I traveled to Penang at the end of 2015 with my siblings and my mum for a short getaway, and we stayed at this budget hotel that was actually pretty decent for what it cost us. Bear in mind that we were in Penang over the New Year (30 Dec – 1 Jan), and yet the cost of the room was really cheap, and I just have to share this lobang (good deal in Singlish) with y’all! I’m not paid for this post btw.
It was quite easy to find the hotel, as there was a huge mural of a boy slurping a hot bowl of noodles on the bright orange wall on the side of the hotel. This picture was taken at night, but you can tell that the mural was still very easily identifiable.
I booked the room through agoda.com as it was the cheapest for those dates. Normally I would check out a few websites before booking; a) hotel website, b) hotels.com, c) booking.com & d) agoda.com.
For a 2-night stay in a Family Room, guess how much we paid in total? HOPS EXCITEDLY AROUND IN ANTICIPATION
S$108.44!!! Plus a city tax of RM2/person I think? That’s still crazy cheap though, and for 4 people to boot! Location-wise, the hotel is really close to Komtar, which is the main bus interchange for Georgetown, Penang, and it was very convenient for us to get around. Furthermore, the bus 102 from Penang Airport stops right outside the hotel! However, to get from the hotel to Penang Airport, you will still need to walk a short distance to Komtar.
The beds were comfortable, although a bit on the firmer side. The aircon was also strong throughout our stay, and we had no complaints about it.
The amenities in the room were very basic, but they were sufficient for 2 nights in Penang in my opinion:
- Free bottled water (replenished daily)
- 2-in-1 soap & shampoo
- Bath towels
- Free Wifi
- Kettle & coffee packets
The toilet was definitely unable to compete with those you find in a 4- or 5-star hotel, but it was clean, which was the most important thing for a toilet! Bath towels were provided, and the standing shower had hot water, so it was pretty decent.
There was no gym, pool or meeting rooms within the hotel, and you are encouraged to stuff yourself silly on Penang street food without exercising. Of course, if you walk from place to place like us, I think that’s pretty good exercise already. :p
118 Hotel Macalister is a rather new budget hotel that is in a really good location near the main bus interchange in Georgetown, Penang. The rooms are small and cosy, and although there is no gym or swimming pool, with all the food spots that you will want to hit while there, you’re unlikely to have the time to go to the gym or swim anyway.The staff are quite friendly and recommended places to go and even provided detailed directions on getting there. This is not a sponsored post.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 7
Location: 8 (for its close proximity to Komtar, the main bus interchage)
Room: 7 (small but comfortable, no-frills accommodation)
Staff: 8 (helpful and friendly staff)
Breakfast: – (hotel doesn’t offer breakfast buffet)
118 Hotel Macalister
49 Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10400 Penang, Malaysia
+604-2268118 / +604-2272119
Check out their website here.