Old Penang Guesthouse
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Old Penang Guesthouse


A backpacker’s hostel with character period charm, a quiet atmosphere and friendly staff. Old Penang Guesthouse offers amazing value for travelers looking for a comfortable and unforgettable heritage stay on a budget. Conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown, Penang, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Single Room – USD $16
  • Twin Room - USD $25
  • Double Room - USD $25
  • Double Ensuite - USD $30
  • Triple Room - USD $34
  • Female Dorm - USD $9
  • Mixed Dorm - USD $8


Basic breakfast included in the room rate.


Twin bed private, Double bed private, 3 bed private, 4 bed female dorm, 12 bed mixed dorm.


You have all of the wonders of Georgetown at your doorstep. Pay particular attention to the wondrous culinary opportunities for which the city is famed. Please take note that this is a backpacker's hostel.

It might not be suitable for those who are not used to the backpacking experience. Most of the facilities in the guesthouse are on a sharing basis. It is also not suitable for travellers below 12 years old and above 65 years old as they do not provide child care and elderly care facilities in the guesthouse.


Old Penang Guesthouse is a tastefully restored pre-war building in the historic city of Penang, Malaysia. The building is believed to have been constructed more than 80 years ago. It is an example of a very early shophouse prototype. From the original mosaic-tiled flooring, intricate artwork, inner courtyard and wooden shuttered windows, every aspect echoes the history of the region.

In respect to the original design and history, the owners have retained much of the building's old world charm during the conversion. The design integrates old with new, modern with historic, ensuring that the total experience is one that is authentic, honouring the past while bringing every modern convenience to bear.

All of the rooms are air-conditioned, spacious, clean and thoughtfully furnished with modern day amenities. The rooms are fitted with authentic antique lamps, mirror and decorated with pictures by renowned local artists.

The ground floor is a spacious lounge area with a central courtyard which allows sunlight to stream in through. Most of the guesthouse utilizes the floor area by maximizing the number of rooms, however the ground floor with inner courtyards is kept as a space for guests to relax and interact. You can watch movies, surf the internet, dive into a book or enjoy a tea break here.

Customer Reviews

"We booked after reading other views and weren't disappointed.
It's a lovely old building, has lots of character and is in an excellent location. Reception checked is in quickly, showed us around the place and then to our room.

The room was very basic but was clean and had air con. One slight downside was not having windows in the room we had. The shared shower and toilet area was kept spotless and the communal lounge area was very cosy and a good place to mingle with other guests. There were also a couple of PC's with free internet access.

Recommend booking this place in advance as it was fully booked when we were there and lots of walk-ups were being turned away."  Warren Leem, Germany