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LOBBY G Hotel Gurney

G Hotel Gurney

Gurney Drive, Georgetown
(758 Reviews)
The room is good with strategic location.
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G Hotel Kelawai

Gurney Drive, Georgetown
(549 Reviews)
The location and services is top notch. The hotel is located at the center of Pulau Tikus area where you can commute easily to Gurney Drive (Hawker Street at night), Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon. For those who goes there for medical check-up, it is also a good place to stay, since it is clean and close to Adventist, Island and Gleneagle hospital. For those who wants to enjoy Penang, this place is a worth place to stay.
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SWIMMING_POOL Ascott Gurney Penang

Ascott Gurney Penang

Gurney Drive, Georgetown
(77 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Vouk Hotel By The Blanket

Vouk Hotel By The Blanket

Gurney Drive, Georgetown
(2013 Reviews)
bedroom and bathroom are spacious and clean location is next to Gleneagles Hospital easy to access to other area only order grab car breakfast is ok with variant menu after all this hotel is superb convenience and worth the price!
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BEDROOM Berjaya Penang Hotel

Berjaya Penang Hotel

Gurney Drive, Georgetown
(3776 Reviews)
Highly recommended for those who have business with the Indonesian Embassy just a short walk from this hotel
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null Mansion One Suites by Merlene

Mansion One Suites by Merlene

Gurney Drive, Georgetown
(1073 Reviews)
Very good, and close with the hospital
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LOBBY The Granite Luxury Hotel Penang (Formerly known as M Summit 191 Executive Hotel Suites)

The Granite Luxury Hotel Penang (Formerly known as M Summit 191 Executive Hotel Suites)

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(105 Reviews)
Wonderful Hotel with very spacious suites. Very comfortable and pleasant. Strategically located in the center, just 3 mins walk to Komtar bus terminal, and to the malls nearby. Lots of restaurants nearby as well. I would definitely stay here again next time. Thanks!
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING One Pacific Hotel and Serviced Apartments

One Pacific Hotel and Serviced Apartments

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(3477 Reviews)
Nice budget hotel. very spacious. so close with Loh guan lye hospital. you only need to cross the road. very recommended for those who want to visit LGL hospital. clean and nice service. it has 7/11 next to the hotel and pharmacy.
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Travelodge Georgetown, Penang

Travelodge Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(2809 Reviews)
Good place to stay, simple and nice. Good location for family and couple to make good trip. The room is nice and clean. Staffs all quiet friendly (Front Office). Sure will choice back for next trip.
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LOBBY Tropics Eight Suites

Tropics Eight Suites

Pulau Tikus, Georgetown
(1547 Reviews)
The room is big enough for three of us. They have gym, washing machine, and water dispenser at 7th floor. It is also walking distance to adventist hospital.
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Red Rock Hotel Penang

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(2975 Reviews)
Room is very clean, breakfast is very delicious, and all of the staff is very humble and kind, thank you very much... I can recommended this hotel to my friend in Indonesia. Thank you.
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BEDROOM Hotel Sentral Georgetown @ City Centre

Hotel Sentral Georgetown @ City Centre

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(2271 Reviews)
Strategic location with comfortable room.
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BEDROOM MII Smile Hotel Penang

MII Smile Hotel Penang

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(45 Reviews)
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LOBBY Macalister Hotel By PHC

Macalister Hotel By PHC

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(110 Reviews)
The room looked exactly like the pictures: spacious, comfy and super clean. There are cafe and bakery store on the first floor. Surely I will stay again soon.
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MEI Hotel Penang

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(537 Reviews)
This is my second time stay in this hotel. Why I love this hotel? because this hotel is clean and the location is suitable my needs. In front of this hotel, we can find restaurant open 'til night and the food is delicious. Beside this hotel there is massage original from Thailand. You just walk to the main street (around 100 m), so many food (restaurant) we can find there.
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Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(129 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Le Embassy Hotel Georgetown

Le Embassy Hotel Georgetown

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(70 Reviews)
Nice and clean hotel! Strategic locations to tour the city. Friendly staff member too. Overall, satisfied.
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LOBBY Hotel Malaysia

Hotel Malaysia

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(1659 Reviews)
the hotel is awesome. The resto esp. so great with the view. Staffs are friendly. surely will back here again when visit Penang
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Young Men's Christian Association of Penang @ YMCA Penang

Young Men's Christian Association of Penang @ YMCA Penang

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(2094 Reviews)
The hotel interior is new and clean.. it's just walking distance to island hospital. At the lobby there’s a restaurant so you won't have to walk very far to find food. Overall is a pleasant experience to stay at ymca
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Scott Service Suites

Scott Service Suites

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
(91 Reviews)
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Facts about Penang

Total Accommodation
691 Properties
Popular City
Penang Island, Seberang Perai
Popular Hotel
G Hotel Gurney, G Hotel Kelawai
Popular Landmark
Gurney Plaza, Batu Ferringhi Beach

Guest reviews in Penang

157,620 reviews from hotels in Penang with aggregated rating of 8.4/10.
Review from various users that have stayed in Penang will help you to choose the perfext hotel easily!
Selvathurai A. L.
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27 Jan 2024
I would like to highlight to you on your maintenance side it was not maintain very well and check before the room given to the guest as the shower host pipe I was lose and from entrance light was not functioning My room number is. No 2710 level 27.
jemi a. r.
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15 Feb 2024
No television in my room, I don't know that is standard or not. Many hotels that I had visisted the room has television.
The M.
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21 Jan 2024
Clean. Location in front of Loh Guan Lye hospital. Recommended.
Mohamad H. B. A. R.
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11 Feb 2024
The location of the hotel is strategic, however the facilities in the room is old and dirty. There 's stain on bed linen, and the bath tub is dirty. TV only got one channel.
Michael T.
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11 Feb 2024
Perfect location, prices and services.
Juli c.
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13 Dec 2023
The room clean and the staft harm and very helpful.
Nenny L.
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16 Feb 2024
The hotel is clean, good service, spacious room, strategic location. Perfect. We made an additional stay because we were satisfied with the hotel.
24 Jan 2024
Good Place, Near with food street.
Komathi K.
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30 Jan 2024
Comfortable and spacious room. Worth for money.
Rizky D. L.
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23 Feb 2024
Just an ordinary hotel and old hotel.

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Most commonly asked questions in Penang

What are the best areas to visit near Penang?

If you are in Penang, you can also visit Seberang Perai, Penang Island

What are the most recommended regions to be visited beside Penang?

You can visit and enjoy your staycation in these popular regions such as Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu, Johor, Kelantan, Perlis, Sabah, Selangor, Perak, Pahang, Kedah.

How many hotels are listed in Penang?

Currently, there are around 691 hotels that you can book in Penang


Located in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang is a bordered by Keda 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.

Penang major areas

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 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 history

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, Trengganu 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 go to Penang

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. These are some of the airlines flying from Jakarta to Penang:

  1. Lion Air
  2. Sriwijaya Air
  3. AirAsia
  4. Tigerair

From Jakarta to Penang, you will need to transit in Medan, Indonesia.

Flight duration:

  • Jakarta - Medan: 2 hours 20 minutes.
  • Medan - Penang: 45 minutes.

(Airlines from Jakarta to Penang may change).

Transportation from/to Penang International Airport

There are several transportations from/to Penang International Airport, such as:

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 ship

By ship from Indonesia, Penang can be reached from Medan. The journey will take around 7 hours.

Ship fare from Medan to Penang is around IDR 250,000.

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).

Visa to Malaysia

For a maximum stay of 90 days, there are 58 countries that do not require a visa. Meanwhile, there are 99 countries (including Indonesia) that do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days.

Ivory Coast, Iran, Libya, Sierra Leone and Somalia do not require a visa to visit Malaysia. However, their maximum stay is only two weeks. Taiwan is the only country that does not require a visa to visit Malaysia for maximum 15 days.

More information about visa to Malaysia can be seen here.

(Visa regulations are subject to change).

Public transportations in Penang

Below is the list of public transportations in Penang:

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) Bus is a double decker bus, one of the newest transportations in Penang, operating since November 2014.

This bus is equipped with onboard WiFi and an open deck. The bus routes cover 50 major attractions in Penang such as Penang Botanic Gardens and Penang Hill.

There are two types of bus ticket: 24-hour and 48-hour tickets.

24-hour ticket: starting from MYR 19.

48-hour ticket: starting from MYR 32.

Rapid Penang Bus

Rapid Penang Bus is the most affordable transportation to travel around Penang. The fare ranges between MYR 1 - 4 per passenger. You can buy the ticket onboard.

By Rapid Penang Bus, you can visit several attractions such as:

  1. Penang Hill (take bus 204 from Jetty Raja Tun Uda).
  2. Gurney Drive (take bus 10, 103, 304 from KOMTAR main bus stop).
  3. Ferringhi Beach (take bus 101, 102 from KOMTAR main bus stop).

Free Shuttle Bus

If you want to see many heritages located in the downtown of Georgetown, take the free shuttle bus. With this bus, you can hop on and off at any stations with a sign “free shuttle service”.

(All prices are subject to change).

Climate and weather in Penang

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. 

Language used in Penang

The language in Penang, depending on social classes and ethnic backgrounds, are Malay, Mandarin, English, Penang Hokkien and Tamil. However, as many school teachers in Penang teach in Mandarin, this is the most-spoken language.

Here are some most used sentences in Malay:

  • “Apa khabar?” means “How are you?”
  • “Khabar baik, terima kasih. Anda pula bagaimana?” means “I’m fine, thanks. And you?”
  • “Sampai jumpa lagi” means “See you later”.
  • “Boleh cakap perlahan sedikit?” means “Please speak more slowly”.

Tourist attractions in Penang

Tourists love to visit these travel destinations:


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.


To get here, take Rapid Penang bus number 204 from Georgetown bus terminal near KOMTAR. It’ll cost you MYR 2 per passenger.

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.

To get here, take Rapid Penang bus number 101 from central Georgetown bus terminal. It’ll cost you MYR 3 per passenger.

(All prices are subject to change).

Penang cultural sights (museums)

Aficionado of history and culture? Spend some time visiting these museums:

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.

Opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Thursday - Saturday)

Closed on Friday and public holiday.

Entrance fee: MYR 1 per visitor

Address: Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang

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 Collections

Opening hours: Daily from 09:00 - 21:00 including weekends and public holidays.

Address: 370, Mk 2, Teluk Bahang, Penang

Entrance fee

Adult: MYR 10

Children: MYR 6

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.

Opening hours: Daily from 09:00 - 20:00

Entrance fee: MYR 10

Address: 49 Lebuh Muntri, Georgetown, Penang

Music and nightlife in Penang

If you want to hang out until 3 or 4 in the morning, consider these places:


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

Opening hours:

Daily from 12:00 - 00:00 (dining), 00:00 - 03:00 (entertainment)

Address: Tanjung City Marina, Church Street Pier, 8A, Pengkalan Weld, Penang

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.

Opening hours: Daily from 12:00 - 03:00

Address: 8 & 9, Business Centre, Jalan Raja Uda, Penang

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.

Opening hours: Daily from 12:00 - 16:00 and 17:30 - 23:00

Address: 1820-f1 & 1822-f1, Jalan Perusahaan Autocity, North South Highway, Juru Interchange, Penang

Where to eat in Penang

Labeled as the top food destination in the world by Robin Barton of Lonely Planet, Penang offers various kinds of dishes:

Chez Nous Cafe Penang

Owned by a Belgian couple, Chez Nous Cafe specializes in Belgian dishes from tomato soup with meat balls to Belgian chocolate ice cream and delights.

Opening hours: 18:00 - 23:00 (Tuesday - Sunday)

Address: 17, Lorong Seck Chuan, Georgetown, Penang

Kebaya at Seven Terraces

Kebaya at Seven Terraces offers Peranakan food, a taste that combines Malay and Chinese recipes. This restaurant has a historic feel of architecture.

Opening hours: 18:00 - 22:00

Address: Seven Terraces, Lorong Stewart, Georgetown

Macalister Mansion

Named after Colonel Norman Macalister (British Governor of Penang from 1808 - 1810), Macalister Mansion offers the atmosphere of a fine dining restaurant, cafe, wine lounge and cigar. This restaurant consists of several eating rooms with different kinds of atmospheres

Opening hours

  • The Den and The Cellar:

Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 17:00 - 01:00

Friday and Saturday: 17:00 - 02:00

  • Dining Room: Daily from 19:00 - 23:00
  • Living Room: Daily from 08:00 - 24:00

Address: 228 Macalister Road, 10400 Georgetown, Penang

The Spice Market Cafe Penang

Wondering how Chinese, Indian, Japanese or Thai food tastes like? If so, you must visit this place. The modern and exotic interior designs will certainly make you feel relaxed.

Opening hours: Daily from 07:00 - 22:00

Address: Shangri-La Rasa’s Sayang Resort & Spa, Garden Wing, Lobby Level, Jalan Batu Ferringhi

Travel tips in Penang

Planning a trip to Penang? Make sure you follow these tips:

  • If what you’re looking for is culinary, Penang’s culinary spot is in Lebuh Chulia. You can find many Asian to European cuisines around here. Alternatively, visit Queensbay to try the Penang flavour of es cendol.
  • For Muslims, make sure to order food that has a halal sign on it since the majority in Penang are non-Muslims.
  • The perfect time to visit Penang Hill is before 09:00. After 09:00, it may get very crowded. If you’re in a hurry, don’t bother to wait for Rapid Penang Bus to pick you up. Despite the cheap price, this bus comes every 40 minutes. In this case, taking a taxi would be a better idea.
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