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Tubotel
Ranked #8 of 161 Langkawi B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights (which turned into 4!) this past month while traveling through Malaysia. While the room might be a bit small for those looking to spend a lot of time in their rooms, the hotel's charm, amenities, and scenery more than make up for it. There are 4-post beds set up to lounge on on the verandah overlooking the beach, cheap beer, great (and free) breakfast, and 3 hot tubs! Not to mention, it's right on the beach. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and the place is immaculately clean.

When we were checking out early in our last morning, we got into a small disagreement with a staff member, and in our haste to catch our flight, left the hotel before we got our deposit back. To our absolute shock, as we were waiting to board our flight, the owner of the hotel appeared beside us to give us back our 50 ringgit deposit and apologize for whatever disagreement happened. While 50 ringgit doesn't mean that much to us, his acknowledgement and courtesy did. He was an absolute gentleman, and we were both blown away!

We voraciously recommend a stay at the tubotel!!!!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

This place is a little paradise. Located on the best spot of the island (unless you want to go for a $200 per night resort) with a great view (and sunset). The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful. Everyday there is an opportunity to go to on a trip to a beach on another island, with the boat owned by the hotel. These trips are for free, but sometimes you are asked to clean up a nearby beach in return (which we think is a great idea). The breakfast is for free and includes great coffee, homemade bread, pancakes, fried eggs and even more. It is a relief after a few weeks of starting the day with noodlesoup or roti. They are still expanding the property, so in the near future there will be a place where you can jump in the water from the terrace. The tubes with seaview are the best, but cost a little more (but we got a huge discount, thanks owner and Jamy!) The only (minor) downside: we could sometimes feel the springs of the matrasses sticking hard in our back. But still would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2013

thanks guys, we also njoyed your company at the resort, save travels and a merry xmas.

ciao

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

This was a very special concept hotel! The seaview is amazingly nice and everything are so memorable. Very nice garden and love the outdoor seats..! Many table and benches there for you to sit down, drink and eat while admiring the seaview. And u can see airplane flying pass most of the time as it’s located near to the airport.
Breakfast was really tasty! Would love to try their pizza the next time when I go again…

Room: If you’re staying in the tube room, forget about space! That’s the special point about it! The bed was comfortable, air con is good. Everything in the room is good except the room’s wall and the smells of the room. The wall has some mould and the room smells of mould as well. Would be perfect if management can do some cleaning to it..

Bathroom: As stated on hotel description, all are shared bathroom. They have 2 sides that have toilet and shower room with quite a nos. of cubicles. The water heater is good and the shower room is very clean.

Staff: Jamie is very friendly and helpful and he’ll personally show you to your room during check in! The owner looks fierce, but…. He was actually very helpful and nice, just doesn’t really smile.

Simply love everything here….! A very quiet and good place to relax and chill.. Felt so wasted that we didn’t spent more time here as we check in quite late and check out very early.. Would definitely go back the next time!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank fancyful
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2013

many thanks for your detailed review.

btw, the owners smiles sometime,.... nest regards and merry christmas

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Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

Did an impromptu trip to Langkawi and stumbled upon this hotel on Agoda. I arrived on a Thursday night. The road leading to the hotel was quite dark with no streetlights.

One of the team, Jamie, was really attentive during my check-in and was kind enough to still prepare me dinner when I requested for it (at 9pm) eventhough the kitchen is closed at 8pm. I loved the calm and quiet scenery at the tables outside the reception/restaurant.

On Friday, I decided to go for a short run along the long stretch of road outside the hotel. The view of the majestic Mount Mat Cincang as the sun rises simply made my day.

I checked out at about 10am on Saturday and had breakfast. The breakfast that I chose (a la carte menu), beef frittata, was simply awesome. The plan was to watch a friend at a paintball tournament next to the airport before my flight at 5pm.

That plan got cancelled when the hotel owner (Alex? Correct me if I'm wrong) decided to gather some people to go on a beach cleaning trip at the north of Rebak Island. The trip was free in exchange of a full bag of rubbish collected on the island. Depending on the day (and weather perhaps), they can go to other islands too aside from Rebak Island. I had so much fun! Made me want to extend my stay. ;)

Since it's not situated at the main road, best to hail a cab to the nearest beach, Pantai Cenang or rent a car/motorcycle. They have a house bicycle for rental too. It's free with a RM50 deposit. Or you can opt for a mountain bike for RM15/day.

To conclude, Tubotel offered me that homey feeling and I wouldn't mind staying here again. I fully recommend this hotel if you're up for a quiet and relax environment. If you're looking for an all-day activities around you, Pantai Cenang is the place to go.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2013

hello

thank u for helping us clean up the beach. we are happy u njoyed it at tubotel and hope ur friend did well in the paintball competition.

ciao

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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed for three nights at Tubotel and loved it: the view from the sea-facing tube is stunningly beautiful!
Other good points:
-breakfast was delicious with lots of options
-the bar area had a nice design and was great for chilling out, there is also a free pool table
-most staff were friendly and allowed us to check in early
-free towels, cups, tea and coffee provided in the tube

Space for luggage was a bit limited, but that's part of the design concept!
Renting a motorbike or car would be useful for most people. the closest beach is probably 15 mins walk away, and the nicer beaches are a bit further.

I would definitely would recommend Tubotel to others, a very memorable experience!

Stayed: November 2013
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2013

thank u, next time let us know we can call for a motorbike or car for u.

motorbike is rm 35 and car from rm 80 per 24 hours.

ciao

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

A friend and I stayed here for the weekend. We got the seaside rooms which we loved. The sunset view is amazing here! Do stay for the sunset. Our rooms were interesting, but there was a slight smell. Not sure if it was just our unit only but other than that we had a great experience. Breakfast was reaaallllyyyy good. The staff were polite and helpful. The showers and toilets were clean and we loved the overall design of the facility. Overall we had a good time and enjoyed our stay.
The only thing is that it was a little far from Pantai Cenang, so it would be good if you got your own transport/rent a bike/scooter/car to get around.

Room Tip: Seaside rooms are a little sunny during the day but great in the evening! I would choose the seaview...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2013

thank u for ur kind words.

i agree being closer to chenang would be convinient for shopping or water sports, but the peace and quiet as we have it at tubotel is also nice if u just want to chill.

ciao and thanks

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We stayed there with my girlfriend for just one night. Unfortunately. We loved it very much! The Hotel is very extraordinary! There are spectacular views of the sea and sunset from the room. Staff is very polite, friendly and funny! It is located quite far from Pantai Cenang on artificial pier (peninsula) so I suggest you rent a bike or scooter to go outside and hang out in the city when you need it.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tubotel, Owner at Tubotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2013

thank u for ur compliments, i will pass it on to the staff.

ciao

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Address: Jetty Pelancongan Chenang | Kuala Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 161 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range: £16 - £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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