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 Shophouse is a 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!
Airconditioning shldn't be left on when you're out, as it'll compromise its efficacy and may not be as cold when you want it to be at night. it's also good to experience the "natural coolness" of the room b/c of the thick walls and underground water, which makes it like a coldbox as you'll notice when you step in from the afternoon heat.
About the Host, Sc
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.