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Malabar Reviews

No. 26-28 Lebuh Cintra, Penang, Malaysia

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87%

Rating
98 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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83%

I had a single room no sharing. The air con worked well. The place was quiet except for when a couple of kids ran around all night. Recommended place as felt very safe there despite being single young woman traveling on her own.


86%

Close range to hipster cafes and line clear nasi kamdar. Just about 10minutes walking distance to Komtar and Prangin Mall (also the bus station). Limited halal food around that area, so muslims do take note (: clean and cosy, staffs are very friendly and helpful.

  • 17th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

Tony and Henrick are the best!!! They there to help you at every request. Loved my stay there and plan to stay here next time. Highly recommend! Thanks.


80%

Malabar is in a great location to explore Penang. The old town is all within walking distance, and if you want to go further afield the main bus station (near Komtar) is just a 10 minute walk away. The single room is as basic as it's possible to get, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There is no floor space - just a bed. The bathroom is as small as it's possible to get. I struggled to dry clothes with the very limited space, but that was my only problem Owner gives great travel help


100%

Best Staff ever! Henry knows everything about Georgetown, he will guide you to the best restaurants and food stalls in the town. He will also keep you hydrated 24/7;)


86%

Nice and cosy place - great that they are so helpfull and that the rooms and toilets are clean. Liked the decoratings.

  • 2nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


57%

I stayed in a private room because everything was booked in Georgetown due to the end of Ramadan. The room was tiny and had no windows, the bathroom so cramped that I almost couldn't sit on the toilet. I didn't notice that this was a hostel as I wasn't even being told about a common area, let alone being shown. The staff was helpful with giving tips for ATM and laundry locations though.


80%

It is a bit far from the jetty if you choose to walk. If you arrive during the peak hour, you can't get a taxi easily. The staff is excellent. They introduced lots of attractions and delicious food over there. The room is small but clean.

  • 18th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


89%

A gemstone! Why? The staff!! Hendrik and Tony are the most helpful and nice people ever!! Its almost rediculous! :) The rest of the place is totally ok, good value for money but nothing special, but it's not important, the staff makes it fell like a 5 star hotel.


89%

Didn't take Visa so make sure you have cash. But overall a great spot!


97%

Brilliant find. Tony and Henrik couldn't have been nicer, really clean rooms and bathroom, new mattresses, great air con, excellent location - an easy walk into the heritage centre or the bus station. More of a relaxing, quiet hostel than a place to necessarily meet people but that was exactly what I wanted - would definitely stay here again!


83%

+ Very clean, modern room. + The staff were very helpful and friendly. + Great WiFi. - Not really a place to meet people.


97%

A nice little hostel tucked along the busy Chulia street. Its prime location means we are mere minutes away from a renown cafés and street vendors.

  • 15th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

nice and clean place, very good location, friendly and helpful staff


83%

The room is clean and the location is within walking distance to most of the tourist attractions. We didn't have to take any taxi to travel around.

  • 3rd Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

About 10 minutes walk from Komtar Bus Station. Located in the central of George and you can easily walk to anywhere. The single ensuite which I stay was quite nice, perhaps can improve by adding one small table. There is also a nice rooftop where you can relax.


77%

Nice to stay , bedroom is clean .Staff Friendly , Good location . But , If there is a TV will be even better . And provide toileteries such as Shampoo and Shower Gel will be even better .

  • 1st Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


91%

Lovely staff, very helpful, well located, very clean. Wifi a tad slow, room quite small. Overall very good.


77%

We got the room upstairs. The room and shared toilet is clean and the location is good. However, the major issue was the Wifi in our room is too unstable for a simple net surfing. The guests in the same floor also encountered same issue. Might not come to this again till the wifi is fixed.

  • 1st May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Vietnam
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

I really enjoyed my stay here. The staff were so welcoming and helpful. They advised us of good resturants to go to and what to do in Penang and even gave some first hand history information about the city. It was very clean and extra security on the main door for the rooms across the street made me feel very safe in the city. The location is also great and close to the main areas in George Town. Would 100% stay there again if I go back to penang.


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