View of attached bathroom in relation to bed and entrance.View of attached bathroom on the left.
Double Room #4 in Award-Winning House
Double Room #4 in Award-Winning House
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
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My place is close to the city center, public transport, street food and art and culture. You’ll love my place because of the location. My place is good for couples and solo adventurers.

The space

SINKEH is a guesthouse located in the heart of George Town, Penang, that supports culture and the arts.

We offer 9 en-suite rooms in a 19th century Straits Chinese house, re-imagined by award-winning Malaysian architect Lillian Tay. The traditional open plan with its quintessential courtyard ensures ample ventilation and allows for easy social interaction. The modern rooms on the other hand, are compact and provide privacy. Like the rooms, many aspects of the house are contemporary, but the past is never far away. The walls, timber beams, building layout, views of the city and our name, link us to history and heritage.

Our name SINKEH means "newcomer" in Hokkien - a commonly used Chinese dialect in Penang. The sinkeh were Chinese immigrants who came to Penang in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Comprising traders, craftsmen and coolies, they formed part of the vibrant mix of communities that made up the population of this colonial trading post.

We love the arts at SINKEH. Performances, rehearsals, lectures and discussions are regular occurrences in the studio. Should you see and hear things that excite your senses, rest assured they are merely the creative expressions of artists who pass through.

Guest access

Guests have access to a common lounge area where they can hangout, and help themselves to coffee or tea. There is a reading room for a quiet retreat, and the courtyard which is open to the public, is where guests can have friends over.

Interaction with guests

There will be staff in the house during the day to check guests in and to handle questions. If you will be arriving after 6pm, please let us know so we can arrange for someone to meet you.

Other things to note

No wifi in the room. Wifi available in public access areas only.

Our guesthouse is not suitable for children aged 12 and below.

The room is bright in the morning. If you like to sleep in, please bring along an eye-mask.

If you have allergies, please take note that walls are coated with a layer of lime-wash in compliance with heritage guidelines and are hence, powdery.

We have a dog in the house. Her name is Luna.

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 2PM - 7PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

1) If you are arriving after 7pm, please check with me before making a booking. I may not be able to check you in if there is a performance scheduled for that day.

2) We require from you a RM100.00 key and damage deposit when you check-in. This will be refunded accordingly when you check-out.

3) Malaysian law requires non-Malaysians to pay a RM10 Tourism Tax per room per night. This shall be collected from you in cash when you check-in.

4) Because of the many open and exposed spaces in the house, sound travels easily. We minimize sound disturbance by practicing quiet hours between 11pm and 7am, and by requesting guests for their cooperation to speak softly and tread lightly.

5) No smoking is allowed inside the room and attached balcony. If you smoke, please do so only in the designated areas.

6) Please entertain visitors only on the ground floor. The upstairs areas are reserved strictly for registered guests.

7) Please switch off the air-conditioner when you leave the room. Should you accidentally leave it on, we may enter your room to switch it off.

8) Please do not eat or keep food inside your room.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs
Potential for noise - The ground floor is accessible to the public and our studio is occasionally used for theatre rehearsals.
Pet(s) live on property - 1 dog. Her name is Luna and she lives on the ground floor
No parking on property - Street parking is available on our street and surrounding streets.
Some spaces are shared - Ground floor, 1st floor lounge, and reading room.
Amenity limitations - No wifi in room


26 Reviews

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Tommy User Profile
October 2017
Sek Thim's place is artsy, the building and furniture are full of character. We enjoyed every bit of this accommodation, it was close to transportation (although we mainly used Uber, because the price is very reasonable there) otherwise the free shuttle bus stop is only footsteps away. Many eateries are around during the day and night stalls are just around the corner as well. It is close to one of the "must visit" Armenian street. Filtered water are also available in the common area which is a nice spot to hang out too. We enjoyed every bit of the accomomdation and will definitely return when we are in Penang next.

Chen Ee User Profile
October 2017
Recommended stay in Penang

Dennis User Profile
September 2017
If you're looking for an oasis in the heart of Georgetown, look no further than Sinkeh. From the moment you step through their doors, you'll immediately feel a sense of tranquility and calm on the premises. The guesthouse is charming and rustic yet modern, with accents of industrial minimalist architecture blended throughout the property. The room I stayed in was spacious, lots of natural light allowed in by large glass panes, comfortable bedding and above all, immaculately clean. There are many common areas such as the garden downstairs, the study and rooftop patio, and I found myself relaxing in these spaces and enjoying my stay even more. Sinkeh is located in a very convenient location, with plenty of food options available on Lebuh Carnavon, Lebuh Kimberley, Beach Street - all of which are within a 1km radius. Sek Thim is a very kind and communicative host, he's happy to help and is very accommodating. I couldn't recommend this place enough. As a Georgetown native, I'm proud to call Sinkeh a true reflection of the town's vigorous artistic spirit.

Daniella User Profile
August 2017
Loved it. Very accessible to many coffee places as well a local cuisines. The quiet residential area makes it possible for morning jogs.

Ziyad User Profile
August 2017
They take care of all your needs personally!

Irving User Profile
June 2017
Sek Thim's place is as advertised. Chic & central all packaged into a charming heritage home. Worth mentioning that the natural light flowing into the room in the morning is a lovely touch. In short - nice!

Lucy User Profile
June 2017
Sek Thim is a wonderful host and his place is just lovely and the best one we had at airbnb so far. We will definitely stay with Sek Thim again if we go to Penang in future.

George Town, MalaysiaJoined in June 2014
Sek Thim User Profile

I work in the theatre as a director. Good meals with friends, gardening and listening to stories are things I enjoy. We are a friendly bunch here at Sinkeh, my team and I. We try to maintain a space that's peaceful and calm; one that encourages people to rest, to be at ease and relaxed.

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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