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“Great Location & Friendly Staff” 5 of 5 stars
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The Cottage Langkawi
No 8, Kampung Haji Saad, Jalan Pantai Chenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 7000, Malaysia   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great Location & Friendly Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and were very pleased with our experience. The owner was very kind and the private room was clean and comfortable. The location is great because it is set back from the main street and yet only 5 minutes away from the nearest beach access. It's a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere and very clean and well-kept.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Dear Snout39,

Thank you for reviewing about our small guest house. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your comments regarding our location, room and friendly staff, it will be shared with the rest of our team.
Thank you once again for your review, we would be really happy to welcome you back in the future.

With warm regards,
Zul Ihsan
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Grasse, France
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I stayed one week at The Cottage Langkawi instead of 3 days as planned because of a scooter accident. Zul, the owner has been really nice and helpful with me, driving me all around (I could'nt walk properly), giving me antiseptic spray and tissu, always friendly and smily.
I stayed in a basic dorm, but very clean and new fourniture. I enjoyed everyday free tea or coffe. The shared showers are simple but also provided with soap.
The Cottage is pretty big actually, with different type of room, terrasse, BBQ area, and just near the main road and the beach.
I really recommand this place for backpackers, couple or family, it's quiet and relaxing and always very clean.

Room Tip: Prefer room with AC if you have the budget, Langkawi has really nice but hot weather...!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Dear Marion Agostini

Thank you for your kind words and we love having you revisiting us. We look forward to welcome true friends of The Cottage Langkawi with such wonderful smiles and warmth. Even nature welcomed and greeted you.

Warm regards
Zul Ihsan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We stayed at the cottage for 8 nights, and really enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a double room with attached bathroom. and payed RM50/night.
The room was nice and clean, but our room was facing the sun most of the day so was a bit to hot occasionally. The two guys who owned or managed it, was both really friendly and helpful.
We would definitely recommend this place, and would come back to the cottage if we ever comes back to Langkawi.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Dear RonjaMatt,

Thank you very much for your positive review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our small guest house. We thank you again RonjaMatt for spending part of your travel with us. In the event that your travel plan ever brings you back to Langkawi, I do hope that you will visit us again. It would be our pleasure to welcome you once again to The Cottage Langkawi.
I wish you the best of everything.

With warm regards,
Zul Ihsan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

If you want to stay close to the main tourist area in cenang and are traveling on a budget, you can't go terribly wrong with this place. My 4-bed dorm was alright and clean but really hot despite two fans. The big dorm looks suitable only for hardcore backpackers as the dorm also serves as kind of the hallway between the rooms and the bathrooms and shower and has the reception area on the other end. Also, during my stay, there was no Internet at all - an absolute deal breaker for long term travelers - sorry!

Room Tip: Don't stay in the big dorm!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear shakermaker21,

Thank you for taking the time to post this review and share your experience following your stay at The Cottage Langkawi and Thank you for providing me with your valued feedback and I do sincerely apologize for the unpleasant experience during your stay.

With regards to the internet connection, we apologized on the inconvenience caused as we were try our best to provide free Wifi for our guest with 2 Internet Service Provider (ISP), unfortunately we have ISP internet interruption during your stay. Please accept my sincerely apologies for this.

Thank you for your kind word for our location and staff.

We are living in this tropical island with hot and high humidity climate all year round. Temperatures are fairly consistent during the day, ranging between 30°C to 35°C while at night, between 28°C - 29°C. We experience hot and dry season from January till April every year, normal temperature during dry season ranging between 32°C to 36°C during the day, while at night, between 28°C - 30°C. Yes, it’s really hot even for local people.

The Cottage Langkawi offer variety of room type including normal Backpackers Hostel with fan. We have Cottage room, Budget room and Standard room, all the rooms are equipped with Air Conditioners as well as Air Condition Hostel. We could and would have changed your room to make it more comfortable - well, next time! Please come back!

I wish you the best of everything and apologize again for the inconveniences.
Thank You.

With warm regards,
Zul Ihsan
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Kota Bharu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My friend and I stayed 3 nights here in a budget room for RM 60/night. It's located at the end of a little village road which is nestled between the Laman Padi and Restoran Almaz, opposite the Casa Del Mar resort.
If you're driving from the airport the little road will be on your left.

Our budget room has:
1) 2 single beds with nice sheets and blankets.
2) An en-suite shower room. No hot water. Good water pressure.
3) A wardrobe.
4) A dressing table and mirror.

What we love about the hostel:
1) It's in a quiet area.
2) The bed was comfortable and the blanket provided was really cosy; I was tempted to take it home.
3) The Zul brothers who are the owners were really friendly and nice to us. They recommended the Island Hopping tour. We went for it and it was worth every cent of the RM 25/person we paid.
4) Free hot/cold water. You can have tea/coffee for free.
5) It's not on the beach, but it's just a short walk away. Cross the main street to Case Del Mar, turn right and you'll see a little alley that goes straight to the Cenang Beach.
6) Lawn chairs and tables for hanging out.
7) The residence cat; a big white with black spots female.

What could have made our stay better (it was already great, but there are always room for improvement) :
1) Air-conditioning. The budget room only has a ceiling fan. It can be stifling during both day and night. We would get the RM 70 room next time.
2) Have more clothes hangers and hooks in the room.
3) Have a clothesline.
4) A room with a window would be nicer. Ours didn't have a window.

Room Tip: Get a room with air-conditioning. It can be really hot and stifling during both day and night.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Dear Misha138,

Thank you for choosing our small quest house and for posting this review on Trip Advisor! We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay. I really appreciate your constructive comments and kind words, it is important to me to know your viewpoint and I will take action to improve our services, rooms and hospitality. Please be informed, we have upgraded our Budget room with air conditioner as well as hot shower. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at our small guest house.

With warm regards,
Zul Ihsan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

As previous reviews, the room and the facilities are very basic. I lived in budget room, not dom. No air-con, only fan, no hot water (sometimes I did feel cold in the late night or morning , no hand washing tub so not easy to wash hand and my underware :P)...no TV (but who would stay in hotel room watching TV at night?!)

But I still had great stay (4 nights) in the hostel and I hope to have chance to go back again! The hostel staff are all very nice and helpful. Zul drove us to night market and booked tour, taxi for me. The hostel is close to the beach and I like to go to the bar - Babylon to watch sunset. They have cheap beer, good live band and relaxing environment.

Though close to the hectic beach and lots of shops and restaurants, the hostel is actually off the main road and you can't hear any noise at the hostel. Hmmmm I could be wrong, you would hear cock crows in the morning. And coz the hotel is by the rice farmland, so [--] (this is real!) is seen on the path to go to the beach :) What a peaceful place!

The best part I love this hostel is the interesting people. The neighbours invited us to have BBQ with them. We had interesting talk with the 15 year old boy - Daniel and had great laugh. He speaks fluent English and Chinese and pretends he is a big man :) well everyday you can meet with many nice people from different countries and at night we sit in the yard under the stary sky, drinking, talking...so if you like to meet people, this is an excellent place!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Dear DemiNing,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay. Please be informed, we have upgraded our Budget room with air conditioner. Thank you for your warm review towards our staff, and I am grinned to know that our staff was helpful - just as it should be!

Please come back soon as we are looking forward to welcoming you back at our small "kampung" guest house.

With warm regards,
Zul Ihsan
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Warsaw, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

My friend and I spent a couple of nights at this cosy little hostel. It's just a bit off the main road so it's quiet but still close enough to town and the beach.. it's perfect for backpackers and seems to attract awesome folks! The owner is super nice and friendly and the place is clean and comfortable.

Room Tip: We stayed at the common shared room (cheapest) which consisted of 3 or 4 bunk beds, it was great.
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Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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zulihsan1976, Owner at The Cottage Langkawi, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Dear ilovethislife,

Thank you for choosing the hospitality of The Cottage Langkawi and spending your time to write a review of your experience with us. We really appreciate your kind and supportive words.
In the event that your travel plan ever brings you back to Langkawi, I do hope that you will visit us again. It would be our pleasure to welcome you once again to The Cottage Langkawi.
I wish you the best of everything.

With warm regards,
Zul Ihsan
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Address: No 8, Kampung Haji Saad, Jalan Pantai Chenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 7000, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi > Pantai Cenang
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pantai Cenang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Honestly, we like to equate your stay in our small guest houses akin to humility and humbleness. The Cottage Langkawi offers a myriad of rooms including normal Backpackers Hostel with ceiling fan. We have rooms categorised under Cottage, Standard and Budget. All rooms come with air conditions. Although breakfast is not provided, coffee & tea, hot and cold drinking water are always at your disposal 24/7. If you like rustic and quaint countryside and you don't mind humbling yourselves, you will love our small guest houses. We are located in a peaceful, somewhat laidback 'kampong' (village) settings, about 150m from the main Chenang beach road. It is the natural setting of a place you can call home. You can see roosters scratching for food and even cattle roaming freely. In fact, listening to the birds chirping at the break of dawn or the sounds of crickets and frogs in the wee of night are an added sweet pleasure to the ears. Moreover, you'd thoroughly enjoy those quiet walks with your friends and companions to the villages nearby to take a peek on the lives of the rural folks or just snap a postcard-perfect photo of the natural setting of the Chenang beach or of the villages. If you tire yourselves, drop by at the Chenang main street to sip our local "teh tarik" (white tea concoction) coffee or local mocktails. The main street, inundated with fancy but affordable restaurants and shops, is quite fashionable with tourists as well as locals who are always looking for some action or do some needful shopping. Needless to say, this area is a great place to connect with other travellers. Just to share some background information, Langkawi is lovely tropical island paradise with hot and high humidity climate all year round. Temperatures are fairly consistent during the day, ranging between 30°C to 35°C; just right for you do your sunbathing although you need to use lots of sun tan lotions, At night, the temperature goes down between 28°C - 29°C. You will enjoy visiting Langkawi anytime of the year. During the day, expect sunshine lasting till late afternoon and overcast skies towards the evenings. Between April till August, the island enjoys a balance of sunshine and light rainfall, making it the coolest time to visit. Langkawi's weather generally produces the most rainfall between August and September, as a result of monsoon winds. Visitors in dry season, January to April can expect sun and more sun. A word of warning though, the continually wet and warm climate in Langkawi Island will get you in a bit of a bind as this period will see the swarming of buzzing and irritating mosquitoes. But do not worry, as we provide mosquito sprays in every room. Not only that, we carry out mosquito repellent sprays in our cottage and hostel when the sun goes down. If you go outdoors, please make sure you cover yourselves with a mosquito repellent ointment called the citronella. By the way, our small guest house does not come in the form of swanky set-ups but rather it blends with nature perfectly well. We are sure that you'd love the nature to your heart content and you only need the basics during your stay, In short, the Cottage Langkawi is definitely made for you. ... more   less 
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