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.
Sek Thim was a wonderful host . Great location, Neat and Tidy room, friendly and helpful staff. From the 1st day of my arriving , we were received a warm welcome from Sek Thim. He share with us a lots of local delicious food and interesting places. The simple breakfast was also wonderful served with coffee or tea. We sharing a lots of our experience during the day of my stay. Is glad to meet such nice host like him. I definitely will come back and stay here and also highly recommend this places to all visitor those want to visit Penang for the trip.
Sek Thim and his staff were extremely warm and friendly. We followed his recommendations and were delighted with what we experienced.
The room was exactly how it looked like in the pictures. It was a style that we enjoyed very much, cement screed, wood, glass and plenty of natural light. It was very comfortable staying here.
It was a lovely surprise to know that they do provide breakfast! It was quite simple but delicious. It was good to eat some local food too.
Lastly, the location of the place was pretty good as well. Close to the Komtar bus station and within walking distance to the Georgetown area where the wall paintings are.
all in all, we enjoyed ourselves very much in the 3 nights!
A very awesome place to come home to at the end of the day. Located in a prime spot makes it easy to navigate Georgetown. What I enjoyed most was the interaction with the staff there. Everyone was very helpful with full of tips to make your stay in Penang a pleasant one. I was looking for a Peranakan experience and I found it at Sek's place. I highly recommend this place.
Sek Thim was prompt with his replies to our queries. The guesthouse is beautiful and inspiring. Slept like a log in the comfortable room, well rested to venture George Town. Sek Thim is a great host and we had a great many chats with him during our stay. Highly recommended, no doubts!
From the moment we arrived, we instantly felt welcomed into this quirky residence. Sek Thim produced a map of the town and saw to it that we knew the best places to visit in our very short trip. Our room was bright and airy, it's quite nice to wake up with the natural light coming in. The facilities are great - although we didn't manage to get up for breakfast, there is tea/coffee/water available. We managed to tick lots off our to do list, as well as some shopping.. The tip for the new promo taxi went down a treat too. We will certainly return and have already told our friends to stay when they visit George Town. This place is not to be missed - we walked everywhere apart from to/from the airport.
Very good experience during staying at Penang
，sek is such passional guy who help us any things. The house is a mixture of tranditional "ke lou" with industrial loft design details!The house is at a great position of George Town ，the shopping mall,banks are very close to the house. 5 m walks to any hotspots.The house is clean and (website hidden) is just the same as what u see in the photo.
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.
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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.