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Betel Nut Lodge

100 Lebuh Melayu, George Town, Penang Island 10100 Malaysia
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In the heart of George Town, discover the hidden and cosy heritage hotel that is Betel Nut Lodge. Set within the city’s historical, cultural, food and street art precinct, guests will enjoy an urban sanctuary ambience of our small hotel. Our 19th Century building has been lovingly restored and refurbished with modern conveniences. After a day of wandering around the old town, come back to your comfortable abode connected to High Speed WiFi. All rooms in our heritage hotel are with en suite bathroom and furnished with quality bedding. Join an event during your stays or perhaps, try our homemade Nyonya delicacies – and you will bring home with you a memorable experience of your time in Penang. Stay with us and enjoy the Betel Nut Lodge hospitality of authentic Penang Baba-Nyonya culture that is second to none!
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Shared lounge / TV area
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Private check-in / check-out
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
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Flatscreen TV
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay
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Danimal2007 wrote a review Sept 2023
Berkeley, California478 contributions395 helpful votes
Stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Penang. This place is located in an old colonial building in the historical center. Most of Georgetown attractions are within walking distance. The room was just average but comfortable. The hospitality of the staff was great. The manager greeted me with recommendations and a map marked with the best stops. There would be fresh flowers in my room everyday and the staff brought me complimentary afternoon tea. I am happy that I stayed here!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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CaribeTraveler45 wrote a review Jul 2023
NY150 contributions44 helpful votes
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The manager was incredible, a fantastic host, very welcoming. He provided great information on restaurants and events. Please follow his recommendations, you won't regret it! The staff was great, so helpful. The hotel has a boutique character charm to it, and is situated at an excellent location, walking distance to food night markets, nice restaurants, museums and more. My room was comfortable and clean. Everyday, it was nice coming back to my room after a long day of sightseeing and finding fresh cut flowers and receiving a complimentary hot tea with a treat. Magnifique! I highly recommend Betel Nut Lodge, and will definitely come back when I'm in George Town.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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mconthego wrote a review Feb 2020
Plymouth, Michigan24 contributions3 helpful votes
We recently spent eight nights at the delightful Betel Nut Lodge. This was our sixth-visit to Georgetown but our first stay at the Betel Nut Lodge. Cheah, the owner and in-house manager, runs an efficient and clean lodging with only six rooms and a small staff of three. Our room was well-equipped, quiet, bright and had excellent wi-fi; a must for us due to our extensive travels. Amazingly, fresh flower arrangements were added to our room daily; apparently provided from Cheah’s roof-top garden and arranged by one of his talented associates gifted in the art of flower arranging. We thought the Betel Nut Lodge was well located amongst numerous shophouses giving us what we considered an authentic experience. It was also within walking distance to several shopping malls and many eateries. In addition, his able-bodied staff were all very helpful, courteous and enthusiastic. We were given several different maps and pamphlets to guide us along the way in Georgetown should we have needed assistance. Since our departure was very early on our last morning, we were provided with a take-away breakfast which was much appreciated. We plan on returning to the Betel Nut Lodge next travel season for our seventh visit to Georgetown.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 1 Mar 2020
Dear Carole S, We are glad to hear that you have been visiting Penang for many years - indeed Penang is a treasure trove of heritage buildings, culture and great food. It is great to learn that you liked our Areca King-bedded room with its good WiFi and louvered windows. As a small hotel with limited facilities, we try to provide our guests with an experiential stay in a comfortable environment. So , we look forward to welcome you both back again on your next visit to Penang - we hope you will stay with us again on one of the festive seasons especially when we have events at Betel Nut Lodge. See you both soon!
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Dominik wrote a review Feb 2020
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We enjoyed our stay very much. The Betel Nut Lodge is a small lodge in old house with only a few rooms, which gives a very familiar atmosphere. To explore the old town of Georgetown on foot, the location is perfect. Thanks for the relaxed stay, the perfect service and the daily good night drink 😀
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 Mar 2020
Dear dominikw770, Thank you for staying at our small hotel and reviewing your stay with us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed staying in our front room. It is great to know you used our excellent location to explore George Town's old town. We look forward to welcome you both back again to Penang for another "relaxed stay". See you both soon!
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Richard L wrote a review Feb 2020
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Great stay lovely friendly helpful polite staff great location. Bus station. Shopping malls 5 mins away. Nice spacious room. Great terrestrial TV. Nice shower. Clean and tidy. Warm almond milk drink at bedtime just the job. Would definitely recommend. Best regards in 2020 to you all. :)(:
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 1 Mar 2020
Dear richardlZ9482GZ, Thank you for staying with us in George Town. While we are located not far from the shopping malls and public transport hub, the historical, cultural and food trails are also just a 5 minute walk away- we hope you have also used our location to visit these places of interests. We are glad to you spent the start of the new year with us wishes you a great year ahead - we look forward to welcome you back soon!
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LouiseHCook wrote a review Feb 2020
Aldershot, United Kingdom18 contributions21 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Betel Nut Lodge. It’s full of character with attention to detail such as a fresh orchid in our bathroom each morning and beautiful antique furnishings. The bed was very comfortable and the room really quiet - we slept the best we’d slept on our whole three week trip. The staff are great and communication was excellent right from the time we made our booking. We really liked the location as it was a short five minute walk from the free CAT bus which takes you round the main sites of Georgetown. There are many great places to eat within striking distance of the hotel. We enjoyed our nightly almond milk treat and were given some delicious home baked coconut cookies and rolls on our departure which certainly beat the McDonald’s offering at the airport! Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 Mar 2020
Dear LouiseHCook, Thank you for reviewing your stay with us in Penang. While our rooms are modest in size, we are glad to hear that you appreciated our antique furnishings and comfortable bed in your room. It's also good to know you made use of our excellent location within George Town Heritage site to explore all the places of interests. We look forward to welcome you back to our lodge again in the near future!
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BobbyWashington wrote a review Jan 2020
Portland, Oregon74 contributions45 helpful votes
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Upon walking into the tiny lobby my first impression was, "uh oh, I think I overpaid for a hotel". It turns out I was wrong. Pros: The friendliest staff I've encountered in a long time. Vince and Joel supplied all kinds of recommendations, brought iced coffee to my room when they saw me sweating, hot almond drink to help me sleep, and reminded me to hydrate under the hot sun. The owner hosted a CNY Lion Dance and party for family, friends, and hotel guests. The breakfast guy (with very modest English skills) greeted me each morning with a big hello, fresh coffee, toast, a piece of fruit, and a great effort to chat and joke. It was like being adopted! Modestly appointed rooms, but comfortable beds and pillows, soft sheets, ceiling fan + AC kept the room very comfortable, and everything was spotlessly clean. Despite being a very old building, shower pressure was excellent. They even have decent movie channels on their TV-Cable subscription service. Guests at the hotel picked up on the positive vibes and all chatted amicably over breakfast each morning. How could we not when the staff were so darned welcoming and nice? It kind of felt like an upscale Hostel for people of all ages as a result. And I mean that in a good way. Excellent location. Close to food hubs, the Piers, a mall, bus hub, Little India, temples, convenience stores, and so much more. Location on a generally quiet street was nice, but good soundproof windows made road noise a non-issue anyway. Cons: (I'm stretching here) I wish there was a chair in my room. I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 night stay at the Betel Nut and recommend it, and funky / proud / interesting Georgetown, highly.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 2 Feb 2020
Dear BobbyWashington, Thank you for staying with us in Penang and writing a review of your stay. We are humbled by your "The friendliest staff " accolade! It is also our aim that our guests not only enjoy a comfortable stay in our quiet rooms but to have the chance to interact with fellow guests in our common lounge area - for this reason, we have organised regular events especially during festive seasons. We noted happily that you have made use of our excellent location in George Town to visit the places of interests and food trails. We very much look forward to welcome you back soon!
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Rosalie H wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne10 contributions6 helpful votes
This charming small lodge makes an ideal base from which to explore fascinating Georgetown and its surrounding areas. Communication with the management was impeccable from the start, and we were made to feel welcome and equipped with all of the local knowledge we needed for a fantastic holiday. The rooms are simple, comfortable and in keeping with the understated elegance and authenticity of the overall renovation. We stayed in two different rooms over several short stays, alternating with our visits to other parts of Georgetown and Penang. We enjoyed both rooms - Cempaka is larger than Areca but we had a slight preference for the peaceful and cosy quality of Areca. The generous touches of welcoming drinks and snacks, along with the exquisite freshly picked flowers in the rooms each day, all help to add to the ambience. The staff here are great - warm, personable and always willing to help. The extensive knowledge and enthusiasm of owner Cheah is a definite plus , with his commitment to helping to preserve and share Perenakan culture. We would highly recommend Betel Nut Lodge to first-time visitors as well as to those who are return visitors. Thankyou Cheah and team for helping to make our stay memorable!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 2 Feb 2020
Dear JayneAlice, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us in Penang. It is an honour that you chose to stay with us again on your return trip to Penang after a few days away. We are glad to hear you liked both our bigger front room and airwell room. It is always a pleasure to introduce Penang's unique Peranakan ( aka Baba-Nyonya) culture to our guests . We look forward to hosting your stay again on your next trip to Penang .
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DipCourier wrote a review Jan 2020
Monterey County, California152 contributions113 helpful votes
Five star service. Super nice people who really go out of their way to accommodate you. Any issues we encountered were structural and beyond the control of the establishment. Building is old and a bit funky; which, depending on your perspective, can either add character or distract from your stay. Because of the UNESCO historical status of Georgetown the owner is limited as to what he can do as the building is a maintenance nightmare and modern improvements are not allowed. We were without internet for two of our three days there. This was an ISP problem and nothing the owner could do until the cable company fixed their problem; and, being over a weekend probably didn’t help the situation. Some may complain about the breakfast being a bit sparse, but I thought it was about right. Coffee was good and I had grown tired of the cold buffets I had experienced over the past six weeks traveling throughout SEA. They had limited English T.V. channels. Add Fox Cable News and I’d give them five stars based on the service alone.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear DipCourier, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. It is great to know you appreciated our small hotel with its 'funky' feel. Indeed, our 150 year old building has been restored strictly conforming to heritage laws using heritage materials giving rise to walls ( for example) that are uneven. We like to think that this gives our lodge its character! We apologise for the internet problem during your stay due to the optic fibre disruption connecting to our building from the road outside. We are happy to announce that our telecommunications provider has repaired it and it was back to normal, regrettably on the afternoon you checked out! Thank you for appreciating our healthy breakfast with our coffee locally roasted by a small independent supplier. We look forward to welcoming you both back again soon!
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Deanna N wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
Everyone and everything at the lodge went beyond our expectations. They marked out a map for us on where to eat in Georgetown and what’s happening and gave us their recommendations on our arrival. We didn’t even have to ask. The room is clean and quiet. The service is 5 stars and the location is excellent. Highly recommended if it’s your first trip to Penang. It’s like having insider insight to Penang.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BNL_Manager, Manager at Betel Nut Lodge
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear 755deannan, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are delighted to hear that " everything at the lodge went beyond our expectations. " As a small hotel , we strive to provide our guests with a more personalised stay expereince. We look forward to welcome you again and we promise to give you more "insider" information on Penang!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Betel Nut Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Betel Nut Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Penang House of Music (0.4 km), Asia Camera Museum (0.3 km), and Armenian Street (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Betel Nut Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Betel Nut Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Betel Nut Lodge?
Yes, paid public parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Betel Nut Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include My Own Cafe, Yin's Sourdough Bakery and Cafe, and SUPE - Georgetown Branch.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Betel Nut Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Betel Nut Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Armenian Street (0.3 km), George Town (0.4 km), and Sun Yat Sen Museum (0.2 km).