About this listing
*August is open only for minimum 5 night stays* An unusually awesome & modern duplex in a shophouse in george town for two up to five! *Just in - a new pocket-coiled luxe mattress!
The starting of rm290 rate is for 1-2 persons (using the queen bed only, not including sofa bed) booking this loft apartment. The apartment can take up to five persons, & the 3rd pax up to 5th will be charged RM50 per pax per night.
Get the unique experience of living in George Town! The Shophouse is a re-configured modern space in an original three-storey terrace house in the World Heritage City, furnished mostly with vintage furniture.
The third floor is an open plan space with an amazing loft and high ceiling. "Wow" is the first thing people say when they walk in. Think of days when the family would bunk into one room and everyone "camps" out. There is one queen sized bed on the loft, with one 1hp aircon there; and three convertible sofa beds (firm) in the large living room space with two 1hp aircons. There's a simple kitchenette (electric kettle/fridge/water provided) and a roomy bathrooom.
*Not too suitable for the elderly (because of the stairs). Active young children below 10 need close supervision (because of the grill-less windows).
* Minimum two nights stay required. The listed price is for two, with additional costs per extra person or if sofa bed is used besides the queen bed. The total number of people to stay on this floor is five.
* Not suitable for sensitive sleepers (more below). Being in George Town, do expect some street noise. At night - the noise comes mainly from an opposite hawker wokking away. There are motorbikes zipping by. Heavy traffic noise is minimal, and fortunately, a popular midnight eatery has moved away so that has cut down the supper crowd considerably!
*BRING/ASK FOR EARPLUGS if you're a sensitive sleeper! **On the other hand, these are the "aural rhythms" of the living city of George Town :)
** Please notify me before booking if you're planning to check in after 7pm because I'm not always able to accommodate this.
** This is the top floor (including loft) of the three-storey Shophouse. The other 2 floors below could be occupied at your time of stay. All share a common main entrance and staircase but have separate doors to their apartment units.
Off the main artery of Penang Road, Dato Koyah itself is largely residential and very conveniently situated. The place is great for those who want to explore Penang's famed hawker food and heritage sites on foot. Easy bus access to other parts of the island.
Best of the best in George Town found within 5 mins walk: wantan mee, koay teow th'ng, bak moay, char hor fun, 24 hrs nasi kandar, kaya toast & coffee, chee cheong chok ( a pork-based broth), cendol.
The world heritage core zone is easily accessible by foot, and the public bus service is just across the main road. Great food within minutes of walking!
Interaction with Guests
This is a self-serviced apartment so there's no daily cleaning service. The host will occasionally be in residence (next floor) but otherwise, the main interaction is when guests check in!
The best part of this neighbourhood is that it has a lot of local residents. The street is quieter in the day than it is at night, so guests who are sensitive sleepers should take note of this! night noise come from the enthusiastic wok-kers in the eatery right opposite.
it's very convenient to get buses and taxis. Just out on the main road, Penang Road.
Other Things to Note
Minimum two nights stay required. Do book at least three days in advance, b/c the studio is quite large and time will be needed to prepare all the bedding! Sunday checks-in not preferred.
Please let me know your estimated time of arrival and check out after you've booked.
As per Airbnb rules, no third party reservations are allowed so the person booking has to be part of the group staying. It's easy to refer people to Airbnb directly from your account Dashboard. When a referred friend or family member successfully completes a qualifying reservation, you’ll earn travel credit.
No smoking or candles are allowed in the house because of the timber. This is a self-serviced apartment so the cleaning service is arranged only for long stay guests.
Please be judicious with the use of the air-conditioning and try not to leave it on when you're out.
Guests should come with an eye and heart to appreciate George Town's vernacular architecture. While the apartment has been outfitted with modern amenities, it is still a 100+ year old house with old floorboards and vintage furniture and is best treated with tender loving care.
My first time to stay this kind of accommodation via airbnb because I thought it can be new experience although it is costy.
very good location and overall house in itself is not too bad. It's just aircon is very weak so just consider there is no aircon.
one thing I want to give feedback is about the unpleasant experience on
last day. after I checked out I came back to pick up my lagguage bag. My understanding about cleaning fee was to clean the house after we stayed. Owner complained and verbally abused me as the most uncivilised and messiest trourist who has never travelled before. I was advised I need to tidy up room as clean and tidy as when I arrived.
And I am wondering what is cleaning for. It's not I damage any furniture or broke any.
Alas, I've truly been spoilt by my many Airbnb guests who really do leave the Loft as clean and tidy as they found it, which includes moving furniture back to their original spots (plural) & a sink that's not packed with unwashed dishes. Yes, reprimands will be forthcoming also if you've checked out but returned to use the toilet, after it's been cleaned for the next set of guests. Such is the nature of a host-guest relationship. I did a check on the a/c and naturally, it won't be cool if the setting is on "fan" and set at 26 degrees. There are travellers who are better suited to the hotel setting and then there are those who appreciate the fact that you open up your home to them as friends.
Lived up to the description. Great location near everything but not in among the tourist hotels. Shower and bed were excellent. The narrow staircase was a challenge with suitcases. Sharon was very helpful: arranged taxi from the airport, provided lots of information, and responded quickly to any questions. We also found a great local guide, Joann Khaw of Georgetown Heritage Walks.
Wow, what a great trip! It was our first time in Penang and we loved it. Sharon is a wonderful host who went way out of her way to make us feel welcomed. We arrived after 10 p.m. on a Wednesday and she was waiting at the flat for us with keys in hand. She then proceeded to answer the 1 million questions we had about the area, and show us maps and some of her favorite spots. This first impression proved to be incredibly helpful.
The shophouse itself is great and just like you see in the pictures. There's plenty of room (especially with the high ceilings!) and plenty of relaxation to be had. The building is about 100 years old and oozes with charm. We're so glad we decided to stay there and not in a hotel.
If you want to have a taste of living in a shophouse, this has got to be it. We love how Sharon has thought through what guests will need and also make them feel at home at the same time. Everything is simple and functional! The shower partition is the best; no wet toilet floors ever. Sharon is also very attentive and checks in on us to see if there's anything we need, but leaves us to explore Penang.
The flight of stairs is a workout, more so if you tend to forget things!;)
Sharon greeted us warmly when we arrived and explained everything we needed to know about the flat. The welcome pack had useful information and a map with some food recommendations on it which was great.
The flat itself was clean and just what we were expecting. It's in a good location, within walking distance of everything you could want in George Town. I would definitely recommend Sharon as a host and this flat as a place to stay if you are visiting Penang.
Well located, the loft was located minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown. Sharon received us on our first day and was detailed in introducing us to the Loft. She even provide us a hand drawn map of Georgetown and introduced us to great supper spot/night markets to start our trip. For the rest of the trip, Sharon was quick to reply through whatsapp and make arrangement and recommendation for our party of three.
The Loft was beautifully restored with modern amenities yet not losing its rustic charm, making it a cosy place to stay in. It is adequately furnished with everything we need. The room is spacious and the bed is comfortable. The kitchen is fit for purpose and the tap even comes with a water filtration unit.
Overall a great experience. A must-stay if you are interested in the architecture history of Georgetown. The 100 year old shophouse has so much to offer.
Always a pleasure to stay at this shophouse! This is my second time at the Shophouse. Sharon is great, really easy to contact. The place is really clean, conveniently located with good food all around. Nothing else like it in Penang!
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About the Host, Sc
I've lived in Malaysia, Singapore, the US, UK and parts of Europe. I'm a writer and have authored a travel book on Malaysia. As a traveller, I believe in a more "authentic" experience rather and getting a sense of the local way of life. That's why an Airbnb hosting appeals to me.