UNESCO Heritage Zone shophouse

House - Entire home/apt · Lebuh Armenian, George Town, Penang 10300, Malaysia

My house is very special (and a bit quirky) and its location is unique. With five temples, a mosque, art galleries, batik and beading, countless restaurants & cafes within two minutes walk this is truly the beat in the heart of George Town culture.

The Space

A lovingly renovated Chinese shop house dating to about 1860 and comprising approximately 3000 square foot over two floors. Located in the centre of the UNESCO heritage zone 'Little India' and 'Chinatown' are both within easy walking distance. Plenty of restaurants and bars close by. Property is possibly the biggest one bedroom place in town - Very secure front door with video entry phone and coded access. Ground floor dining room, fully fitted and equipped kitchen, guest loo and outside shower. First floor huge sitting room, large double bedroom with king size bed, dressing room and shower room. Great fusion of original and modern styles. Fans throughout and air con in sitting room and bedroom.
Kitchen: Electric oven, microwave, double fridge/freezer, wine chiller, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, two ceramic hobs, extractor fan, all appliances, two ceiling fans. Plenty of cookery books for those who tire of the amazing restaurants within easy walking distance. Glass door to guest loo and outside shower and outside drying area. Glass brick wall separates kitchen from outside space.
Serving hatch to dining room.
Dining room - amazing table which can seat 12 comfortably, ceiling fans. Ceiling fans. Front area currently used as designer jewellery shop.
First floor: Huge sitting room with cream leather L shaped sofas, ceiling fans and air con. Flat screen 54" monitor DVD player (no TV but you can watch it on line on the 29" Mac monitor) with about 600 DVDs to choose from. Glass topped desk and Mac computer, printer etc. wifi broadband. Masses of books - please replace! Few games, cards and dominoes.
Great sized double bedroom with king size bed and monitor/DVD player, bedside lights, air con and ceiling fan.. Glass door to huge dressing room with plenty of hanging rail space, and leading to bathroom with rain shower, loo and washbasin. There is a small terrace off the bathroom more for fresh air than anything else. Glass brick wall separates the terrace from the dressing room.
Will give you the telephone number of trusted taxi driver. Bus stop nearby - good but slow service. Easy walking distance to ferry for Butterworth and railway station.

Guest Access

Guests have access to everything in the house apart from the locked second bedroom which houses all my stuff when I am not there.

Interaction with Guests

I am normally away from Penang when I accept bookings as this is where I live when I am there myself. However I am only a phone call or email away at any time and unless I am on a plane or out of coverage I will reply within as short a time as possible.

The Neighborhood

The neighbourhood is a wonderful melting pot of characters. Every time you leave the house you are sure of a greeting from a neighbour or passer by. China House, just around the corner in Beach Street is simply wonderful. If you just want a cup of coffee, a snack, one of their wonderful cakes or a full meal, this is the place to go and meet like minded souls. Live music at the back in the 'Canteen' at weekends, and frequent art exhibitions are even more reason to visit.

Getting around

The trishaws pass by the door of the house all the time, and if you are so inclined you can hire a bicycle! The bus service of Penang is excellent, albeit a bit slow and the taxis are numerous and reasonable. Best to call for a taxi in advance as it can be hot waiting on the corner. Jaya is my preferred driver and his details are in the house book. Either book Jaya to collect you from the airport or buy a voucher and take a recommended taxi when you arrive.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $865 /week
Monthly Price: $3458 /month
Security Deposit: $173
Cleaning Fee: $52
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • This is what makes (website hidden) hidden)e opportunity to stay in an awesome place you would not otherwise have access to!

    Sandie's place was incredibly interesting...she obviously has an eclectic and refined design sense. Antiques and art meet big screen TV's and work well together!

    Location is great; we stayed for a week and enjoyed walking out the front door to a variety of Chinese, Indian and Malay places to eat within metres. We were there over Chinese New Years and were right in the action for everything.

    To note:

    We rented bikes from the place just 10m away, to the right from leaving the place. 10 RM a day.

    Loved China House; incredible cakes and pies every day.

    Overall, couldn't recommend it more...this is what AirBnb is all about.


    February 2014
  • Every aspect of my experience exceeded my expectations. The location in the heart of George Town could not have been more perfect. Sandie's home is so comfortable and interesting, with all the mod cons in what seemed like a private art gallery. I looked forward to coming back to it each day after wandering through the town on foot, sampling the amazing food ans small shops everywhere I turned. The location was also very convenient to the stops for the comfortable, new, air conditioned and inexpensive regional buses. I enjoyed hopping those to see the other sides and sights of the island. As a first-time airbnb users, I am most impressed with the quality of the accommodation, the ease of booking and the host, Sandie Lenton. She is so responsive and helpful, that it seemed like we had been friends for a long time. I can't recommend this property more highly. Thank you Sandie.

    January 2014
  • Sandie's place is really wonderful. If you want to explore the heritage trail of Penang, there is no better place to start. Walk out of the building and you'll catch scores of tourists on the trail, only difference is that you've got front row seats to the action. The bedroom's facing the back of the road so you don't get waken by the noise. Great place to stay.

    August 2013
  • We had a fabulous time staying in Sandies home on Armenian St, right in the center of historic Georgetown. The shophouse is lovingly renovated to reflect its history while giving you all the modern conveniences and comforts. The ground floor is shared with a lovely shop with handmade jewelry.

    July 2013
  • We had an amazing time at Armenian Street.

    The house is located in the perfect spot in Georgetown, near galleries, cute restaurants, markets, the clan jetties and a very short stroll to Little India. You feel like you're in middle of all the action.

    The house itself though, is a little oasis amongst the lively activity in the streets. It is a carefully restored terrace house, faithful to tradition yet embraces modernity. (When you see the front of the house you'll know what I mean. Often we were leaving the house only to be greeted by tourists taking photos of it).

    Inside are large and comfortable rooms, meticulously decorated with antiques, wooden carvings and eclectic furniture. A large kitchen is there if needed, but the food in Penang is very good, so we did not use it very much.

    Upstairs is very comfortable. We slept very well in the king size bed and appreciated the air conditioning. The living room is a great place to relax, read and watch movies after a busy day out and about.

    Lastly, Sandie was a fantastic host. She was very prompt with all correspondence. The guestbook she's prepared has everything you need to know about Penang and the about the house. You should use Jaya for any taxis you require too.

    We felt that she is proud of her house, and wished nothing more but to share it with us. We truly appreciated it.

    We couldn't recommend staying here any more highly.

    Steve & Leonie

    June 2013
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Widowed and mostly retired but not really! Very involved with the International Women's Association Penang. Love travelling, good company, good food & wine. Like Jazz, easy listening, opera, ballet, theatre; dislike rap and house music and slapstick comedy. Just finished renovating a 19th century Chinese shop house in the centre of George Town, Penang Malaysia.
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