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“Perfectely happy at this place”
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Tubotel
Ranked #8 of 159 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Some places have something special. It's not about comfort, luxery, cleanliness or great service (Tubotel doens't excel in either one of these categories), but about feeling happy at a certain place.

Tubotel made me feel perfectly happy; the ocean view, the lounge music, chilling out in the tubs, watching the sunsets, joining the boat trips to clean up the beaches, it was all great!

Thank you so much for this experience! This was holiday as it should be!

We were travelling for one month in Malaysia. Tubotel was my favourite place. :) We'll be back next year, even if it's just for one week.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

thank u for all your help with the eco pirates on the rubbish collection trip.
ciao

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Reviewed 25 January 2013

I have spent a few days at the Tubotel beginning of January '13 and it was fantastic. The tubes are super comfy, the restaurant is amazing and the ocean just at your doorstep! The friendly staff and the relaxed environment make this hotel the ideal place to hang loose! Will be back for sure!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

am glad u likes it tubotel sooooo much.

all the best from kookie & alex

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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Travel in 3 person from 29 to 31th Dec 2012. Book 2 tube room with air-con and facing sea. Its was fantastic.
good breakfast, love the frittata especially. Set dinner is another best.
good environment/view, rest and relax.
service is very good and friendly. Thank you Alex, wife and staff.
Definately will come back.

Regards,
Joesving

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2013

thank u for your kind words. looking forward to welcome u again soon.

ciao

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Reviewed 10 December 2012

I went there with friends for graduate trip. Alex and his wife gave us a very nice service. The breakfast and BBQ prepared by tubotel was so delicious, the view there was breathtaking.We really enjoy our stay at there. Enjoy the sunset,the tube room and the jacuzz, Thanks Alex and his wife for the great service.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2012

many thanks for your kind words.

it was a pleasure having you and your 23 friends staying at tubotel. hope to c u again soon.

ciao

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Reviewed 9 December 2012

Tranquillity place to stay in, the feeling of back to childhood playing and lying inside the tube. A superb experience with friendly staffs, peaceful and clean environment. The view of seafront tube was great, sitting infront of your tube to enjoy the sunset view..thats life! Feel free to borrow their bicycle and roam around the near by village and places is FOC to borrow it. Convenience to access to tourisht spots and is near by airport. Be sure with what you need, but for me it was a prefect getaway.

Room Tip: tube with aircond and full sea view room. But is far from washroom
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2012

thank you ladies, i am happy to hear you had such a good time at tubotel.

now we have already 6 air=conditioned units facing the sea.
ciao

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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Know this: you are essentially signing up for upscale camping. If you don't like camping, don't stay here, if you do like camping read on, this may be your place.

The best part is the view - it is truly beautiful. The view alone accounts for 1 star. The airport is nearby so you can sit up late at night and watch the planes make a wide bank over the ocean to land.

So we were really excited about this concept hotel and looked forward to our Tube experience. The Tubes are of course tiny, and if you book a double bed, you get two twins pushed together. That's fine and normal for SE Asia. The beds are OK. Don't pack a lot because the space under the bed isn't particularly large or easy to get stuff in/out of.

The shared bathrooms is probably the worst part of this place - for the amount of money they put into the marketing video, I wish they had spent more on shower heads, ensuring hot water and water pressure would be adequate, and nicer facilities in general. Some of the toilet doors didn't have locks, you never knew which one would have toilet paper, and some showers had soap and some didn't. They are shared bathrooms as advertised.

The included breakfast was delicious, and we ate pizza a couple times and it was tasty too. The food/beverage selection is minimal but reasonably priced given Langkawi's touristy nature.

Bring bug spray. They don't provide mosquito nets and don't have screens on the doors/windows. There will be mosquitoes, especially while you sleep. Also, without AC, it will get pretty hot in the tubes. The fan is helpful, but if it's not a breezy night, expect some hot stuffiness.

The staff was courteous and helpful. The seating area was very chill and well designed. We didn't partake in the seawater jacuzzis but other guests seemed to enjoy them.

The "included" bikes for use are squeaky disasters, and the effort put into one pedal forward will make you sweat. The location is a 15 min ride to town and 10 min to the beach if you don't have a car or scooter. If bikes/walking are your only transport (like they were for us), enjoy the heat.

Overall, an interesting idea that could be improved upon but had some nice points. It was clean, safe, and had a great view, but was lacking in bathroom facilities, location, and functional bikes.

Room Tip: Spend the extra $7 USD/night on the AC. Not just for the temperature, but mostly for the reduction...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2012

thank you for your detailed review.

as we cater for young guests, there is rough handling on doors and fittings, it is a constant repair job.
thanks again for your feedback, we have since repaired what was broken, and upgraded to more air-conditioned units, do to guest requests.
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

Breath-taking beauty and timelessness are the effects of the TubOtel Langkawi, Malaysia. 360 degree views of exotic paradise envelope you. The turquoise sea spreads out before you like a velvety carpet leading your eyes straight out to the nearby Rebak islands part of the Langkawi Geopark, an archipelago of more than 99 islands, and then to your right are the mountains whose tops draw the silhouette of reclining faces. Your inward journey takes on a whole new meaning here undisturbed by any element of the world we know. Like turning back the hands of time this adorable place allows you to invest time in the pleasure of enjoying the peace and quiet we all desire on a vacation. The truly unique rooms w/fan and ac are round tubes of concrete each with secure doors and windows that allow you to see the stars in the sky. There are also traditional rectangular rooms if circles make you dizzy. Hahaha. Really, I was amazed the first night I noticed that I could lay inside my cozy tube and see the stars twinkling back at me. Wow how magical. I have never stayed in a place where I could lay on my bed and see the stars at night. Have you? Each tube/room sweetly holds an original wall art mural painted by William Shaw and his partner Charlotte Suckling making the tube/room a very fresh and inspiring experience. I recommend you to view each and every tube to see each of the wall mural illustrations.
The kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner is nothing less than gourmet standard. My favorite vege omlette or Vegetarian Frittata as it is called on the menu was never the same, artfully created and cooked to perfection served w/home-made baked bread [baked here on the premises]; it is completely scrumptious. Nothing like crispy, toasted, home baked bread smeared with butter to comfort the heart..mmmmm good. The TubOtel is a family run operation; a child friendly place as the families’ two adorable children appear now and then to capture your heart w/their cute and smart natures. And the staff is all about heartfelt smiles and attention; just what we look for in a vacation spot.
Go out on to the large wooden deck to slumber on one of king size day beds, or use the tables and chairs for a morning coffee and connect to the free wifi, or take a relaxing dip in one of the three salt water Jacuzzi style round pools. Comfortably seated in a salt water tub/pool under the stars at night you’ll never forget the experience. Breath in the fresh air that couldn’t be better on the whole of the island surcharged w/ionized oxygen wafting off the huge expanse of the sea around you. The skyscapes here are just to die for. Be it during the day, sunrise, sunset or at night the huge canvas of sky unfettered by anything, paints a masterpiece every moment w/the passing clouds and colors of the day.
Hey I know this sounds over the top but it is really like this. Bikes are available to take a quick ride into Pantai Cenang for all your shopping desires and enjoy the ride along the lime green rice paddy fields dotted w/wooden houses and grazing water buffalo. You never had such a nice ride in your life passing over a quaint bridge that crosses the canal where all the local people dock their fishing boats. Great for photos; make sure you have enough memory on your digital camera to capture and share these scenes forever. You may easily forget to return home staying here at the TubOtel as the surrounding nature erases your memory of all the mind viruses and reboots your operating system to download heaps of incredible applications to install into a fresh new hard drive. Whoa this is what I call a 50,000 mile tune-up. You just got to try it once before you die.

Room Tip: the tubes are the best for perfect views.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2012

wow, what a nice and long review. we are happy that u enjoyed urself at tubotel. after this review travellers will expect to arrive in paradise,....

tubotel is a unique budget hotel with amazing views.

ciao and many thanks

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Address: Jetty Pelancongan Chenang | Kuala Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 159 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range: £14 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tubotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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