Fancy a hotel with something different and one that doesn’t burst your budget?
Penang is an island full of cultural sights blending with its natural sceneries. There are plenty of options when you are deciding where to stay in Penang when you visit. . These hotels which I have picked here are definitely better than backpacker hostels in terms of comfort and privacy. Squeamish about sharing your space? Or you’re just looking for something a little more lavish, you might like to check out my top 9 picks for budget hotels under $100.00 per night in no particular order.
Le Dream Boutique Hotel
While rooms run for around $79.00 per night, Le Dream offers a wide selection of “freebies”, unprecedented for a budget hotel, which include a buffet breakfast, a mid-afternoon high tea offering an array of sandwiches, cakes, sweets, tea and coffee and even a free movie night on the rooftop, with popcorn and an all you can eat ice cream bar. In the evening, travelers can also enjoy free flow wine between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. There is a small but functional gym, a free taxi service between 10am – 3pm, and this hotel is widely praised for its first-class service, all around.
East Indies Mansion
If you’re looking for a lavish feel with a budget price tag, then this hotel may be right up your alley, with standard rooms running around $59.00, breakfast included. The building itself is a traditional merchant’s house boasting an internal courtyard, large common areas and a variety of room sizes, all with vintage décor. East Indies Mansion is just a few steps away from little India, and is conveniently placed, nearby to ferry te$inals and the bus station.
Hotel Chulia Mansion
Ringing in around $48.00 per night, the Chulia Mansion is impeccably clean, well located and affordable. You can hire a bike at the shop across the road, and spend the day perusing the streets of George Town. There is a very good breakfast included in the price (eggs made to order) and a rooftop bar, which is a lovely place to sit for a few quiet drinks in the evening.
Just under budget, at around $93.00 per night, this lovely boutique hotel has plenty of cha$ing ambiance, along with a friendly staff and, you guessed it, delicious coffee! Guests enjoy a taste of open concept living in big, spacious and comfortable rooms, and can learn more about the history of the building by exploring the on-site coffee museum and art gallery.
Nam Keng Hotel
If peace and quiet is what you’re after, then the Nam Keng Hotel might be just the ticket. This hotel is located on a quiet street, but within walking distance of many attractions within the historical enclave of George Town. The rooms are cozy and clean, with basic amenities, and breakfast is simple and self-served in the elegant courtyard. As a character hotel, Nam Keng features 8 beautifully appointed guest rooms, decorated with traditional Nyonya style furniture. At around $79.00 per night, this hotel drives a hard bargain.
Ever fancied spending a night at the museum? With period style rooms, antique furnishings and rustic common areas, this storied hotel is bound to bring you back in time. Well priced at around $64.00 per night, the Museum Hotel also offers a free continental breakfast, a 24-hour gym and a rooftop terrace.
Brick archways, retro chaise-lounges and rain showers are just some of the small touches that go a long way in this wonderful boutique hotel. The rooms are small but tastefully decorated, with high ceilings. Breakfast is served at the café next door, and includes both local and international dishes. Strategically located at the center of George Town, Spices Hotel is worth a visit, with standard rooms averaging around $65.00 per night.
Armenian Street Heritage Hotel
Located in the historic part of town, near the famous Armenian Street, this hotel is very central and well within budget, with standard rooms averaging around $30.00. While the building and lobby retain a colonial feel, the rooms have been renovated and provide for all the basic amenities. The low price-point, and the convenient location, are the biggest draws for this heritage hotel.
Yeng Keng Hotel
Just under $100.00 per night, the Yeng Keng hotel is a traveler favourite. Renovated from a 19th century 2-story heritage building, this hotel is an oasis of tranquility, set back from the main road, with many lounge areas, including an outdoor lap pool and a courtyard. This hotel is walking distance to many of George Town’s most sought after attractions, and includes a large buffet-style breakfast at the café next door.
There you have it, my top 9 picks of hotels you can stay in Penang for under $100.00. Hope this list has made it easier for you to decide on your accommodation. Come visit Penang. It’s capital Georgetown is made for walking and eating thanks to its collection of historic buildings in various styles, from old English colonial mansions to classical Chinese shophouses and Islamic mosques and food outlets and stalls at every corner.
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