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Ali's Ferringhi Guest House
Ranked #7 of 26 Batu Ferringhi B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 November 2010

Loved it. Relaxed and unpretentious. Staff were exceedingly helpful. The restaurant is across the road and right on the beach. The night markets are an easy walk away and the local bus stop is just up the road. We had a great stay here.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights, the rooms are in need of repair and updating,they were full of mosquitos and the toilet leaked. the mosque behind the accomodation woke us up every morning and yes..the staff are rude and unhelpful.I would advise anyone vising batu ferengi to stay at d'ferengi hotel,very cheap,modern and clean.

Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

Date of Stay:
20 February 2010 – 23 February 2010

Who:
53 year old "Mum" (Subbi), 30 year old "Daughter" (Lise)

Reason for Stay:
Lise got it in her head that she wanted to go to Penang for Chinese New Year (there was just something that planted the seed, and then it became a must do – she was going with or without a travel companion!), Subbi eventually agreed to come along, particularly when she heard the price of airfares through Air Asia on sale!

We decided we wanted to do this trip cheaply, yet not giving up our rules for our accommodation – these being:
1. Must have our own room (we don’t do dorms)
2. Must have our own bathroom
3. The accommodation must be clean and secure

We first tried our luck with “discount” accommodation (ie. backpacker lodging, mini-hotels, hostels) on our trip through Viet Nam and found we did not miss the amenities of larger hotels (such as gyms, restaurants, swimming pools, doormen, bellboys etc.) particularly as our style of travel is to be out and about early, and only return to our room to sleep and shower!

We started our trip with 7 nights in Georgetown staying at Hutton Lodge, and wanted to end our time in Penang with a few nights on Batu Ferringhi as we love the sunsets, night markets, Long Beach Hawkers (although after staying in Georgetown we think the Red Garden Hawkers well and truly stand up to, if not top, the standard of Long Beach), and the atmosphere of Batu Ferringhi at night.

We had previously always stayed at one of the resorts along Batu Ferringhi (both at the Park Royal and at the Lone Pine, and recently in a privately owned apartment in the Sri Sayang complex). When we were in Penang in September 2009 we wandered down past the group of hostels “on the beach” past the Park Royal Hotel including Baba’s Guest House, Ali’s Ferringhi Guest House, Shalini’s Guest House, ET Budget Guesthouse. From the outside Ali’s Ferringhi Guest House looked the nicest because of the gardens, so when we came home we did some more research before confirming our decision to stay at Ali’s.

Our Experience:
We booked through Hostelbookers, opting to pay a bit extra for a quad share with private bathroom (RM160 per night) over the triple share with private bathroom (RM150) so we ended up with queen size beds each (no fighting over who gets the single and who gets the Queen). As we wanted our own bathroom our options were restricted to triple share or above (Ali’s Ferringhi Guest House do do a double room with private bathroom for RM110 but we’ll recycle our joke from the Hutton Lodge review and say while we do get along very well, we really don’t want to share a bed). Ali’s also do a beach front quad share for RM280 (1 queen bed, 2 single beds), beach front for 6 for RM390 (2 queen beds, 2 singles), and a single for RM100 – all with private bathroom.

We arrived at Ali’s at around 10:30am, well before check-in time, expecting to just leave our cases and go kill some time until check-in. On arrival we were greeted with a smile, and told our room is empty and being cleaned. We were told we could leave our cases behind the reception desk and go and grab a drink at the café/bar across the (1.5 lane) road on the beach. We sat down with a couple of cold soft-drinks (pricier than buying a coke at a 7-11 at RM10 for a can of Coke and a can of Coke Light). We hadn’t quite finished our drinks when the lady from Ali’s came to let us know our room was ready.

We checked in, paying up front including a RM100 deposit for the key (you are given not only a room key but a key for the gate as, like many hostels, the gate is locked at midnight for security, but at least at Ali’s you can let yourself in if you are out late). We were in room K on the ground floor.

We walked into our room and were very pleasantly surprised - the room photos on Hostelbookers weren’t particularly flattering so we were expecting plain, clean rooms with army green blankets on the beds. Our room looked so much prettier, with pretty blue floral quilt covers on warm cosy quilts, matching floral sheets, with colour tones perfectly matching the “bed-heads”.

The room included a TV on a table at the foot of one of the beds, a jug of water with two glasses, a chest of drawers with bedside lamp, a padded bench seat at the end of the other bed (which was handy for storing suitcases on). There was no fridge, and no wardrobe. There was a towel-rail on the wall opposite the beds that you could hang a coat-hanger over if need be. There was an airconditioning unit over one bed, and a window – however it was covered with shade cloth (in lieu of flyscreen).

The wetroom bathroom was very small – you could not leave your toilet paper in there when having a shower. It consisted of a basin, mirror, shower head, and toilet. The room would have been 4 feet / 120cm square. It was very clean, we could smell the bleach left from cleaning the bathroom just minutes before we were allowed in the room. The toilet cistern did constantly leak (more so when flushed) which meant the floor was always a little wet. On the up-side, it was the clean water, not the waste water so the only issue was wetness, not cleanliness. The cistern top was a little sloped – we learned the hard way not to leave the toilet paper roll on top as it rolled right into the toilet! We were somewhat embarrassed so didn’t ask at reception for a new roll, rather bought one at a convenience store along Batu Ferringhi.

The beds were soft, super comfortable, super cosy. An indication – Subbi is normally awake by 6am… On our first morning at Ali’s Ferringhi Guest House she woke up at 9am (half the day was gone – hehehe, this is her catch phrase when waking Lise up on a weekend or on a holiday “half the day is gone”). Set the airconditioning cold, and you could snuggle down under the quilts – so, so nice!

You had to take your shoes off going into the main house area, as with traditional Malaysian homes. The hallways were very clean. There was an iron and ironing board in the hallway that was (presumably) available to guests to use. The walls were perhaps a little thin - but this, in our experience, is the case in even some of the best hotels – so when the “neighbours” had their TV up a little loud we could hear it.

The gardens were lovely, it made the Guest House more private, and tropical! It made it much prettier than the surrounding Guest Houses, and we were pleased every time we wandered back to be able to stay in the prettiest one.

Location:
Ali’s Ferringhi Guest House is down a side street off the main Jalan Batu Ferringhi (near where Guan Guan restaurant is/was located – it was all closed up when we were there). It is directly opposite the beach across a little 1 – 1.5 lane road, through the little cafe-bar-restaurants on the beach and you are at the water’s edge. The little cafe-bar-restaurants that run along the beach are great for a few quiet drinks while watching the sun set! Very relaxing, very nice.

Ali’s is around a 15 minute walk to the Long Beach Hawkers, about a 5 minute walk to the start of the night markets. There are a number of bus stops just along the main Jalan Batu Ferringhi so access to transport is very easy.

Overall it is very very quiet (no traffic noise), however you should note there is a mosque nearby so you will hear the azan (call to prayer) each morning (and evening if you are in). While it didn’t bother us – we feel we can’t really get annoyed with something like that when we are travelling in a predominantly Muslim country (roughly 60% of the population) – some may find that off-putting.

Summary:
We really enjoyed staying at Ali’s Ferringhi Guest House. We loved the location – walking across that tiny road onto the beach was nice, and while you don’t even have to cross a road from the resorts, it actually takes you longer to get down from your room, through the lobby, past the restaurants and pools onto the beach. Also, the end of the beach where Ali’s is located is reasonably uncrowded. The little cafe-bar-restaurants add a nice atmosphere.

We would stay at Ali’s again. It is not super cheap, but when compared to the price to stay in the resorts along Batu Ferringhi you are paying half the price or less (we would have paid more than twice what we paid at Ali’s to stay at one of the resorts, and couldn’t guarantee getting a queen size bed each).

You must remember, it is an hostel, and it is in a “traditional” Malay home. Don’t go in expecting a resort. We could easily overlook the little things like having a wetroom as a bathroom and the leaking cistern, as the price was right, and the beds were super comfy.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Queensland
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

We stayed here based on TA reviews and frankly it was not as good as reviews indicated. Rooms are tired and poorly appointed (compared to similar GHs in Thailand), Staff can be quite rude (as others have noted). But the main problem is that the mosque behind Ali's goes off with prayer calls 3 or 4 times a day and it's very, very loud. You would have to be on sleeping pills to sleep through the 4.30 am call to prayer, It goes on for about an hour and it might as well be in the room with you, We stayed in two different rooms - one ground floor and one 1st floor - and the prayer calls were just as loud in both.

We also had an issue when we extended our stay. At first they wanted 120 RM per night, but when they realised we'd booked online and paid 150 for the first few nights, they wanted 150 for the extra nights too. We ended up complaining and they dropped to 135.

Personally I would not stay here again, although Ali's Beach Bar almost makes up for it. Also if you are here on Chinese New Year's eve as we were, don't expect to get any sleep at all. The fireworks go until the muezzin starts singing!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2009

This place is ok.

However there are some things about it which are not really acceptable.

1) Person at reception when we arrived was really unfriendly, without doubt the most unfriendly on our travels throughout Malaysia (and we've been to alot of places)

2) Wifi is very slow and actually didnt work after about 1130 pm, and in the morning had to go and ask them to get it working (seems like they switch off the power for some reason)

3) there was a hole in the bathroom wall where the pipe goes out of the building, through this hole you could see people on the next door balcony. so its a bit dodgy feeling, almost like a 'peep hole' We put paper over the hole so that we had more privacy taking a shower but shouldnt really have to do that.

4) quite noisy at night with thin walls, music blaring from neighbours room.

5) staff difficult to find, they also run the cafe across the road where they spend most of their time so they are rarely on the guesthouse reception desk - makes you wonder how secure the place is.

6) on our final night got woken up with bites - so can only presume there were bed bugs about - as there weren't mosquitoes.

Overall for the money 110 RM per night - a room with air con is fairly reasonable, and its a pretty nice building, but some of the staff are not helpful (the women on the desk when we checked out being the exception to this) and certain things as mentioned above are not great.

Would i stay here again?

Probably not as I dont intend to visit Battu Ferringhi again - its over-rated and if you want a good beach scene i suggest you visit the Perhentian Islands which are MUCH more beautiful than this place.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank KR_EDINBURGH
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England
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Reviewed 30 July 2009

hey there, for a budget stay you cant go wrong... our double suite room was £20 a night and great value for money. It was clean, spacious and comfy! :)

The shower was hot water too!

Staff were friendly, free Wifi... free sky TV too.

The guesthouse is Muslim and so no alcohol or shoes permitted in the building.

Great place.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ali's Ferringhi Guest House
Address: 53 54b, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Batu Ferringhi
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Ranked #7 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Batu Ferringhi
Number of rooms: 3
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