Welcome to the Silicon Valley of the East! Penang offers just about everything you could want, beautiful beaches, delicious food, history, culture and much more. The only question you have left to answer is where to stay in Penang. To make your decision easier, we have listed ten high-quality accommodations that will help make your stay in Penang unforgettable. Whatever your travel style, below are the best places to stay in Penang so you can rest easy throughout your trip.
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Best Budget Places to Stay in Penang
B Street Hotel ★
Price: Privates from $30
A convenient distance from the airport and 5 minutes from the Penang Hawker Centre, B Street Hotel provides a charming and pleasant stay for all travelers. The rooftop bar offers an amazing view of the city, and the rooms are air-conditioned and decorated with a chic, stunning design. The ensuite bathrooms are equipped with a hot shower, free toiletries and even a hair dryer, offering maximum comfort and relaxation throughout your stay. At the front desk, bicycles and scooters can be rented at great rates, giving you the perfect chance to see the city on your own beat. No visit to Georgetown, Penang is complete without admiring the beautiful street art, and luckily for you, B Street Hotel is located right in the heart of Georgetown’s street art scene. With a ideal location and helpful staff, B Street Hotel is a great place to treat yourself to the thrilling culture of Malaysia.
Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel
Price: Dorms from $8 and privates from $24
Boasting a great location and an immaculately clean environment, Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel has something for every guest. The fact that it’s only a few minutes from the ferry terminal only adds to the reasons why it’s one of the best places to stay in Penang. Ryokan Muntri caters to all your needs, providing a shuttle to and from the airport, free WiFi, air-conditioning when you are tired of sun-bathing, and of course a flat-screen TV’s with cable. If you plan on cruising around the area, no worries, you can rent a bike from Ryokan Muntri Hostel. Only 500 meters from Komtar and pleasing in every way possible, Ryokan Muntri promises value for your budget.
Price: Dorms from $6 and privates from $11
Just a few minutes from the beautiful murals and tasty street foods that Penang has to offer, Just Inn gives a safe and relaxing experience that will make your stay in the city much more inviting. This hostel offers both dorms and private rooms, with air-conditioning as well as fans to keep you cool and comfortable. A warm common area gives you the opportunity to relax and get some rest, while hot and cold water dispensers are great for tea, hot chocolate or a cold drink. Non-smoking rooms provide a refreshing, secure atmosphere for your well-being, while clean rooms and parking space are the perfect additions to your stay.
Best Mid Range Places to Stay in Penang
Price: Privates from $76
This boutique hotel boasts an outdoor pool that is sure to steal your heart and most of your free time. This hotel also provides impeccable service and free Wi-Fi throughout. The helpful staff is always around to make sure that your stay is as flawless as can be. 5 minutes from 1st Avenue and 15 minutes from Gurney Drive, Noordin Mews ensures that the action is never far away. Flat screen TV’s, irons and toiletries are all provided, and many of the rooms come with their very own living area. The library and massage area give an added touch of luxury, allowing a variety of things for you to do with your time here at Noordin Mews.
Price: Privates from $53
Housed in a restored historic building, Museum Hotel mixes the décor of its rooms with traditional and modern touches to provide the perfect aesthetic for the tastes of its guests. For book lovers, Museum Hotel offers a spacious reading corner complete with entertaining books and magazines. The 24-hour fitness center is fully equipped, giving you all of the comforts of your gym back home. A ten-minute walk takes you to local restaurants, offering the famous Nasi Kandar and other traditional foods that will excite your taste buds.
Le Dream Boutique Hotel
Price: Privates from $69
Welcome to the hotel that offers its guests a thoughtful welcome treat! This boutique hotel offers tons of rooms and an equally large number of amazing services. This includes an impressive restaurant, gym, free parking and a dependable and speedy WiFi connection. With air-conditioning, a flat screen TV and a modern bathroom in every room, Le Dream caters fully to all of your needs. Shuttles are provided, saving you the trouble of arranging transportation for your trips around Penang. Just 1 km from Penang Times Square, Le Dream ensures that all of the attractions of Penang are within your reach.
Price: Privates from $89
Only 5 minutes from Penang Museum, Campbell House is the perfect base for your stay in Penang. In close vicinity to the best of Penang’s shopping and food outlets, Campbell House sports an impressive decor throughout, complete with a charming sitting area. Modern, well-equipped bathrooms make for a perfectly relaxing shower, while the laptop safes in the bedrooms help to keep your mind at ease. You not only have access to Penang’s traditional food, but a little taste of Italy as well! You don’t want to miss out on this little gem!
Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Penang
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Price: Privates from $139
If you’re wondering where to stay in Penang to experience the very best in design, location and service, Eastern and Oriental Hotel is the place for you! Boasting suites with a 14th-century styled décor and a breathtaking seafront location, the Eastern and Oriental Hotel kicks it up a notch when it comes to quality. Offering a large swimming pool, free WiFi, spa access and even a 24-hour room service, this hotel sees its guests returning time and time again. It’s located only 15 minutes from Penang’s UNESCO Heritage Site, so the sights are nearby for maximum convenience. Spacious rooms and large bathrooms are the crowd’s favorite, and the six dining options available here are truly unique. The traditional afternoon tea served at E&O Hotel’s 1885 restaurant secures its spot as one of the best places to stay in Penang.
Price: Privates from $94
With views of the city and friendly staff, G Hotel hits it out of the park. Here, you will be treated to a tasty breakfast, air-conditioning and cozy carpeted floors, as well as an eating area that’s perfect for socializing while you enjoy a warm meal. You can also take advantage of the coffee machines and minibar, the ensuite bathroom with a tub, shower, face basin and even an exquisite bidet. If you need a place to host your affairs, G Hotel is the best place to stay in Penang because they offer facilities for banquets and meetings. The on-site restaurant is amazing. Here, you can enjoy the delicious flavors from Malaysia as well as different Asian meals.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Price: Privates from $157
Where to stay in Penang is easy once you discover Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. This five-star hotel will sweep you off your feet with views overlooking Batu Feringghi. If it’s green areas you seek, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is where you ought to be. With over 25 acres of natural lush beauty, you can be one with nature, while relaxing in one of the three pools. Each pool being more beautiful than the next. At Shangri-La Resort, you even have the option of a limo transfer to and from the airport – a rather luxurious offer, don’t you think :)! For children, there is a safe and secure playing area. If you prefer something a bit more mature, you have the option of the hotel gym, golf course, spa, yoga pavilion or eco-centre. The bedrooms are decorated with unique wooden carvings and bursts of color, making the environment even more appealing. Here at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, quality and luxury go hand in hand.
Now that you know where to stay in Penang, all you have to do is pack your bags. This fascinating island that fuses modernity with old world charm is ready for you to take it by storm. Whichever accommodation you choose from our list know that you’ll be in one of the best places to stay in Penang.
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