Hotel Mingood, Penang Island

George Town
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Liked: We had a very big room and the most comfortable bed and pillow in 7 weeks travelling. One staff member, who spoke very good English, was very helpful, finding us bus schedules, giving us leaflets, ordering taxis etc. It was a bit away from the heritage area, a 10-15 minute walk, but was in a quiet location. Didn't like: No tea and coffee in the room, only a kettle and 2 cups, and none available in the lobby. Breakfast was very basic, sliced white bread, butter, jam, marmite and peanut paste, and slices of orange. If you wanted eggs it was another 4 ringits.


Liked: Free wifi, free breakfast available. Spacious room. Friendly cleaning staff. TV and fridge as standard. Didn't like: This was without a doubt the noisiest stay I have ever had.- extremely loud construction works going on from approx 8am to 10pm that shook the bed and room.- drips onto the air con outside causing very disturbing noises 24/7 (we had to put a towel on it to soak up the water and dampen the noise).- whenever somebody above us used the shower or toilet, I can only assume it's the pipes making awful banging noises (really loud) sporadically all through the night. - what I believe to be washing machines shaking our room at all hours. - there are also a couple of other unidentified noises that turn on and off randomly. Other points;- from the moment we entered the room, it stunk of wet dogs. The smell never shifted. - shower curtain was mouldy and grim.- although the room had a bath, it was so old it was caked in dirt and could not be bathed in. - the room itself was fairly poor and totally out of date and not pleasant.


Liked: Staff in the cafe area were absolutely brilliant, very friendly and helpful. Didn't like: A little noisy at times due to construction taking place next door.


We spent 5 nights at Mingood in a large, quiet and well-equipped room. Yes, it is an older and a little worn, and the breakfast is typical for budget hotels in Malaysia, but everything works (including the wifi which worked very well in our first floor room), the bed was comfortable, and the staff were all super-friendly and cheerful. Excellent value for money.We will stay here again whenever we return to Penang.


Liked: Good facilities and amenities. Didn't like: A night club (or rather a brothel) right across the street playing loud (window shaking) music until 3-4 in the morning. Lots of traffic to and from the club.


Liked: We really enjoyed the attentive staff and the continental breakfast with the rooftop garden. Great value for money! Didn't like: No laundry service - however there is one very close by so it didn't matter too much.


The building is not modern, but the room is clean and comfortable.


Liked: Very quiet, staff very friendly specially the house keeping. And room rates is satisfied with good breakfast. Didn't like: Toilet flush is not in good condition.and no fan.


Liked: Room facilities, design of the property and amount of space was exceptional for the price paid. Also, front desk agents were very helpful in anything of importance. Didn't like: Dogs barking were to be heard throughout the night and the breakfast offerings were very simple.


Liked: The Hotel is more of a two stars standard. Its Old many facilities need to upgrade e.g. washing basin, water tap loose, basin choke.Consolation is that the fifth floor for breakfast was comfortable with a good view of the location occasional breeze from the sea was great. Didn't like: Cupboard is very old with loose door.



Comfortable and stylish hostel living at the most affordable price! 5 star quality hostel. It's a 5 minute walk to the chic part of a World Heritage Site. A licensed accommodation provider where secure quality accommodation and excellent service are our top priority. Free Wifi

Hotel Mingood is excellently located on the fringe of the City of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Excellent for Thai Visa Applicants. We are within 2 minutes walking distance of the city centre and you don't need to travel far to visit 'Chinatown', 'Little India', 'The Heritage Trail' or 'UPR Entertainment Centre' to feel Penang Passion Food and Cultural Heritage. A short walk down Penang Road takes you to 'Komtar', the city's premier landmark and shopping mall. Fine dinning and great Penang Food (local hawkers) are all available on your doorstep. In fact, Red Chef (Western cuisine) is just across the road . Even the Hard Rock Cafe is 30mins away by taxi. Located close to the chic part of town with excellent nightlife, surrounded by cafes, multi-ethnic restaurants, shops and the coolest bars & pubs. In fact ,the famous New World Park Food Court and Entertainment Centre is just 520 steps (a mere 5 minute walk)from the hotel.

From its spacious lobby and rooms, Mingood offers friendly and courteous service where our goal is to create a cosy atmosphere for an enjoyable and memorable stay. We are a 50 room hotel with spacious, air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms(bathtub, shower and toilet). All our rooms are equipped with cable/satellite TV (6 Astro Channels- StarSports, ESPN, StarMovies, BBC World, NHK Japan & Australia Network), Fridge, Personnel Electronic safe and IDD telephone . You will be well connected here, free fast wireless communications in all our rooms and common areas. You can access your Facebook, Twitter or Myspace at our Online hub at the lobby. We have rooms with 1 to 4 beds .Whatever your choice might be, you are assured of a high standard of comfort that will satisfy your every need.

A family owns and runs the hotel, with a warm welcoming staff who will ensure you experience a cosy homely stay that you will not forget.

After a hectic day out, relax yourself or chill out at our Roof Top Leisure Garden, write some postcards or read a book. You can even enjoy sun tanning or play some cards over a few drinks among friends and fellow hotel guests.

Hotel Mingood is a legal accommodation provider, approved by Tourism Malaysia and local authorities . A member of Malaysia Budget Hotel Association, Penang Hoteliers' Association, Penang Tourist Centre and an appointed ISIC accommodation provider.

The hotel is focused on providing value for money accommodations to all tourists and visitors, with room rates ranging from Malaysian Ringgit 80 to 160. Rates differ from time to time, depending mostly on seasons. The room inventory will allow us to manage small groups even at short notice. We are happy to assist in co-coordinating for transportation/transfers, city tours and other necessities which will make you or your guests' trip to Geroge Town, Penang more comfortable.

We provide Thai Visa application services and information.The Royal Thai Consulate in Penang is close on weekend (Sat & Sun) and all Malaysian and Thai public holidays. If you are on a visa run , avoid these dates.

Things to do while in Penang;
Penang lies just off the north western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It was Britain's 1st settlement (Est.1786) in the region & for a short time was Malaya's capital before Singapore stole its thunder. Georgetown, the capital of Penang State, combines the best of past and present, East & West, as displayed by its diverse architecture & culture. Laid-back Georgetown is best seen as a walking tour : take your time and meander thru its back streets and discover some of its hidden treasures : Kuan Yin Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Khoo Kongsi Clan House and much more. Pick up the 'Heritage Walking Map' and discover its beauty . Some of the 'must see' in George Town are :

* Penang Museum : The best presented museum in Malaysia. Excellent, well-labeled exhibits showcase Penang's history and historical figures, diverse cultures and more. Open from 9am to 5pm. Closed on Friday. Admission fee RM1.00

* Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Maison Bleu) : Cheong Fatt Tze (1840-1917), once dubbed as 'China's Rockefeller' by The New York Times, built a vast commercial empire in South East Asia, 1st in Indonesia, then in Singapore. He came to Penang in 1890 and continued his success, giving some of his spoils to build schools throughout the region. His mansion, where he lived with his eight wives was built between 1896 and 1904. Inside are lavish adornments : stained glass, crown moldings, gilded wood-carved doors, ceramic ornaments & seven staircases.

*Sri Mariamman Temple : A typical South Indian temple with its elaborately sculptured & painted superstructure (called 'Gopura' in hindu) represents Mt Meru - the cosmic mountain that supports the heavens-that rises above its shrine. Built in 1883 , this is Georgetown's oldest Hindu temple & testimony to the strong Indian influence you'll find in this predominantly Chinese town.

*Fort Cornwallis : Today , the battlement studded with old cannons are the only reminder of the fort that was built on the spot where Captain Francis Light first stepped ashore in 1786. Seri Rambai, the largest & most important cannon here is famed for its provocative powers - childless women are advised to place flowers in the barrel and offer it special prayers.

Outside of George Town, Penang Malaysia

Kek Lok Si Temple: On a hilltop at Air Itam, close to Penang Hill funicular station stands Malaysia's largest Buddhist temple. Construction started in 1890 & took over 20 years to complete. Its part of colorful Penang that definitely shouldn't be missed. Walk through the arcade of souvenir stalls, tightly packed turtle& fish ponds until you reach Ban Po Thar (Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda). A small donation will let you climb to the top of the 7-tiered, 30 Mtr high tower which in design is Burmese at the top, Chinese at the bottom & Thai in between. Open from 0900am to 6.00pm

Penang Hill: Escape the city heat & catch some amazing views of Georgetown from Penang Hill(821 Mtrs). There are gardens, tea stalls, an aviary tree-top canopy swinging bridge walk, a Hindu Temple & a mosque at the top. Penang Hill is at its best at dusk as Georgetown, far below starts to light up

Botanical Gardens: Also called the Monkey Gardens due to the many long-tailed Macaques that hang-out here. Within the gardens are orchid & palm houses & cactus gardens & sun rookery. A path leads to the top of Penang Hill./Open 05.00am to 8.00pm Admission is Free. There is a 4WD ride up to Penang Hill. Costs MYR15 to 25 per person.

Location and Contact


• From the Train Station or Butterworth Bus Terminal:
• By following the signs, it will lead you to the ferry terminal which is adjacent to the train station. The ferry fare is about RM1.20. The journey to George Town terminal takes about 20 minutes. From the terminal, a 3 minute walk takes you to the taxi/bus stand. The taxi fare should be around RM10-12 and the journey through the streets of George Town should take only 10 minutes. You can also try the trishaws and the fare should not be more than RM10. (Please enquire the fare before boarding a taxi or trishaw).You may take the RapidPenang Public bus (Fare RM1) to Penang Road and stop in front of 7/11.
• If you are driving, turn left as you come out from the ferry terminal. You are now in Jalan Pengkalan Weld. Make a right at the first right turning and you will be in Chulia Street. By driving along this street, it will lead to the end where it meets Penang Road and Argyll Road. You will see Veenai Odeon cinema right in front of you. There is a road divider ahead which blocks your passage to Argyll Road. Turn left into Penang road and take the first right into Dato' Koyah road and another right into Clarke Street. You will see the MAA Building as you make a left into Argyll road. We are just 3 doors from the MAA building. You will notice a Caltex petrol station on your left before reaching the hotel.
• From Penang Bus Terminal(Sungei Nibong)
• Taxi fare to hotel RM25 Duration 20 mins.There is a Bus Stop just outside of the terminal. Take the Milan Bus (Yellow) with direction board TO KOMTAR. Fare RM2 Duration 35-45 mins. From KOMTAR its a 15 mins walk to the hotel (see map). Taxi or trishaw from KOMTAR . Fare RM10 Duration 3-5 mins.
• One can get to the hotel by airport taxi which operates by coupon system . Get the coupon from its counter which is located right in front of the exit door of the arrival hall. The costs is RM42.00 .The ride to the hotel will take not more than 30 minutes. NEW effective 1st July 2008, Airport Bus to the City is available with RapidPenang Bus which departs from right outside the departure hall of the airport. Frequency : Every 45 Minutes. Bus Fare Only RM3.00. Good choice for those not in a hurry to get into the city. Once in the city, you may take a taxi /fares not more than MYR12.00/ride 5 mins to the hotel.
• From the Langkawi/Medan Ferry Terminal
• As you come out of the terminal, there are lots of taxis and trishaws available. You can board either but remember to enquire the fare before boarding, which should not be more than RM12 for either. The terminal is just beside the Fort Cornwallis (an old British fort) which is within the Esplanade grounds. The short route takes you through a scenic part of Georgetown with some old majestic buildings along the way and the ride by taxi should be less than 10 minutes.
• By car via Penang Bridge
• As you cross over one of Asia�s longest bridge, you will notice Jerejak Island on your left (a former Leposy island which later converted into a penal colony and which is now a resort). As you inch closer to Penang Island, look out for the directions to George Town.
• From Penang Bridge, the quickest (shortest ?) route to George Town is by using the new Jelutong Expressway. As you exit the bridge look out for George Town and as you travel along this straight coastal road, the sea should be on your right while Caltex petrol station and Tesco should be on your left. You will be able to notice Komtar (the tallest building on the island) ahead of you Keep going straight for the next few minutes (no left turns yet!). As you inch closer to the city centre, traffic seems to build up and moving at a slower pace. Continue your journey and you will reach the first traffic light. The second traffic light is less than 100 metres from the first one. Be prepared to make your first left turn after the second traffic light (do not turn at the traffic light) . As you turn left (1st turning) you will notice the road seemingly narrower and traffic moving even slower. Turn right (2nd turning) at the first intersection and be prepared to make a left turn (3rd turning) at the next one. You are now in Magazine Road and traffic is at a crawl. As you travel along this road, Prangin Mall, Traders Hotel and Komtar will be on your right. The traffic lights are very close to one another. Keep to the right side of the street and at the third traffic light, turn right (4th turning). You are now in Penang road and this time keep to the left side of the street. You will notice a pedestrian bridge ahead and at this bridge make a left turn into Burma road ( 5th turning). Now immediately keep to the right side of the street and make a right ( 6th turning) at �Trinity Auto�. You are now in Transfer road and your journey is nearing its end. Keep on going and you will pass a traffic light and a short distance later a �Caltex� station. At that intersection (Caltex), make a left (7th turning). We are just before the MAA building. Your journey ends here. The duration from Penang bridge to Hotel Mingood should be between 15 to 20 minutes.
• For those coming from Thailand by mini van, most mini vans will stop at Chulia Street which is about 400m from the hotel. At times the driver will drive you to our doorstep , if you tip them a few ringgits (RM5).



Address: 164 Argyll Road, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Website Hotel Mingood Penang Island
Phone Number: 6042299922
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning


Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange


Entirely Non-Smoking



Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi


Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Pool Table

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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