Hostels in Penang Island, Malaysia

23 hostels available. Prices start from $3 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Penang Island

Ez Social Hostel

Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Youth Hostel
"…Bar Happy Hour Deals available from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Random Fun Events such as Trivia Night, Board Games Night, Penang Street Food Night, BBQ Night etc. will be organise. Smoking is strictly … More

House of Journey

George Town
Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller
"…The staff are friendly and full of suggestions on things to do, places to go, and where to eat in a city overflowing with excellent food. A simple breakfast of toast and tea or coffee is provided … More

Muntri House

George Town
Party Hostel
"…Free breakfast is included in the price, even if it is only bread and jam. Summary Staying at Muntri House will definitely give you a memorable experience, not only because of the great … More
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…The entire UNESCO Zone is easy to walk, and the public bus system is affordable, reliable, and very easy to navigate. The Komtar is a ten-minute walk. Batu Ferrenghi, Penang Hill, and the national … More

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel

George Town
Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller
"…It must also be noted that the free cookies they advertise online are nowhere to be seen -- we asked the lady at reception and were told they had forgotten to order them, and another guest we … More
Couples Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest
"…Next to this, there is another space with a couple of chairs and even a fridge for guest use. The atmosphere is pleasant and quiet yet social, with backpacker clientele. Summary From being … More
Youth Hostel
"…and 12 p.m. and is the usual toast and jam with coffee and tea -- this guesthouse has the best coffee we have tasted in a long time, and an advantage is that the coffee and tea are available all … More
Party Hostel
"…More upgrades to come Staying at 111 Hutton Lane, guests are free to choose to stay either in a :- 4-Single Bunk Bed in a mixed dormitory room; or 3-Single Bunk Bed in a female room; and … More

Red Inn Court

Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The hostel is pretty nice, except for the horrible Wi-Fi. Also, there is a big chance the call for prayer of the nearby mosque will wake you up around 5:30 a.m. This is followed by some nice … More

YMCA Penang International Hostel

George Town
Free Breakfast
Female Solo Traveller
"YMCA International Hostel has a total of 70 private furnished room with air-conditioning, attached bathroom with hot/ cold shower, telephone, color TV & clothes wardrobe. Our committent … More

Sim City Stay

George Town
Family-Friendly Hostel Youth Hostel
"…Each of the rooms has a big window that makes it pretty bright. Internet is working great on every floor -- it is one of the fastest and the most stable connections around George Town. … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Female Solo Traveller Boutique Hostel
"***check-in Time From 2 Pm To 8 Pm Daily Only*** Rope Walk Guest House is a heritage pre-war mansion located in the middle of Georgetown. 5~10mins walking distance to all UNESCO sites, street … More

Tido Penang Hostel

George Town
Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller
"…Experience its unique architecture, its interior space planning, its range of facilities and amenities as well as its innovative residential concept with us and you will appreciate it. Total … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…The size of some shower units is just adequate. Common Spaces This hostel has an enormous amount of common area, all served by fans but not air conditioning. First, there's a combined … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…This hostel is cheap, but its rooms and hallways are small and dark, and the reception looks like a storage room full of paper. If you are looking for a place where you can hide, save some money, … More
"…Free cancellation: 3 days before the arrival Check in from: 15:00 Check out before: 12:00 Reception time: 8:00-22:00 Payment on arrival: cash only Tax not included in room rate … More
Couples Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest
"…-Free Toiletries -Free Coffee and Tea -Ensuite bathroom for all room catergory (even the dormitory room) -Powerful Hot Water Shower -Free WiFi and Internet access -Large Lockers for … More
Digital Nomads Female Solo Traveller
"…As a female-only accommodation facility, Sogor also offers a full range of other intangible soul-fulfilling experiences. At Sogor, female travelers may enjoy a safe and uncompromised living space … More

Casa 56 Inn

Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Food is not overpriced, and there are also plenty of locals eating around this place. The hostel is surrounded by street art; attractions like the old British Fort Cornwallis are fifteen minutes' … More

Hostels in Penang Island, Malaysia

23 hostels available. Prices start from $7 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Penang Island (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Penang Island.

George Town, the main city on Penang Island, is filled with impressive historical buildings that line its streets. It is these buildings that earned the town a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2008. The Chinese had a strong influence over much of the area when it was settled and as such there are some beautiful Chinese temples to visit, such as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Khoo Khongsi. They are all within walking distance of each other and you can get a map from an information center that depicts all of the spots to see and how to go about them on the walking tour. Along with the Chinese architecture, you will also find some British buildings within the area such as Fort Cornwallis and the Victorian Clocktower that were built during the war.

Any trip to George Town must include a journey to the top of Penang Hill to overlook the city and the island. It is a strenuous, steep, two-hour hike to the top if you are up to the challenge. For those who want the impressive views without the hassle of the walk, you can organize for a tuk tuk driver to take you up and bring you back down. There are some other attractions that you can see around the island -- ask at the information desk about transport to and from these other attractions.

Hostels in George Town are spread throughout the city center. It is only a small place, so you are within walking distance of all attractions within the George Town city center and anything else that you may need.

Written by local enthusiast for Penang Island hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Penang Island hostels Globetrotter

Penang Island Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Penang Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 23
Average dorm price $13
Average private room price $25
Cheapest hostel in Penang Island Little India Heritage Villa with $6.5
Party hostels in Penang Island Ez Social Hostel (5 in total)
Most Penang Island hostels are located in George Town
Average rating of all hostels 6.8

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