Tune Hotel Georgetown Penang Review.

There are plenty of guesthouses and hotels to choose from on Penang Island in Malaysia, and the Tune Hotel Georgetown Penang is one of them.

Although it was my first time staying in a Tune Hotel, I had heard positive reviews of from a Malaysian guy I met during my travels. With the price being the equivalent of £16.83/$25.54 USD a night (staying in the double bed non-TV room), the Tune Hotel Downtown Penang offers excellent value for money.

The location is central, which is convenient as Penang has plenty of things to do. For those who are keen on exploring the streets, it is possible to walk to a lot of the attractions on the island.

The hotel is easy to find on foot or public transport and sticks out a mile with its distinctive red and white theme.

The Room

The hotel’s reception has a trendy vibe to it rather than your usual chain hotel. With a 7/11 store outside and pool & football tables in the lobby is got the younger backpacker market covered as well as the business one.

For those who arrive early (like me), it’s possible to drop your bag off while heading for a wander around Georgetown.

Checking-in is fast and efficient and I was allocated room number 921 on the 9th floor.

The non-TV room I stayed in was slightly cheaper than the standard double. For those who don’t watch much TV, it’s nice the hotel gives you the option to choose if you need one or not. Budget travellers can also save a little extra.

Once inside my first impression was the room was compact (ok a bit small) but of a similar size to that of some Ibis budget hotels I’ve stayed in before.

The double bed was comfortable enough, but after a flight, tuk-tuk and two train rides the previous day, I’m sure any hotel bed would have done the job!

The room furnishings offered minimalistic setup ideal for those travelling solo or for business. Features were a couple of bedside tables, a fold-out desk and safe. All simple but functional.

Disappointingly no hot water kettle or tea facilities could be found inside in the room. But with plenty of street vendors and cafes selling drinks in the vicinity, it’s all the more reason to explore the area.

The Good

The Malaysian humidity meant the powerful air-conditioning system was a welcomed feature in the room.

The bathroom was surprisingly spacious in comparison to the overall small bedroom size. Even better was the strong shower – this was pure paradise considering I had spent the previous month taking cold showers in Cambodia.

Something different: upon checking in, guests are presented with two bags with the towels, shampoo and soap inside, rather than them already being in the room.

The Bad

The only real disappointment was the need to pay 12 MYR to use the internet every 24-hour period.

It’s not a deal breaker but as most hotels in Asia provides free Wi-Fi, this seemed a bit backwards to me.

Tune Hotel Overview

  • Air Conditioning + fan in the room
  • 7/11 store onsite of building
  • Breakfast not included, but small café in the lobby
  • Paid Wi-Fi only
  • 2 PM check-in – 11 AM check out
  • Walking distance to shopping malls

Getting to Penang from KL

A convenient way (although not the fastest) to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is via train.

Arriving at KL airport from an early Air Asia flight, I made my way to Sentral train station by the KL airport train (rapid transit). The journey time takes around 30 minutes. Once at KL Sentral, it was then onto the ticket counter and where I was informed by the staff that there are two trains a day departing for Butterworth train station.

Afternoon train: Train number 2 departs KL Sentral 16:05 and arrives at Butterworth 22:20

Night Train:  Train number 20 departs KL Sentral 22:00 Arrives Butterworth 05:25 

When paying a little extra for a bed, the prices were still reasonable and only slightly more than the KL airport train.

How much does the Kuala Lumpur To Penang Night Train cost?

Prices are as follows:

Seat – 36 MYR

Upper Bed – 43 MYR

Lower Bed – 46 MYR

Once at Butterworth Station, Penang Island (where Tune Hotel Downtown Penang is located) can be accessed by the Penang Ferry from the terminal. Even though I arrived before 6 AM, I didn’t have to wait much longer than 10 minutes for the next ferry.

The ferry is extremely cheap and only costs 1.20 MYR to George Town and is free for the return journey.

Getting Back to Kuala Lumpur

The reverse journey is just as easy as the journey to Penang. As I mentioned before the George Town ferry back to the train station is free for the return journey.

Train times from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur are as follows:

The only downside was due to travelling back on a Sunday night, the sleeping carriage was full, and I had to take a seat ticket instead. The interesting thing though was the seating carriage was nearly empty.

Day train: Train No 1 Ekspres Rakyat departs Butterwort 08:00 Arrives KL Sentral 14:20

Night train: Train No 21 Senandung Langkawi Departs Butterworth 22:20 Arrives KL Sentral 05:40

How much does a ticket on the Penang Kuala Lumpur Train cost? The prices are the same as the train from KL.

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