The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residence
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The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residence Penang Reviews
Affordable hotel in a central location & taxi tourist trap and tips! Mar 09, 2011
This hotel offers spacious room for a great price. It has a great location because you can take a taxi from the hotel and you can get to any popular food stalls (Penang is famous for its hawker food) in 10 minutes.
There is an excellent seafood restaurant within 15 minutes walking distance called Ocean Green on Sultan Ahmad Shah Road which is the road behind the hotel.
The tourist trap here would be the row of taxis parked at the front of the hotel. They charge RM 10 - 15 to get to those food stalls in 10 minutes. The problem with taxis in Penang is they don't run on metres.
We were lucky to have met Mr Ravi who charges reasonable fees. He is principled, soft-spoken and had worked in white-collar jobs for decades. In one instance, he took us to the other side of the island to have seafood and waited for us to finish before taking us back to Gurney hotel. The round trip is RM 80 and it takes 45 minutes each way! My friend is going to Penang soon and being a non-local, I asked if Mr Ravi can take them out for the whole day to various tourist attractions. He said he only charges RM 30 an hour for a minimum of 4 hours. We have become friends and when we return to Penang next time we will contact him again.
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