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Hotels in Penang

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Penang is generally famous for its beautiful beaches and its great selection of mouth-watering dishes. Check out the wall paintings when you are in Georgetown or pump up your adrenaline with the exciting water rides in Batu Ferringhi. Don’t forget to end your trip with Penang’s popular dish, Char Kuey Teow before you slumber in some of the popular hotels in Penang.

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Popular hotels in Penang

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Tune Hotel Georgetown Penang

Tune Hotel Georgetown Penang

100, Jalan Burmah, Section 15, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10050

8.0 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Berjaya Penang Hotel (Previously known as Georgetown City Hotel)

Berjaya Penang Hotel (Previously known as Georgetown City Hotel)

One-stop Midlands, Burmah Road, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10350

8.4 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Red Rock Hotel Penang

Red Rock Hotel Penang

202A, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.4 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING One Pacific Hotel and Serviced Apartments

One Pacific Hotel and Serviced Apartments

177, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.8 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING 118 Hotel Macalister

118 Hotel Macalister

49, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 11400

8.8 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

18 Persiaran Gurney (Gurney Drive), Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10250

8.3 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Glow Penang

Glow Penang

101 Jalan Macalister , Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.5 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Grand Inn Hotel - Macalister Road

Grand Inn Hotel - Macalister Road

165-G-2, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.3 / 10

Very Good

LOBBY Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

33, New Lane (Off Macalister Road), Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.7 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Hotel Sentral Georgetown

Hotel Sentral Georgetown

No 2, Lorong Kinta, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.3 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Young Men's Christian Association of Penang @ YMCA Penang

Young Men's Christian Association of Penang @ YMCA Penang

211, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10450

8.3 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Kimberley Hotel Georgetown

Kimberley Hotel Georgetown

36 G - 02, Jalan Sungai Ujong, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10100

8.6 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Vouk Hotel Suites Penang

Vouk Hotel Suites Penang

57 - G - 3, Mansion One, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10050

8.7 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Hotel Malaysia

Hotel Malaysia

7, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10000

8.6 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Flamingo Hotel By The Beach Penang

Flamingo Hotel By The Beach Penang

Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 11200

8.3 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Heliconia Hotel

Heliconia Hotel

18, Lorong Kinta, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.6 / 10

Very Good

BEDROOM Tropics Eight Service Suites

Tropics Eight Service Suites

11A, Jalan Gottlieb, Georgetown, Pulau Tikus, Penang, Malaysia, 10350

8.8 / 10

Very Good

LOBBY Summer Tree Hotel Penang

Summer Tree Hotel Penang

52, Jalan Rangoon , Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400

8.6 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Evergreen Laurel Hotel

Evergreen Laurel Hotel

53, Gurney Drive, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10250

8.7 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Mansion One Suites

Mansion One Suites

No 57, Mansion One, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10050

8.3 / 10

Very Good

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About

Penang is located in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia. It is bordered by Kedah in the north and east, and Perak in the south.

The total area of this city is approximately 1,048 square km. This city is divided into two areas: Penang Island and Seberang Perai, the latter previously known as Province Wellesley. These two are connected by a 13.5 km toll bridge known as Penang Bridge.

Though Penang is known as the smallest city after Perlis, it is surprisingly the third most populated in Malaysia after Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Penang is inhabited by more than 1,500,000 people with diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages and religions.

In the field of tourism, this city offers a modern and classic look of environment. In Georgetown for instance, you can see several museums as well as modern buildings such as multinational corporations. In terms of accommodation, there are many good hotels in Penang for both locals and tourists to stay at.

Penang has a tropical climate. This climate is very much determined by the surrounding sea and the wind. Dry season normally occurs from December to February.Penang’s daily temperature is fluctuate, ranging from 23 to 32 degrees Celsius. 

Below is the list of major areas in Penang:

George Town

George Town is Penang’s capital, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. KOMTAR Tower, the highest building in Penang, is located here.

Butterworth

Butterworth is the site of the Malayan Railway Station for Penang. Penang Bird Park, one of tourists’ favorite holiday destinations, is located here.

Air Itam

Air Itam meaning Black Water, is a busy town in Penang. Most tourists visit this city to tour around the famous Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill.

Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive is one of tourists’ favorite destinations when it comes to culinary, with its seafront area offering attractive food stalls of local and international cuisines.

Penang is also known as Pinang Island. The term “Pinang” derives from a tree called Pinang tree.

During the colonial period, Penang’s first foreign visitor was a British navigator and privateer named Sir James Lancaster. He arrived in Penang in June 1592, pillaging every vessel he encountered and brought them to England in 1954.

This colonial period carried on until 1909. At the time, Siam Kingdom that dominated Penang was threatened by the British to hand over some of its areas: Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Perlis.

In 1957, Penang gained independence from the British and became a member state of Malaysia in 1963. The first Chief Minister at the time was Wong Pow Nee from Malaysian Chinese Association.

How to Get There

There are many ways to go to Penang. You can go by plane, bus or ship. Here’s a list of transportation which you can take to Penang:

By plane

By plane to Penang, you will be landing at Penang International Airport.

Rapid Penang Bus

From the airport, you can take Rapid Penang Bus. By this bus, you can go to Georgetown, Teluk Bahang and Air Itam. Details are shown below:

  1. Rapid Penang 401 and 401E: Airport - Georgetown
  2. Rapid Penang 102: Airport - Teluk Bahang
  3. Rapid Penang 306: Airport - Air Itam

The prices may vary depending on your destination.

Airport taxi

Unlike regular taxis, the airport taxi in Penang does not use argometer. It usually leaves the airport after all seats are occupied.

A taxi ride from the airport to Georgetown costs around MYR 50.

Car rental

If you travel in a group of 4 or more, it’s better to rent a car which costs MYR 90 - 80 per day.

By bus

If you take the bus to Penang, you can depart from Kuala Lumpur. Along the 7-8 hour ride, you will drive pass Butterworth and stop near KOMTAR Tower in Penang.

If you choose to take Alisan Golden Coach Express, the bus fare is MYR 45 per passenger.

(All prices are subject to change)

Tourist Attractions

Tourists love to visit these travel destinations:

Georgetown

If you’re curious about the classic look of Penang, visit Georgetown. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site occupied by many old buildings that have transformed to a museum.

Most of the old buildings in Georgetown used to belong to the British. The top three most popular are St. George Church, Church of the Assumption and Penang Supreme Court Building.

To get here, take Rapid Transit bus number 401. It’ll cost you MYR 3 per passenger.

Penang Hill 

Also known as Bendera Hill, Penang Hill offers a view of Georgetown, Penang Bridge and the east coast of Penang. This is one of the most recommended spots in Penang to soak in the city’s beautiful landscape and nature.

Batu Ferringhi Beach

Located 18 km north of Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi Beach is the perfect destination in Penang to play water sports such as parasailing and surfing. Here, you can even ride an ATV across the beach.

At night, the atmosphere becomes more romantic as local bands begin to perform songs that you can dance to.

Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Penang State Museum was formerly Penang Free School, an education center which allowed all Penang-born regardless of race, ethnic and religion to enroll.

Due to several bombings in World War II, the school area was partly destroyed. Until 1964, Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj suggested to renovate the building and turned it to a museum and art gallery.

Penang State Museum displays lots of artefacts, visual art materials, publications and artworks of local artists.

Penang Toy Museum

Penang Toy Museum is the largest toy museum in the world. It has more than 110,000 toys, dolls and other collectible figures. Surprisingly, there are still 30,000 other toys kept in the storage since the space isn’t enough.

This museum was recognized in Malaysian Book of Records as the first toy museum in the country. It welcomes around 100,000 visitors each year.

The toys displayed in this museum are Batman, Doraemon, Mr. Bean, Garfield, King Kong, Kung Fu Panda and many more. Many of them were shipped from Hollywood, USA.

Penang Toy Museum is divided into several sections:

  • Cave of Dinosaurs
  • Chamber of Comic Book Heroes
  • Chamber of Fantasy
  • Chamber of Horrors
  • Chamber of Monsters
  • Fields of Combat
  • Hall of Beauties
  • Hall of Cartoons
  • Hall of Celebrities
  • Hall of Rock Legends
  • Hall of Virtual Reality
  • Star Wars Collection

The Camera Museum

If you’re interested in knowing about the history of camera or types of camera dated back to the past millenium, visit The Camera Museum.

As you walk inside, you will see lots of photos hanging on the wall of a dead-end staircase. Some of these photos capture the paintings of Ernest Zacharevic, a popular street painter in Georgetown.

The Camera Museum also has a cafe called Double Exposure, offering homemade food.

Qeii

Qeii is a club-restaurant with a beautiful sea view. Most people come here to eat, drink and dance to House music.

The Library Butterworth

Most people come to The Library Butterworth to enjoy a selection of vodka. This bar & restaurant also offers the widest collection of beer in Malaysia plus the first with self beer taps.

TAO Cuisine Auto-City

TAO Cuisine Auto-City offers a cozy ambience with live music and happy hour. Make sure to reserve your seat in advance as it can get very crowded at night.

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