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Kimberley House

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published September 29th 2015
Kimberley invites you to stay
If you aren't looking for a dormitory situation, getting a private room with a shared bathroom and shower is really the best way to mix some privacy with cheap prices in George Town.

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Kimberley House on Kimberley Street (Lebuh Kimberley)


A decent place to stay in George Town, with this particular set up, is Kimberly House on Lebuh Kimberley. I'd say one of the biggest things this place has going for it is its location.

It's easily within walking distance of the main drag - Lebuh Chulia. It is also just a few streets away from the shopping areas along Lebuh Campbell as well as being on the doorstep of Prangin Mall. It is even a short walk from the colourful Little India area. Of an evening Lebuh Kimberley itself becomes busy with food hawkers - some of which have been around for generations - and who serve some of the cheapest and tastiest food in the city.

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Fantastic hawker noodles along Lebuh Kimberley


Kimberley House has a few different room options, including single, double, family, dormitory and twin rooms. For the price, the single rooms are a good option, with a fan as well as air-conditioning provided. The air-conditioning is perhaps the least convenient aspect of the room, as the units only go as low as 18 degrees celsius, and the connected piping isn't what it could be.

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The colourful reception area


Aside from that, the room was comfortable, with a side table, chair, night light, mirror and a comfortable bed. In relation to the bed, the drawback I encountered was the very small blanket - I'm more of a fan of big cushy bedspreads. It must be said though, the temperatures in George Town tend to dispense with the need for much heavy bed linen.

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The single room, and the unusual art on the wall


The shared bathrooms and toilets are close to the rooms and are kept clean and well stocked with toilet paper and a pleasant shower gel in the in-shower soap dispensers. The showers have rain fall shower heads and there's hot water a plenty. You are also provided with a towel upon check-in.

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The shared bathroom facilities at Kimberley House


Kimberley House has a nice lobby with plenty of seating, as well as other attractive common areas that guests can hang out in, with a shared flat-screen TV. At reception there is a hot and cold water dispenser as well as plenty of tea, coffee, creamer and sugar sachets.

This is always such a winner in my book, as it allows you to always have a supply of free cold drinking water, and is also great for making hot drinks. This is especially handy late at night when you might not want to go out - or may not be able to source tea and coffee elsewhere.

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Tea and coffee around the clock


During check-in there seemed to be a lot of rules and guidelines - which left me feeling a tad put-upon. But once it was all politely explained, the staff left me alone and overall, the feel of the place was very good. The strange combination of art-work as well as the fusion of traditional and modern design at Kimberley House gives it an unexpectedly reassuring feel. Meanwhile, the many wide open common areas give a feeling of space that similar places often don't have.

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Eccentricly designed common areas


Security is better than most places with the front door being permanently locked with access only possible via issued key cards - or by pressing a buzzer when you first arrive, where-upon the staff let you in.

A laundry service is available for a very small fee and your clothes are returned to you the same day. A deposit of 10 ringgit is required upon check-in as a key deposit but is refundable to you at checkout. A room tax (on top of the cost of your room) imposed by the city council is also charged at check-in at the rate of 2 ringgit per room per night.
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Why? Get a private room in George Town at a good price
When: Check-in: 14:30 - 23:30
Phone: 604 2611 486
Where: Kimberley House, near the corner of Lebuh Kimberley and Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town, Penang Island
Cost: Single rooms start at 45 malaysian ringgit
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