Ryokan Muntri

Hostel in George Town

This flashpacker hostel boasts a minimalist feel – though not an especially Japanese one, despite the name. The dorms, ranging from four to six beds and including women-only rooms, are awash in muted greys, and each bed has its own USB and plug socket. There are bean-bag-strewn chill zones, plus a TV room, reading spaces and a colourful, convivial bar.

Private rooms with their own bathrooms have the same vibe – yet, lacking windows and space, feel overpriced. Laundry service costs RM6.