About this listing
Comfortable and sensible with plenty of natural light, our featured room offers modern style within George Town's heritage enclave. Conveniently located, major sights are within walking distance and street food stalls are minutes away.
SINKEH is a guesthouse located in the heart of George Town, Penang, that supports culture and the arts.
We offer 9 en-suite rooms in a 19th century Straits Chinese house, re-imagined by award-winning Malaysian architect Lillian Tay. The traditional open plan with its quintessential courtyard ensures ample ventilation and allows for easy social interaction. The modern rooms on the other hand, are compact and provide privacy. Like the rooms, many aspects of the house are contemporary, but the past is never far away. The walls, timber beams, building layout, views of the city and our name, link us to history and heritage.
Our name SINKEH means "newcomer" in Hokkien - a commonly used Chinese dialect in Penang. The sinkeh were Chinese immigrants who came to Penang in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Comprising traders, craftsmen and coolies, they formed part of the vibrant mix of communities that made up the population of this colonial trading post.
We love the arts at SINKEH. Performances, rehearsals, lectures and discussions are regular occurrences in the studio. Should you see and hear things that excite your senses, rest assured they are merely the creative expressions of artists who pass through.
Guests have access to a common lounge area where they can hangout, and help themselves to coffee or tea. There is a reading room for a quiet retreat, and the courtyard which is open to the public, is where guests can have friends over.
Interaction with Guests
There will be staff in the house during the day to check guests in and to handle questions. If you will be arriving after 6pm, please let us know so we can arrange for someone to meet you.
We are conveniently located in George Town's heritage zone, within walking distance of the city's historical centre and its famed street-food stalls. Coffee shops offering a wide range of local food are less than 100m away.
Our address is 105 Lebuh Melayu, George Town.
FROM THE AIRPORT to Sinkeh:
To take a taxi, go to the taxi counter after you exit from the arrival lounge. Buy a coupon to George Town. The taxi fare to Sinkeh is RM 44.70. We don't have a sign-board, so the driver has only the address to go by - 105 Lebuh Melayu. Look out for a large plant climbing up the front wall. The drive to town takes about 30 mins.
Alternatively, you can take the bus. Upon arrival, exit the arrival lounge and head towards the bus-stop situated at the furthest lane from the entrance. Take bus 401 or 401E heading towards the Jetty. The fare will be RM3.40 and you'll have to give exact change. The journey will take about an hour. Your stop is Komtar. Sinkeh is a 10-minute walk, north-east from Komtar.
FROM THE FERRY TERMINAL to Sinkeh:-
When you arrive on the island, you have 3 options to get to Sinkeh.
1) Walking: The jetty is about a 25-30 minute walk from Sinkeh. Our address is 105 Lebuh Melayu.
2) Take the Bus: If you wish, you can also take the Rapid Penang bus nos 301 or 302 from the Jetty and get off at Lebuh Carnavon. Lebuh Melayu is across the street from Asia Educational Supplies on Carnavon and Sinkeh is just a short distance from there.
3) Take the taxi: The taxi fare to Sinkeh should be around RM12. Agree on the price before you board.
FROM THE SUNGAI NIBONG BUS TERMINAL:
Take Rapid Penang bus no. 401 or 303 towards Weld Quay. Your stop is Komtar. Sinkeh is a 10-minute walk, north-east from Komtar. Our address is 105 Lebuh Melayu.
IF YOU DRIVE:
After crossing either the 1st or 2nd bridge onto the island, stay on the Lim Chong Eu expressway until you reach Weld Quay, which is an extension of the expressway itself. You will pass 3 sets of traffic lights along the way. After the 3nd set, prepare to take the next left onto Gat Lebuh Melayu. Drive along Gat Lebuh Melayu and cross two junctions – Lebuh Victoria and Lebuh Beach – and you will hit Lebuh Melayu. Sinkeh is located towards the end of Lebuh Melayu, on the left, about 50 metres from Lebuh Carnavon.
There is ample street parking in the late afternoons and evenings. Do note that George Town uses a parking coupon system. Parking coupons can be bought at coffee shops in the neighbourhood.
Other Things to Note
No Wifi signal in the room but works fine in public access areas.
Our guesthouse is not suitable for children aged 12 and below.
The room is very bright in the morning. If you like to sleep in, please bring along an eye-mask.
If you have allergies, please take note that walls are coated with a layer of lime-wash in compliance with heritage guidelines and are hence, powdery.
We have a dog in the house. Her name is Luna.
Check-in is after 2pm and check-out, before 12pm. Please let us know when you will arrive and we will try to accommodate you.
We will also require from you a RM100.00 key and damage deposit when you check-in. This will be refunded accordingly when you check-out.
Because of the many open and exposed spaces in the house, sound travels easily. We minimize sound disturbance by practicing quiet hours between 11pm and 7am, and by requesting guests for their cooperation to speak softly and tread lightly.
All our rooms are non-smoking rooms. If you smoke, please do so only in the open areas.
All guest rooms, reading room and patio are strictly for the use of registered guests only. If you invite friends to the house, please entertain them in the lobby or courtyard on the ground floor
No durians or any foods that emit powerful odours allowed in the rooms.
Rooms are minimally furnished, but comfortable. Some of the furniture are made from recycled planks.