Malaysia’s biggest hitter on the must-go destinations has to be Penang. This beautiful north-western Malaysian destination, divided into mainland state and island, not only has all the stunning views and beach vistas you could ever wish to post but also has a thriving street food and nightlife scene – that is – on top of having an effortless blend of different cultural influences, seen in its cosmopolitan architecture and artefacts. Its colourful capital, George Town is a prime example of this, with its historic ‘blue’ Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque and Buddhist temples. With such gobsmacking architecture, it's no wonder it’s been dubbed a UNESCO world heritage site.
For all its picturesque qualities, Penang doesn’t lack contemporary allure. Whether you are a fan of street art or a keen gallery goer then you will be spoilt for choice. Fans of a cheeky fix of shopping therapy won’t be disappointed either, Penang has a host of retail opportunities, ranging from independent boutique stores and markets to swish shopping malls with that all-important air con. Nature lovers should check out Penang Hill for an unforgettable Malaysian rainforest experience, watch turtles at the conservation centre or check out the incredible array of native avian species at the Penang Bird Park.
Having established that anyone with an urge to travel will find something there for them in Penang, it’s time to think about where to stay, whatever your interests. Fortunately, we can make that easy for you with this handpicked lineup of the best hotels in Penang. No need to thank us just bring us back something nice.
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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.