By the airwell Dining by the airwell
Loft living in a trad'l shophouse
Loft living in a trad'l shophouse

5 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

5 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

An unusually awesome & modern duplex in a shophouse in george town for 2 people up to 4 max! It's a rare unit and living experience and the price reflects this. Note however that there are 2 flights of stairs up to the Loft unit and then another flight of stairs within the unit itself.


Extra people: $11 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $11
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: $81 / night


The space

The listed price is the starting 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 four persons, & the use of the sofa bed/3rd person onwards up to 4 will be charged RM50 per sofa bed/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!
** I'm going to be putting up some black out curtains to see if they can help cut down on the street noise
***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.

Guest access

I or my mother (my co-Airbnb conspirator) will be present to check guests in, and give them a brief overview of how they should treat the space: locks, switches, aircon guidelines, garbage disposal, second exits etc.
Upon booking, guests also get a list map of food recommendations, and they also get a physical artist-drawn food map of the immediate area near the Shophouse. I can customise any other recommendations and travel tips if they ask.

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 except for long-stay guests (more than 4 nights). The host will occasionally be in residence (floor below) but otherwise, the main interaction is when guests check in!

The neighborhood

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 comes from the enthusiastic wok-whacking hawker in the eatery right opposite the Shophouse. And groups of chatty friends who walk down the road for supper.

Getting around

it's very convenient to use uber, grab, and walk out for buses and taxis. Just out on the main road, Penang Road.

Other things to note

Minimum two nights stay required. Do book at least two days in advance, b/c the Loft unit is quite large and time will be needed to prepare all the bedding! Do check with me first if you're coming in before noon or after 7pm.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 7PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Please let me know your estimated time of arrival and check out after you've booked.

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 turn off the air-conditioners when you're going 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.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

119 Reviews

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Rebecca User Profile
April 2017
We really enjoyed our stay in Sharon's loft. We were working while in town and this made the perfect base for us, the spacious table making for the perfect makeshift office and there were some comfy sofas to rest on when it was time to chill. The wifi was super fast for Penang, which made working from there very easy. The open plan apartment feels airy and spacious, so we never felt too closed in. We hardly used the aircon - opening all the windows and using the fans tended to suffice. Being located as it is, we walked literally everywhere, which meant we saved on taxi fares and managed to burn off some of the extra calories that come from indulging in Penang's famous foods ;) Speaking of which, we were literally 5 minutes walk from our favourite dessert stand (check out Penang famous chendul!), so found ourselves there every day. Yum! Sharon was lovely to deal with and her Mum was helpful and pleasant. We stayed for nearly 2 weeks and were so grateful to have the apartment cleaned and towels changed part way through our stay - very thoughtful! The only things to be aware of that I can think of: * The access stairs are VERY steep and tiny. Carrying our large and heavy suitcases was difficult - even my husband was a little hesitant to attempt it and I was really worried he'd fall head over heels in the process. We managed somehow, but if you are in any way mobility challenged, or if you struggle to carry your gear up stairs, this may not be the place for you. * The bed is on the small side for 2 people. We're used to a king sized at home, so it took some getting used to (I kept falling out!!) * There is an Indian temple nearby and they sing into a microphone from daybreak to sunset and sometimes longer. It feels very Penang and isn't altogether unpleasant, but if you need quiet during the day (eg. to make calls), it can be a slight issue. Other reviewers have mentioned the noise from the wok man operating over the road. Although it's true that he does keep at it until circa 3am on some nights, it wasn't loud or sustained enough to be an issue for us (we are late sleepers though - not sure if it is louder earlier on). You can also hear faint booms from a nightclub that I assume is probably about a block or two away but again, not loud enough to keep us awake, especially after a long hot day of working and walking. Overall, we felt very much at home here and hope to stay again in the not too distant future.

Hannah User Profile
February 2017
Great place with a perfect restaurant opposite on the street. The free bus just leaves 110m from tge apartment and all Georgetown is walkable.

Mina User Profile
January 2017
First of all, I would like to say thanks to Sc for her so consideration. Since there were kid and old people with me, she suggested a pick up for my family forwardly and so kind to book the reunion dinner of Chinese New Year for us which you even don't know what means to my family. Thank you very much! 1. The location of this residence is so good and the style as well. These made me feeling like a local person while in Penang. 2. Sc prepared maps and other little things like earplug for guests. 3. Anything, just tell her and she is really easy-going. Highly recommended.

Montakan User Profile
January 2017
This is my second stay at Sharon's house. I have return with my 2 daughters, mum and sisters ( 3 generations) . We all had a wonderful time. Sharon's house feels just like home away from home, so convenient to walk to restsurants morning till late night, great for young and old, nice and safe. Will definitely come back again . Many thanks Sharon ! Wishing you a very Happy Chinese New Year!

Christopher User Profile
January 2017
Great, unique accomodation that was in an excellent location. Was great being so close to all of the attractions and it definitely felt like you were living like a local which is exactly what we wanted.. Thanks for the great stay..

Min Che User Profile
December 2016
Host is super friendly and helpful.

Kevin User Profile
December 2016

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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.

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