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
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 signal is weak 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.
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.
We arrived late into the night but the team was there to ensure we could settle down and have an early rest without much hassle. We were greeted with some ice tea while we were being checked in so that was quite delightful. The interior and decor really complement the experience well. The setting was calming and it always make a great incentive to return to the room after a warm and sweaty day out.
We were glad we were able to meet and have a brief chat with Sek Thim and meet his lovely Dog - Luna on our last night. They made us feel very welcomed and at home.
Coming from a big city like Taipei, Sinkeh is exactly what I was looking for. We spend five lovely days in the guesthouse and from the first step into the door we felt like home. It's a peaceful and calming place in walking distance to most of Penang's historical attractions. Our room was clean, bright and well decorated. The vines outside the window are just lovely. We enjoyed as well the atmosphere on the roof terrace what is a perfect spot for a chat, drink or even work. Sek and his team are very welcoming, I would definitely come back!!
Sek and the rest of the team made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived, ,with a cool drink and refreshing face towel. We were helped with our heavy bags and given a short but informative tour of this beautiful place.
It really is a fantastic building with beautiful features such a reclaimed furniture and a mix of the old and new....in keeping with Penang!
I would stay most definitely stay here again in the future.
We had a lovely stay at Sinkeh Guesthouse and would definitely stay here again. Sek is full of knowledge and recommendations, it's nice returning to the clean and calming walls of the guesthouse after a big day of exploring. In the best location in the old area of Georgetown a good distance away from the backpacking area with close coffee shops close by. Highly recommended.
I recently spent 10 lovely days at Sinkeh.
It is a bright,beautiful space,thoughtfully designed,spotlessly clean and a great location. Staying here made this trip to Georgetown very special. Thank you Sek Thim, Goo and all the friendly,helpful and fun people who make Sinkeh unique. I hope to come back one day.
Sek Thim's place is absolutely awesome! He was delightful to deal with throughout and a perfect host. We arrived late the first night and knew we'd landed on something very special. What a sanctuary, peaceful and gorgeous surrounds, every nook and cranny a little piece of theatrical artistic genius! The rooms were modern and beautifully quiet and breakfast a creative event with whoever was dropping in to claim the charms of this guesthouse for art lovers. I am heading back in a hurry! Many thanks Sek Thim.
Guesthouse was easy to locate with the clear instruction given by SekThim. When we reached, cold towels and drinks were served and were shortly directed to our room with a short introduction of the guesthouse's facilities - Library and Pantry.
Pictures were exactly what we experienced during our stay - simple spacious and clean. Basic needs were provided and really a good place to stay. Breakfast was served but didnt manage to try it.
Location was good - within George Town, walking distance to most famous kafe and places of interest.
SekThim and staff were friendly and ready to provide help and answer our questions anytime. My only regret was that we could not stay longer. Definitely recommending to my friends and worth to return for.
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About the Host, Sek Thim
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.