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“Misses the mark”
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The Villa Langkawi
Ranked #66 of 152 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Misses the mark”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

The Villa is a lovely new and modern hotel just off the main beach area Pantai Cenang. The hotel has a modern, minimalist look and feel...you get the idea it is very peaceful and zen-like environment when you arrive. Sadly, this is where it stops. If I could recommend this hotel based on looks, it would score very well.

We booked a superior room, but it was shockingly small. We were given a deluxe room for a minimal daily charge to add on and this room was excellent in terms of size. The AC works very well and water pressure/temperature was fine. But unfortunately the easy-to-do details are missing. There are only 2 bath towels given per room, along with a bath mat. No hand towels or wash cloths. Furthermore, there is only a 3-in-1 shampoo/gel dispenser in the shower. No other amenities are provided, not even hand soap for the bathroom sink or tissues. Things like this take so little effort and would be an improvement. Twice during our 4 day stay, we ran out of toilet paper. Also one day, no towels at all were left so I had to go to the front desk to ask for them. These are relatively small issues that can easily be resolved.

The breakfast was adequate each day. A small selection of western egg/meat/bread/fruit kind of buffet, along with some asian dishes. Coffee, tea, and orange drink as well. Nothing special , but very reasonable and satisfying. The restaurant is located in the main "courtyard" of the property. Light and airy and all windows opening up to the hallways of guest rooms around it. The bad part here...the smell of food wafting into the room in the morning, along with the sounds of guests.

The staff are by far the best part of this property. Very nice girls at the front desk. Level of English is fine and they are good at providing local information, making bookings, and arranging taxis, etc.

What will seemingly doom this hotel to attract returning guests is the poor planning of the location. As mentioned before by other guests, the property sits next to a mosque. LITERALLY less than 4-5 meters away, the loud speakers point directly at the side of the hotel. The call to pray rumbled our entire room. I would liken it to the volume of a fire alarm. I have lived in the Middle East for many years and am not bothered by the mosques as it is a part of the islamic world, but this is way beyond what any reasonable person (muslim or not) would tolerate. No possibility of sleeping through this! Furthermore, after the main calls, the imam's prayer were on a lower volume which could still be heard reverberating through rooms on the left side of the hotel. This goes on 5 times a day for more than 15 minutes after the booming call. Clearly there are many guests who are not going to tolerate this noise level. There is really no complaining about it as it is entirely out of the control of the hotel. You either put up with it or find a new hotel...the mosque will not change, and the hotel cannot do anything about this at all.

The other major design flaw is the 'courtyard' approach to this property's design. All the rooms are in corridors around the restaurant and lovely swimming pool area. However, the corridors are stone and echo loudly with all the sounds coming from the restaurant and pool. We are not ones to stay around the hotel much anyway, but for those travelers who look at the hotel as part of their entertainment, there is not much quiet time to be had. Also, the only windows in the rooms are to the corridor and not to the outside wall of the hotel. One small window in the room that gets light that comes in through the courtyard...makes for a very ill lit room.

On the flip side of this design, apparently the management doesn't mind that people bring in their own food and drinks to have around the pool. Have seen several groups of people with their own beers and snacks sitting at tables around the pool area. This could be fun if you want to have your own drinks without bar prices. However, this perk creates more noise in an already noise-prone area!

All in all, I want to love this hotel because the staff were so friendly and I really love the design and spaciousness of the deluxe room. I simply cannot recommend it, nor will I come back due mainly to the noise level and lack of attention to room details.

Room Tip: Standard and superior rooms are extremely small.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

was there for 5 nites with the family, it had pretty much what we needed, family room, wifi, pool, clean rooms. even though breakfast was limited, we could eat pretty much all what was on offer and a good mix of local malaysian and usual western fares of good quality. the hotel is still quite new so things still work well, and hotel staff are friendly and responsive to your needs. location is about 1km from the cenang/ tengah beach area, so wise to hire a car thriughout stay as we did. and theres a laundry place about 5 mins walk away. the best part is it is beside a surau (small mosque) which is great for me.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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GREECE&CYPRUS
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We only spent one night here and it was an extremely disappointing stay.

Staff: They were friendly but they know very little English.

Room: It was spacious however you could not say that it was clean. The floor was dusty and neither mobbed and we did not feel comfortable out here at all.

Bathroom: It was ok but there was very little water coming through the shower. No pressure at all and it was difficult to adjust the water in the pipe and due to the low pressure, we had the tap water pouring below instead, making it difficult to have a proper shower.

Noise: The second reason we left was because of noise pollution.
You see, firstly we were awake at dawn (5:30 am – 6:30) from the prayers coming from the loudspeakers of the mosque which is right next door.

Then there was much noise coming from the kitchen utensils and cutlery, plus extra noise from the staff in the kitchen which was near our room. No respect for guests as if they come from another planet and they cannot understand that the guest is here to relax and enjoy their holidays.

Noise from the doors which were creaking and you could hear clearly what was going on next door. It was a nightmare in all.

Breakfast: Really poor. It was actually the WORST I had in my entire life. In an attempt to get just bread….it could honestly not be eaten even by animals.

There was no way to stay here even if we had the room for free for a week.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leipzig, Germany
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

first of all: the hotel is directly next to a mosque!
With their speakers you can hear the prayers very loud! We hear them late in the evening and you get an everyday wakeup call at about 6:30 AM! After two nights we changed the hotel, to enjoy the rest of our holiday were it was "allowed" to sleep...

The staff was friendly.
The breakfast was ok, toast butter and two types of marmelade, small variety of fruit, sométimes egg, the rest was asian breakfast.


We choose a Deluxe-Room but it was very small!
The bed was very short (i am about 1,70m and I reached the end of the bed...).
The safe was in the room BUT it was not fixedly, so you could take them easy out of the room.
The room is new but you can already see a lot of damages although its a new hotel, same applies to the pool area.
The room has a window but no daylight. The hotel is build like an underground car park so it is dark and loud echoing.

When we arrived I checked the room. We could see the use of the tables and the bathroom.
At the tables sticked old juice.
The toilet bowl was full of urine. I had to tell the housing keeping twice to clean it. The result of it: They showered the toilet and the wohle bathroom was wet. So you can not speak of a clean bathroom, afterwards there was probably urine all over it...

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Turku, Finland
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stayed at Villa Langkawi two times during our trip. Both rooms were superior (which I guess means standard) and really small. The biggest problem with both of the rooms was really poor lighting. Also, there was no natural light, as the only (tiny) window faced a dark hallway. However, the rooms were nicely designed and clean. One big minus are the massive and hard pillows that make your neck really sore. I'd recommend them providing some choice of pillows, as those were impossible to use. Bathroom was really big and nicely designed.

One major downside with this hotel: it is located right next to a mosque, and the loudspeakers will wake you up 2-3 times before 7 am, first time around 5:30 or so. For us it was easy to fall asleep again, but might be a bit difficult with kids. Also, my husband was kept awake by noisy neighbors, as the doors didn't keep any sound.

The pool area is really nice for sun bathing and swimming. Breakfast is okay, some fresh fruits, toasts, scrambled eggs, warm dishes, juice and coffee.

On our first stay the service was only mediocre and we were given no advice whatsoever (basic things you want to know: breakfast time, directions to the beach, etc...). On our second stay the receptionists were much more professional.

It took around 15 minutes to walk to the beach, but taxi wasn't expensive either. Taxi to the airport was RM 26 and it was 15 minutes drive, so really convenient location.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool looked really nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Phuket, Thailand
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

The Villa Langkawi is new,modern chic type of hotel,buffet breakfast but not much choice,free wifi,big room,pool infront of our room and about 10 mins.walk going to Cenang center where you can find lots of restaurants and safe to walk at night.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: The Villa Langkawi
Address: Lot 993 Pantai Tengah | Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi 07100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #66 of 152 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Villa Langkawi 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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