Good Hope Inn
A great affordable hotel in the heart of Penang
Travelers to Penang may search for an affordable hotel. The Good Hope Inn is such one. Located near the city center and the beaches in the heart of Gurney Drive, this hotel is a great choice. As a long time traveler I usually look for decent, clean and comfortable hotels (including for my long time friend Jim, my bicycle).
A hotel is a hotel, some say. I disagree. A hotel is like your second home for the time you stay. You want to feel respected by staff, stay near the place where "it all happens" and in the evening come back to your hotel and get a hot (or cold if you wish) shower and jump in your bed, maybe watch a little TV and then go to sleep in a fresh smelling bed. In other words, you want to feel almost as at home.
The Good Hope Inn is such a hotel. It is a few years old and attracts people from different backgrounds. Businessmen and travelers stay here because of it's suburb location. Many hotels in the city center are a pain to reach, not so the Good Hope Inn. And there's parking space around, a small parking place within the hotel grounds but on the main street there's plenty of space.
Downstairs is a small bar and terrace. For a busy island like Penang, this is a surprisingly quiet area. The noise of the streets is far away.
Music lovers may find the small collection of instruments at the terrace interesting. They are here for display, not for use.
The bar is not the whole day open. Only for breakfast and in the evening to cool off after a hot day experiencing the culture of Penang, the bar opens.
The Good Hope Inn has 56 comfortable rooms. We went to visit the hotel. Looking from the outside I expected a slightly more upmarket hotel. Maybe it was because it looked so new, so clean, so well maintained. Inside it was no different. The hotel has 4 types of rooms.
Of course all rooms come with Aircon, Astro cable TV, coffee and tea making facilities and hot/cold showers. VIP suite has a minibar. Many rooms have a balcony.
Room do not come with breakfast but continental and local breakfast is available. And for those who crave for a local breakfast, Penang is probably the greatest food heaven in Malaysia. Just go to the other side of the street and join locals at the market for a bowl of mee, Indian tosai, rice porridge or whatever you find of your taste.
The Good Hope Inn is located, as said in the middle of Gurney Drive. The hotel is quite easy accessible by car or bus (or bicycle in my case). The map below shows you exactly where to go. Print it out and bring it with you.
Prices for the rooms depend on season and weekday or weekend. The cheapest single rooms from RM 80 depending on the season. And trust me, they are an excellent choice. Double bed (queen or twin bed rooms go for around RM 100. The VIP room is definitely worth the price of RM 207.
The National Prk of Teluk Bahang is worth a visit. The spectacular jungle and excellent beaches invite to come back again and again.
and Pantai Kerachuk
Gurney Drive is the exciting northern part of Penang island. Here you find the modern world embedded in the traditions of Malaysia. Few places beat Gurney Drive to retire in Penang.
Lone Pine Hotel
The oldest hotel in the heart of Batu Ferringhi, the most famous beach of Penang. The hotel is like a time machine, going back in the colonial days before the independence of Malaysia. The Lone Pine is a very good and very pleasant way out of the hustle bustle of daily Penang life