Home away from home! The Shophouse is a newly renovated apartment-style accomodation in a 100+year old townhouse in George Town.
The Shophouse is a newly renovated apartment-style accomodation in a 100+year old townhouse in George Town. The city is now celebrating its 7th anniversary as a World Heritage City, so this is a great time to experience the ambience of staying 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 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 first floor 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.
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 (12pm till late), roti prata and fried maggi mee (9pm -4am), Nasi Kandar (24 hours). ** A food map will be provided!
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. 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.
Interaction with Guests
I will check guests in, or arrange for someone to when I'm not in town, and might continue to see them if I stop by the house. Sunday check-ins are generally not preferred.
It's a residential neighbourhood with small businesses and calmer compared to parallel roads but yet within short walking distance to every amenity, primarily food and heritage sites.
It's really easy to walk everywhere and to catch the bus to Komtar where the main bus terminus is. There is sufficient public carparking on the street, take note that Penang has now changed to a coupon system. I usually arrange for my regular cabbie to pick guests up from the airport for RM40 and you can subsequently make your return arrangements with him.
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.
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.
Strictly no smoking indoors. I hope guests will appreciate that they are staying in a heritage home - which is made of timber!
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!
Staying at the Shophouse was part of our experience in Penang. It gave us an idea how it is like to live in Penang in the past. The size of the apartment was just right, the bed comfortable, the toilet clean and functional. Plus, the wifi worked well. The location was great, near the recommended hawker places and the bus station that will take you to the National Park. Our host was friendly, accomodating, and arranged our transportation to and from her place. To get a rounded experience of Penang, I recommend staying at the Shophouse.
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Shophouse. It's centrally located within short walking distance from numerous landmarks and restaurants. The Shophouse is spacious and comfortable. It's always cool, making it always a pleasure to come back to after exploring outside in the heat.
Sharon was a very warm and helpful host, from the time we made the reservation to the day we checked out. She arranged our transfers from the airport and also helped us make some special dining reservations. Her food map made our eating expedition all the more memorable. She also regularly checked in to ensure we had everything we needed and weren't missing out on any local happenings.
The Shophouse and Sharon made our trip to Penang a unique and memorable experience. We cannot recommend this place enough.
Sharon was wonderful - she responded promptly, gave excellent recommendations, and was super friendly!
The shophouse was beautiful! Perfectly located in the heart of George Town, close to food and historical sights. One of my favorite airbnb stays. A unique homestay experience that I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to Penang.
We visited Georgetown at the end of our two month trip through Asia.
The Shophouse studio was ideal for us as we were looking for some home comforts before our journey home.
The highlights were:
Very spacious studio
Very cool, great to come back to after walking around Georgetown in the heat.
Great location in a quiet street
Great to have cable TV with a great selection of channels and great Wifi.
Sharon was super quick with emails and also organised transfers from and back to the airport.
We also had a chance to chat to Sharon about her town and country and found her easy going, friendly and interesting.
I would defiantly recommend staying at The Shophouse Studio in Georgetown.
Jillian from Australia
Stayed January 2015
Great location, easy parking. Sharon is knowledgeable on the local eat out areas. Accommodations is clean, comfortable and there is attention to details. Would recommend to friends!
The shop house is an awesome space! Very well located and nicely decorated; stylish yet cosy. Sharon is a warm and helpful host. Absolutely recommend staying with her in Penang.
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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.