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Popular hotels in Penang

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Hotel Sentral Georgetown @ City Centre
No 2, Lorong Kinta, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Convenient - 8.2 / 10(2273)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Berjaya Penang Hotel (Previously known as Georgetown City Hotel)
One-stop Midlands, Burmah Road, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10350
Impressive - 8.4 / 10(4271)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Young Men's Christian Association of Penang @ YMCA Penang
211, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10450
Impressive - 8.3 / 10(2203)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Tune Hotel Georgetown Penang
100, Jalan Burmah, Section 15, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10050
Convenient - 8.1 / 10(3554)
202A, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Impressive - 8.3 / 10(2862)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Grand Inn Hotel - Macalister Road
165-G-2, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Impressive - 8.3 / 10(1940)
7, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10000
Impressive - 8.5 / 10(1665)
LOBBY Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang
33, New Lane (Off Macalister Road), Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Impressive - 8.6 / 10(2900)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Travelodge Georgetown, Penang
101 Jalan Macalister , Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Impressive - 8.4 / 10(2915)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Vouk Hotel By The Blanket
57 - G - 3, Mansion One, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10050
Impressive - 8.6 / 10(1724)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING One Pacific Hotel and Serviced Apartments
177, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Impressive - 8.7 / 10(3223)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING 118 Hotel Macalister
49, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 11400
Impressive - 8.7 / 10(2579)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort
527, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 11200
Impressive - 8.3 / 10(711)
SWIMMING_POOL Hotel Sentral Seaview Penang @ Beachfront
555, Jalan Cm Hashim, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia, 11200
Convenient - 8.1 / 10(865)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Kimberley Hotel Georgetown
36 G - 02, Jalan Sungai Ujong, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10100
Impressive - 8.5 / 10(1577)
BEDROOM Tropics Eight Suites
11A, Jalan Gottlieb, Georgetown, Pulau Tikus, Penang, Malaysia, 10350
Impressive - 8.6 / 10(1291)
57-G-1, Mansion One, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10050
Convenient - 8.1 / 10(931)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Hotel Seri Malaysia Pulau Pinang
7, Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Bandar Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 11950
Convenient - 8.2 / 10(1091)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Evergreen Laurel Hotel
53, Gurney Drive, Georgetown, Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia, 10250
Impressive - 8.6 / 10(1263)
EXTERIOR_BUILDING Old Penang Hotel (Penang Times Square)
3/3A/5/5A, Jalan Kampung Jawa Lama, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia, 10150
Impressive - 8.3 / 10(577)

Guest reviews in Penang


167336 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!

Mohammad F.
Berjaya Penang Hotel (Previously known as Georgetown City Hotel)
/ 10
6 Sep 2020
This accommodation is perfect for family getaway. The location is nearby shopping mall and not far away from batu feringghi beach.
Ku Nana
Tune Hotel Georgetown Penang
/ 10
10 Okt 2020
the worst ever! no tv. very small room. st*p*d hotel!!!!!! even motel got tv... aircond also not function well!!!!! st*p*d hotel!!!!! menyesal la tinggal hotel bodoh ni
Atiqah N.
One Pacific Hotel and Serviced Apartments
/ 10
2 Ogo 2020
I stayed there for 5 nights. The hotel room that I stayed in (being the smallest room) is larger than I expected and very clean, (as well as the bathroom). The security in the lobby is quite strict and the customer service is above average. Parking is always available and I did not encounter anything that caused me discomfort. The location of the hotel is also very convenient (it has 7-Eleven downstairs and Restoran Kapitan is just across the road!). The room is not soundproof but that is not a con for me because it fits the price range. I would definitely stay here again the next time I have to make a trip to Penang.
Mohamed K. B. S. H.
Travelodge Georgetown, Penang
/ 10
13 Mei 2021
Ask for smoking room during booking but not available during counter registration. Just update the availability of smoking room, available or not during online booking. Thanks.
Wan A.
Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang
/ 10
15 Jan 2021
Room is highly recommended, friendly staff and food is awesome.
Sariman D.
Red Rock Hotel Penang
/ 10
19 Mac 2020
Tower was dirty and old and torn. cleaning service did not do their job very well, they are not even clean the room. do not order the breakfast, very low cheap food.
Cindy L. S.
Hotel Sentral Georgetown @ City Centre
/ 10
3 Dis 2020
Good and clean. place to stay and the staff is also good

Most commonly asked questions in Penang

Where are the best cities to visit in Penang?

The best cities to visit in Penang are Penang Island, Seberang Perai

How many hotels are listed in Penang?

Currently, there are around 768 hotels that you can book in Penang

Hotels in popular cities


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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