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SIOK Hostel, Penang
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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
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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
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

It's a nice place, nice people, safe ,the location is good! There have a play room and it's wonderful!!
Maybe u can make some new friend there!If I will go penang next time,I must back to Syok again! Syok is the best!!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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KarenSLT, Owner at SIOK Hostel, Penang, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Dear Chow Y,

Thank you for the wonderful comment! We constantly strive to improve and ensure our guests are comfortable and relaxed at Syok. I am glad Syok is like a home...that is an ultimate compliment. Hope to see you at Syok again soon.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This hostel was my highlight for my trip to Penang. I'm happy that I chose this hostel.

The location is very convenient, it's really easy to find compared to other hostel I passed by when I was exploring the city. It's near the Komtar Bus terminal which has bus going to the airport from there. Plenty of hawker food nearby.

The place was very clean, common room is excellent for me, and the staff (Beth, Tim, Boon How) are excellent, they're very friendly and would be more than happy to give you suggestions on what to do if you need them. :)

I will truly recommend this hostel to whoever looking for a good place to explore Georgetown :)

Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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KarenSLT, Owner at SIOK Hostel, Penang, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Dear 3mt1,

Thank you for giving us such encouraging comments! This makes the staff super proud and will further improve our services. We are thankful that our efforts are being recognised. See you at Syok again soon.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Great backpackers - very clean with great quirky artwork throughout. Bed was comfortable - we stayed in one of the private rooms, please note there is no ensuite but the bathrooms are just downstairs and are perfectly clean & suitable. Breakfast was simple but fine to grab some toast or cereal before the day starts. It was pretty hot when we travelled so the air-con is great. Dorm rooms look very neat and spacious with plenty of storage space. Bit of street noise but I think that would be the case with any of the places in georgetown. Highly recommend. Wi-fi available in all rooms but not great signal in private double room.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Staff here is great - friendly, positive, open and not obtrusive. Facilities are awesome, place is perfect. Here everything is new and modish.
This is the best dorm I've ever been in. I recommend this place to group of people and solo travelers.
Syok is Clean, stylish, friendly and not expensive.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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KarenSLT, Owner at SIOK Hostel, Penang, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Dear Vasilisa K,
Thank you for taking time to write us on Tripadvisor. We do try our best to give the best to all our guests. And your comments will further motivate us to keep improving! Safe journey.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

I stayed in the female dorm and I would recommend that, if you can do it - our bathroom was clean and smelled lovely - but you could smell the mixed bathroom as you went up the stairs! Good set up - the communal area was separate to the reception and where the staff were so you could relax completely on comfy sofas. Large, non-compartmented lockers mean that it doesn't matter what shape your luggage is, it will all fit in. The staff were the friendliest I encountered too, Tim particularly.

You just need to be aware that it is next door to a mosque - there is no way you will sleep through the dawn call to prayer!

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Syok_at_Chulia, Owner at SIOK Hostel, Penang, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

Dear Becca181,

Thank you for the wonderful comment! We at Syok strive to do our level best to make all our guests comfortable, cared for and safe. We wish you a wonderful onward journey ahead and maybe you will visit us again soon?!

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Additional Information about SIOK Hostel, Penang

Address: 458 Chulia Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia (Formerly Syok at Chulia)
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 123 Specialty Lodging in George Town
Price Range: $12 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — SIOK Hostel, Penang 2*
Number of rooms: 66
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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