All our rooms have access to natural light.Like much of the house, the rooms are subject to changing light conditions throughout the day, and the year, creating different moods according to the seasons.
Room #3 in Guesthouse with a Love for the Arts
Room #3 in Guesthouse with a Love for the Arts
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Comfortable and sensible with plenty of natural light, our featured room offers modern style within George Town's heritage enclave. Conveniently located, major sights are within walking distance and street food stalls are minutes away.

The space

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

We offer 8 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 very 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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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

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.


160 Reviews

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Debs User Profile
August 2017
This is a unique place to stay to fit right into the eclectic and vibrant Georgetown. The guest house is beautifully designed and the hosts do everything they can to ensure you maximize your enjoyment of Penang. We loved staying here and would highly recommend it if you want a comfortable yet aesthetically pleasing environment to explore Penang.

Joyce User Profile
October 2017
Walking distance to everything you need. My mum is so in love with this part of Georgetown, she said that she felt like she was in an old HK movie. We only had 2 days in Penang and we'd only hope it was longer. Sek Thim is an absolute awesome host and his place is just beyond wonderful. 10 minutes on the patio in morning brings all my good old memories back so make sure you check it out. What can I say? I'm looking forward to going back already.

Yao User Profile
September 2017
Good location . The famous street arts r all around . And good food too

Boon Kian User Profile
August 2017
Great location and great host. Beautiful interiors.

Anna User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful place, highly recommend. Helpful check in, giving us great tips about where to go- we really enjoyed China House for food, drinks and live music. The Airbnb was fantastic- stunning interior architecture even better than the photos. The plants and artwork were a highlight in this place. The room was lovely and practical, the communal areas were fab too. If you're going to George Town this is really well located and would definately suggest staying here! Lovely people.

Alan User Profile
August 2017
It is a very cozy and lovely place. A must place to stay for art and nature lover. Good amount of natural light in the morning and it is quiet even though the place is situated in the heart of the city at night. Walking distance to a lot of good makan (eating) spot as well as the tourist area. Do support this place more as it is one of a kind :)

Josh User Profile
August 2017
Such a wonderful stay. Beautiful and tranquil. If we return to George Town we would not stay anywhere else.

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Sek Thim User ProfileSek Thim is a superhost.
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 r…
Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English
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