The Shophouse studio in George Town


Entire home/apt

3 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Home away from home! The Shophouse is a renovated apartment-style accomodation in a 100+year old townhouse in George Town.

The space

The Shophouse is a renovated apartment-style accomodation in a 100+year old townhouse in George Town. The city is now celebrating its 8th anniversary as a World Heritage City, so this is a great time to experience the ambience of staying in a Shophouse in a living heritage city!

This is the ground floor suite of a three-storey house. As a self-contained private apartment unit, it has a queen-sized bed and a convertible sofa (firm and comfy!) so it works for a couple and an extra person. It comes complete with an ensuite bathroom, a simple kitchen and dining area. Only a microwave (to heat up food) and kettle (for hot drinks) are provided because guests are literally surrounded by Penang's best hawker foods available throughout the day. One 2hp air-con and two ceiling fans keeps the place cool, and the room's centrepiece is its lovely airwell. Despite being in the city, you could be woken up by the chirping of birds in the mornings, the ringing of a bell from the Krishna temple a couple of doors down; and in the afternoon, the warm, yeasty aroma of baking bread will waft in from the next door bakery - one of the few still making traditional Hainanese bread.

*A minimum two-night stay is required.
* Please notify me before booking if you're planning to check in after 7pm because I'm not always able to accommodate this.
*During your stay, the floor above your unit could be occupied by the host, or the second floor could be occupied by other guests. All share a main door and common staircase but all have separate entrances to their floors so it's like your own private apartment. I've picked the description as a "private room" though because you will hear people come through the main door and up the stairs.

Dato Koyah is off Penang Road which is a paradise of the best hawker foods in Penang. This is a great space for foodies who want to enjoy the rhythms and pace of George Town. The street is largely residential with low-traffic businesses, except at night when one end of the road draws in the supper crowd. Staying in a George Town shophouse will mean ambient sounds of the city. There will be some traffic noise, ie muffled drones of motorbikes whizzing by and the Krishna Temple bell that is rung at 730am. But this suite is relatively "embedded" within the building so the sound is muted. **If you're looking for absolute silence, this is not a suitable space.**

Hawker highlights around the corner include my neighbour's kaya toast and eggs (Toh Soon, 7.30am-6pm at Campbell Street), wonton mee (morning), koay teow th'ng (morning to early aftn), pork broth (9am till late), roti prata and fried maggi mee (9pm -4am), Nasi Kandar (24 hours). ** A food map will be provided!

Guest access

Dato Koyah is off Penang Road which is a paradise of the best hawker foods in Penang. This is a great space for foodies who want to enjoy the rhythms and pace of George Town. The street is largely residential with low-traffic businesses, except at night when one end of the road draws in the supper crowd. Staying in a George Town shophouse will mean ambient sounds of the city. There will be some traffic noise, ie muffled drones of motorbikes whizzing by and the beeping sounds of automatic car locks. This suite is relatively "embedded" within the building so the sound is muted.

Interaction with guests

I or my mother (my co-Airbnb conspirator) will be present to check guests in, and give them a brief overview of how they should treat the space: locks, switches, aircon guidelines, garbage disposal, second exits etc.
Upon booking, guests also get a (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) list map of food recommendations, and they also get a physical artist-drawn food map of the immediate area near the Shophouse. I can customise any other recommendations and travel tips if they ask.

The world heritage core zone is easily accessible by foot, and the public bus service is just across the main road. Great food within minutes of walking!

Other things to note

Please let me know your check in times soon after you book, for planning ease. I'm generally flexible with check-in and check-out times but if there is a back-to-back booking, then do note that the standard 12pm check out time and 3pm check in will apply.


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 8 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 15
Weekly Discount: 17%
Weekend Price: 68 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Pre-trip Arrangements:
- Please let me know your arrival/check in and check out times if they are especially early (bef 12pm) or late (after 5pm), for planning ease.
- I also allocate about 30 mins to be on site to check in guests, so do let me know on that day if your flight is delayed or you're gg to make a detour before arriving at the appointed time.
- I also expect to be checking in the person who made the booking, so please inform me beforehand if otherwise.

Inhouse
- Strictly no smoking indoors. I hope guests will appreciate that they are staying in a heritage home - which is made of timber!
- Guests shld be prepared to take out trash (food waste esp) to keep the place clean, separate recyclables and also wash up the plates & utensils they use.
- Airconditioning shldn't be left on when you're out, for no wastage of energy and to maintain its efficacy. Plus you'll notice the heritage house has a natural "cool" effect because of the thick walls and underground water,
- If there are other guests staying on the upper floors, please do observe the system for bolting and barring the traditional wooden front doors, when going in and out!


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Michelle User Profile
July 2017
Great location, easy to get around. Her food map is amazing- we didn't have a bad meal whilst in Penang. Very easy to communicate with too. Overall- great experience

Shibo User Profile
June 2017
Very nice location, many places to eat and see nearby, and just 2 minutes walk from 7-11. Also, the experience to stay in a shophouse in Penang is something special. The procedures to lock the doors can be a little tedious (it is a traditional shophouse), but I think it is part of the experience. The host Sharon wasn't available, but her mother welcomed me and showed me around, she also helped me book a taxi to Butterworth train station (too early for the ferry). Overall, nice stay!

Henry User Profile
June 2017
Sharon's place was clean, comfortable and everything I expected it to be. She was extremely helpful throughout my stay and would definitely stay again if I visit Penang!

Stephen User Profile
June 2017
Such a lovely place to stay in Georgetown. Walking distance to most places and in a very quiet location. The 'foodie' map that Sharon provided was invaluable. Highly recommended

Claire User Profile
June 2017
Sharon's studio was a great place to stay for a few days in Penang. Everything is provided (towels, shampoo, drinking water...). Futhermore, Sharon's beautiful food map was very useful and a great souvenir. The bed is very comfortable. Sharon's mom welcomed us and was helpful, and the check-in and check-out went smoothly. The studio is well located Georgetown, a few minutes away from the main sights. We strongly recommend this studio.

Nate User Profile
June 2017
The shophouse was very convenient and allowed us to get around Georgetown easily. We were provided with great recommendations for things to do and places to eat. The apartment was comfortable and suited our needs. Would stay here again for our next trip to Penang

Elaine User Profile
June 2017
The room was cozy and great! It was such an eye-opener and it was beautiful & convenient.

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Penang, MalaysiaJoined in February 2013
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I've lived in Malaysia, Singapore, the US, UK and parts of Europe. I'm a writer and have authored a travel book on Malaysia. As a traveller, I believe in a more "authentic" experience rather and getting a sense of the local way of life. That's why an Airbnb hosting appeals to me.

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English, 中文
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Response time: within a day
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