There are a good handfuls of budget hotels in Georgetown, Penang. We were looking for something decent and clean with free Wi-Fi in a good location and stumbled onto Hotel 118. I had found it on Agoda but it didn’t have too many reviews. From what people said, it was a brand new hotel in the middle of Georgetown which sounded like a nice option to me.
Agoda was having a insider sale so we booked this hotel for a total of 4 nights after we decided to stay in Penang for two more days.
A great budget hotel in Georgetown, Penang
Hotel 118 is located on Jalan Dato Keramat, near the Times Square building and Komtar. It’s about a 15 minute walk to Little India and 25 minute walk to Jetty Penang (ferry and bus terminal). It’s surrounded by a ton of restaurants and stores.
We took the train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang then the ferry to Georgetown. From the ferry terminal we took a local bus that took us to Komtar tower and walked about 5 minutes to the hotel.
Hotel 118 is indeed a brand new hotel, it just opened a few months ago. Everything is still all shiny! Since we took the overnight train to Penang and the ferry to Georgetown, we ended up arriving at our hotel around 730AM. The front desk was nice enough to let us check in early for a two twin bed room which we happily accepted.
The rooms are of moderate size with a desk, nightstand, AC, fan and a flat screen TV. It was very clean and you could tell it’s new.
The beds are incredibly comfortable. Fluffy pillows, thick blankets and clean sheets. We slept so well here especially after sleeping on hard Korean beds for the past 3 weeks!
The bathroom was good size with a separate shower area. Lots of towels which we loved. Maybe some people will say the bathroom is small but our expectations for bathroom size has gone down drastically after traveling around Asia. We were happy to have a separate shower area as opposed to it all being in one!
Wi-Fi is available for free in the room which was sometimes a hit or miss at nights when more guests are using it. One thing that bother some people is that there wasn’t a window in our room so we couldn’t tell what the weather was like outside or get any sunlight. They do have rooms with windows which you need to request if you want one.
Service and staff
I cannot express just how nice the staff were at Hotel 118. They completely went above and beyond to help us out on anything we needed including directions, recommendations, letting us check in hours early and helping us rent a scooter. If we didn’t know how to get somewhere, they’d draw it out on a map for us since it is a little bit confusing getting around Georgetown with all the one way streets.
There were only two people working the days we were there and even if they had been sitting at the front desk at 4 in the morning for their 3rd 12 hour night shift in a row, they always greeted us with a huge smile asking us how our day went. They were always happy to give us their best recommendations for places to eat and tips on how to bargain.
We loved Hotel 118. Great service, comfortable and clean rooms and ideal location. Perfect for a budget hotel in Georgetown!
You can book your room at Hotel 118 here. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter since they send our promotions and I got our room at a pretty good price due to an insider sale they were having.
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