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
Heritage Family Suite | © Airbnb

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, and suggested the best budget hotels in Penang, but if you wanted a cozier, more homey, apartment-like accommodation?

Then you should consider renting an Airbnb in Penang.

Penang Airbnbs are often upholstered from private apartments, have some great price deals, and 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, relaxing with friends and family, and can at the best of times be rented long-term at very competitive prices.

Best Airbnbs in Penang

The following is a selection of what we think are some of the best Airbnb accommodation 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.

1Coastline Seaview Duplex Level 19 Executive Floor

Coastline Seaview Duplex | © Airbnb

Location: Karpal Singh Drive – 5 minutes drive from George Town
Best for: Large groups

Cozy and spacious, this loft-like apartment with a mezzanine floor is perfect for large families or groups as it can host up to 10 guests per night in several large bedrooms equipped with double and single plush beds. The living room is spacious and has wall-windows offering a beautiful view of Penang’s coastline, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, an X-box equipped with games.


2PENANG ARTE S Studio Homestay

PENANG ARTE S Studio | © Airbnb

Location: Bukit Gambir/USM Area
Best for: Couple Romantic Getaway

A studio apartment that blends personal and opulent artistic touches, such as the mossy-covered walls overlooking Penang’s central hills and latest developments. There’s a coffee machine and guests can also use the condo’s facilities such as swimming pool, sauna, gym and panoramic terrace. Tucked away from George Town and the expat-centric northern coastal areas, this studio is the perfect spot to find relaxation.


3The Shophouse Studio

The Shophouse | © Airbnb

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 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.


4Friday Planet Tropicana 218

Friday Planet Tropicana | © Airbnb

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.


5High Rise Maritime

High Rise Maritime | © Airbnb

Location: Karpal Singh Drive
Best for: luxury industrial chic on the edge of town

This large and modern apartment has a luxe living room with wall windows to soak in that perfect sunset over eastern Penang and a mezzanine that leads upstairs. There are two fully-equipped bedrooms and other foldable beds in the living areas hosting up to 7 people and making this perfect for groups. Many shops and restaurants are available along Karpal Singh drive, and you can use the building’s indoor gym and swimming pool.


6Penang Gurney Drive Japanese Seaview Luxury Suite 

Penang Gurney Drive Japanese Seaview Luxury Suite | © Airbnb

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

A Japanese-style, squeaky clean apartment that perfectly complies with the sanitation requirements due to the coronavirus. It has a large, 20-feet-high living room with tatami mats and wall-windows for watching that perfect glowing pink sunrise on popular Gurney Drive. Some of Penang’s best shopping malls are within walking distance, as much as one of the island’s most touristy food courts. The botanical gardens and Penang hill are 10 minutes’ drive away. A great choice for those who want to travel to Penang in a large group and find comfort and a very good location.



PRIVATE CINEMA The Landmark | © Airbnb

Location: Tanjung Tokong
Best for: Movie geeks and night owls

The perk of this cozy, sparkling clean, cool, and dim-lit apartment is the movie screen projector set right above the bed stand. A perfect spot for a romantic evening or just chilling with a friend watching a great flick. There’s also a small balcony with chairs and table overlooking the coast and the night lights, and it’s in close driving distance to Gurney Drive, the Botanical Gardens, Batu Ferringhi, and even George Town. High-speed Internet, private parking, swimming pool, and space for 6 guests make this apartment a great choice for party types.



Hideaway | © Airbnb

Location: Bayan Lepas
Best for: Comfy couple stay near Penang Airport

No more early morning rush by GrabCar to Penang Airport, because with this compact studio apartment in Bayan Lepas couples can now get a good night’s rest nearby. Even those who don’t need to fly will enjoy the good location, convenient to both access Penang first and second bridges, and in a short drive to some of south Penang’s best beaches.


9Sunrise Seaview Seaside 2 Storey Duplex

Sunrise Seaview Seaside | © Airbnb

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 11 people in three 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 in 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.


10Heritage Family Suite 

Heritage Family Suite | © Airbnb

Location: Pulau Tikus at Bangkok Lane
Best for: Authentic heritage experience in a not so touristy area of Penang

This refurbished pre-war house along Bangkok Lane dates from 1928 and is located behind the “Sleeping Buddha Temple” Wat Chaiyamagkalaram & the majestic Burmese Temple. It fits three people in a spacious, well-appointed main room with plenty of natural light and restored heritage charm that will really make you feel the pulse of old Penang. It’s also within walking distance to Pulau Tikus’ Wet Market, Gurney Drive and its famous shopping malls.


11Heritage Loft Suite with Jacuzzi

Heritage Loft Suite with Jacuzzi | © Airbnb

Location: Pulau Tikus at Bangkok Lane
Best for: Romantic heritage experience in a not so touristy area of Penang

Another pre-war house stay along Bangkok Lane that is very affordable and perfect for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. The main perk here is the huge bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub where you can soak and relax for hours on end. The apartment is really nicely refurbished following heritage style and modern amenities, and it’s well-located in the heart of Pulau Tikus, with the “Sleeping Buddha Temple” Wat Chaiyamagkalaram and the Burmese Temple nearby. Gurney Drive’s and its famous shopping malls are also a short walk away.


12Penang Ocean View Resort

Penang Ocean View Resort | © Airbnb

Location: Gurney Drive
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 along Gurney Drive, it has a beautiful living room with 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 situated along Gurney Drive are just a short walk downstairs, and George Town is also not too far away along the promenade.


13The Blue Seaview Arte 

The Blue Seaview Arte | © Airbnb

Location: Jalan Bukit Gambir behind USM
Best for: Comfortable family stay in a large and modern apartment

You can fit up to 8 guests in this modern and squeaky clean loft-like apartment situated in Penang’s central hills. The views encompass the first Penang Bridge and the sea, and the open balcony is great for sunrise and sunset views. High-speed 100MBS internet is included, as well as 2 car parks, gym facilities, swimming pool, and a fully operational kitchen area if you feel like taking a break from Penang food.


14Kimberley Buddy Room

Kimberley Buddy Room | © Airbnb

Location: George Town Heritage Zone
Best for: Fun family stay in a colorful and cozy loft

Parents, don’t look any further, for this is the perfect pad for a family stay near the theme park at KOMTAR in George Town. The large room is decorated in a colorful, child-friendly way and the set up with many tatami-style beds is just perfect for that “pillow fight party” experience to bond with your kids. Everything great about central George Town is just outside your door. Check out our great list of things to do in Penang with kids to complete your holiday plan.


Didn’t Find the Penang Airbnb you Were Looking For?

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