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Siok Hostel

Smart and comfortable hostel

458 Lubuh Chulia, Georgetown T: (0426) 32 663

Siok Hostel

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Walk into Siok Hostel and you feel like you could be in a snazzy boutique hotel.

Located on the corner of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Leith smack in the middle of Penang’s backpacker area, Siok Hostel occupies three beautifully renovated shophouses. A loving restoration to this previously burnt-out heritage building is evident in the high-end finishes and preservation of original features, including antique tile floors and louvred windows, offset by bold, contemporary elements with creative touches and flourishes around every corner.

Modern bunks with lockers.

Modern bunks with lockers. Photo: Sally Arnold

On top of its good looks, Siok Hostel has plenty of personality and bestows all the best elements of a top hostel: very friendly staff, spacious dorms, comfortable beds and terrific common areas. The owners have resisted the urge to squeeze in too many beds so there is a real feeling of space in all the rooms, which also have a good amount of natural light—blocked by windows drapes for a bit of shut eye.

A card entry system adds security, and one floor is dedicated to the female-only dooms with a girls-only bathroom here too. Somewhat misandristic (but funny) wall art lets you know you’re on the right floor. The six- and eight-bed mixed and female dorms feature made-to-measure super wide single bunk beds, to accommodate tall Westerners, in an unusual L-shaped configuration each with personal reading lights and charger sockets. Sprung mattresses with freshly laundered sheets and blankets and cool air-con make for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Artistic shower doors.

Artistic shower doors. Photo: Sally Arnold

Personal lockers (BYO padlock) are large enough for most bags. Note that the dorms themselves don’t have doors, but a curtain which we found a little odd, however if you want to splash out a bit, a couple of private double rooms with share bathrooms are available.

The standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the rooms and communal areas is extremely high, and this extends to the shared bathrooms, which feature some impressively artistic wooden shower doors. Hot water, shampoo, shower gel, soap and towels are provided, and if you need to wash clothes there is a laundry area with washing machine and dryer.

Bike wheels into chair-backs.

Bike wheels into chair-backs. Photo: Sally Arnold

Relax on the rooftop terrace or hang out in the communal lounge where you can choose from a library of books, magazines, DVDs and board games, as well as TV, table football and darts board to entertain. Breakfast is not included, but tons of great local fare and Western-style cafes are right on the doorstep.

Siok Hostel is definitely a better-than-average backpackers, and is a good central base to explore Penang’s sights, but if you’re a light sleeper, pack earplugs—traffic on the wooden floors and street noise are common complaints. If there’s no room, try the Ryokan Muntri or The Frame Guesthouse in Lebuh Chulia.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
40 ringgit
40 ringgit
Dbl air-con share bathroom
100 ringgit
100 ringgit
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 40 ringgit, high season 40 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 100 ringgit, high season 100 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Siok Hostel

Siok Hostel
458 Lubuh Chulia, Georgetown
T: (0426) 32 663
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º19'58.38" E, 5º25'11.9" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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