This stay is perfect for those seeking an experience of living in an authentic house in Penang's Chinatown. The house is in the UNESCO heritage zone, which means any external renovations have to be in the true original style, meaning wooden shutters, tiled front verandah, appropriate colours for paintwork, etc. Inside you have modern comforts, such as air conditioning throughout, a fully functional kitchen, hot water, cable TV with heaps of channels, good free wifi, and comfortable beds. There's an enormous range of restaurants, from Penang street food (the best in Malaysia) to international fine dining within walking distance, and the area is completely safe at all hours day or night. If you would like to stay here you should be aware that it is city living, which means that at times you might hear some noise in the mornings or at times during the day, but we did not find this a problem, it was only at reasonable times, and not disturbing. The owner, Meng Yau, was very communicative and prompt in his responses. Thoroughly recommended, excellent value for money.
We very much enjoyed our stay in this house with our two children - it was so nice to stay somewhere absolutely spotless, esp as we had just come from the Belum jungle where the bugs were BIG and everywhere! - sorry Pat but one took a ride in our suitcase and escaped into your house (don't worry I got it!). When chatting to taxi drivers etc they could not believe what a bargain we had for this house! Location was excellent:
- quiet and safe - don't know why anyone would think otherwise. We never felt unsafe anywhere and we had our children with us!
- near to shops and loads of food options (sure one of the reasons to come to Penang in the first place!)
- easy to find from Comtar which is of course a landmark you can always reach from wherever you've been Pat and Alan were very helpful both at the booking stage and when we arrived. The only funny thing is the first email from Pat discouraged us from staying as we had 2 children - but after I persisted, she put a perfectly adequate second bed in the second bedroom and everything was fine for the 4 of us. The advert still discourages children . . . The house had everything we needed - washing machine and hanging area was great. Lopadds of space for the 4 of us. My only criticism (and this applies to lots of accommodation in Malaysia, though not other tropical Asian countries) is that some of the house is open to the outside world with no option to keep out the mosquitoes. Those of us with succulent white skin (esp. my sone!) are a magnet for mozzies so it would have been nice to shut the little blighters out! But, as I say, we stayed in many places with that issue . . . Anyway, many thanks for a great stay in a great city. Sorry this review is a little late, but I only just found it on trip advisor!
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We didn't notice the bars on the windows or the doors before we rented. Double locks on doors, plus really nasty walk ways. All the neighbors also had bars and locks. The home itself is very nice except for really poor lighting if one would like to read. Going outside during the day or at night is a nightmare, as a lot of the sewers are not covered. Be very careful walking as it is an old neighborhood.
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We had been looking for a place to stay for a few weeks in Penang that was self contained, near to the centre of George Town and at a reasonable price. This property seemed to fit the bill so we contacted the owner. From our first contact until we had to say goodbye the attention to detail from the owners, Alan & Pat, was second to none. The property did what it said on the box and we spent a very happy and comfortable six weeks here. We would have no hesitation in recommending this as an outstanding 'home from home' choice for a long stay in this vibrant location.
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