Penang is the second smallest Malaysian state, yet it offers much attraction to residents and tourists alike. The capital city George Town is awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving some the perception that it is one of the areas that need to be preserved and could be hard to have fun. The good thing is, Penang has a couple of hostels that are great for backpackers or friends who would like to explore this Malaysian state.
Wassup Youth Hostel
Located in the capital city of Penang, this hostel is impressive with its cleanliness and maintenance to the area. Apart from this, there are many facilities available such as a TV lounge, complimentary computer access, shared kitchen, and a games area that has a pool table. The property was able to fit a small swimming pool and a bar for drinks, making it a great addition when just spending a few days with family or friends. However, the only options available in the property is a room with a single bed or a 4-bed mixed dormitory room.
Most popular amenities: 1 swimming pool Non-smoking rooms Free WiFiParkingFamily rooms Bar
Red Inn Court
Also in the city of Geroge Town, but more accessible to the ethnic Indian enclave Little India and the Chinese temple Goddess of Mercy. There are plenty of dormitories and rooms available that includes a continental breakfast on most bookings. A tour desk can arrange trips and bike rentals for those who would like to explore the area. It has a lounge area, library, and complimentary use of computers. This is an eco-friendly hostel, as bathrooms include a heat-recycled hot water rainshower – either those that are shared or private.
Most popular amenities: Non-smoking rooms Free WiFi24-hour front desk Breakfast
Rope Walk Guest House
This hostel has two options, a budget twin room that can fit 2 persons in a bunk bed or a deluxe twin room with a large double bed or 2 single beds. The property has shared bathrooms, as well as the kitchen, living, and dining areas. Guests appreciate the quiet environment of the area but are still accessible to many attractions and necessities. The location is also about a 10-minute walk from the main bus station.
Most popular amenities: Non-smoking rooms Free WiFiParkingFamily rooms Airport shuttle
This newly renovated hostel was designed to give a warm and cozy feeling, even in the common areas of the property. The pod-style airconditioned dormitory has reading lights and comes with free access to a locker if needed. Rooms are also available but take note that it is compact and may not have plenty of spaces to move. Even though the location is off the street, it is within walking distance to many restaurants, nightlife, and shopping areas. Public transportation is also accessible, as many online reviews appreciate its nice location.
Most popular amenities: Non-smoking rooms Free WiFiParking Restaurant24-hour front deskVery Good Breakfast
This one is also located in George Town but exclusive for female travelers only. It comes equipped with a shared kitchenette, a lounge area, and shared bathrooms. The beds are inspired by a canopy which gives a more relaxing vibe. The area is also quiet, yet accessible to many tourist attractions.
Most popular amenities: Non-smoking rooms Free WiFi
Though these hostels have shared facilities, many online reviews have appreciated the cleanliness and the peaceful area of the property. Hostels are perfect for this location instead of building high hotels, which will preserve it as a UNESCO Heritage Site.