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Tubotel
Ranked #8 of 144 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Malaysia
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35 reviews
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“Great Hotel! Budget with Superb view.”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

this hotel is located at Pantai Cenang. Neaby the hotel is either 5 star resort or Family run guest house. Tubotel will be the special one hence not that pricey. I will say this hotel is a 3 star hotel even the bath room is shared and without a swimming pool. we have booked the sea view deluxe room, the queen-size bed is set inside the tube that come with aircon, queensize bed, fan and other basic compliment item. The view from room, that is a 5 star sea view. 

But, location wise, Tubotel don’t have easy access from commercial area, the only way is by car. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel, but we never have a chance to try out their food. Please packed some food with you if you lazy to travel far for food. 1 KM drive from Tubotel, there will be the busy street in Pantai Cenang, where you can get all kind of restaurants, shops and bars.

In overall, me and my friend love this hotel. A very special experience for us to stay inside a tub that come with sea view.  we will definitely come back again to Tubotel for longer stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
thank u for ur compliments,

we understand there is a building project behind tubotel for the local fishermen jetty.

however once u enter the resort u can not see the construction anywhere and it is not noisy.

hopefully by ur next visit u can enjoy the conveniences the new jetty will bring.

ciao
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

We spend 3 days 2 nights here in May and I have to say I was blown away...The room was so nice and it fit for two...do not expect much as the room have no space for you to walk around....I love the wall painting and colour of the room so much...Staff are very welcoming and waiters are pleasant..especially thanks to Mr. Mk... Breakfast was super excellent and there was plenty of choice...
Unfortunately, the hotel is quite far from Cenang Beach...if you don't have any transport..then it might be lil' trouble for you because at night along that street is quite dark and you might see lots of cow/ buffalo on the street....
Overall it was a very pleasant stay and a place that I would look to return to on my next trip to Langkawi..

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
wow, u liked it at tubotel,

that's great.

many thanks
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Singapore
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

My first time travel to Langkawi, I stayed at Tubotel for 2 days. It was an amazing experience so far. Tubotel located at the very end of Pantai Chenang. You will feel yourself very closed to the sky and the sea.... It is a perfect place to escape yourself from the city life. King, the supervisor in tubotel is very friendly, he will guide you and assist you whenever you need! A secret place that you would not want to share widely! :)

Room Tip: Sear view room are the best!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
thank u for your compliments.

but please do not keep it too much of a secret, as we have 13 more tubes under construction and want to fill them with guest

many thanks

ciao
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

This place has awesome potential, the tubes are a super cool place to stay, albiet very small. This is a great step up if you are looking for something a little nicer than a dorm bed in a backpackers. Its set out of town away from the hustle and bustle of the beach street of langkawi but its a very easy bike ride into town and there is free bike rental (depsit required). Don't expect much of the staff, although they are friendly, there isn't much comunication from them (maybe language barrier). You don't get told anything on check-in so making friendly with the other guests is a great way to find out info about the hotel. We had to ask everything from where to get drinking water to what time breakfast runs. Alex the owner is a good source of information however isn't always around and isn't always approachable. The seaview tubes are really cool, beautiful view but no room inside to store a decent amount of luggage comfortably. The gareen view rooms don't look onto any gardens, only what looks like an abandoned building lot, not recommended. The girls at bar make a wicked mango mojito and candles are lit around the resort each night giving a great atmosphere. Would recommend it to stay but don't expect more than you would for a backpackers. Suitable for singles or young couples.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
sorry u did not get the assistance u needed.

we take your feedback serious and work on improving tubotel.

thank u for your comments.

ciao
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights.. was a little shocked initially by size of room. Photos make it appear bigger .. we got over this pretty quick when we realised our undisturbed view of sea was 1 metre from our window(which was foot of bed).. its an absolutely lovely place to wake up.. communal area is nice, beer is cheap. resort itself is at the end of a pier which is really great to just chill out! We hired a scooter for 30rn a day. The hotel also offers free bicycles. Main beach is extremely touristy but its nice to go down there for food! Its is an easy cycle away. Food is a good standard in hotel. Especially the pizza!

The owner Alex is a really nice guy. On our second last day we were making arrangements to move to penang. He sat down with us and went through our travel options, organised a taxi, ferry, bus to penang and helped us choose a hotel. Hes extremely knowledgeable about malaysia and is only too happy to help.. there's also free pool tabl. Free water filter.. free washing machine includong powder all of which are very nice additions.. definitely worth staying at.

Also worth noting is that while we stayed this place was mainly occupied by couples who mostly kept to themselves. There was one guy there travelling alone and only staff spoke to him. May not be suitablw for backpackers although I guess this comment is based on the period that I was there and could be totally different at other times!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
thanks guy for the nice words u shared about tubotel. hope u had a good time in penang.

ciao
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2013

Very interesting concept hotel in Langkawi. I love staying in a cool designed places as it make my trip more interesting. This hotel is a little gem. Its far away from town and it gives you a chance to relax and have a lovely time away from busy life. Owners of this hotel are very welcoming and they will make sure you feel welcome. Views are breathtaking and worth the price. But If you can't get front tubes with the ocean view don't bother staying here. And make sure they have AC as tubes get very stuffy!

Pros:

Very cool concept hotel with lovely wall decor and funny cartoons
Breath-taking view from the ocean front tubes
Comfy beds
Good AC
Great sun beds, which are actual beds
Close to the airport
Breakfast included
Very clean premises
Lovely place for a bunch of friends to just relax and hang out

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Very far away from town or “any real beach” (only rocky ocean front bay)
Walking to the town takes around 20-30min. Drive by taxi around 10min and 15Rm.
Average food in the bar. Others said its “nice” but I didn't like it at all.
“Jacuzzi” baths not so appealing as on photos
Staff doesn't speak English well (except of the owners)
Tubes are cute but small. Only bed is there, no table or place to put things away. Space under the bed is full of ants.
Shared bathrooms is probably the worst part of this place.
No mosquito nets or door screens.
Area around the hotel looks awful as there is a lot of building sites going on at the moment.
I stayed there 3 nights and I had my nice pleasant & relaxed time

Room Tip: It's far away so get a motorbike. Tube only with ocean view!!!! And AC
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
hello

we soon have 13 more tubes, most have seaview or seafront.
thank u for ur review.

ciao
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2013

Perfect place for relaxation. It offers a scenic view of the ocean and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. The music, beers, Jacuzzi, and delicious foods, they're all there. The tubes are so cute but what i loved about the tube is waking up in the morning with a very calming view of the ocean. Very accessible to the beach or to the shops. More, the owners are very friendly and accommodating. I will always go back to this place.

Room Tip: Book early because it's usually full and get a tube with an ocean front.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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langkawilover8, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
wow u really liked it tubotel.

many thanks for ur kind words
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Property: Tubotel
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 144 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tubotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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