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.
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. 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
If you drive, there is ample street parking in the 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
Wifi is not available in the room, but works fine in public access areas.
Please let us know when you will arrive and we will try to accommodate you. Otherwise, regular check-in is after 2pm and check-out, before 12pm
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.
We have a dog in the house.
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.
No durians or any foods that emit powerful odours allowed in the rooms.
Behind an understated facade lies a little gem of a guesthouse mixing modern design with rustic charm and some beautiful pieces of art. Everything worked beautifully, from excellent coffee with a breakfst that included local dishes to excellent cleanliness, super friendly, helpful and welcoming hosts...and the reproduction of a chinese horse statue, gracing the comfortable common area on level 2 (I was sooo tempted to take it away with me!) ...and not to forget very good advice on food!!!
Thank you very much for making us feel comfortable and at home in such nice surroundings.
The guesthouse was beautiful - exactly what it looks like in the photos. Sek Thim was a lovely host and very accommodating. He even served us welcome tea on arrival! We enjoyed our stay at the Guesthouse with a Love for the Arts and will definitely return when we are in Penang next. Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality!
We stayed two nights at Sinkeh. The guesthouse is located near the heritage area which makes it very convenient as you can explore the area on foot. The team at Sinkeh was also very helpful. Prior to our trip, they were quick to respond to queries and when we were there, they provided us with suggestions on places to visit/ eat.
Would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Penang, especially if you love tranquil places with lots of natural lighting.
The room was great, but mostly the entire house is beautiful and has a great design.
I really loved the place, looks even better in reality than in the photos. It's in the heart of Penang, you can visit a lot of places just around the house.
The room is spacious, lighted, it has AC, hot water (great shower) and a comfortable bed.
The host was great, very friendly and nice. We're actually attending one of his shows tonight in KL :)
Overall a great experience, I highly recommend the place!
Very zen. I will definitely come back and hopefully get involved with the theatre aspect of this fine establishment. Thanks for the memories
Nice place to stay. Rooms are quite austere but comfortable with nice ensuite. Common areas are really nice. Quite a bohemian feel.
They need to be a bit less strict about their guest policy though. I had a friend over and they would not let us go up to my room, which was a bit embarrassing.
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I work in the theatre as a director. Good meals with friends, gardening and listening to stories are things I enjoy. We are a friendly bunch here at Sinkeh, my team and I. We try to maintain a space that's peaceful and calm; one that encourages people to rest, to be at ease and relaxed.