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Roommates Guesthouse Penang- Supa Dupa Guesthouse!

Roommates Guesthouse Penang is the newest and latest guesthouse in Georgetown Penang.
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It’s the next big thing to hit the island after Ryokan Chic Hotels. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me present to you the ‘Smallest Guesthouse in Penang’!
The land area of this shop is 530 ft2 and features only 2 rooms but sleeps 16 people. When we interviewed the creative team that worked on this project- Quote “Space and comfortability was such a big issue, we had to knock every existing wall down just to create space. The shop is a 18th century ‘straits eclectic’ type of shop lot which they managed to restore including the timber flooring, facade, terra-cotta tiles and the louvered windows.

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That's how i like it! Music, Smoking and Knitting! 😀

The common area which most guests like to gather around during the evening is the ‘five foot way’ outside the shop. The ‘five foot ways’ were introduced during the British Colonial Times. They were used mainly to shade the public from the rain and sun.

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Porch outside Roommates Penang

The guesthouse rents bicycles which are an easy way to explore the inner city . You get to ride at your own pace and enjoy the ‘Real Georgetown” which consists mostly of all the non touristy temples, food and attraction.

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Having dinner at the famous hawker food stalls at Kimberly Street with the other guests.(my new roommates and friends)

The whole guesthouse has an open concept with very little closed spaces. To create space, they used a lot go glass in the structure, to create optical illusions that the place is big.

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Beanie bags that are just so gooood to sleep in !

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top view of the 'dance floor' and bean bags from the second floor

Free internet

Free internet stations that come with speedy connection and microphones to make skye easy

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Jamming session with our permanent resident - Mr Kapok Guitar

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Staying at roommates is all about meeting and making new friends during your travels

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Happy hour at Roommates Guesthouse Penang! It all starts with some 'Happy' Juice!

Our dorm beds are made of 3 inch steel and are CREAK PROOF!

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Enjoying morning breakfast in the lounge.

Heritage cups and saucers are used

And because it is the smallest Guesthouse in Penang, we had to attach a map of where Roommates Penang is located. The colored lines are the routes when you arrive from destinations. Green color route is for when you arrive on a ferry from Langkawi. Orange line is for when you arrive from the Ferry from Butterworth or from the Train. The blue line is for when you arrive by minivan from Thailand.

Map of how to get to Roommates Penang

You can find out more about Roommates by visiting their website > www.roommatespenang.com . The difference in staying in this guesthouse is that, on the outside it looks like your average pre war shop lot that manages to camouflage it self with the surrounding heritage city.  But the moment you enter the place, it automatically tones down the mood. The staff is so friendly, the people are great and the ambience is perfect. Makes me want to stay there again. Maybe i will 😉
We hope you find your stay at Roommates Penang as enjoyable as we did! For more free backpacking information please like us on Facebook at >> Backpackies 



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Ali Ferringhi Guesthouse Penang burnt down 2010 – brought to you by Backpackies

Remember the famous Ali Feringghi Guesthouse by the beach up at Batu Feringghi Penang?

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famous batu feringghi in Penang

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Ali Feringghi Guesthouse Penang was very popular with tourists

Ali Ferringhi Guesthouse Penang is one of the only few places that used to offer comfortable budget rooms by the beach in Penang.

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Rooms at Ali feringghi Guesthouse Penang

Well it got burnt down together with Shalini Guesthouse Penang in a fire that started in the kitchen of the guesthouse. Luckily all the tourists were out at the beach when the incident happened.

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Burnt to the ground. Only skeleton is left

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top floors are all gone

The shitty part was, that this premise was illegal and didn’t have any insurance on the property. The last we heard was that there was an argument from the tourists demanding compensation for their belongings that were lost in the fire. Poor tourists, who had all their clothes, money, passports and id all burnt by the fire.

guesthouse penangThe reading corner on the left was left intact.

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only 2 of the bottom rooms are still there

This updated news. (January 2011) was brought to you by backpackies.

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