Penang Island is one of the top holiday destinations in Malaysia where tourists come to enjoy its world-famous food, beautiful beaches, museums and interesting culture. Luckily, Penang Island is also a wonderful place to find a budget hotel that offers comfort, cleanliness, a trendy style or traditional style, and all at a cheap price. If you plan on staying on Penang Island, avoid the more expensive hotels and book a room at one of these best Penang budget hotels – you’ll love it.
Tune Hotel – A chain of new budget hotels owned and operated by the budget airline Air Asia, the Tune Hotel in Penang is lovely. Rooms are basic and small, but extremely clean, bright and well taken care of. Every room has a tiny ensuite bathroom and, if you want air-conditioning and in-room Wi-Fi internet you can get it, you just pay a little extra.
Tune Hotels sell themselves as ‘5 star hotels at a 1 star price’. While I wouldn’t go that far, they do offer a good deal for an exceptionally cheap price. In Penang, you can stay at the Tune Hotel that’s located slap bang in the downtown area and right in the center of all the shopping, eating and sightseeing you could possibly want. The hotel has double, and single rooms and with prices starting as low as 23 ringgit a night ($7.20) a night (and yes, you read that correctly), there isn’t another budget hotel on the island that can offer that cheap of a rate.
Hotel Mingood – This highly recommended budget hotel is located close to historical Georgetown’s city center and near Little India, Chinatown and the Heritage Trail. The Hotel Mingood has basic accommodation but gets great ratings as it’s clean and comfortable and the staff is exceptionally friendly. The rooms are more traditional in style but if you’re looking for a quiet place to stay that’s still close to everything, you can’t go wrong here.
You can book single, twin, double or triple ensuites and each comes with Wi-Fi internet, cable TV and a mini bar. The Hotel Mingood also includes breakfast in the room rate, and there’s a small rooftop garden if you want to get some sun or relax over a drink as the sun’s going down.
Room rates begin at 100 ringgit per night ($30) but split between two or three people, that’s a cheap night’s accommodation.
Hotel Continental – This 200 room budget hotel in the center of Georgetown on Penang is a great choice if you like to be in the thick of it. Museums, shopping centers, hawker areas and mosques are all within walking distance, but the hotel still manages to be a great place to get a quiet night’s sleep.
The Hotel Continental is slightly more luxurious than the other two budget hotels, as it offers cable TV, in-room fridge, a coffee and tea maker and air-conditioning. The hotel itself has a lovely coffee shop (the room rate includes breakfast), a gorgeous swimming pool and a large restaurant for lunch and dinner that serves both western and Malaysian cuisine.
Superior and deluxe rooms are available and with a beginning rate of 108 ringgit ($33), the Hotel Continental has the nicest rooms and facilities for the price of just about any other budget hotel on Penang.
Tune Hotel, Penang