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Dwell by Palanquinn
Ranked #65 of 173 George Town B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 July 2012

This hotel utilizes a nice heritage building on a lovely street full of them. My flight was delayed and I called them to let them know. They left the key for me with all their instructions. The room was nice but the bathroom felt like it was outside and the quality was lower than that of the room. During rain, and that is often in Penang, the sounds made on the corrugated roofs was overwhelming. They don't do breakfast but you can get an excellent one just around the corner on Burma Rd. Money changers and ATMs are also there.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

We stayed in the PalanquInn and Dwell Loft Suites for 5 and 9 days respectively. The units in both houses are clean and comfortable within a traditional style environment.
Bangkok Lane is a one-way Street and therefore not as busy as we had expected. On the contrary it was fairly quiet in the evening and during the night; in addition, the Muezzin call for prayer every few hours gave an almost romantic feel. Close by are food outlets galore dishing up cheap and tasty meals that reflect the diversity of the ethnic groups in Penang. A supermarket that stocks Western Food (amongst other things) is also within walking distance.

We used the public buses on an almost daily basis. They are cheap and frequent with easy access to Georgetown and other parts of Penang. Make sure though to have the exact fare on hand. No change is given. It takes about 10 Minutes to get from the suburb of Pulau Tikus to George Town.

George Town itself offers a wealth of experience and if you love being exposed to varieties of - food, history and peoples, you have come to the right place.

The staff at PalanquInn were helpful and friendly, making our stay enjoyable.

Sybille (Australia)

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

I was really excited when I checked Palanquinn out online and via the reviews. However, when I arrived, I was quite unimpressed with what I saw. It was definitely not worth the RM220 per night. My mezzanine room was on the latest property of Palanquinn on 20 Bangkok Lane, just opposite the original Dwell suites. The room smelt musty and old. The decor was bland and really basic, quite unlike the pictures shown on their website. The bathroom didn't come with a bath mat, which can get annoying having to walk around the room with wet feet. Another gripe was the RM15 they charged for breakfast, which they stated as a matter of fact that it is not cooked by them but are all local street food bought from a market nearby. Discerning travellers would know that Penang street food costs a fraction of what they're charging, so this put me off quite a bit. Overall, it felt like I was staying at a very basic budget hotel, which would have been fine by me if not for the amount they charged per room.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Had a great time even though I was only there for one night for a brief stopover. Georgetown is a lovely place and this place was just as lovely. My room was quite large and I had a ceiling fan (Air Con is available as well) which I was grateful for because I don't like AC.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

I stayed here in May 2012 - the place is lovely and comfortable. It was clean and was an authentic experience staying in a shop house. Some gripes were that the open bath room could be cleaner and slippers provided as it could get dirty or wet. I am a light sleeper and staying on the 2nd floor, I could hear all the traffic and conversations on the street. The owner was away when I was there, there was a kind Indonesian lady who assisted but due to a miscomm (her english is basic), she woke me at 6am when I'd asked her twice for a taxi transfer at 6pm.
I wouldn't return because of the noise level and sleep is impt to me but otherwise it was ok.

Room Tip: Use earplugs
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank runningnose
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Additional Information about Dwell by Palanquinn

Address: 17 Lorong Bangkok | Pulau Tikus, George Town, Penang Island 10250, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #65 of 173 B&Bs / Inns in George Town
Price Range: ₹ 2,339 - ₹ 3,118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dwell by Palanquinn 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DWELL is 3-bedroom retro-esque, fun, casual and affordable bed and breakfast. Located a stone’s throw from sister property, PalanquInn, DWELL is part of Bangkok Lane’s marvellous row of heritage townhouses. conceptualized for today’s growing flashpackers.A flashpacker shares many of the characteristics of a backpacker: independence, no fixed itinerary and long periods of travel to more exotic and far-flung destinations. However, whereas low cost travel is associated with backpacking, flashpacking has an association of more disposable income while traveling. In another words, an affluent backpacker. ... more   less 
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