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“Trip to Penang - my third trip” 4 of 5 stars
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Syok at Chulia
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   458 Chulia Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Trip to Penang - my third trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The hostel is actually at the junction of Lorong Chulia and Jalan Penang. It took me a while to find it as I started from the other end. Lorong Chulia is quite long. The Rapid Penang airport bus no. 401 does not pass near it. You can actually change bus at Komtar and get another bus that pass in front of the hostel. Or you get a taxi from Komtar to the hostel if you have a lot of luggage. Lorong Chulia is right in the middle of everything, the sights, the eating place, etc.

The Rapid Penang buses are new and can use it to get to the sights but be prepared to wait a bit.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

My partner and I stayed in the 2nd floor private room for two nights in March. The hostel was surprisingly quiet (in the sense of not being busy), and while we saw others coming in asking after the booked private room, there was plenty of space in the dorms.

Most of the key features have been described well by other recent reviewers. The service is friendly and the place is clean, including the mixed, shared showers and loos. Our in-room wifi was fairly reliable, though we struggled to connect to the downstairs hotspot in reception.

The location is great, at the west end of Chulia Street within easy walking distance of Komtar, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and the bars on Penang Street. The downside of this is the street noise, which while likely unavoidable in this type of accommodation means that light sleepers may find earplugs necessary for a restful night.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Went to Penang with some mates and the booking process was fairly easy. Staff was very friendly too. Location is near the murals and food is abundant nearby. The place also has an artsy feel to it other then it's already clean and neat setting. Recommend anyone from traveller to locals to stay here . Definitely value for money .

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Montreal, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

As a first experience in a guesthouse, I was pleasantly surprised as how great it could be. The rooms were really spacious for a 8-bedroom, with large lockers. The bathrooms were shared with ladies and gents, which was an interesting experience, but for ladies who would feel uncomfortable, they have a ladies only section. I met few people who were fun to talk to, which made the experience even better. The price is great to, and the staff can speak good english and very helpful. Recommended!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beppu, Japan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The hostel is located in the main street, so it was easy to find especially since I arrived really late at night. The cleanest hostel I ever been. I enjoyed the paintings on the walls and the projects which the hostel creates such as confession wall and before I die..

I booked a bed in mix dorm room. On my first night I ended up on 3rd floor because of misunderstanding between the staff about my room. The 3rd floor is supposed to be group floor. At that day the hostel was full and there were around 40 students staying. I slept with 6-7 students. The problems are they were kind of noisy in the morning since they woke up almost at the same time and moved around which I could feel since the floor is made from wood. It was the only minor I encountered though. The staff was really sorry about the room mistake and moved me to 2nd floor the next day.

I appreciated how attentive the staff were. They helped me to book my ticket, gave recommendation for places to eat, etc. I won't hesitate to stay at syok again if I ever come back to Penang. Overall, it is a very nice hostel.

Just a suggestion, maybe for a big group guests (>10 people), the staff can inform the guests not to be too noisy in the morning since some people are still sleeping :)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KarenSLT, Owner at Syok at Chulia, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Siscawiguno,

Thank you for the lovely comments and my apologies for the oversight on the first night. You have been such a wonderful guest and we hope to see you again soon!
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

clean, neat, amazing hostel to live in. the common room is relaxing place to hang out and the "before i die wall" is a cute addition, great staff and met some great fellow travellers. i would definetly recommend a stay here if you are in penang, :D

Room Tip: the noise from the street is a little disturbing if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Guangzhou, China
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

It is located in a main street so it's easy to find.We went different places and interests by walking,so it is very convinient.And the environment is great and people in syok are very willing to help us visit this town.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Syok at Chulia

Address: 458 Chulia Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 73 Specialty Lodging in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Syok at Chulia 2*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Syok at Chulia has a capacity of 66 persons including separate dorm for females. Rates are inclusive of tax and breakfast, free wifi. They are air-conditioned, come with personal secured lockers,personal sockets and personal reading lights, super single size bunk beds with spring mattresses and bathrooms with rain head hot showers and all bathroom amenities. Syok at Chulia provides a Lounge area where guests can enjoy complimentary coffee/tea all day, watch TV, enjoy the collection of DVD's, magazines, dart board, foosball table, board games, free WiFi. Located at the heart of the city Georgetown, UNESCO heritage area, 458 Chulia Street, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Syok at Chulia is located at the junction of Leith street and Chulia Street. There are a number of restaurants nearby. RIght on Penang street, which is just across Syok at Chulia, there are many shops selling cloths, souvenirs. Trishaws, taxis and busses are easy available. ... more   less 
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