The What When & Why:
After a month and a half of living at the other end of Penang I was missing Georgetown, and tiring of my 2-hour bus ride to reach it, so I booked myself into the TIDO hostel for a mini 1 night holiday.
I’m not going to lie, I booked this place for how it looked and those amazing hanging chairs in the common room. Being an ex-design student I just gravitate to beautifully designed spaces! I also chose this place for the very reasonable price, considering its excellent location just two streets away from Muntri Street and Love Lane (my favourite, and a very popular area of Georgetown).
I visited in Mid-December, which was just before the Christmas rush, but I shared my 8-bed dorm with only two other girls, and the common room was often quiet after breakfast and in the evening.
Experience Of Hotel:
Room Booked: Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory
The room was spacious between bunks and each bed had a large lockable storage drawer under it. Plenty of large windows curved the room and the a/c was pretty powerful. Shoe lockers sit at the entrance to each floor so the rest of the place stays impeccably clean.
The Bed: The beds had good lighting and a little built-in cupboard - come - shelf in the headboard. Complimentary towels were also provided which were nice and big.
Pillow rating: 6/ 10 – just a bit too firm for me – I am very specific and picky when it comes to my pillows, it makes or breaks a good night’s sleep.
Connectivity: There is free wifi throughout the hostel, and there are three or four networks so that each floor has a decent connection speed.
Food: I booked room only, but the free breakfast is the basic jams and toast with water, tea and coffee available throughout the day from the common room on level 5, which has plenty of space for large groups to eat together, or for solo travellers to sit at the breakfast bar that runs the length of the windows.
It's worth pointing out that there is a convenience store over the road, and on every road from that heaps of local and western restaurants, as well as a street food vendor who sets up at the side of the hostel each afternoon.
Facilities: I chose this place for its awesome common room; plenty of big sofas, breakfast bar come desk – with a view while you work, and those hanging chairs… I put myself in one and didn’t move all night. It was also empty – I had the entire floor to myself and could people watch as the sun set over the city. Each floor also had a selection of house slippers, which I thought was a nice touch if you didn’t feel like walking around barefoot.
Location: This is centrally located in an area buzzing with pubs, bars and restaurants.
A great pub I recommend is SOHO Free House, just around the corner on Jalan Penang and open till nearly 3 am. After one visit it was clear this was the best place in Georgetown for cheap drinks, awesome staff, and the place to go for great pool games with regulars, with an 80’s soundtrack on repeat and a personalised welcome from the invisible DJ when you walk in. Check out a review of it here.
Most crucially, TIDO is on the main bus route which stops around the corner on Sri Bahari Road, so you don’t have to worry about finding a bus stop.
Value For Money: 10/ 10 – for the cleanliness of the hostel, the clued-up design, and the stellar location - I would 100% return again! (even more so after my preferred hostel in Love Lane closed down).
For the full description of the hotel, facilities and reviews, or to book this hotel, go here.
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