Best Hotels in Penang Malaysia – Family Hotels in Penang, Budget Hotels & Resorts

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The best hotels in Penang Malaysia and the best family hotels in Penang. From budget to luxury resorts, there are many great places to stay in Penang with kids.

Any holiday in Southeast Asia is made better by staying at one of the best hotels in Penang Malaysia. In the post below, we list up where to stay in Penang, as well as a quick guide to the island. Budget hotels in Penang? Check. Luxury resorts in Penang? Check. With or without kids, you’ll find a great place to stay.

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Malaysia is one of our favorite countries to explore. We liked it so much that we’ve spent nearly 15 months in the country since 2013. Most of that time was spent in Penang, and we often recommend it as a great starting point for traveling in Southeast Asia. In this post, you’ll find both the best family hotels in Penang as well as the best hotels in Penang Malaysia in general.

If you’re planning on seeing more of Malaysia (and we recommend that you do), then follow the links below to all of our Malaysia posts.

Penang is a major tourist destination for many Asian and Middle-Eastern tourists. That’s one reason why there are so many great hotels in Penang. Since we travel with kids, we focus on the best family hotels in Penang, but to be honest, all of these listed are also considered some of the best hotels in Penang Malaysia as a whole.

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When to Visit Penang

Penang is warm and humid all year. The wet season is April to November, and the dry season is December to March. Expect swimming year-round, and almost all of the best hotels in Penang have pools. More on Penang weather and the haze season here.

Areas of Penang

There are lots of places to go and places to stay in Penang, but we’re going to focus primarily on two areas: Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi. Most of the best hotels in Penang and the best family hotels in Penang are located in one of these two areas.

Georgetown is where you’ll find the old colonial architecture that made the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lots to do and see, but it’s also noisier and more hectic than further north. The rooms in Georgetown hotels tend to be smaller but close to lots of the historical Penang attractions and UNESCO sites.

Batu Ferringhi is the mellower area in the north of the island. Most of the best family resorts in Penang are located here, and the area is a little more relaxed and spread out. People stay out in Batu Ferringhi to chill with their feet in the sand. This is also the area where you’ll find the ESCAPE park, Entopia (the Butterfly Park), Penang National Park, and the Spice Garden.

Getting Around Penang

Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi are connected by a winding two-lane road. Buses, taxis, and other car hires can make it between the two in 20-60 minutes. The really depends on traffic and/or road construction/maintenance. If one lane is closed here or it’s a weekend, expect it to take a lot longer.

Buses are clean, air-conditioned and (fairly) punctual. The 101 and 102 busses make this route regularly.

For car hire, we recommend using apps like Uber or Grab. Both work well in Penang.

Food in Penang

Any Penang family holiday would be incomplete without trying the vast variety of food in Penang. We love the spicy and non-spicy versions.

Best Family Hotels in Penang Malaysia

Many of the best hotels in Penang have family room options. That includes Penang family resorts and Penang budget hotels. Look below and find our list of best Penang hotels divided into two groups: hotels in Georgetown and hotels in Batu Ferringhi.

Georgetown Hotels: Best Hotels in Penang

When looking at the best hotels in Penang, you may need to decide between accommodation in two locations: Georgetown hotels and Batu Ferringhi hotels. If you choose to stay in Georgetown, you’ll be in the city and near all the UNESCO Heritage sites. This also gives you access to loads of hawker stalls and more fine dining. You’ll also be near more traffic, more noise and the sights, sounds, and smells or a Southeast Asian city.

Cheong Fatt Tze — The Blue Mansion

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Few places to stay in Penang offer such an atmosphere. These rooms are on the property of one of Penang’s most interesting and historically significant buildings: the Cheong Fatt Tze “Blue Mansion.” Once the home of a wealthy merchant, the Cheong Fatt Tze House is a tourist attraction itself. Despite this, you’ll have privacy as the rooms are set apart from the crowds.

This is one of the best hotels in Penang for it sheer uniqueness alone, but it’s also centrally located.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Just north of UNESCO Heritage zone, and right next to Red Garden, one of our favorite Hawker stall areas.
  • Room Details: Some double-bed options and the Han Triple Room: one single and one extra-large double. One child under six stays free using existing bedding. Kids under twelve cost MYR 110/night for an extra bed. Additional kids/adults charged MYR 110/night for extra beds. Maximum extra beds: 1.
  • Other info: One child under six stays for free using existing bedding. Kids under 12 years are charged MYR 110 per night for extra beds. Any more people (kids/adults) will be charged MYR 110/night for extra beds. Only one extra bed allowed.

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

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Looking out over the sea towards the peninsula, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel is easily one of the best family hotels in Penang Malaysia. Situated in a refurbished 19th-century building every facet of the E&O feels solid and refined. The food and dining options here are also some of the best on the island.

This is one of the best hotels in Penang thanks to excellent service, spacious, sumptuous rooms and historical value.

  • Pool: Yes (Large)
  • Wifi: Yes & highly regarded
  • Location: Walking distance from Chinatown, Little India, and Fort Cornwallis
  • Room Details: Large bathrooms with claw-foot bathtub. Extra large double beds in many rooms. Some with a sofa in the sitting room. Up to 2 kids under 6 stay free using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults charged MYR 174.90/night for extra beds. Maximum extra beds: 1.
  • Other info: One or two kids under 6 can stay for free of charge using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults will be charged an additional MYR 174.90 per night. Maximum extra beds: one.

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G Hotel Kelawai

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This sleek new(ish) addition to the best family hotels in Penang is located between Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon. Both of these two high-end shopping centers have great restaurants and movie theaters. Hawker stalls and other local restaurants are just a few steps away as well.

G Hotel is one of the best hotels in Penang Malaysia also because of its great rooftop pool. A great spot for a sunset dip and drink.

  • Pool: Yes (rooftop with bar)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Near the water. Second from restaurants and the Gurney Plaza/Gurney Paragon Shopping & Dining centers
  • Room Details: Extra-large double beds only, with sofa. No room for additional beds. Safe, coffee machine, and iPod dock

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Hotel Jen Penang

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This younger sibling to the Shangri-La brand, Hotel Jen is a less expensive alternative to the luxury resort brand. The Hotel Jen Penang makes our list of best family hotels in Penang because you get the best of both worlds. You can stay in downtown Georgetown, but have free access to the Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort in Batu Ferringhi. This alone makes it one of the best family hotels in Penang.

This way you have easy access to all the UNESCO sights in the city, but a complimentary shuttle to take you up to the pools and mellow vibes of Batu Ferringhi. Large, stylish rooms help push it over into one of the best hotels in Penang Malaysia.

  • Pool: Yes, with access to other Shangri-La hotel Facilities
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Right next to the Komtar Building and several malls, 5 to 15 min walk/drive to various parts of the UNESCO zone.
  • Room Details: Large family rooms and 1-bedroom apartments with a sofa bed. One kid under six stays free in existing bedding.

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Jawi Peranakan Mansion

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More like a home than a hotel, the Jawi Peranakan is located just west of the UNESCO Heritage zone. They have one of the nicest family rooms in Penang: two large double beds in a tastefully decorated room. This is one of the best hotels in Penang also thanks to its attentive and considerate staff.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10minutes walk to UNESCO zone and seconds from bus stops to the northern attractions in Batu Ferringhi
  • Room Details: Family Room has two large double beds. Other rooms one large double bed. One kid under 6 costs MYR 100/night using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults charged MYR 100/night for extra beds. A maximum number of extra beds: 1.

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Muntri Mews

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Muntri Mews makes our list of best family hotels in Penang thanks to its location, its exceptional family room options, and a stylish melding of old and new. Located on the northern edge of the UNESCO Heritage Zone, Muntri Mews offers an authentic setting with modern amenities such as strong aircon and flat-screen televisions.

Muntri Mews has spacious family-size rooms, with two or even three large beds. Combined with the atmosphere and location (minutes from the Blue Mansion, the UNESCO zone and dozens of food options). This makes Muntri Mews one of the best hotels in Penang. If only they had a pool.

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: In the UNESCO World Heritage Site Buffer Zone
  • Room Details: choose from 2 or 3 large beds. Kids under six cost MYR 100/night for extra beds. Additional kids/adults cost MYR 100/night for extra beds. Only one extra bed allowed.
  • Other info: Pets allowed

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Royale Chulan

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Located near Penang’s famous Jetties, the Royale Chulan makes our list of best family hotels in Penang because of its food options and well-regarded service. The breakfast buffet has lots of options. By staying here, you’re very close to several of Penang’s famous hawker centers.

One downside is that the wifi, while free, is only available in public areas.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Public areas only
  • Location: Seaside
  • Room Details: Two bedroom apartment available. Also other arrangements with singles and doubles. Kids under 1 stay for free when using existing bedding. One adult is charged MYR 179.30/night for an extra bed. One kid under 11 costs MYR 89.70/night for an extra bed. One kid under 2 stays free in a cot/crib. Maximum extra beds: 1. Maximum cots/cribs: 1.

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Muntri Grove

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Built in a refurbished old shophouse, Muntri Grove presents a stylish alternative to Muntri Mews (but with a pool).

Muntri Grove is one of the best hotels in Penang, but it is smaller and doesn’t offer the room size of its similarly-named accommodation one street over. However, for those wanting a pool to cool off, this is one to consider.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 800 meters from the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and shopping centers like Komtar tower and Prangin Mall
  • Room Details: All rooms have one extra-large double bed. Additional kids/adults cost MYR 100/night for extra beds. Maximum extra beds: 1.
  • Other info: Additional kids/adults cost MYR 100/night for extra beds. Maximum extra beds: one.

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Seven Terraces

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When it comes to the best family hotels in Penang, few places compare to Seven Terraces. The large rooms and suites are furnished and decorated like the Peranakan Museum nearby. Expect large sitting rooms and balconies as well. Indeed, more than a few guests have felt like they were sleeping in a museum.

The location puts you close to everything, including both tourist and local buses. The style, location, and ambiance here make it one of the best hotels in Penang Malaysia.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Minutes from the Peranakan Mansion, The Blue Mansion, Little India, Chinatown, etc
  • Room Details: Suites have 2 single beds and one large double bed. One kid under six years stays free when using existing bedding. Any additional kids/adults charged MYR 100/night for extra beds. Only one extra bed allowed.
  • Other info: Complimentary afternoon tea

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Batu Ferringhi Hotels: Best Family Hotels in Penang

When looking at the best hotels in Penang, you’ll likely need to choose between hotels in Georgetown (see above) and hotels in Batu Ferringhi. Georgetown hotels are near all the historical and UNESCO-related sights, but they’re also in the city.

If you want a mellower vibe, then look at the best hotels in Batu Ferringhi. These places are removed from the city and closer to the beaches of Penang. It’s definitely quieter here, but it takes a taxi or bus ride to get into the city. When choosing the best family hotels in Penang, our advice is to switch it up: have a few days in a Georgetown Hotel and then a few days in a Batu Ferringhi hotel. If you have time for that, of course.

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

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Shows, restaurants, and and the best swimming pool in Penang. That’s just a few reasons why the Hard Rock is easily one of the best family hotels in Penang. The property is on a nice clean patch of beach. Yet your kids may never see it since they may stay at the pool’s slides and sprayers all day. The Hard Rock also has foam parties on every first Saturday of the month. Guests get complimentary tickets for four people per room (2 adults, 2 kids).

The property is a little removed from the heart of Batu Ferringhi, so many people who book here tend not to stray far. That said, it’s not hard to walk 15 minutes or jump in a taxi for 5 minutes and check out what else is happening in the area. It’s still one of the best hotels in Penang for anyone who likes to chill in one place by a pool.

  • Pool: Yes. Possibly the best kids pool in Penang
  • Wifi: Yes, complimentary
  • Location: Beachfront property a little removed from the action, but with plenty of action on its own. A quick taxi/bus can get you anywhere.
  • Room Details: The Roxity Suite has 2 single beds and 1 double bed. Up to two kids under 12 stay free if using existing bedding. All kids under 2 years stay free in cots/cribs. Any additional kids/adults charged MYR 180.73/night for extra beds. Maximum number of extra beds per room: 1.
  • Other info: Kids clubs and babysitting services (extra fees may be required)

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Holiday Inn Resort Penang

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The Holiday Inn Resort Penang makes our list of best family hotels in Penang because it offers a little of everything. It has a nice pool and a raised sidewalk over to the beach. It has a good restaurant. In addition, it sits only five minutes from Long Beach Café Hawker Stalls and other restaurants. Want to head down to Georgetown? The bus stop is minutes away.

Holiday Inn also has a spa which makes it one of the best hotels in Penang. It also has huge kids club so that everyone can get what they need.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Free throughout the property
  • Location: Minutes from the beach, the night market, the bus stop and dining of all levels and tastes.
  • Room Details: A variety of configurations, including three single beds or six bunks. Up to 2 kids under 12 years stay free of with existing bedding. Children under 2 stay free of charge using cots/cribs. Additional kids/adults cost MYR 115/night for extra beds. A maximum number of extra beds per room: 1.

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Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La

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Fantastic pools and games for kids help the Golden Sands reach the top of our best hotels in Batu Ferringhi. There are three pools and a mini-waterpark, along with lots of games like ping-pong and bocce ball.

Then there is Adventure Zone. This indoor, climate-controlled playspace has slides and inflatable playgrounds. Parents can sit with a coffee and work online while kids play (at least that’s what we did). Additional fees apply depending on if you’re a guest or coming from outside. Kids must have socks and a long-sleeve shirt for some of the slides. It’s easy to see why we thing this os one of the best family hotels in Penang.

Additional bonus: a free shuttle back& forth to the UNESCO Heritage zone (around 30min away)

  • Pool: Many
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Beachside, near plenty of restaurants and the night markets.
  • Room Details: One kid under 6 stays free using existing bedding.
  • Other info: Pools, playgrounds and a complimentary shuttle to UNESCO zone daily.

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PARKROYAL Batu Ferringhi

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The Parkroyal Penang Resort makes our list of the best family hotels in Penang because of its location, modern design, and family room options.

There is plenty of room to run, swim and play on the Parkroyal grounds. And the location puts you minutes from Batu Ferringhi’s hawker stalls and night market.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Kuala Lumpur before/after you visit Penang? We had a great stay at the Parkroyal serviced apartments in KL.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Free
  • Location: Beachside, a 7-minute walk to the Long Beach Hawker stalls and night market.
  • Room Details: Lots of room configurations available, including 2 singles + 1 extra large double. Kids under 12 stay free with existing bedding. One child under 2 stays free in a cot/crib. Additional kids/adults charged MYR 125/night for an extra bed. A maximum number of extra bedding per room: 1.

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Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

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One of the best family hotels in Penang, the Rasa Sayang Resort has plenty to love. There are three pools, a kids club and complimentary shuttle service to the UNESCO Heritage Zone, amongst many other luxury benefits. Access to Adventure Zone, an indoor, climate-controlled amusement park, is an additional benefit.

This is one of the best hotels in Penang and one of the best resorts in Penang for families. Therefore, you’ll pay for that luxury, but it’s hard to get nicer digs in Batu Ferringhi.

  • Pool: 3 pools (including one adult pool)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10 minutes from restaurants and hawker stalls
  • Room Details: Family room has one large double + single bed or sofa bed. Kids under 11 stay free with existing bedding. One child under 2 stays free of charge using a cot/crib.

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Airbnb & Apartment Rental in Penang

There are lots of opportunities to stay in apartment rentals and Airbnb in Penang. Some of them aren’t as nice as the Penang family hotels listed here, but they can help with your travel budget and also give you a kitchen to cook for yourself.

That said, use apartment rentals in Penang carefully. We’ve used Airbnb in Penang many times and have found it very useful. However, don’t just book like you would a hotel.

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