14 Perfect & Cheap Airbnbs in Penang for your Next Holiday

Looking for a warmer, more personalized stay in Penang? Check out some of the best Airbnbs in Penang for that ultra-cozy George Town accommodation and find a more homey stay in the UNESCO heritage jewel of northwest Malaysia.

best Airbnb in Penang

Traveling to Penang and looking for a place to stay? You have landed on the right page. Penang is well-known for its large variety of accommodation.

We have already reviewed some of the best boutique hotels in Penang, swanky Penang 5-Star Hotels, best beach hotels in Batu Ferringhi, and suggested the best budget hotels in Penang, but what if you wanted a cozier, more homey, apartment-like accommodation? Maybe a Penang apartment where you can stay with a group of up to 10 friends or family members?

Then you should consider renting an Airbnb in Penang.

Penang Airbnbs are often upholstered from private apartments, have some great price deals, and are perfect locations near all the best things to do in Penang — don’t have a clue? Check out our guide to the best areas of Penang — to consider for a warmer, more intimate stay on the island.

Why Choose to Stay at Airbnb in Penang?

Because Airbnbs in Penang are run out of very modern apartments, most often located in areas of the island that are perfect to get around on foot, find lovely food — read our guide to the essential Penang Food to get you started — and chase the famous Penang street art.

Airbnbs in Penang, like in other Malaysian cities such as Ipoh, are particularly suited for families and larger groups, as they often can accommodate between 4 and 8 people, at very competitive prices. Also, Airbnbs in Penang have kitchen facilities you can use to cook up a meal, relax with friends and family, and can at the best of times be rented long-term at very competitive prices.


The Best Airbnbs in Penang

The following is a selection of what we think are some of the best Airbnb accommodations in Penang. From fully furnished loft-like apartments that can host a whole family, to more intimate, heritage-styled private rooms, this post will give you all the inspiration you need to book your perfect Airbnb stay in Penang.


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1Tropicana 218 Mcallister

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Location: Mcallister Road – 5 minutes drive from George Town
Best for: Couples and small families

This new condo situated on the northern side of Georgetown offers a variety of cozy apartments equipped with hotel-standard facilities that make for the perfect city pad with views over the town and the coastline. Every unit has free WiFi, there’s a garden with an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness room. A playground can also help keep your kids well-occupied.

SEE MORE AND BOOK: Agoda | Booking.com


2Maritime 2 – 2BR Condo @ Georgetown

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Location: Karpal Singh Drive – coastal Georgetown
Best for: Large groups and families

A splendid and large apartment with sea views that’s able to cater to up to six guests in two bedrooms (one with two queen-size double beds, and the other with only one). The atmosphere is homely and cozy, with stylish minimal furnishings. There are two bathrooms and an equipped kitchen if you wanted to eat indoors instead of trying one of Penang’s best restaurants.

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3The Shophouse Studio

Location: George Town UNESCO area
Best for: Perfect boutique stay in the heart of the old town

Experience George Town living on the ground floor of a traditional shophouse, perfectly refurbished to welcome guests by a local travel writer. The large studio-style room has exposed brick walls, an open partition filled with potted plants and glass walls, and warm maroon floor tiles that give the place a homey and cozy feeling. It’s straight in the center of the action, in a few minutes’ walk from Penang Road and Penang Little India shopping galore. A great place for couples or up to three friends to have a swanky stay in George Town.

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4Friday Planet Tropicana 218

Location: Jalan Macalister corner of Jalan Anson
Best for: vintage and cozy central stay

Wooden floor tiles and dark walls to soothe couples into warm and cozy dreams, this Airbnb in central George Town is within walking distance to non-touristy food options and about 15 minutes walk from the core of George Town. Fits up to 5 guests in a double bed and a queen-size foldable sofa bed, and you get free 500MBS high-speed wi-fi included in the price.

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5Seaview 3BR Designer Condo by ALV Suites

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Location: West of the city center
Best for: large groups of up to 10 people

Set just to the west of the center of Georgetown, this 100 square meter apartment with three bedrooms and two bathrooms is a boon for large groups and families, hosting up to 10 people per night. Furnished in soothing pastel colors and rendered all the more homely with warm wood flooring, and equipped with a fully furnished kitchen, this is a hot choice for a quiet sojourn in town.

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6Superb Seaview Duplex Sunrise Gurney

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Location: Gurney Drive
Best for: family stay near to shopping malls and amenities

Located along popular Gurney Drive, with a sea view and in walking distance to some of Penang’s best shopping malls and a famous food court, this duplex is perfect for a comfortable and central family stay. The Penang Botanic Gardens are 5 minutes away by car, and Penang Hill is just a bit further away. This is an understated homely luxury in one of the city’s most sought-after locations.

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7Superb Seaview 3 Balconies 2BR

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Location: Gurney Drive
Best for: Scenic and intimate stay for families or large groups of friends

This studio apartment of 47 square meters may seem small, but it actually can cater to up to 8 people, and its three balconies make it a beautiful spot to catch the island’s iconic sunrises and sunsets. Equipped with a fridge, kitchen, and washing machine, it’s perfect for both long and short stays and tucked along Gurney Drive in the thick of the city action.

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8Sky Bar Suite @ Maritime Apartment

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Location: Karpal Singh Drive
Best for: Comfy couple stay with a view of cool party pad for groups

This 90 square meters apartment is developed with a sky bar concept — open views over Penang Straits Sea and the port of Butterworth/Penang Mainland as the backdrop, and an opulent low-hanging chandelier. Using fittings inspired by Scandinavian minimal-chic, it fits up to 7 adults comfortably with two bedrooms (one with one queen bed, and one ensuite with two queen beds).

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9That Urban Suite by the Sea 86 @ Maritime Suite

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Location: Karpal Singh Drive
Best for: Big group or family stay near amenities and George Town

A large, spacious, and beautifully located duplex that can accommodate up to 6 people in two large rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows and a perfect sea view. Plenty of cafes and bars are strung along Karpal Singh Drive and one just has to go downstairs to enjoy them. The Clan Jetties and George Town are all within 10 minutes’ driving distance at the most. There’s an infinity pool, private car parking, a fitness center, and a sky garden on the 24th floor of the building this Airbnb Penang accommodation is located in. You won’t regret staying here.

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10Modern 1 – 2BR Duplex  

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Location: Karpal Singh Drive
Best for: Homely family fun or hosting a large group of friends

This beautiful duplex welcomes up to 9 guests in its two cozy rooms and 90 square meters of sea-facing space. The white walls give even more punch to the homely pastel-hued furniture, making this a perfect choice for large families — your kids will feel exactly as if they were at home. And if they don’t, read up our suggestions of the best things to do in Penang with kids.
It’s set along Karpal Singh Drive, a perfect place for shopping, dining and also enjoy one of Penang’s prime seafront promenade, equipped with a long jogging and cycling track.

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11Luxury 21 Maritime 2BR Duplex near Heritage Side

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Location: Karpal Singh Drive
Best for: Family fun or spacious couple stay

If you feel like having a super-scenic pad with a 180-degree panoramic view of Georgetown and the coast all to yourself, this duplex is what you need. Equipped with fast WiFi and Netflix, this is a great place to get some work done and then hit either the entertainment district of Karpal Singh Drive, or drive quickly into Georgetown for a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage City or a Penang street art tour. If you don’t feel like going out, the swimming pool and gym available inside this condo are perfect to fill up your time.

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12Tropicana 218 X Airlevate Suites

Location: 200 meters from KOMTAR
Best for: Luxe family stay in a very modern loft

Decorated with simplicity and balance, this loft-like apartment is perfect for 6 people and hence a very good choice for families on vacation. Located only a couple of hundred meters away from George Town’s center at KOMTAR, it has a beautiful living room with wood flooring and wall-to-ceiling windows to soak in that perfect sunset or sunrise Penang view, a mezzanine, and two large bedrooms. The best of Penang’s shopping and restaurants are just a short walk downstairs in George Town.

SEE MORE AND BOOK: Agoda | Booking.com


13Panoramic Seaview Cottage @ Maritime Apartment

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Location: Karpal Singh Drive
Best for: Chic and European-styled stay in large sea view apartment

Designed in a classic countryside cottage style, this 90 square meters apartment for up to 7 people brings a bit of European-styled comfort to tropical Southeast Asia. The best part is that the living room is fully surrounded by high wall-to-floor windows offering amazing views of the Straits Sea. A simple yet functional kitchenette is ready to whip up a romantic meal, and of course, a free indoor car park is provided, together with fast internet access.

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14New Georgetown Tropicana 3BR Suite

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Location: Macallister Road, close to George Town city center
Best for: Comfy city stay in a relaxing and well furnished loft

This large 120 square meters apartment offers three rooms equipped with all modern hotel comforts, and yet looks like a cozy loft-like home. Blue pastel hues meet white walls and tiles, soothing guests with a minimalist approach and gorgeous city views. The building has an open-roofed swimming pool, a gym room, and free covered parking. And if you don’t have a car, the closest public transport is only 150 meters away.

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