15:00 06/07/2013 "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right. "Cantillating Bob Marley's Three Little Birds while booking our accommodation through Agoda, fortnights prior our trip. We envisage of overflowing rhum, dreadlocks, rasta colors dominating everywhere while listening reggae music non stop. Hey, what the heck, aren't we going to Jamaica? Not at all, we're just overwhelm by our illusion that we'll be staying on reggae themed hostel. An exaggerated imagination as a result of months of travel confinement.
Uncle(cab driver) hit the brake along Love Lane without a clue where the hostel was located. We gestured to stop and utter "Sini Sahaja" a malay translation of here only. Both minds agreed to search it on our own rather than uncle do the mind guessing. After some 20 meters of walking we halted facing the familiar picture we saw on Agoda. The Lion and word Reggae Penang from the facade, served well it's purpose, for people to identify the place.
Reggae Penang Lovelane Hostel
57 Love Lane 10200 Georgetown
The hostel is located at the heart of Georgetown, Penang and it's within the enclave of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fort Cornwallis, Georgetown City Hall, Kapitan Keling Mosque and other historical landmarks were just a short walk. It's also nearby to convenience stores, street food hawkers and bus station.
Out of excitement we slammed the glass door marked with hostel's logo which surprised the receptionist. She welcomed us with faint smile and asked if we had a confirmed booking. We nod and showed our print out together with our maroon passport. After verifying she hand over a thick logbook comparable to a size of an atlas. And motion to write down some details and reminded an upfront deposit fee. We oblige and give up a four crisp 10 Ringgit bill for a deposit in exchange for towels and 2 keys.
Check in Time: 1:00 PM
Check out Time : 12:00NN
Reception and lounge area of Reggae Penang Lovelane Hostel
The receptionist guided us upstairs showing the amenities and made sure we felt comfortable before she deserted us on the second floor.
An internet station for everybody's use just beside the stairs. Opposite to it are personal lockers but one need to bring their own padlocks.
Before you entered to the bunks, there's a number code that need to be keyed in on the glass door. This provided by the receptionist together with Wi-Fi access upon check in. This made us felt more secured knowing that only guest have the access in and out of the dorms.
All dorms had respective locks which ensure security and one's privacy. The 2nd floor lobby serves as smoking zone and perfect place to hang out without other guest.
On the far end, are communal Bathroom and Shower rooms. They had the basic stuff, Hot and Cold Shower, Toilet and Sink. During our entire stay, the CR were always kept clean and no water interruptions. Two thumbs up.
Pool Table and Bar Area
Yes, they have a pool table for billiard and snooker players. And occasionally they host a tournament for guests.
Did we say that Reggae Penang Lovelane Hostel is also Restobar? Yeah party animals love to stay in this abode. As the ground floor lit by blinding disco lights that visually turns into a party place. Too bad we're unable to enjoy the happy hour offerings of discounted beers. Which runs from lunch until early evening.
Alfresco Dining and Parking space
If beaming lights distracts your appetite during dinner, alfresco is a good option while gazing at KOMTAR, the tallest building on Penang Island. The vacant space adjacent to the hostel is intended for parking, available for guest.
Ok, not exactly "our" room, we had shared it among with eight other guest. It has 4 lower and 4 upper bunk beds.
The mini hallway of our room serves as the baggage spot for our other hostel guests.
This is what an upper bed bunk looks like, nothing much difference to lower bunk.
Each bunk has soft pillow, fleece blanket, overhead lampshade, single electric socket and mini cabinet/mirror.
The rate of this bunk bed? 25RM per night and comes with a free breakfast. It's the cheapest accommodation you could ever find in Georgetown center without compromising convenience and comfort. I didn't wonder, why backpackers and alike stayed for long on this hostel.
Brewed Coffee and Toasted Bread with Butter and Cranberry Jam for our brekkie.
Breakfast table are just near to reception and bar area. The free breakfast comes with Hot Brewed Coffee or Tea, Toaster Bread and Spread of your choice. Not to forget fresh slice fruits and that morning they serve a sweet Water Melon. It's only available between 7-10 AM, after that no more free.
We couldn't be much comfortable and enjoy the stay on this hostel without the assistance of their friendly and dedicated staff, Seemi. Terima Kasih Banyak!
Staying on this hostel gives really value to our money. and we're surely recommend it to our others.
If you need more information check their website
Official Site: Here
Book your stay here: Agoda
This is not a sponsored post but our way of appreciation with our good stay in this hostel.
Reggae Hostel Fan,
Sky and Summer