Our frontage. When searching for us, look for the Epipremnum creeping up the wall. The rays of the morning sun reach into the lobby. Luna, our resident dog, waits patiently for her morning walk.
Modern Room #1 in Heritage Enclave
Modern Room #1 in Heritage Enclave
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Comfortable and sensible with plenty of natural light, our featured ensuite room - a compact 150q ft - offers modern style in 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 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.

Other things to note

Wifi signal is weak in the room but works fine in public access areas.

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.

Wireless Internet
Hair dryer

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.


99 Reviews

Check In
Hisham User Profile
September 2017
Great base to experience the heritage sites in georgetown! very nice room and ambience!

Paul User Profile
September 2017
We had a lovely stay at Sinkeh this past weekend. The location is unbeatable and the place is the perfect mix of charm and function. Sek Thi gave us the best recommendations for food and how to plan our time (as we only had 2 days). He helped us maximize the experience in Penang. We would give him (and Sinkeh) the highest recommendation :)

Maya User Profile
August 2017
Sek Thim was very welcoming and helpful. The space was very peaceful and exceeded expectations. Would highly recommend to anyone considering George Town. Located down the street from excellent street food and nearby lots of street art.

Christian User Profile
August 2017
Sek Thim is a fantastic host at a fantastic place! Himself and his team are very friendly, helpful and had good tips for us. Especially for those, who are interrested in arts is this the right place to stay. We were lucky to see a theatre in the guesthouse during George Town Festival. It was amazing!

Tracy User Profile
July 2017
Sinkeh is a beautiful little heritage house with everything provided for. From the moment I walked in to when I had to check out, Sek Thim and his team went above and beyond in ensuring I was comfortable and had enough places to visit in Gerogetown. As a solo female traveller, this made me feel very safe and comfortable in a country I've never visited before. Will definitely stay here again when I head back to Penang.

Wee Liat User Profile
June 2017
Sek Thim's place is absolutely beautiful! We had a pleasant stay. The house is so impressive with its combination of modern design and local cultural heritage. Highly recommended!

Maude User Profile
June 2017
Sek Thim is a great host, very kind and helpfull. We had to take a cab very early in the morning to the airport and he arranged everything for us. Our beautiful room looked just like the pictures. If we go back to Penang we will definitely book this accomodation again :)

This host has 376 reviews for other properties.

View other reviews
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 r…
Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English
Response rate: 93%
Response time: within an hour

The neighbourhood

Similar listings