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My Chew Jetty Homestay
Sydney, Australia
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68 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“An adventure to rememeber!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We stayed overnight here and really enjoyed our experience. Accommodation is very basic, plumbing is very basic but the family was exceptional. We were invited to share some durian with them and we really felt like part of the family. It was fantastic to walk around exploring the jetty and getting a feel for what it's really like to live there. SP Chew also provides a nice folder with all the activities around the jetty i.e. food court, eateries, night markets and transport advice etc which is incredibly helpful. If you're looking for a luxury cultural experience, this isn't quite for you. But if you're looking for an unadulterated experience with unpretentious people who will treat you like family so you can immerse yourself in their culture- look no further!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Stay here for 2 nights and what a great experience it was! The room and place is basic but what a great cultural experience! You stay right on one of the historic jetties and really get a feel for the people who live there. The owners were so welcoming and helpful. And another family member lives across the Jetty. It's a great location and easy to walk to everything. I think was the best place to stay in Penang! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Regensburg, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at this exciting place. Siew Pheng has grown up a comfortable home stay here at jettys. She is a friendly and humorous person and has been helpful in any way and anytime. The provided details, hints and suggestions around the home stay and Georgetown activities are awesome and more one could ask for!
The service has been great. Towels, soap, shampoo, drinking water and fruits had been provided to guests. Many thanks again for the dinner we were allowed to join! We was very happy with our choice.
All in all, a basic accommodation at an authentic location - very clean and comfortable with a lovely, smart and helpful hostess. Nothing more to ask for. Highly recommended!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Randers
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33 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2013

It was a very nice experience to stay there and the service was really-really good.
(They even washed our clothes for free!!)

But the buildings also sets a limit to the comfort and privacy, and therefore I cant give them the fifth star, that they are very close to receiving.

But I would truely recommend people to stay there for a couple of nights to wake up to that sunset.

Thanks for the stay!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Rafael, California
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700 reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

My wife and I have traveled a lot, in many parts of the world. The experience we had at Chew Jetty Homestay ranks among the best we've ever had.

Chew Jetty Homestay is in a traditional home on one of the clan jetties of Georgetown, the Chew Clan jetty. It has three rooms, we stayed in the deluxe room. It has air con and a comfortable bed. The homestay has a small balcony where you can sit and watch life on the jetty and on the sea all the way over to Butterworth. The hostess, Siew Pheng Chew,, is a very nice young woman who gives all sorts of good tips on where to go in Penang and even more importantly, good restaurants and hawker stalls and what to eat. The CF Hawker Stall is right across the street and Ms. Chew gave us great ideas of what to eat there. Georgetown is a foodie's paradise and it's important to know where to get the good stuff.

Ms. Chew's mother, Mrs. Chew, is a great cook and was, in fact, featured on Anthony Bourdain's show on Penang from 2012. She cooked us a wonderful lunch the first day we arrived.

If I could give this place more then 5 stars, I would. You will get an experience here you could never have in a motel or hotel.

Room Tip: Get the larger deluxe room if available and ask Mrs Chew to cook you a meal!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Singapore
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2013

A truly unique experience! Highly recommended for travelers who are looking for a laid-back and relaxing type of lodging experience! They have a balcony where you could just lay down, have a drink, and watch the world go by. Don't expect 5-star facilities (which is not impt to me anyway) but you can certainly expect a 5-star experience and a 5-star service from Ms Chew! :)

Room Tip: Take the bigger room if you require a bigger space because some of her rooms might be too small.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2012

Good things
Peaceful location
Terrace to sit out on
English speaking owner called in twice during our 4 night stay

Not so good things
Rather smelly at times, though we did get used to it
Very basic accomodation for the price we were paying
Various people seemed to turn up to use the shower and toilet, who we had no idea should or should not be there. Really not keen on that and felt insecure.
No family members seemed to be living there permanently, just a series of different non English speaking people seemed to turn up to just sleep there.
Owners mother (cantonese speaking, but understood some mandarin) came each morning to do some cleaning but then went again, so no one on the spot to ask anything.

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Toilet!! Anyone with any sort of conscience would struggle as I did seeing their own waste just dropping into the sea, or mud at low tide. As a traveller I try not to make a negative impact on the environment I visit, and this was very uncomfortable. It was not my western sensibilites or distaste at a basic facility, it is doing what is right. This is not right when there is a choice.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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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 #19 of 113 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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