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Located in George Town and with Northam Beach reachable within 2.2 km, Carnarvon House provides express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFithroughout the property and a terrace. Featuring a shared lounge, the guest house is close to several noted attractions, around 700 metres from 1st Avenue Penang, less than 1 km from Rainbow Skywalk at Komtar and a 17-minute walk from Penang Times Square. The guest house features family rooms. Bike hire and car hire are available at this guest house and the area is popular for cycling. Wonderfood Museum is 1 km from the guest house, while Straits Quay is 8.2 km away. The nearest airport is Penang International Airport, 15 km from Carnarvon House.

This is our guests' favourite part of George Town, according to independent reviews.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

Carnarvon House has been welcoming guests since 12 Dec 2017.

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Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in George Town, this property has an excellent location score of 9.5


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Room type
3 single beds
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
2 single beds
2 single beds
1 large double bed
1 single bed
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
Bedroom 1:
2 single beds
Bedroom 2:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 3:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 4:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 5:
2 single beds
Bedroom 6:
2 single beds
Bedroom 7:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 8:
1 extra-large double bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property has told us they’re making considerable investments and efforts towards sustainability by taking steps that can have environmental and social impact. We’ve worked with experts including Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable programme – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for George Town
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  • Hertzong
    Location has been great for accessing into Penang heritage area. Plenty of good food nearby. Room is clean and comfortable.
  • Moi
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Beautiful building Great location - near restaurants, bakeries and stationery shops ;-) Our ensuite room in the more modern section next door - architecture of both buildings was stunning - glad to experience both with the private and modern...
  • Joyce
    The location is walking distance to a lot of food shops, and like the interior design. And also glad that there's option of private bathroom.
  • Junmei
    We arrived very late in Penang, the owner waited till midnight to help us with the check in, very much appreciated! Nice heritage hotel, good location and great people!
  • Hansley
    lovely place with very authentic vintage feel and great deco. location is great
  • Marco
    The place is perfectly located and Nicole, our guest, was super nice and gave us a lot of very useful tips for where to eat and where to go in penang!
  • Melissa
    Nice area, in a calm street but close from everything. The house is really beautiful and peaceful. The staff is nice and the common area are clean. There is coffee, tea, drinking water, and cakes available all the time in the living room. The AC...
  • Laila
    The guest house was just amazing and the owner really kind and friendly. The best thing of the guesthouse however was its location which is situated in the heart of Georgetown. All the nice coffee places, restaurants and the lively streets are...
  • Mohamad
    Simple & cultural heritage which rarely found but still kept intact.
  • Angelika
    We had a great stay at Carnarvon House. The room was clean and the atmosphere in the heritage house was special. Restaurants, great food and also the murals were within walking distance. There was filtered water, fruits and cakes in the common...

Property questions and answers
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  • its muslim friendly guesthouse?

    we are not only friendly , we are also very warm.
    Answered on 5 January 2021
  • Hi, may i know any car park there?

    Hi, you can park at the parkings lots along the street where infront of the guest house, there'll be plenty of lots.
    Answered on 2 November 2021
  • Is there a washing machine or laundry service that is available and will it be available to all residents?

    We don't have a Washing machine for the guest using. We have a laundry service.
    Answered on 4 March 2023
  • Does your property wheelchair friendly? Especially the new wing for ensuite.

    we have a room on the Ground floor, in the New Wing twin with Ensuite room and Triple with Ensuite room
    Answered on 10 February 2022
  • Hi do u provide iron?

    Hi, we have a Iron on the common area can used
    Answered on 22 July 2023
  • Hi, may I know is there any parking provided?

    Hi, We cannot arrange parking for your vehicle at our property. We can guide you to the nearest public parking area when you arrive.
    Answered on 22 June 2020
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Managed by Jamie Tan

Company review score: 9.6Based on 639 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

Hi, my name is Jamie, I am so grateful to run a guesthouse in George Town UNESCO area. It's always my dream dream to operate a guesthouse in my retirement life. By a good opportunity, I set up Carnarvon House by July 2014. As a backpacking enthusiast, I travel a lot and love to stay in different type of guesthouses. All these accommodations experiences had deeply inspired me to create my own guesthouse. I hope my guests who stay in Carnarvon House will feel good and have a memorable travel experience. After a year been working in Carnarvon House, I decided return to work in Singapore. I handover the task to Terry, who just like me, friendly, love to travel and the most important part is we have the same philosophy, I am sure he is a good host to serve you all. Thank you for looking at my profile, we looking forward for your booking and wish you having a nice journey of travelling.

Property information

Carnarvon House is tastefully restored from a 19th century Straits Chinese house. We retain the very authentic and classical elements of this pre-world war II heritage house, especially the giant wood carving screen, timber floor, and the little garden under the airwelll. The contemporary designed rooms on the other hand are nice and simple. Every room comes with well working air-conditioner, wall fan, wi-fi, soft lighting and high quality mattress. We hope to provide a comfy staying environment to our guests. Guests have access to the common lounge area at ground floor where they can hangout. Books lover can pick a book they love from the bookshelf to have a read. Book exchange is welcomed. While, TV lovers can always have their TV time at the front lobby. Most importantly, Wifi is available in the room as well. In the common shower rooms area, we provide hair shampoo & shower gel, drinking water machine and hair dryer. Carnarvon House's members are warmly easygoing person, we made Carnarvon House as your home away from home! We care about each and every of our guest, and hope that our guests have an enjoyable and memorable stay.

Neighbourhood information

Carnarvon House is located in Carnarvon Lane. We love this lane very much as it is one of the most quiet but also safe residential neighbourhood. The peoples living here are very good example of minimalist, they live life simple but happy! Heritage houses on both side of the lane are beautiful in our eyes. We also located ideally in the heart of George Town. Most of the murals, streets arts, heritage museums, morning markets and nice hawker food stalls are accessible by walking. Again within walking distance, you may easily get to the bus terminal, ferry terminal, convenient shops, money changers, shopping malls, etc.

Languages spoken


Property surroundings *

Facilities of Carnarvon House
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Towels
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/check-out
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business centre
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Key card access
  • Key access
  • Minimarket on site
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Car hire
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Chinese

House rules

Carnarvon House takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 20:00


Until 12:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Refundable damage deposit

A damage deposit of MYR 50 is required on arrival. That's about 8.75GBP. This will be collected as a cash payment. You should be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full in cash, subject to an inspection of the property.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 12 years are welcome.

Children 13 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 12 and older are allowed)

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Cash Carnarvon House accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 23:00 and 07:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

From 1st January 2023, a tourist tax of RM 10 per room per night is applied to all foreign guests. This tax is not included in the room rate and must be paid upon check-in. Guests with a valid Malaysian Identity Card or valid permanent residents MY PR Card are exempted.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please inform Carnarvon House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

A damage deposit of MYR 50 is required on arrival. That's about 8.75GBP. This will be collected as a cash payment. You should be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full in cash, subject to an inspection of the property.