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.
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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.
We stayed in Sharon's loft for 3 nights and loved every minute of it! Such a beautiful old building that has been modernised without losing it's character. The loft itself is extremely comfortable - spotless bathroom opening out on to a sunny airwell, kitchen equipped with all the basics (fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery and a great sink), dining table and comfy lounge area. Sharon has a very quirky collection of furniture and crockery which made the space feel very welcoming. Loft has wi-fi (intermittent when we stayed but not an issue), air-conditioning, fans, hot water and a great view out over the street. Loft is central to the Old Town, Little India, the Armenian quarter and a myriad of fantastic bars and restaurants. (Try the Mugshot Cafe and Junk Bar on Chulia Street - young locals own and run them and the food, atmosphere and drinks are great.) Sharon was incredibly helpful - answering a myriad of questions, giving great suggestions for massages, food and shopping and she had an extensive collection of maps, brochures and information about George Town. She stayed in touch via text and phone during our stay and gave us a hand researching travel options for our next destination. Absolutely loved our stay here and couldn't recommend it highly enough - lovely space and wonderful host.
This is my second time staying at Sc's loft apartment. The apartment was great when I visited a year ago but there are some recent improvements (modernisation?) in the area that made this stay a little better. The eatery next door seems to be much quieter at night, so sleep wasn't a problem. There is also now a 7-11 convenience store across the main road.
The loft in the shophouse was exactly as described and pictured. It was the perfect place to explore Georgetown from. Beautifully furnished and well equipped for our stay. The noise from the wok was minimal - and it did not bother us in the slightest and we can be light sleepers! The street is actually very quiet compared to the hustle and bustle on Jalan Penang nearby. Sharon organised a car to pick us up from the airport too which was very handy. Her mum then met us to let us in. It was all very easy and everything went to plan. Sharon's tips for sightseeing and restaurant recommendations were also much appreciated!
Airy, spacious and bright with lovely sunlight streaming in through the windows and airwell all day. Place is clean; bathroom too. Kitchen's equipped with basic essentials; the dining area is large and welcoming, wonderful for eating the excellent black glutinous rice (or green bean) dessert you'll take-away from the two Indian boys who man a makeshift stall at the start of Jalan Dato Koyah; and in the living hall, there are three large sofas, lovely when you're territorial, or you're not honeymooning. Would have been lovelier if there was cable TV.
Downsides can be solved simply. Use lemongrass spray to combat mosquitoes; they were almost always around (and hungry) when we were there. Reconsider your 20kg luggage because the flight of stairs is long, steep and narrow.
Overall, a great stay, it's nice to be able to live like a local right in the heart of Georgetown. The location's brilliant, it's close to many places of interest and conveniences i.e. supermarket, laundromat, 7-11, etc. and the noisy eatery downstairs may have closed for good.
We had everything we needed for a great stay, and we felt at home. Thanks for having us, Sharon.
We enjoyed the most marvellous stay in Sharon's traditional shophouse apartment. It was spacious and very clean, but best of all - there was a big comfortable bed! The apartment is very close to the centre of historic Georgetown and bus 101 (which goes to Gurney, Tesco, and Batu Ferringhi beach) was right at the end of the street. In the immediate vicinity are a plethora of restuarants and hawkers, and a there is a 7/11 at the end of Dato Koyah for those few little extras (including beer at a very reasonable 17 ringgit for a large Tiger). Although we didn't meet Sharon (her wonderful mother did the meeting and greeting duties) we stayed in touch through WhatsApp and any queries we have we quickly solved. Thanks for providing the iron/ironing board. A number of previous guests have mentioned the Thai food shop over the road and the nightly cooking noises (mostly wok/metal scraping) - we were aware of it but with the windows shut at night, it was sometimes less heard than more. I use earplugs as a matter of course, but my husband said he hardly noticed it. But it is there if you wanted to let it bother you - we didn't because we expect that being the city centre will come with noises. The stairs to the apartment ARE steep, so if you are not good with stairs, you need to take care with your movements. Overall we loved it, it was just what was pictured and we would happily stay here again.
SC was extremely helpful! She is also easily contactable via WhatsApp and other means. She has a good knowledge of Georgetown area and where the good food places are. An eateries map is also provided and the places recommended are outstanding. We visited some of them more than once!
The shophouse is a few units away from Penang road itself which was very convenient. The spacious interior and the loft bed was beautiful!
The place is as fantastic as it looks in pictures. And in perfect location - really easy for walking around in the old city. The restoration is very well done. Beautifully retains the old shophouse feeling and atmosphere. Spotlessly clean. We enjoyed our stay thoroughly.
Relatively quiet - it's not on main street, but you still have some amount of street noise from occasional passing motorbike or pedestrians - not a lot but not unexpected - it is after all smack in the middle of the old (website hidden) is a great host, welcoming and helpful, and also kind (she made extra effort to return something to us after we left, which we had forgotten)
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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.