Overall this new "upscale" hostel is very nice. Highlights include great service, clean rooms, good location, and more.
Location wise, It is in a very convenient location right on the edge of Chinatown and close to Komtar. It is also right on the free shuttle bus line. There are lots of good restaurants and mini marts within a few blocks.
Service wise this place was amazing. When I first walked in I was very hungry and Chris actually walked with me for two blocks to escort me to his favorite nasi kandar eatery (which was good and cheap). Katy (the manager) was also very friendly and accommodating. All the staff speak excellent english and are extremely attentive. They also try to remember everyone's names, so every time I walked in I got a bright smile and, "Hello Shawn!"
The rooms and bathrooms are very clean and new. Strong and hot showers, comfortable beds, spacious rooms, cold A/C, etc. They also have very nice and stylish common areas both inside and outside.
It is also a great social scene. All the other guests I met were fellow travelers who were very friendly. The staff also make a point of trying to connect people and will go out of their way to introduce people.
I loved this place in almost every way. Unfortunately I ended up leaving for three reasons:
1) I don't really like dorms. This is the first time I have stayed in a dorm on my trip and it just isn't my thing. I wish they had some small and affordable single rooms because I may of never left if they did. Obviously this is my own issue, and nothing to do with Syok.
2) The prices are a bit high for dorm accommodation. Sure this place is really nice, but most people stay in dorms to save money. The cost of dorms here are roughly the same as getting a single room elsewhere (but not as nice of course). They are catering to a niche market of travelers who want to be in a dorm and don't mind paying more for nicer digs.
3) The location is mostly great, except that they are on a crossroads of two fairly busy streets. This resulted in loud traffic noise for much of the night (as well as beds on the first floor shaking slightly when a bus goes by). Even with earplugs it still kept me from getting solid sleep. I am a light sleeper, so perhaps it wouldn't be an issue for other folk. This was the primary reason I moved on because a good night's sleep is really important to me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SIOK HOSTEL has a capacity of 64 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. SIOK HOSTEL 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. SIOK HOSTEL 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 SIOK HOSTEL, there are many shops selling cloths, souvenirs. trishaws, taxis and busses are easy available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- SIOK Hostel, Penang George Town