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Malabar Reviews

No. 26-28 Lebuh Cintra, Penang, Malaysia

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88%

Rating
117 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 97%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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97%

i really enjoy the stay! its so near with the famous attraction Most recommended!

  • 16th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


89%

Nice quiet and clean hostel. Overall good. It would be better for a group of friends and family.


100%

My friend and I stayed one night. Henrik (?) recommended a few places to eat and we went to all of them ... All the restaurants were busy and super tasty! The room was very clean!!!


86%

Great staff! Helpful with local information. One of the members of staff always had a glass of water for us when we came in. Washrooms are clean and good A/C.


86%

Excellent location. The owner and his hotel receptionist were super nice, helpful and keen to assist with my touring and eating plans. Small, simple and clean rooms. No need for more. Common area very small so meeting other guests is rather difficult. Good value for your money. Would stay at Malabar gain.


74%

Very nice and helpful staff with great recommendations, perfect location to easily explore all famous sights and food locations by foot. Unfortunately the room has not been as clean as expected and no atmosphere. Good for a one or two nights stay for fair pricing


86%

Andrik, the receptionist is a great guy. He brought us a glass of water any time and did us great favours. Also the owner himself is so nice. He told us where we can have the best food in town, where to go, what to see and told us stories of the history of the people here. Great. The hostel itself is also really nice, comfortable, silent rooms and clean shared bathrooms. We would defenitly come again, thanks!


100%

Brilliant location. Walking distance to the heart of Georgetown and bus terminal. Very clean.

  • 6th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


83%

Reasonable price with nice service

  • 6th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


91%

We stayed in a double room without a bathroom (room1) it was a nice size room and air con worked well. The hostel was clean and tidy and just a few minutes walk from anywhere you would need to go. Water is provided and the staff are really helpful. The only think that could be better is if people used the communal area; it was always quiet so not much atmosphere but that could have just been when we where there


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!


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