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Carnarvon House #Penang

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua! So fast it's Raya and it's going to be August as well. Gosh!

Anyway, over the weekend I was away from the hectic KL life for a road trip and guess where did I actually planned to visit? Well maybe you guessed it right. I went to Penang! The last time I was in Penang was last year, September. It was good to visit the place again. After so long!

So, I won't be writing about my trip there, but was thinking I should write about the place I stayed for 2 nights while I was in Penang. It's just worth writing. Like honestly it is.

So I stayed at some comfy and lovely place. The place is called Carnarvon House. Why the name Carnarvon? I believe it's because the place is situated along Carnarvon lane thus the name came along. I think. Uh duh.

It is owned by two great guys known as Terry and Jamie (I'm not sure if there's any other partners involved though) who were formerly working and based in Singapore but after sometime they decided to return back and start a guest house for the many tourist and visitors to Penang. Having opened for almost a month or so, I had the privilege to be the first guest to stay at the place and honestly, it was just cosy and warm throughout the two nights.

The whole concept and place of Carnarvon House is just very oriental-ish and lots of wood, like literally wood around from the the furniture to the flooring, it just brings back the golden days feel when you're around the place. The whole place is actually a refurbished pre-war shop lot cum house which may have been around for donkey years. The great part of the place is the way it was stored back to its highlight and the main feature of the place which you would not miss when you enter the place is the huge wood paneling carved by hand that connects the ceiling and floor with a small arch way that will bring you to the courtyard. It just brings the awwww in you. Plus I can't imagine the price of that whole piece and it is actually originally fitted that before the place was restored.

In total there are 7 rooms at Carnavon that may fulfilled all your needs, but of course, being a guest house, there aren't any attached bathrooms. Instead shared bathrooms are provided for your daily needs when nature calls. Before you go "ewwww shared bathrooms", hold your horses. They are superbly clean! It just feels comfortable using them plus they have warm showers too which is totally great after a long day of walking around Georgetown or during a cold day.

Every room is also air conditioned so no worries of mosquitoes or a hot day or maybe even sweaty moments *wink wink*. But just a word of advise, the walls are pretty thin since it's made from
wood so your neighbours may hear your day and night activities. Just be wary of what you say as the saying goes "walls have ears". Hahaha.

Anyway, the guest house is located at a superbly convenient location which is close to some of the great food places you may find in town. It's just opposite Kimberly Street too! So you won't actually go starving when you're in Penang. Besides, if you're just too lazy to head out for food,  you can always inform Terry or Jamie that you'll like to have a nice homemade meal and they can either prepare it for you (not they cook la, but other people) or they can actually take you around town to try out the yummy Penang food.

Apart from that, they do serve snacks during tea time so no worries. In terms of security, they do have security system to ensure all guest are well protected during their stay there especially at night.

Oh I've forgotten to mention one important stuff. They have free WiFi! I know you'll love it.

I've got so much to say but all I can say is the place is really lovely and a great place to stay at. Here are some pictures to share with you guys.

The entrance just calls for you.

The large wooden panel which is just so impressive.

The dining area for your tea time or just a place for you to chillax.

The courtyard but if there was a pond it'll be really awesome.

The room where I stayed for 2 nights.

The bathroom area. There's a water dispenser which gives your cold or hot water for all your needs. There's also hairdryer for you to dry up even faster.

Another view of the shower area.

A view from the dining area.

That's Terry by the way.

So those are some of the pictures I took of the place. Not much but doesn't it look homey? If you would like to experience a night stay in a place other than a 3-5 star hotel, this could be one of your choices. Plus you can view more of the place on their Facebook as well. Here

One more thing to take note is the pricing. Well you can't expect it to be dead cheap but it is at an affordable range starting from around RM130 on-wards per night depending on the room. So it isn't that bad.

Like it? Try it. 
Carnarvon House is located at 28, Carnarvon Lane, Georgetown, Penang. Try calling them at +604 262 4682 or email them at Check out their website at

Ps - The place is 'rainbow' friendly, if you get what I mean *wink wink*


  1. rainbow you there with your special someone? hehe

  2. Nice review! I'll be heading to Carnarvon House this weekend. Interesting rainbow nugget of information. LOL

    1. LOL! Thanks! Hope you enjoyed your stay there :)


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