Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
What is the best Georgetown Hostel to see the street art? Simply stay central. We marked the street art areas in the map below. The city center is quite small and walk-able. You can stay in one of the hostels mentioned in this guide. They are all central and for sure the best places to stay in Penang on a budget.
You’re planning to go backpacking Penang and wondering what is the best backpackers hostel Penang has to offer. Oh go on then!
House of Journey Penang is a bit of a show off when it comes to local heritage. The building dates back to the 1850s, incorporating newly renovated western toilets for that modern touch. One of the best backpacker hostels out there!
There’s a surprising amount of rooms on offer, too.
Mixed dorms come with 6-12 beds, and there are twin and private doubles in case you’re looking for privacy.
Though the bunks are simple, they do have handy additions such as a personal light and charging point.
Simple touches that every solo traveller appreciates, right?
Part of the deal when choosing to stay here includes:
24 hour hot showers
Free Wifi & 24/7 access
For that all important mingling, head to the shared retro bar area.
This is where canned drinks, satellite TV and board games can be enjoyed. And of course space for yourself, if you prefer.
Note: check in time is between 2pm-9pm as reception is not staffed all the time.
Location: Certainly a highlight of House of Journey. As it’s connected to Chulia Street and Love Lane, great street food and epic nightlife is within easy reach. Save those coins and use your feet – it’s a hostel ideal for exploring on foot.
Well, it’s the 80’s that inspired this guesthouse to merge old and new to create a timeless feel for their guests.
Authentic character has been preserved, decorated with vintage furniture and original floorboard.
We love the patchy and broken worn walls, brickwork and aged door. It’s certainly quirky!
First off you’ll probably want to choose a room and throw your bags down.
It’s a great hostel for different traveller types. Dorms come with 4-6 beds including a 4-bed female option. Couples can opt for the queen private, and friends might like to splash out on a twin.
Each dorm bed comes with a big locker, individual lamp and charging socket.
Awesome: the 4-bed mixed dorm has double beds, sleeping up to 4 couples!
In case you need further convincing, there’s much more to enjoy…
Towels, linen & toiletries are thrown in
Tea & coffee is flowing all day
Security cameras roll 24/7
The lounge is a great place to relax and unwind at the end of the day with a movie.
Otherwise, take advantage of the location and explore the nearby streets under the cover of darkness.
Location: Once again you’ll find yourself in the midst of Georgetown. That means the delights of Love Lane are close by; restaurants, bars etc. Little India and Kuan Yin Temple are also within easy reach.
Hostel Penang cheap. We know you’ve search for one and we understand that. Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
But we think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, then booking for a Penang Hotel at Georgetown is a big NO! There are ways to find a hostel that has the lowest price in Penang.
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Penang
And that’s not all. There is a party every night at the onsite bar, free hot chocolate and a free buffet breakfast which includes pancakes. Yes please! Not only the best party hostel but also a good backpacker hostel Penang has to offer.
The hostel closes at 11:30pm leaving you with two choices; carry on the party at nearby bars, or head to bed for some beauty sleep.
BTW Tipsy Tiger Hostel has a super cool street mural with a tiger. Take a photo, worth it! Check availability now!
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Penang best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
More Penang Hostels worth a mention
We hope that by now you already have a hostel Penang Malaysia in mind and a pretty good idea where to stay in Penang.
From our point of view, House of Journey Penang, Queen’s Hostel, The 80’s Guesthouse are hostels that really stand out in Georgetown.
We think that the three are the best hostels for a paying guest in Penang. But we’re not stepping on the brakes just yet!
This list might help you if you are still on the quest to look for the best hostel in Penang.
Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel
Wassup Youth Hostel
Rope Walk Guest House
Old Penang Guesthouse
Tido Penang Hostel
Drippin’ Dragon Hostel
Penang Malaysia Hostels are indeed the best option compared to hotels Penang because they are more affordable.
Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel
Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel is a good backpacker hostel in Penang. This is a good choice for a backpacker Penang when staying in Georgetown. This hostel features 58 dorm rooms and 4 private double rooms.
This hostel is decorated with simple vibrant colors and mural paintings. Guests can hangout at the bar and enjoy free breakfast.
Perks at Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: Situated in Penang, this hostel is 1.1km away from Wonderfood Museum, Love lan and Chulia Street are walking distance, so guests can enjoy the bars, cafes, and street food vendors located in the area. 1st Avenue Penang is 2.1km away from this hostel. Nearest airport is Penang International Airport which is 23km away from the hostel.
Here’s what’s up! This hostel features an outdoor swimming and a bar where guests can relax and meet other travellers. Wassup Youth Hostel provides both private and dorm rooms. Each bed in the dorm rooms comes with power point, reading light, and a large locker. Linen is also provide so guests can enjoy their privacy while staying in dorm rooms.
The common area has a shared kitchen, TV Lounge, and game area with pool table and free usage of computers. Tours or special requests can be made at the front desk.
Perks at Wassup Youth Hostel:
1 swimming pool
Location: Situated in George Town, this hostel is 170m away from Glass Museum, 750m away from Penang Heritage Gallery, 1.1km away from Penang Times Square, Wonderfood Museum and Clan Jetties of Penang are 2km away, Fort Cornwallis is 3km away, and nearest airport is Penang International Airport which is 17.1km away from the hostel.
Rope Walk Guest House is housed in a pre-war mansion. This hostel uses wooden furniture complimenting the vibrant colors of this place. Snack bars are also offered with complimentary wifi access.
All dorm and private rooms are air-conditioned. Shared bathrooms come with free toiletries and hairdryers. Guests can also take advantage of the common kitchen area.
Perks at Rope Walk Guest House:
Location: Rope Walk Guesthouse is located in Georgetown making it a 10-minute walk from the main bus station, 5-minute drive from Prangin Mall, 15-minute drive away from Kotar and nearest airport is Penang International Airport which is a 30-minute drive away.
Old Penang Guesthouse is housed in a building that is believed to be erected more than 100 years ago. This hostel uses modern amenities while keeping it’s original design. Furnished with mosaic-tiled flooring, artworks, inner courtyard, and wooden shuttered windows, this hostel is perfect for guests who loves history and comfort.
This hostel provides both dorm and private rooms. Guests can hangout in the courtyard and meet other travellers. Bike rentals can be arranged at the front desk.
Perks at Old Penang Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: This hostel is situated in George town, making it 1.5km from Penang Times Square, Pinang Peranakan Mansion is 500m away, and Fort Cornwallis is 800m away. Nearest airport is Penang International Airport which is 15km away from the hostel.
This hostel features 88 beds, perfect choice for Penang Backpackers and small groups. Lockers and keycards are provided to guests, making its security in top-notch quality. Every room has its own shared bathroom.
Tido Penang Hostel also features a common area where guests can hangout, meet other travellers and play with a range of gadgets such as wii and xbox. This place is sooo good you might mistake it for a backpacker hotel Penang.
Perks at Tido Penang Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: Tido Penang Hostel is located in Georgetown. Komtar and Prangin Mall is 800m away and the nearest airport is Penang International Airport, which is 15km away from this hostel.
If you are a solo-traveller keen to meet other people, then you might want to consider staying at Drippin’ Dragon Hostel. This place features an outdoor swimming pool and a bar.
One amazing highlight of this hostel are the cats! Yes, this hostel lets you snuggle and pet 2 in-house cats. You can also bring your pets here.
All rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom and a shower.
Perks at Drippin’ Dragon Hostel:
1 swimming pool
Location: Situated in Georgetown, this hostel is accessible to the city’s most popular attractions such as Rainbow Skywalk, 1st Avenue Penand and Wonderfood Museum. The nearest airport is Penang International Airport which is 23km away from the property.
Frame Guesthouse offers comfortable and stylish dorm and private rooms for travellers. This hostel restored only the highly necessary in a guesthouse and preserve the building’s authenticity. Materials used to build this property are aging beautifully, giving that rustic and antique look.
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and wifi. Shared bathrooms are equipped with a hot and cold shower along with free toiletries.
Perks at The Frame Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: Situated in the heart of Georgetown, this hostel is just 400m away from Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Fort Cornwallis and Penang Jetty are 800m away, and the nearest airport is Penang International Airport which is 15km away.
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Penang hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Kek Lok Si Temple
Penang National Park
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm
Penang Botanic Gardens
You will notice some sights and attractions are not in the city itself. Best is to rent a scooter to get around.
The famous street art is in the city itself. We added the best street in Penang in the map too. Here is a complete guide to street art in Penang.
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What are the best hostels in Penang for solo travellers?
House of Journey Penang is the best choice for solo travellers as they provide dorm rooms with individual lockers.
How do I maximize my budget while staying in Penang?
If you are a backpacker or a solo traveller then booking for backpackers hotel in Penang is a big NO. Hostels are the way to go as they are cheaper and more affordable.
What is the best place to visit in Penang?
There are tons of hostels out there in Penang. You can look for Butterworth hostel but if you’re looking to explore Georgetown then you might want to consider staying on the other side of the island.
Are hostels in Penang safe?
Not all hostels in Penang are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Penang. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Penang?
You can find the best Penang hostels in this article!
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