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My Chew Jetty Homestay

59A Chew Jetty Weld Quay, George Town, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia
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#22 of 206 Speciality lodging in George Town
Immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience, 'living like a local' in one of George Town's few true homestays, in a family's rustic wooden home on stilts at the Chew Jetty, a unique heritage community nestled on the city's waterfront. Right on the water’s edge of the heritage city of George Town, the Chew Jetty is a unique settlement consisting of 88 rustic wooden family homes linked by a long walkway, starting from the shore and jutting out onto the water. In existence since the 1880s, and one of seven remaining clan jetties, the Chew Jetty is unique in that the residents all share the same Chinese surname. Ours is a wooden house fronting the main walkway, roughly in the middle of the Chew Jetty. You will be staying in 1 of 5 rooms in our family house, out of which only 3 rooms are for homestay guests. You will be getting a cozy DOUBLE ROOM in the middle section of the house, with a small window on its side. The room is air-conditioned, and also has a wall fan, and is furnished with a queen-sized bed. We have a bathroom shared by all in the house, and it comes with instant hot shower and sitting toilet. Our living room, dining hall and our back and side open decks are available for your use.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Chinese, Malay
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Oh-Jo79 wrote a review Dec 2012
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions18 helpful votes
We love the place and it is kept exceptionally authentic. The home itself is famous because it is a site for one of the mural paintings famous on the island. The owner is friendly and information on what to see and eat is provided free of charge. Basic necessities provided and rooms come with air-conditioner. Hot water heater, shampoo, shower liquid and clean towels are provided as well. Most importantly the place is clean and comfortable. Sitting on veranda and looking out at the sea is a bliss although it was raining when we were there. Take your time visiting the surrounding areas at the jetty. The place is conveniently located in Georgetown and many tourist spots in Georgetown are located within walking distance. Recommended for a once in your lifetime experience.
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Date of stay: December 2012
T_Killeen wrote a review Dec 2012
T_diddy177 contributions91 helpful votes
We only stayed for one night but we loved it here. The jetty area was very picturesque. The home itself was great; the rooms were very nice, complete with drinking water, fan, double bed, wifi, maps, and even lonely planet info for the area... there was also a table in the kitchen set up with lots more information - some great effort has been put in to accommodate the backpacker! A lovely simple breakfast spread was set up for us in the morning and our taxi pick up was arranged while we sat and looked out at the great views. The bathroom, as others have said, is very basic.. but most can handle it for a few nights. Had it not been for our booked flight, we would have stayed longer.
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Date of stay: November 2012
laserlime wrote a review Nov 2012
New York City, New York27 contributions43 helpful votes
The good: Staying at the historic jetty, Ms Chew was very helpful and sweet, and the rooms and bed were clean and comfortable. I wanted to like this place, I really did... The bad: The bathroom. Its a squatty potty which is OK, I don't need a western toilet, however I had a hard time seeing all waste just dropping into the ocean below. There was no bin provided for paper either so I had to carry that out of the bathroom with me. I am assuming that all bathrooms are like that for homes and businesses on the jetty as you get a real stench at night blowing through the windows. Also, you share this one toilet and shower (its together) with all guests staying and the family so several times I had to wait busting to pee while someone was taking a shower. We only stayed one night
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Kal-El138 wrote a review Nov 2012
Liverpool, United Kingdom3 contributions
My wife and I have stayed here twice now and loved it each time. The location is perfect and if you enjoy taking photos you'll be very busy here! The sunrise from the Jetty is simply breathtaking. The owners of the house are wonderfully friendly, and Siew Pheng (the very attractive daughter) was exceptionally helpful at all times. We were given the space and freedom to enjoy the location and have a relaxing and peaceful time, but whenever we needed anything Siew Pheng was on hand to advise us or sort things out. Staying at Chew Jetty is an amazing experience, far more interesting than staying at the usual run of the mill hotels. What made it even nicer was how we both felt so very welcome and at home in this house, it was like we were part of the family. Keep it up Siew
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Date of stay: October 2012
zephyrr wrote a review Nov 2012
baltimore40 contributions18 helpful votes
Breakfast is pretty basic: toast that you make yourself, jam, and self-prepared instant coffee. Bathroom is VERY basic; others have described it. The room is, on the hand, very comfortable, assuming you don't mind a very firm mattress, with air conditioner and fan, adequate storage space, and quite clean. If you need other bed covers or an extra pillow, just ask. What really made it remarkable was the jetty itself, a location completely unlike any that either of us has ever stayed in. It's nothing like a hotel, or even an ordinary bed and breakfast. You are in the midst of everyday life (without feeling in any way intrusive) in a family home on the longest of several "clan jetties", long piers with dozens of small houses set upon them, originally built mid-nineteenth
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Date of stay: October 2012
US$15 - US$16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MalaysiaPenangPenang IslandGeorge Town
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