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“Great experience staying at the jetty” 4 of 5 bubbles
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My Chew Jetty Homestay
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great experience staying at the jetty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2012

We love the place and it is kept exceptionally authentic. The home itself is famous because it is a site for one of the mural paintings famous on the island. The owner is friendly and information on what to see and eat is provided free of charge. Basic necessities provided and rooms come with air-conditioner. Hot water heater, shampoo, shower liquid and clean towels are provided as well. Most importantly the place is clean and comfortable. Sitting on veranda and looking out at the sea is a bliss although it was raining when we were there. Take your time visiting the surrounding areas at the jetty. The place is conveniently located in Georgetown and many tourist spots in Georgetown are located within walking distance. Recommended for a once in your lifetime experience.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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T_diddy
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107 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

We only stayed for one night but we loved it here. The jetty area was very picturesque. The home itself was great; the rooms were very nice, complete with drinking water, fan, double bed, wifi, maps, and even lonely planet info for the area... there was also a table in the kitchen set up with lots more information - some great effort has been put in to accommodate the backpacker!

A lovely simple breakfast spread was set up for us in the morning and our taxi pick up was arranged while we sat and looked out at the great views.

The bathroom, as others have said, is very basic.. but most can handle it for a few nights. Had it not been for our booked flight, we would have stayed longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank T_Killeen
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2012

The good: Staying at the historic jetty, Ms Chew was very helpful and sweet, and the rooms and bed were clean and comfortable. I wanted to like this place, I really did...
The bad: The bathroom. Its a squatty potty which is OK, I don't need a western toilet, however I had a hard time seeing all waste just dropping into the ocean below. There was no bin provided for paper either so I had to carry that out of the bathroom with me. I am assuming that all bathrooms are like that for homes and businesses on the jetty as you get a real stench at night blowing through the windows. Also, you share this one toilet and shower (its together) with all guests staying and the family so several times I had to wait busting to pee while someone was taking a shower.
We only stayed one night before moving to a guesthouse along love lane which was better value for money.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank laserlime
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

My wife and I have stayed here twice now and loved it each time. The location is perfect and if you enjoy taking photos you'll be very busy here! The sunrise from the Jetty is simply breathtaking.

The owners of the house are wonderfully friendly, and Siew Pheng (the very attractive daughter) was exceptionally helpful at all times. We were given the space and freedom to enjoy the location and have a relaxing and peaceful time, but whenever we needed anything Siew Pheng was on hand to advise us or sort things out.

Staying at Chew Jetty is an amazing experience, far more interesting than staying at the usual run of the mill hotels. What made it even nicer was how we both felt so very welcome and at home in this house, it was like we were part of the family.

Keep it up Siew Pheng!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kal-El138
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baltimore
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2012

Breakfast is pretty basic: toast that you make yourself, jam, and self-prepared instant coffee. Bathroom is VERY basic; others have described it.
The room is, on the hand, very comfortable, assuming you don't mind a very firm mattress, with air conditioner and fan, adequate storage space, and quite clean. If you need other bed covers or an extra pillow, just ask.
What really made it remarkable was the jetty itself, a location completely unlike any that either of us has ever stayed in. It's nothing like a hotel, or even an ordinary bed and breakfast. You are in the midst of everyday life (without feeling in any way intrusive) in a family home on the longest of several "clan jetties", long piers with dozens of small houses set upon them, originally built mid-nineteenth century by immigrating Chinese.
The members of the Chew family who will be your hosts are wonderfully hospitable. Twice we were taken by the english speaking daughter Siew Pheng and her boyfriend to dinner at food centers we would never have found by ourselves, the first time just the four of us and the second together with the occupants of the other two homestay rooms. We very much appreciated that.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zephyrr
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

Staying at Chew Jetty is like staying at your grandma's house! If your grandma lived in the historic jetty area. It's an interesting combination of the very prosaic (elderly aunties and uncles sitting outside their houses), the touristy (amateur photographers coming down the jetties every morning) and the beautiful (the mist over the sea in the morning).

It's also somewhere to stay for the experience rather than because it's especially comfortable. I thought the rooms were fine -- they were small but clean and functional (and had air-conditioning); the extra bed you can add for a charge is basically just a mattress on the floor, but I slept perfectly well. The toilet IS just a hole in the ground that leads to the sea, which horrified the friend travelling with me as she was used to American standards, but if you're used to squat toilets and untiled bathrooms it's fine. (I am Malaysian.) The Chew family themselves still live in this house and use the same bathroom.

At low tide it's a bit smelly, but not to the point that I found it intrusive (this was my main concern). I enjoyed the views of the sea and the vibe of the jetty, which feels like a village. It was also nice to be able to explore the jetty a bit without feeling like an intruder -- I'd visited the clan jetties before but felt a bit rude to be walking around somebody's neighbourhood uninvited; at least when you're staying there you feel you have more of a right to stroll around. Another plus is the location -- the attractions of Georgetown are within walking distance, and the jetties are also near a bus terminal with buses that will take you to other sights such as Penang Hill, etc.

Breakfast is included but it's basic toast and instant coffee, which is a waste of stomach space when you're visiting Penang! The people who run the place are friendly, but not that accessible -- they sort of show you around and give you the keys, and after that we were pretty much left to ourselves.

I'd recommend it if you like to go off the beaten track and don't expect the amenities of a hotel, but would have to admit that for the same price you can stay at a more comfortable hotel -- it's not as cheap as you might expect as I think there's a surcharge for the novelty.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank WZCho
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

This place has very good reviews, which it deserves. One thing to bear in mind is the accommodation really is quite basic. Small rooms, and for me the bathroom situation wasnt very appealing. But if you are ok with that, then it is certainly an alternative option.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LONDONJAKY
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Property: My Chew Jetty Homestay
Address: 59A Chew Jetty | Weld Quay, George Town, Penang Island 10300, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 104 Speciality Lodging in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — My Chew Jetty Homestay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience, 'living like a local' in one of George Town's few true homestays, in a family's rustic wooden home on stilts at the Chew Jetty, a unique heritage community nestled on the city's waterfront. Right on the water’s edge of the heritage city of George Town, the Chew Jetty is a unique settlement consisting of 88 rustic wooden family homes linked by a long walkway, starting from the shore and jutting out onto the water. In existence since the 1880s, and one of seven remaining clan jetties, the Chew Jetty is unique in that the residents all share the same Chinese surname. Ours is a wooden house fronting the main walkway, roughly in the middle of the Chew Jetty. You will be staying in 1 of 5 rooms in our family house, out of which only 3 rooms are for homestay guests. You will be getting a cozy DOUBLE ROOM in the middle section of the house, with a small window on its side. The room is air-conditioned, and also has a wall fan, and is furnished with a queen-sized bed. We have a bathroom shared by all in the house, and it comes with instant hot shower and sitting toilet. Our living room, dining hall and our back and side open decks are available for your use. ... more   less 
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