at Continental Hotel, you can request for an early check in and late check out without much of a problem.
What not to like about this hotel? Nothing! When you are paying only RM$98, I am getting more than I have bargained for!
Small tip: Call the hotel for your room reservations, they don't have a website.

1. Great and Convenient Location
2. Great room view
3. Small nice pool and deck
4. Great Friendly Service from staff - feels like you have a lot of good friends when you stay at the hotel. Everyone is so helpful!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written September 18, 2006
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Budget Hostels at Chulia Street, Love Lane area: Terraced prewar double storey turned hostels

There are many hostels along Chulia Street, Love Lane and the adjoining streets in this part of George Town. Some are internal renovations, otherwise have been rebuilt as 4 or 5 floors hostels with options of private rooms too.

They are basic accommodations for the budget travellers. Great place to meet other fellow budget travellers and backpackers. Manywill help arrange for transportation to your next destination or visa extension or renewal with Thai Consulate.

Again, do shop around for the available rooms that meet your expectations and budget.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written March 1, 2007
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Hard Rock Hotel Penang: Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Hotel is situated at the end of Batu Ferringhi Beach, north of Penang Island. It is one of the Hard Rock Hotels in Southeast Asia. It is a short walk to the white sandy beach. And you can choose to stay in a room that allow you to jump into the pool right from the balcony.

From the entrance, you can take picture with the Michael Jackson's statue sitting like Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

Of course, you can shop at Hard Rock Store for Penang Hard Rock merchandising.

I did not stay here because it is beyond my budget, but love to see the pool that attached with the rooms' balconies!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Food and Dining, Spa and Resort
  • Written September 22, 2012
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