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Where to stay in Penang: 10 best Penang hotels to stay in

From the Hard Rock hotel in Batu Ferringhi to Hotel Jen and Tune Hotel in George Town, here are the top 10 hotels in Penang for you to choose from for your next trip.

Penang is often regarded as the food capital of Malaysia boasting a wide range of local delicacies from various ethnic groups. What’s more, Penang’s capital city George Town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with historical heritage buildings dating back to the British colonial era. Today, the state offers travellers a multitude of sites to see, from heritage buildings and sandy beaches to a bustling nightlife scene. Penang truly is the ultimate island destination in Malaysia, and the key to make the most out of your vacation is knowing where to stay.

In this article, we’ve done the homework for you as we bring you 10 best hotels in Penang to make the most out of your Penang vacation.

Where to stay in George Town, Penang?

George Town is the beating heart of Penang famed for its historical heritage buildings and tantalising hawker food making it a haven for history buffs and passionate foodies. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, and Fort Cornwallis to immerse yourself in the local culture and Penang’s historic past. That’s not all, the excitement continues well into the night at Chulia Street where there are no shortages of bars and restaurants all eager to entertain the average traveller. Staying in George Town is perfect if you’re looking to be in the heat of all the action which comes with city life.  

1. Bayview Hotel Penang

Bayview Hotel, Penang is a 4-star hotel strategically located just a short distance away from landmarks such as Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Little India, Penang State Museum, Fort Cornwallis, and many others. The hotel features modern amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, and a lounge with live performances that is sure to entertain the average traveller. If you’re looking to spend a romantic dinner with your loved one, then you’re in luck as the hotel features a revolving restaurant at the top of the hotel offering 360-views of Penang. Bayview hotel is perfect for couples looking for accommodation within the George Town heritage area.

Recommended for: Couples

Average price of a standard room: RM200 to RM300

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2. Hotel Jen Penang

Hotel Jen Penang is the best pick for shopaholics due to it being situated right next to three popular shopping centres none other than KOMTAR, 1st Avenue, and Prangin Mall. Rooms are cosy and personalised with Malaysian decor which is sure to add a unique experience to your stay at Jen Penang. Aside from this, the hotel also has its own outdoor pool and fitness centre which are great for anyone looking to catch a quick workout during their vacation. Additionally, travelling to various hotspots around Penang is also super easy as the Komtar bus terminal is just a short walk from the hotel.

Recommended for: Couples or families

Average price of a standard room: RM200 to RM300

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Where to stay in Tanjung Bungah, Penang?

Tanjung Bungah is a popular beach destination tucked between Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Tokong. Literally meaning ‘flower cape’ in English, this suburb takes on a more relaxed pace of life and is less touristy compared to neighbouring Batu Ferringhi. Staying here is a great option if you’re looking to escape the bustling city life of George Town. Notably, most hotels in the area provide direct access to the beach making it an ideal place to stay for beachgoers.

3. Flamingo Hotel

Flamingo Hotel is perfect for beach bums looking for a stylish beachfront experience. This 4-star hotel features well-appointed rooms with private balconies offering great views of the sea. For leisure options, make the most out of your stay by utilizing the fitness centre, spa and wellness centre, and 24-hour room service. The highlight of the hotel is that it has its own direct access to the beach making the hotel an ideal choice for beach bums. For thrill seekers, you can also find a wide range of beach activities such as paragliding and jet skiing which are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Recommended for: Families

Average price of a standard room: RM200 to RM300

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Where to stay in Batu Ferringhi, Penang?

Batu Ferringhi is a tourist hotspot for its buzzing nightlife, sandy beaches, and night market. It is an ideal location if you’re looking to mingle with other travellers over a pint, spend a day frolicking in the sand, or simply shopping for souvenirs at the night market — just be sure to bargain though! Whatever it is you’re looking to do, you sure can’t go wrong with a stay in Batu Ferringhi.

4. Hard Rock Hotel Penang

A stay at Hard Rock Hotel, Penang is sure to make anyone feel like a rockstar. This high-end beach resort features luxurious rooms with the facilities to match. Sticking true to its mantra of being a music-themed resort, all rooms are tastefully furnished with their very own BOSE sound systems and 50-inch LED screen TVs. If that’s still not enough to impress you, then its 2,400 square metres pool surely will being the largest free-form pool in Penang. The pool also has its very own swim-up bar where you will get to enjoy drinks while rocking out to music. Foodies will also not be disappointed as the resort features 6 dining options to choose from including the world famous Hard Rock Cafe. These and so much more make a stay at Hard Rock Hotel an ideal stay for families or dedicated music lovers.

Recommended for: Families

Average price of a standard room: RM500 to RM600

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Where to stay at Bayan Lepas, Penang?

Staying in Bayan Lepas is a great option if you’re arriving in Penang by flight as Penang International Airport is located here. Among several others, the Penang Snake Temple and War Museum are two noteworthy attractions located in Bayan Lepas.

5. Eastin Hotel Penang

Eastin Hotel, Penang is a 4-star hotel located within walking distance from Queensbay Mall and 7km from the Snake Temple. You can expect modern rooms complete with WiFi, flat screen TV, minibar, and 24-hour room service. The modern high-rise is also complete with a fitness centre and outdoor pool. Noteworthily, most guests enjoyed the breakfast spread which features a wide range of choices and cuisine. The hotel is also a common destination for business travellers due to the availability of on-site business centres complete with photocopying, fax and video conferencing equipment.

Recommended for: Business travellers or families

Average price of a standard room: RM300 to RM400

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6. Hotel Equatorial Penang

Hotel Equatorial Penang is another highly rated hotel which offers a commanding view of Penang. If you’re looking for a hotel with great views, modern amenities, and luxurious rooms, then look no further as this gorgeous hotel will surely suit your every need. All rooms feature a private balcony and are separated into two wings, connected by a walkway. Expect a 5-star treatment from every aspect as you are pampered by the hotel’s wide range of leisure options such as a 50m long outdoor swimming pool, eclectic cuisine, fully equipped fitness centres, outdoor tennis courts, and its very own putting green. These and so much more make Equatorial Hotel Penang the ultimate destination for couples or families seeking a 5-star treatment during their Penang vacation.

Recommended for: Couples or families

Average price of a standard room: RM300 to RM400

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7. Lexis Suites Penang

Lexis Suites Penang is the perfect choice for couples seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beachfront hotel offers scenic views of the sea and hills from your own private balcony. You can even choose to spend a quiet romantic evening with your loved one at your own indoor private pool. For dining options, Roselle Coffee House offers a range of local and international fare while Umi is an in-house Japanese restaurant offering a variety of Japanese delights. The hotel is also equipped with an outdoor pool, terrace, fitness centre, and sauna.

Recommended for: Couples

Average price of a standard room: RM500 to RM600

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Recommended Penang budget hotel

Penang is also a great vacation destination for backpackers or simply anyone looking for an affordable accommodation. If you’re on a budget, here are our top three Penang budget hotel recommendations.

8. Tune Hotel Penang

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Located along Burma road lies Tune Hotel, Penang a vibrant budget hotel offering air-conditioned rooms and ensuite bathrooms which includes a water heater and free toiletries. There are four types of rooms to choose from, namely; single, double, twin, or quad rooms. It is also noteworthy to mention that the hotel is also located within walking distance to various highly rated food spots such as the famed Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow and Penang Road Chendol, thus making it an ideal choice for anyone looking for affordable accommodation within George Town.

Recommended for: Backpackers

Average price of room: RM100 to RM130

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9. Chulia Heritage Hotel

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Chulia Heritage Hotel, Penang is another great affordable option within the George Town area. The hotel is located along Chulia Street which is famed for its string of bars, restaurants, and pubs, thus making it an ideal location for anyone looking to be close to the heart of Penang’s party scene. Rooms are clean featuring WiFi, 32-inch flat screen LED TVs and complimentary coffee and tea. There are 6 types of rooms to choose from with a selection of private or shared bathrooms. The hotel is located centrally in George Town and is a short drive away from various tourist hotspots such as the Armenian street, Khoo Kongsi temple, and the Cheon Fatt Tze Blue Mansion.

Recommended for: Backpackers

Average price of room: RM80 to RM120

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10. Container Hotel Penang

What once was an old newspaper office dating back to 1910 is now a trendy hotel set within George Town and a short walk away from Weld Quay Bus Terminal. As its name suggests, Container Hotel in Penang offers visitors a unique logging experience by spending a night in what once used to be shipping containers. And that’s not all, you can even choose to sleep in a pod which are capsule-like rooms commonly found in Japan. Six types of rooms are available offering different selections of rooms and pods. A stay at the Container Hotel is perfect for any adventurous urban explorers looking for a chic place to stay.

Recommended for: Backpackers

Average price of room: RM150 to RM200

Average price of pods: RM60 to RM80

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Can’t wait to begin your unforgettable Penang vacation? Here are the top 5 places to get the best local food in Penang. You can also search for the best flight to Penang on Skyscanner:

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