Armenian Street Heritage Hotel
Since I’m one of the people fortunate to call Penang home, whenever we visit we tend to stay at my childhood home, the one I grew up in near the airport in the Bayan Baru area of town. Unfortunately traffic in Penang has gotten pretty horrendous of late, regardless of the fact that it’s not even Chinese New Year, so with my parents heading out of town a few days after we all spend time together, we decided to capitalize on this opportunity to stay in one of the downtown hotels and have easy walkable access to all the famous hawker stalls and the Georgetown life.
After doing some extensive research on choices available primarily using Tripadvisor, we ended up going with the Armenian Street Heritage Hotel for its affordability ($183 RM before taxes) and prime location (across the street from one of the famous stalls for Lor Mee, need I say more?!).
The hotel itself is a classic building that has been updated with modern amenities. This is no Four Seasons but it does the job. Each room has all the necessities, strong AC (key in Penang), a safe, a desk (great for me since I was working), comfortable bed, bathroom and WiFi (although a little weak for my preference and only for 4 devices). So what if it doesn’t have a fridge? You’re technically only going to sleep there and the room itself is clean, bathroom is equipped with bath products and other essentials and it’s very spacious!
I also love the old black and white photos of Penang hanging from the walls, shows the area and the culture around this area. Service was friendly enough during check in and also informative when we asked questions. Good solid hotel in the heart of Georgetown. Also walking distance to tons of eateries and malls. If you’re on a budget and looking for bang for your buck in Penang, this is it! I also saw signs for buses you can catch locally for free to take you to other sights and major attractions around Penang.
- If you really need WiFi, go have a drink/snack at the adjoining restaurant. It’s tasty and the wifi is way stronger than what the room has!