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Lanai Hotel
Ranked #61 of 104 Hotels in Langkawi
Reviewed 25 March 2011

It's nothing fancy and it's slightly frayed around the edges, but the Lanai has a lovely pool and efficient aircon, plus very reasonably priced cocktails. That's three boxes ticked. Our first room had a problem but we were moved without any fuss and all up found staff to be efficient and friendly. There's plenty of parking, and a hire car is a good idea since they're so cheap and there's plenty of exploring to do. Cenang is a bit of a walk away.

Long corridors, wifi only in lobby area, pretty ordinary breakfasts - but you're there for the sun and to relax and the Lanai certainly lets you do that. The room was a fair size, the bathroom was fine - no complaints.

We had a late flight out but there was no problem about us using the pool and facilities till quite late in the evening.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

I just returned from my holiday at the Lanai, and have to tell you, as a local, you can do so much better, in terms of accomodation in Langkawi. The rooms are like a backpackers inn and very dusty, the door is a hazard to young children as it slams shut and could get their tiny little fingers crushed (no that did not happen to my kids but i'm sure it must've happened before to other unsuspecting children).

Rooms and location aside, the worst must be the staff. They looked extremely uninterested in taking care of their guests. The waiters, check in staff were unfriendly, not helpful. THere are no lifts in this resort, so if you're travelling heavy or with old folks, beware, there are slippery stairways to negotiate.

Beach was good tho. We had a nice stretch of beach.. other than that, i would never return to the Lanai again. Like i said, for the amount i paid, i'd rather check out other hotels/resorts. Thank goodness i only utliized my room for sleep and only sleep.

Btw, the bathrooms are sucky too.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

Let me say from the outset, I am over fifty and I like a little bit of adventure, culture and learning in my Asian adventures but I also love coming back to my resort for its top rate facilities and live the good life for a little while. If this is similar to you DO NOT stay at the Lanai hotel. You will be disappointed on all levels. It is more like a back packers with limited services and rundown rooms.
Upon arrival we checked in and we had to carry our luggage up three flights of stairs. No porters AND we were sent the wrong way by reception so we basically did a circuit of the hotel.
The room was old and quite basic. When I turned on the air conditioner it sounded like a Russian tractor and I had to get up and do a bit of judicious banging to stop the clatter. The bathroom was tiny and there was not a cake of soap; instead there was a tiny tube of liquid soap that was very inconvenient.
The pool did not have an attendant and I did not see any staff looking maintaining it at all. The beach bar served warm beer and all staff looked like they had been shipped in from the gulag; uninterested and unhappy.
The final straw was when our toilet sprung a leak, a gusher really and when we returned from a day trip it had not been fixed.
Do not stay in this hotel as a resort, it STINKS.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2010

Good location end of beach,great pool,room is spacious ,staff very helpful,the food was great and reasonably priced ,nice private breach,free wifi in lobby.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2010

We stayed at the Lanai hotel for 5 nights, and booked through agoda.com for approx £48 per room per night.

Positives about the hotel:

Good air conditioning
Good breakfast lots of choice.
Beach bar happy hour 5.30-6.30pm every night - beer half price
Clean rooms
Free wifi in lobby (we could also access it in our room as we were close to the lobby)
On beach front
2 minutes from cactus restaurant (very cheap, nice restaurant serving chinese food)
Nice pool
Free beach towels and loungers.

Negatives about the hotel:

No hairdryer
Little bit tired
20 minute walk to Pantai Cenang (or 2 mins in taxi...cost £2 - positive)
Beach bar food is average
Outdated shower (laminate flooring in shower cubical!)
Very minor refurb work on the pool (some concreting of tiles)
No lift in hotel (hotel is on 3 floors, and consider carrying 2x 20kg bags after 14 hour flight...in 35 degree heat. = want a beer!)

Good things to do in Pentai Tengah / Cenang:

Little Lylias (beach bar) - next to "Tomato" restaurant (chilled out bar, cheap drinks
Cactus restaurant
3 island hopping tour (25 RG for 4 hour tour) - see monkeys, and eagles
Islandish restaurant (good food, and strong long island iced tea for 15RG)

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LeedsLass25
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

Langkawi is not the best value for money location around - probably because it is a less developed tourist destination there is not as much competition. For the same price we paid for our rooms here we got a lot better service and standard of accommodation at the Flamingo in Penang.
However compared to other hotels in langkawi of a similar rate I think it was pretty good. the pool is very clean (some mould in the grout, but the water is very clear), very warm and has lots of shade so you can happily spend large amounts of time in the water without worrying about excess sun exposure or getting cold.
The beach bar is also a gorgeous cabana style deck and serves half price beer from 5.30 to 6.30 pm every night.
Check in staff are not flexible and sometimes seem unwelcoming but the other staff are generally friendly and helpful. Their english is also not the best I have encountered so it can sometimes be hard to get your point across if it is not something they are used to dealing with (like arranging babysitters).
Breakfast which is included in the room rate is pretty good - a variety of local and Western dishes, eggs, fruit, cereal, coffee/tea and fruit juices - but you need to get there early for cold milk!
From what we good gather the hotel has recently changed over from government ownership to private and while we were there they seemed very busy tidying the place up, planting trees in the driveway and fixing up missing tiles in some areas around the pool so in coming months there may be some improvements to the rooms.
Overall the hotel is not flash but comfortable, breakfast is good and the pool and beach bar are also a real plus - just don't go there expecting a five star faciility.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

Good location at quiet end of beach is the reason to stay here. beach cafe for hotel guests is very nice. Short walk (10-20 minutes) to restaurants and shops

Room is spacious, basic but clean. Aircon works well if a little noisy. no bugs or mosquito problem. Bathroom not that great (compared to western standards) but clean - only hot water one day. towels and sheets clean but not white white as they dont use such harsh detergents and bleach. Very peaceful and quiet at night. very comfortable bed.

Breakfast buffet has good variety of western, local, chinese and superb omlets. Pool good, clean and not crowded.

The whole area is tacky tourist ville. dont come here if you expect anything else. Restaurants are ok but everything is inflated to tourist prices (though still cheap)

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pantai Tengah, Mk Kedawang, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Langkawi, Malaysia Jalan Teluk Baru, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
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Beach Swimming Pool
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Ranked #61 of 104 Hotels in Langkawi
Hotel Class:3 star — Lanai Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 327

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