On recent backpacking trip around Penang, we decided to try out the newest guesthouse in Georgetown.
Just to get you up to speed, lately there have been a lot of guesthouses and budget hotels mushrooming up along the likes of Love Lane, Muntri Street and Chulia Street Penang. That is why we always advice our friends to take a walk around these roads, go in and inquire before you decide on which one to stay in. Almost all the guesthouses in Penang are compacted around this area. So don’t worry, you don’t have to walk very far.
Secret Garden is a new guesthouse in Georgetown Penang. Recently featured in the news papers for being the best guesthouse in the neighborhood. We decided to see what was the big deal.
This guesthouse is located on Love Lane, just opposite Saint Xavier’s school. The frontage spots a heritage straits eclectic outlook, and occasionally you can see guests sitting outside enjoying a drink or a meal while they watch people pass by.
The interior of the guesthouse was really spacious. It was tastefully designed with a mix and match of tribal, modern, heritage and straits collection.
The lofty high ceilings made the place feel cooling and quiet. Because of the expansive space, as guests we didn’t feel like it was claustrophobic, unlike other guesthouses in Chulia Street.
Of course there were some guys playing poker till late in the night. The spacious lounge literally soaked up the noise. They were also playing some music here, which didn’t disturb the rooms at the back at all. The rooms were quiet all night. Good Stuff!
The lounge or cozy corner as we normally called it, had a good Hi Fi sound system and LCD tv showing some DVD’s and cable tv.
The guesthouse used a lot of wood and ceramic to their design.
One downside is that the rooms were divided by “cheap office dividers” which made it easy for the person in the room to hear what was going on outside. Plus i think it is a fire hazard as well, as these things are easy to catch fire.
The walkways are filled with art. A great way to make the place feel lively. Instead of just leaving the walkways empty.
If you are renting an individual room, there is no need for you to get a locker. But just on the safe side, there are lockers here, just to keep your personal items safe. (not sure if they are rented out or if you need to bring your own lock and key)
The toilets are clean, but we found it to be a bit small and cramp. The showers come with hot water but no free soap. Toilet paper you can get it from here for free.So help your self (Some guesthouses in Penang insist you buy them)! We asked for some soap but apparently you have to buy it yourself.
Free drinking water here. Feel free to find your self a cup to use. You just need to wash it after use.
The rooms are clean and simple but tastefully designed. The beds are clean and comfortable we must admit.
The single room was a bit small. Reminds us of the “toilet sized” single rooms we stayed in, just opposite Pudu Bus Station KL. There was a fan inside the room. On normal hot days, literally this room can be a sauna oven!
They installed CCTV’s on the walkways. So guests can feel safe while staying here.
There was a garden out back. Something like this. We found out that some guests like to sit here and chit chat. Be careful of the mozzies (mosquitoes), as you wouldn’t want to be down with dengue fever. (A lot of dengue cases nowadays)
“Buffet” Breakfast is included with the room rates. They should probably enforce a “take what you can only eat policy” ! We must have missed the refill. 😀
Last but not least, we hope you enjoy your stay in Penang. And this is our review of Secret Garden Guesthouse Penang. We hope this information was useful to you, to make a decision on where to stay.