Hotel Mingood

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Average rate: $16 - Hotel class: 2 stars
164 Argyll Road, Georgetown, Malaysia

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Hotel Mingood Georgetown Reviews

gingerbatik gingerba…
442 reviews
Good and cheap place in George Town Dec 15, 2012
From “Komtar” bus station in George Town, you need to find Starbuck café at Prangin Mall. When you alight from the bus, go straight to the end of the building and Starbuck café is on your left side. From Starbuck café, cross the street toward “Jalan Pintal Tali”, and walk three blocks pass three Junctions Street (straight walk) and then turn left at “Lebuh Chulia”, From there walk straight until you find the street name “Jalan Argyll” and the hotel is on the right side of the street, next to “Yes Hotel”. Otherwise you can take taxi to go the hotel from the bus station.

The hotel seems or probably own by Indian people as most of the staff who work there and the reception are Indian. However, the hotel guests are mix from Indian, Chinese, and Westerner. The receptions are friendly and willing to please with any request I have.

The booking and room is ready when I arrived as I booked the room through the website. The room itself quite big with one single bed, and comfortable mattress, two seater sofa, flat screen television, medium size refrigerator, air condition, desk, chair, wardrobe and a big bathroom with bathtub with the old style. The room itself is clean, looks quite Spartan and empty of furniture due to its size and big windows on one side of the wall. One big bottle of mineral water (1.5 litter) is included in the booking and it is free (however I need to mention this to the reception as no mineral water in the room).

The hotel also provides soap and shampoo and the cleaner clean the room daily and replenish the toiletries. The television has good channel of HBO, CNN, and other movies channel. Internet connection in the room is strong, fast and it is free for the hotel guests.

The elevator and hall way toward the room is smell of smoke (probably people smoke there previously) and no air condition, so quite hot and stuffy. The carpet looks need to see sun light and wash as it is dirty and old. The price of the room in this hotel is RM90 per night for single people including breakfast.

Breakfast is very simple and self service, consist of toast (with one type of bread only – white bread) and several different jams, peanut butter, raspberry/strawberry, butter, muesli, fresh orange, orange juice, water, and tea or coffee, and you need to use voucher. If you want scramble eggs and sausages, you need to pay extra RM5.

The view from the breakfast room on the fifth floor is quite nice toward the city centre and ocean and big garden with many greenery and flowers on the pots. In addition to this, there is a billiard table provide for hotel guests to use. Unfortunately I didn’t use this so I am not sure if it has to pay or not.

Overall, it was an okay stay. Cheap place to sleep with proper working air condition, en-suite bathroom and surprisingly quite at night time as I didn’t hear any traffic noise from the room.

The location outside the hotel is not that great as not many restaurants or hawkers stall and quite dark. So, you need to walk out of the hotel to find food as the hotel doesn’t have restaurant for lunch or dinner (walk around 10-15 minutes).
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Cho says:
I enjoyed reading this as it brought back many happy memories of my trips to Penang. I think I was in Penang about 10 times and stayed at various hotels in Georgetown, including the Hotel Mingood. Yes, the view from the breakfast room was very nice!
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tour_guy tour_guy
61 reviews
Very average hotel Apr 29, 2012
This hotel was one of the inexpensive hotels I found close to the historical Georgetown and not too far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The hotel is about located about 25kms from the Penang international airport and by taxi it takes about 30 minutes. There is also public buses from the airport to the Georgetown area, but to get to the hotel there is about 15 minutes or a short taxi from Komtar bus terminal. Prepaid taxi from the Penang airport is easy and fast to reach. I remember paying between MYR30-40 (prepaid taxi) from Penang airport to the hotel and the taxi driver did not have any trouble finding the location.

The hotel is a multistory building looking new from the outside structure, however it is not! The lobby area was quite nice with some antique type chairs and decorations. The staff were friendly and was able to accommodate the room requirement.

The room that I got was on the 3rd floor with a nice city view. The room was dated with old furniture and lighting. I guess the place really needs renovation. Every single thing in the room makes it to look old styled, and the poor lighting made it even worse! The bed was an average and was not that comfortable for me. However, the sheets and pillows provided were good.

I felt so hot inside the room when I first entered, however turning on the air conditioner for an hour or more, made the room little comfortable. The major drawback is that I can't leave the air conditioner on when I leave the room, as the room key controls the entire room power. So, every time when I came back to the room, the inside temperature was up.

My room had a very old small TV with some cable channels, free wi-fi, small fridge, old sofa, old dresser and small closet. The bathroom was not great. The bathtub was very high to get in and washbasin was not that good either. Toilet flush wasn't good as the waster pressure was bad and it took so much time to fill the flush tank.

The hotel offers complimentary breakfast on the rooftop which was not that bad. It was quite nice up on the rooftop, especially the arrangement of potted plants and flowers.

The good thing about this hotel is the location as it was close to everything. There were so many places to eat within few minutes walk, and popular attractions such as Little India, Love Lane, Komtar and downtown Georgetown are just minutes away.

I think this place works well if you are looking for a budget style hotel for a short stay and don't mind the way the room looks. I might consider some better place for the same budget, if possible.
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Hotel Mingood, Penang
My room - Hotel Mingood, Penang
My room - Hotel Mingood, Penang
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iramalama iramalama
82 reviews
Mingood was good enough Mar 08, 2011
Hotel Mingood is a fairly popular hotel for visitors to Penang. It is a two-star hotel and fits squarely into that reputation (for better or worse). The room I had (#101) was actually quite spacious and had a small balcony (with a plant) facing the road in front. The road-facing window allowed a little bit of noise inside, but not too much. The bathroom was a bit dank and dreary, but the plumbing worked fine, there was ample (if not too much) hot water, and it served its purpose well. The bed was comfortable, but the pillow was way too thin and flat for my liking. The air-con worked well and the room had a wardrobe, mini-fridge, and even dressing table with mirror. Argyll Street is immediately behind the 3-way intersection, where Lebuh Chulia meets Penang Road, from where it is only a few-minute walk. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi (somewhat rare for Penang hotels) and has complimentary breakfast. It is a solid choice for those who don't mind its age.
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sUrAbUyA sUrAbUyA
16 reviews
A REAL GEM IN PENANG Dec 07, 2010
I have now stayed at the Mingood on Argyll St three times and will stay there again. The entire staff are the friendliest and most helpful I have ever met anywhere.

The rooms are clean -sheets and towels changed daily- but if you prefer to travel green you can let the staff know not to change the them that often. A good breakfast buffet is included and served on the roof in an indoor or outdoor setting. Excellent views in all directions from either place. A huge room service menu for other meals is offered from Louis's Restaurant across the street

Internet is available in the rooms with computers in the lobby and a library area for reading, borrowing, purchasing or trading books.

The manager will arrange for visa runs and sightseeing tours.

The cost of $24 US was a great deal for this location off Penang Rd within walking distance of Komtar and the main bus station
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sUrAbUyA says:
Glad to hear that Kris. Hope your whole week was fun
Posted on: Mar 09, 2011
iramalama says:
Looks like we had fairly similar experiences there! Not bad, this place.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2011
Glynnes says:
Nice review and "A real gem" at $24 US. Thanks!
Posted on: Dec 07, 2010
Jopin Jopin
20 reviews
Legendary hotel in Penang that's big with the tourists! Sep 25, 2008
I opted to stay at Mingood Hotel as part of a holiday package which I booked with GoHoliday, a travel arm of AirAsia.com.

It only cost me MYR206 for a 3-day, 2-nite stay including the flights. If I had booked the hotel and flights separately, I would have paid an extra MYR100.

Mingood Hotel is located on the slightly quieter Argyll St, which is about a two minute walk out to Penang Road in Georgetown, Heritage City. It is one of the more reasonably priced hotels in Georgetown and is conveniently located near to eateries as well as historical landmarks that make up Penang's Heritage Trails.

Kim (shuwei) and I got a room with twin beds, obviously, which had a bathroom that came with a shower and bathtub, surprisingly. Our room was beige and blue in colour and had a small refridgerator (not a mini bar) that had two big bottles of water, which was obviously refilled by the hotel. If you're not too fussed about where clean drinking water comes from, then you won't have a problem with consumption. There was also a tiny television which only provided local tv content; as well as a one-door wardrobe and a dresser. However, there was no hair-dryer or a clothes-iron, although they may provide one upon request. ANother big plus, if you carry a laptop, is the free Wi-Fi service provided throughout the hotel. Still, there are computers provided in the lobby area for internet surfing, which you pay MYR5 for an hour.

Our only qualms were the beds, which felt a little lumpy, and the fact that only one pillow was provided per guest. Also, if you leave the windows in the bathroom opened, there is a great chance that you will invite mosquitoes in, as we discovered the two nights we were there.

Breakfast is provided as part of the hotel stay. It is a simple spread of bread served with butter, jam, peanut butter as well as marmite! There are also cornflakes and muesli, if you prefer cereal instead, as well as orange slices for your serving of fruit in the mornings. There was also orange and mango juice, though these are more cordial drinks than actual fresh juice. And finally, take your pick from instant coffee from the coffee machine or real coffee and tea brewed fresh. You may choose to have eggs and sausages, but it will set you back an additional MYR3-MYR5. Kim and I enjoyed our toast with jam and peanut butter on both days that saw us through lunch.

If you are adventurous, you could always have Malaysian breakfast which consists of toast and two half boiled eggs with local coffee served at the Kopitiam, or coffee shop located just across the street at the corner, which also sold chinese noodles.

I would recommend the hotel not only because it offers possibly the cheapest rates, compared to the numerous 3,4 and 5-star hotels nearby, but because it is a small hotel, the service and hospitality is more personal and the staff are only too happy to help make your stay better. They are the hotel's own tour guides who have a wealth of information on where to go for food, and how to fill your itinerary for a whole day with places to go and see.

Remember the names: Emerin and Desmond. They are truly helpful, wonderful front desk staff that are more than happy to provide you with almost anything you may need.
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Mibel Mibel
2 reviews
Reasonable rates, friendly staff Dec 04, 2008
We had recently stayed at Mingood hotel. 2 family rooms cost RM320 for a night stay. Each room has 4 single beds. Reasonable! Rooms are spacious, good location and friendly staff but no window view.

The reception staff is helpful in giving directions and booking of ferry.
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Hotel Mingood Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Concierge
  • Tour Desk
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Currency Exchange
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Security Guard
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Secretarial Service
  • In Room Movies
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Billiards
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Cots
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Free Parking

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