Love Lane Inn




The Review

Love Lane Inn is a basic backpackers hostel in the heart of George Town. Love Lane Inn hostel is not modern, it is not clean, and there are no mosquito nets or blankets so mosquitoes can come inside and bite you. It is cheap, but it is better to spend a little bit more and save yourself problems.

The Location

Love Lane street is in the middle of George Town; all of the attractions in this town are pretty close, so you can get just about anywhere in twenty minutes. Fort Cornwallis is ten minutes' walk north from the hostel, while Chinese temples are four minutes away. beautiful street art is all around this place. There are several pubs on the same street, and right next to it is Chulia Street, where you can find plenty of convenience stores for buying water, snacks, or basic cosmetics. In the evening, there are plenty of hawker stalls with cheap rice, noodles, soups, and fresh fruit shakes. Prices around are not high; locals eat here as well.

The bus stop is four minutes away from the hostel. It is quite easy to get here from Penang Airport or the train station where you can catch trains from Kuala Lumpur and Thailand. From the airport, it is just one bus to get to Chulia Street, three minutes' walk from the hostel; from the train station, there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the ferry that goes to George Town -- from there you can walk fifteen minutes or just take a free bus that stops very close to the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dormitories are not really quiet, because they are right next to the street where motorbike and cars ride. Rooms are pretty basic, containing a ventilator; ten beds; and a big, open window. You will be provided with bedsheets, but you have to make your bed on your own. There is no blanket or mosquito net, so in the night you might fight with mosquitoes and bedbugs. The internet doesn't work in dorms; there are no sockets up there either.

Bathrooms are pretty old and quite dirty. You won't find any soap here. Hot water doesn't work. There is at least some toilet paper.

Common Spaces

There is a small lounge next to the reception; it's the only place where you can charge your electronics and connect to the internet. The internet is pretty slow and it is just about good for texting, but not for music or video streaming. There is a table with four chairs next to the reception. You can eat your breakfast here (you have to prepare it yourself, though). This hostel doesn't offer any coffee or tea during the daytime, buy there is a simple breakfast included (bread and jam/butter).


This place is not usually crowded -- people stay one night and they go. It's a cheap hostel with poor breakfast, quite dirty bathrooms, and open dormitories with mosquitoes and bedbugs.
by Martin Staff Reviewer
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54 Love Lane, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
5.416667, 100.333333 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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6016 4198409, 6016 4227111
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58% Guest Reviews

Better sleep tight because the bedbugs bite
You love bugs? Get here! Staff isnt caring at all. We asked for another (bug-free) room and we had to pay for!!! Dont stay here.
Avoid this S--thole like the Plague ...
Avoid this S--thole like the Plague ... which you will probably catch from sleeping in its beds. The manager is a 1st rate prick in a 5th rate dump. Only reason to go back here would be to punch him in the head.
Terrible, not recommended
No air con, dirty, smelly. Would recommend spending a few extra dollars and staying across the road.
(New Zealand)
Nice and spacious. Good place to night for transfers to Pulau Langkawi
Big Rooms. Freindly Owner. Central place, very near to Bus routes. Can have a night walk in the Pier sometimes if you are lucky grand receptions and see Butterworth buildings glowing like stars. Very convenient to walk to pier to catch the Early Morning Ferry to Lang kawi. Good restaurants in and around. The advantage is you will wake up early by the bike sounds of good looking girls being dropped back into their dens.
  not bad. i'm a malaysian and i enjoy my stay there. check-in at 7 a.m. doesnt have problem at all. and the lady (the owner's wife i guess) is very very friendly and helpful. the price so cheap i wanna stay longer if i could. the owner also invite me to come for their christmas party.
  Err, friendly wlecome is not how I would describe the Love Lane Inn. Denial of our initial booking, then they "found" our room after we showed them a prinout of our online reservation. We also decided to stay for 2 nights not 3, and what proceeded was a hissy fit from woman on reception, insisting that we paid for all 3 nights regardless (had already paid the deposit for 3 nights). We left after the first night. Incidentally, the walls are paper thin wood partitions with gaps at the top, so you can hear the next room's occupants breathing. Not recommended.
  Do not trust the management at this place. I'm 99% sure that the manager or someone in the staff stole my mobile phone when I visited them. I'm pretty sure it was the lady working in the reception. Sometimes you get really dissapointed =(.
Mr No Mobile Phone
  I did not find it as bad as some of the reviews suggest. I had a room on the ground floor. The street noise — what street noise? There are two common areas there. One is a TV-viewing area and the other contains loads of brochures and information about Penang. It also has a pleasant outdoor sitting area and a really cheap Chinese restaurant next door that serves breakfast.

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