Best Hotels In Penang

The best hotels in Penang Island are mostly situated in George Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Hotels in this list range from budget hotels to 5-star luxury hotels; some hotels even come with private pools in their rooms! There are high-rise buildings with city views or chic Peranakan boutique hotels in the city center.

Some of the best places to stay in Penang have been around since the 19th century while others are just a year old!

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Budget & Best Hotels in Penang (<RM200 Per Night)

Those who are on a tight budget should consider checking out these hotels!

If you need more options, our article on the best budget hotels in Penang provides a more comprehensive list for you to choose from!

1. Chulia Mansion Hotel

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Walking distance from many cultural gems (like Little India, the Pinang Peranakan Musuem and the clan jetties of Penang) in George Town, this environmental-friendly hotel has a lot going for it!

Chulia Mansion Hotel At Penang
Chulia Mansion Hotel At Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Rooms are elegant with modern conveniences and a pinch of luxury that anyone can appreciate!

What you’ll like:

  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • In-house restaurant and bar (rooftop)
  • Complimentary wine and ice-cream
  • Close to Chinatown, Chulia Street and other tourist attractions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Safety deposit box
Rooftop Bar At Chulia Mansion Hotel
Rooftop Bar At Chulia Mansion Hotel – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Beds are a little hard
  • There is a bus service right outside the hotel
  • You can refill your water bottle in the hotel

Address: 413, Chulia St, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-261 8788

Price Range: RM168-308 (2 Pax)

2. Museum Hotel, Penang

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As the name implies, this vintage-looking hotel offers guests a taste of the Peranakan ambiance!

And for those looking to stay in a quiet corner of George Town, this Penang hotel with a pool is for you!

Museum Hotel At George Town Penang
Museum Hotel At George Town Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Plentiful dining options await you too as they have an in-house restaurant and bar. And a notable hawker center (Red Garden) is 10 minutes’ walking distance away!

What you’ll like:

  • Swimming pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Attractive interior
  • Safe box provided
  • Free parking
Rooms At Museum Hotel Penang
Rooms At Museum Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Breakfast is not included
  • Parking is limited
  • Be careful on the steep staircase
  • No interconnecting rooms
  • They have airport shuttle service
  • The pool is suitable for children

Address: Penang Island, No 72 Jalan A.S. Mansor, off Transfer Road, Jalan Ariffin, 10050 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-226 6668

Price Range: RM170-458 (2 Pax)

3. Hotel NEO+ Penang

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Fancy staying up high? Hotel Neo+ is in a high-rise building right in the city center of George Town!

Featuring a rooftop pool and city views, Hotel NEO+ is certainly value for money! Night owls will appreciate that there are pubs close by too.

Hotel NEO+ Penang
Hotel NEO+ Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Free drinking water on every level
  • Swimming pool
  • 25th-floor rooftop view
  • Responsive staff
  • Stylish and spacious rooms
  • Walking distance to the city center
  • Breakfast buffet included
  • Free parking
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Gym
Rooms At Hotel NEO+ Penang
Rooms At Hotel NEO+ Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Dimly-lit rooms
  • Limited gym equipment
  • Basic breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Pubs across the hotel

Address: 68, Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-255 1000

Price Range: RM197-317 (2 Pax)

Mid-range & Best Hotels In Penang (RM200 – RM450 Per Night)

With a little more money to spare, consider spoiling yourself or anyone traveling with you by staying in these hotels!

Or for the same price range, you can get one of the best homestays in Penang with a fully furnished kitchen to prepare your own meals!

4. Tien Hotel Residence

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This pretty 3-star hotel in Penang is situated on Chulia Street which is a lovely street to explore on foot in Penang.

Highlights Of The Tien Hotel Residence At George Town, Penang
Highlights Of The Tien Hotel Residence At George Town, Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

Although this does mean that it gets pretty noisy at night. There is also a mosque across the hotel that blasts early morning prayers.

That aside, other notable features of this hotel definitely include the clean rooms with comfortable beds, amiable staff, high security (guests only), etc.

You can also get a good view of the street at night from the rooftop common area of this hotel.

Note: The pool is more of a tub for soaking rather than an actual pool so do not be deceived.

Calming Bedrooms At Tien Hotel Residence, Penang
Calming Bedrooms At Tien Hotel Residence, Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

What you’ll like:

  • Convenient location to explore Chulia Street and Love Lane
  • Clean and comfortable stay
  • Very close to many eateries
  • Shower plays music
  • Rooms are small but have air conditioning, a bathtub and Smart TV
  • Lovely chill space on the rooftop

Good to know:

  • No dedicated parking for guests but you can claim back your parking fees from the hotel
  • Toilet is separated from bed with a curtain and doesn’t have a bidet attached
  • Pool is much smaller in reality

Address: 348, Chulia Street, Penang, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

Contact: +604-2288116

Price Range: From RM290 (2 Pax)

5. Muntri Mews, Penang

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You might find yourself staying at Muntri Mews if other hotels in Georgetown are out of your budget.

Muntri Mews Hotel In Penang
Muntri Mews Hotel In Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

After all, the hotel and rooms are beautiful with classic interiors.

Rooms are also well-equipped with comfortable beds too. And you can always head downstairs and out to find a kopitiam or other eatery nearby.

Different Bedrooms At Muntri Mews, Penang
Different Bedrooms At Muntri Mews, Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

What you’ll like:

  • Wonderful service
  • Convenient location
  • Pleasant interior
  • Clean and spacious rooms
  • Welcome drinks and ice cream
  • There is an outdoor cafe on site (Mews Cafe)
  • Close to eateries

Good to know:

  • No allocated parking for guests
  • Hallways can be noisy at night
  • Staff can arrange to hire a trishaw for you
  • Takes ~15 minutes to walk here from Swettenham Pier
  • Steep stairs (you may want to ask for a room on a lower floor if this is a concern)

Address: 77, Muntri St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-2635125

Price Range: From RM264 (2 Pax)

6. Campbell House, George Town, Penang

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Campbell House on Cambell Street is run by an excellent team of detailed staff. Upon check in, you’ll receive a warm welcome with a drink too.

Campbell House At Georgetown, Penang
Campbell House At Georgetown, Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

The various themed rooms of this elegantly restored heritage building are expansive and a real treat to the eyes with their heavy Asian influence and plentiful wood furnishings.

So if you have one night that you can afford to splurge on in Penang, we highly recommend staying at Campbell House. Particularly if you can’t get enough of heritage interior design.

Lastly, the on-site restaurant is worth checking out if you adore Italian food.

Bedrooms At Campbell House, Penang
Bedrooms At Campbell House, Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

What you’ll like:

  • Ala carte breakfast
  • Great on-site Italian restaurant
  • Free cake and iced tea every day of your stay
  • Helpful staff
  • Classy English-style interior with antique decor
  • Soundproof rooms
  • L’Occitane toiletries provided
  • Eateries nearby

Good to know:

  • No lift
  • Have to park on the street
  • Creaky wood floors

Address: 106, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Contact: +604-2618290

Price Range: From RM366 (2 Pax)

7. Areca Hotel Penang

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Want to stay in a colonial-style hotel in Penang? Areca Hotel is in a classic heritage building where guests can relax in a homely and cozy environment!

Areca Hotel Penang
Areca Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

It’s very family-friendly too since there is a kids’ club, library, family rooms and an on-site restaurant!

What you’ll like:

  • Attentive staff
  • Cheerful rooms
  • Excellent breakfast spread
  • Daily complimentary afternoon tea
  • Library
  • Walking distance to markets, restaurants, and tourist attractions
  • Complimentary trishaw ride (For stays of 5 nights and above)
Rooms At Areca Hotel Penang
Rooms At Areca Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Street parking (RM6 per day) on first come, first serve basis
  • Ask for rooms on a higher floor
  • Dimly-lit rooms
  • Close to a mosque
  • Meeting/banquet facilities available

Address: 5, Jalan Khoo Sian Ewe, George Town, 10050 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-261 0050

Price Range: From RM218-345 (2 Pax)

8. The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang

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Just 2 minutes’ walk from the retail/entertainment hub, KOMTAR Penang, city dwellers will like The Wembley!

The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang
The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Catch the sunset over the city at The Wembley onsite cafe. Or feast your eyes on the impressive views over George Town while having a dip in the infinity pool!

What you’ll like:

  • Modern and spacious rooms
  • Walking distance to the city center
  • Onsite mini-market
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Huge outdoor pool
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Very attentive staff
  • Free parking
Rooms At The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang
Rooms At The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Wi-Fi signal is not very strong
  • There is a charging station for hybrid cars
  • It can be noisy at night

Address: 183, Jalan Magazine, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-259 8000

Price Range: From RM230-711 (2 Pax)

9. Victoria Garden Hotel

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newly-built hotel, Victoria Garden Hotel features a contemporary chic design with facilities in pristine condition! This hotel in Penang is rated as a 3-star hotel but feels more like a 4-star hotel!

Victoria Garden Hotel In Penang
Victoria Garden Hotel In Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Moreover, it’s conveniently located near the clan jetties, Wonderfood Museum, Fort Cornwallis, and many other famous tourist spots too!

What you’ll like:

  • Great showers
  • Excellent Wi-Fi
  • Efficient staff
  • Spotless rooms and bathrooms
  • Quiet setting
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking
  • Good location close to attractions
Rooms At Victoria Garden Hotel Penang
Rooms At Victoria Garden Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Room service not available after 11pm
  • They can accommodate vegan and gluten diets
  • 5 minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal

Address: 280, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-217 0900

Price Range: From RM252-360 (2 Pax)

10. SAVV Hotel

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Like Victoria Garden Hotel, SAVV Hotel is also a new hotel in George Town. The only difference between them is that SAVV Hotel has a garden and pool area!

SAVV Hotel In Penang
SAVV Hotel In Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Make sure you take a dip in their Jacuzzi!

And if you’re taking the ferry the next day, it’s great to know that the terminal is only a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel too.

What you’ll like:

  • Friendly staff
  • Powerful shower
  • Breakfast included
  • Environmental-friendly – they reduce the use of plastic actively
  • Pristine and spotless rooms
  • Strong Wi-Fi signal
  • Secure parking for guests
Rooms At SAVV Hotel Penang
Rooms At SAVV Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Ask for rooms that do not face the main road
  • All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is only allowed in the garden.
  • 2-3 minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal
  • Local food court nearby

Address: 39C, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6019-239 7228

Price Range: From RM288-653 (2 Pax)

11. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang

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With a world-wide reputation to uphold and an idyllic oceanfront site close to Miami Beach, Double Tree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang does not fail to deliver!

DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Hotel Penang
DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

You’ll find DoubleTree Resort has plenty of services and facilities (like a table tennis table and a pool table) to keep you occupied as well.

Although, you will definitely find it more convenient to go to town if you have your own transport.

What you’ll like:

  • Option for city view or sea view rooms
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Comfortable beds
  • Complimentary toiletries by Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Swimming pool with a view
  • Breakfast is included
  • Impeccable service
  • Onsite restaurant (Makan Restaurant)
Rooms At DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Hotel Penang
Rooms At DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Far away from George Town attractions
  • Carpark can be narrow for larger cars
  • Disabled-friendly facilities.
  • TeddyVille Museum is here – buy tickets from the front desk
TeddyVille Museum At DoubleTree Resort Penang
TeddyVille Museum At DoubleTree Resort Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Puncak Ria, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island

Contact: +604-892 8000

Price Range: From RM294-1113 (2 Pax)

12. The Prestige Hotel Penang

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Another luxe modern space located in the heart of George Town UNESCO world heritage site, the Prestige Hotel Penang is perfect for those enviable Instagram shots!

The Prestige Hotel Penang
The Prestige Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Everything is still spanking new too! And there is a rooftop pool with a commanding view of Penang skyline and glorious sunsets!

Its location is ideal for taking an evening stroll to the historical Fort Cornwallis and the Esplanade. Moreover, this hotel in Penang is not far from the ferry terminal either.

What you’ll like:

  • Clean and new
  • Located in the city center
  • Glamorous Art Deco style throughout the hotel
  • Huge comfortable beds
  • Helpful staff
  • Rooms are well-equipped
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary drinks
Rooms At The Prestige Hotel Penang
Rooms At The Prestige Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Glass shower cubicles (curtains can be requested)
  • Easy to catch the ferry the next day

Address: 8, Gat Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-217 5888

Price Range: From RM343-713 (2 Pax)

Read more: 13 Best Breakfast In Penang – With Local, Western Cafe & Halal Options

Luxury & Best Hotels In Penang (>RM450 Per Night)

Indulge yourself in these top-notch hotels that are unsurpassed in terms of service, facilities, views, and more!

13. G Hotel Kelawai

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You’ll want for nothing at G Hotel Kelawai close to Gurney Drive, a 5-star hotel with exclusive and luxurious accommodations!

If that’s not enough, it is also strategically located in a shopping district with trendy eateries and local food. Plus, it’s not far from the beach!

G Hotel Kelawai In Penang
G Hotel Kelawai In Penang – photo credits to booking.com

What you’ll like:

  • Quiet
  • Modern and clean rooms
  • Comfortable beds
  • Rooftop pool and bar
  • Efficient staff
  • Walking distance to Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon
  • Welcome ice-cream
  • Local food opportunities at the Gurney Drive Hawker Center
Rooms At G Hotel Kelawai Penang
Rooms At G Hotel Kelawai Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • If you’re going to stay there for a special occasion (e.g. wedding anniversary), let them know and you will get a surprise in your room!
  • They have charging stations for electric cars

Address: 2, Persiaran Maktab, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-219 0000

Price Range: From RM469-651 (2 Pax)

14. The Edison George Town

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Despite the fact that this boutique hotel in Penang is in an old building, The Edison George Town is incredibly well-maintained and clean.

The Edison George Town Hotel In Penang
The Edison George Town Hotel In Penang – Photo belongs to the hotel

And stunning besides!

There is an on-site restaurant at this hotel (Ostrea) but the staff is also happy enough to point you in the direction of the closest reputable eateries.

Elegant Bedrooms At The Edison George Town
Elegant Bedrooms At The Edison George Town – Photo belongs to the hotel

What you’ll like:

  • Great service with efficient staff
  • Charming interior in a heritage mansion
  • Parking for guests within the property
  • Spacious and clean rooms
  • Included continental breakfast
  • Hotel has a comfortable lounge where snacks are available 24/7
  • Free daily wine and cheese along with complementary snacks and drinks
  • Swimming pool albeit narrow
  • Central location

Good to know:

  • Breakfast is good but limited in choices
  • No kettle or fridge in the room
  • Can be stuffy on hot nights even with the air conditioning
  • Noisy night markets opposite the hotel

Address: 15, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Contact: +604-2622990

Price Range: From RM450 (2 Pax)

15. Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion

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More than just an iconic heritage building, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion serves a dual purpose as a boutique hotel and as a museum/ gallery with guided tours open to the public during the day!

Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion – photo credits to booking.com

The highlight of this stunning former Peranakan family home is definitely the Chinese-style courtyard in the mansion!

Do keep an eye out for the antiques lying around the hotel too!

What you’ll like:

  • Excellent service
  • Next to a street food market (Red Garden hawker center)
  • 15 minutes’ walk to tourist attractions like Fort Cornwallis and Khoo Kongsi
  • Complimentary tour of the mansion for guests
  • Indigo bar and restaurant
  • Delicious continental breakfasts for guests
  • Free fruit, biscuits, juice and water every day!
Rooms At The Blue Mansion
Rooms At The Blue Mansion – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Earplugs are provided for a better night’s sleep
  • Rooms are quite dim at night
  • Guests get 10% discount for the restaurant
  • Busy and crowded during daytime tours (11am, 1.30pm and 3pm)

Address: 14, Leith St, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-262 0006

Price Range: From RM521-857 (2 Pax)

Read more: 13 Best Things To Do In Georgetown Penang

16. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang

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Dream of sitting by the pool, surrounded by tropical gardens while enjoying the sea breeze?

Then, the relaxing ambiance of the Rasa Sayang Resort will be a dream come true!

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

The esteemed hotel boasts close proximity to Batu Feringgi Beach and has a plethora of facilities too, including something for the kids – 9-hole golf course, an Eco Centre and Adventure Zone (for kids)!

What you’ll like:

  • Option for pool, garden, and beach view in rooms
  • Spotless and spacious rooms
  • Excellent buffet selection
  • Huge grounds to wander
  • Gym with adequate equipment
  • Free minibar in the room
  • Spa & massage services are available
  • 2 outdoor swimming pools!
Rooms At Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
Rooms At Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • The hotel provides a free shuttle service to George Town
  • Awesome breakfast and dinner buffet although a bit pricey

Address: Batu Feringgi Main Road Batu Feringgi Main Road, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Feringgi, 11100, Penang Island

Contact: +604-888 8888

Price Range: From RM604-1260 (2 Pax)

Read more: 21 Fun Things To Do In Penang With Kids (Ultimate Guide) + Food & Hotels

17. Eastern & Oriental Hotel

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Surprise! Eastern & Oriental Hotel is yet another refurbished colonial-style hotel in Penang that will bring you back to the 19th century!

Eastern & Oriental Hotel In Penang
Eastern & Oriental Hotel In Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Dine in at any of their 6 dining options! You can try the English 1885 Restaurant for an unforgettable experience! Or Sarkies Corner for international and local fare!

What you’ll like:

  • Breakfast is included
  • Warm and friendly staff who pay attention to details
  • Fabulous views from balcony
  • Well-stocked minibar (Free) that is restocked daily
  • Clean rooms
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Classic décor
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Quiet
Rooms At Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang
Rooms At Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

Good to know:

  • Quite far from heritage Penang
  • Nespresso machine in the room

Address: 10, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-222 2000

Price Range: From RM900-2840 (2 Pax)

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Conclusion

Why not take your time to savor the city by staying at one of these best hotels in Penang? With countless things to do in Penang to choose from, one day will never be enough!

Take your pick from budget to luxury hotels that cater to every kind of traveler! A good portion of them are in the heritage zone of Penang, George Town.

And if you’re eyeing attractions on the mainland, check out our article on the top hotels in Butterworth for some convenient and snazzy stays! There are homestays in Butterworth Penang that you can check out too.

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