Rooms are compact. Bathrooms have glass walls to maximise the sense of space and access to natural light.
Chic Single Room #2 in Inner City House
Chic Single Room #2 in Inner City House
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
1 guest maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Our featured room features modern style in the historic centre of George Town. Conveniently located on the edge of the heritage enclave, we are literally "around the corner" from some of the most locally well-known street-food stalls in the city.

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 arrange for someone to meet you.

Other things to note

Wifi 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.

Air conditioning
Hair dryer

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 single 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.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

95 Reviews

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Sumu User Profile
December 2014
This was my first experience of AirBNB, and Sek Thim and his staff set the bar very high. This beautiful guesthouse was positioned right on the fringe of the heritage area of Georgetown; it is perfectly located as everything is within walking distance. Both the room and the entire guesthouse are well-kept and elegantly decorated, and there is a thoughtfully curated collection of art dotted throughout the building. The atmosphere is so beautiful and serene. Also, a simple but wonderfully delicious complimentary breakfast of locally made sourdough bread and tropical jams was a very pleasant surprise! Sek Thim and his staff are warm and inviting, sharing all their local knowledge, going out of their way to help you, and making you feel truly at home. The service is impeccable. I feel so lucky to have stumbled across this lovely gem, and I can truly say I would never stay anywhere else in Penang!

Rj User Profile
September 2017
great experience,ST is a warmly host ,and this place not only a guesthouse but also a studio and art space with a good location in the town

Kenta User Profile
August 2017
Located in (secondary) one way road, minimized noise from busy traffic. The green ambient offer a sip of peace, divided the outside world. Good for authentic exploration, stay with the old neighbor. 5–10mins walk to major tourist attraction. Must try "Lobak King" and prawn soup noodles just a few shop away from the home.

Justin User Profile
August 2017
What a great place! The location is perfect and the amenities were clean and comfortable. The whole operation from check-in to check-out was friendly and professional. I would definitely stay again if I'm ever in the area!

Brian User Profile
July 2017
I had a tremendous stay. The place is super nice, and all the hosts here were very nice, genuine and hospital. VERY highly recommended!!

Claire User Profile
July 2017
The house is very beautiful, simple but with a style. When I left, Sek kindly helped me to check out and call a taxi for me at 6am in the morning. Nice stay, short but sweet:)

Tracy User Profile
July 2017
Sek and the other staff members were very welcoming, always available and gave some great recommendations for food. The shared library, terrace and atrium are very peaceful, perfect for reading. The bedrooms and beds are simple, the pillows are soft. When I stayed there was a breakfast of bread or noodles with egg. But there is also a duck noodle shop that opens for breakfast next door. I suggest exploring Penang from Sek's starting as early as 8am since the area is active with breakfast shops and morning stalls. I very much enjoyed my stay.

George Town, MalaysiaJoined in June 2014
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 relaxed.

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English
Response rate: 94%
Response time: within an hour

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