Our first night in Penang was spent at a great guesthouse (read bed and breakfast) by the name of You Le Yuen. It is operated by a young Dell-computer-guy-turned-entrepreneur owner. Leong See Kit has sought to develop a four bedroom guesthouse centrally located in the best part of Georgetown in Penang. It is a bit more expensive than the budget places, but it is worth the stay. The house is spacious, the rooms are big, and he is a wealth of info. Upon finding out about our interest in great, but not necessarily expensive dining, he recommended Line Clear, a Muslim Indian place serving Nasi Kandar (a style of dish which I will let you Google if interested). Just to let you know about the quality of the recommendation, this was a place that Anthony Bourdain featured on one of his shows. He also gave other great recommendations for food as well.
Anyway, the amenities were great, the ac was cold, and the location was awesome. Located at 7 Love Lane, one could head a few blocks to churches, temples, and museums in one direction, or to food, mansions, and other museums in the other direction. Mr. Leong’s English is excellent, and he is smart (and he even visited Dell’s Round rock headquarters), and so he understood the sorts of experiences we were looking for and could direct us for a maximum experience during our stay of less than a week.
Finally, I should note that he can even arrange dinners for a large group, so this could be ideal for a family who wanted to have a large gathering in Penang. I am attaching a photo of Mr. Leong with his resident chef from Nepal. The other photos are of the guesthouse. His website is www.youleyuen.com