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Desa Motel
Jalan Pantai Tengah, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #50 of 98 hotels in Langkawi
Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Not bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

A little back from the beach and main street of Chenang, Langkowie. Clean and simple. Great for the budget traveller. I only spent one night in a double room. No natural light was a bit of a bummer but the bed was comfortable and the AC was powerful. There is a laundry service also available but I didn't use it. The wifi signal was strong and fast. The staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Don't judge this hotel by first impressions. It is tucked a away behind a laundry but the rooms are clean and large with good showers and facilities. There is free wifi, a TV, fridge and a patio area outside. It is quiet in the rooms and just a few minutes walk from the beach. It is on the quiet end of the town, but this is a plus as you have a place to escape the noise of the tourist areas in town. The laundry is Wong day the hotel and I'd well priced and convenient and the larger more pricey hotel across the road had a taxi rank outside, making travel very easy. I would readily stay at the Desa again as the owner was friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Desa Motel at Langkawi for 2 nights in the deluxe villa. I would say it was totally worth the money.
We were greeted by the friendly staff and especially Mr Yusuf at the reception. He was helpful with getting us taxi and providing important information. A/C room with clean sheets welcomed us.

Although the hotel package didnt provide us with breakfast, there are numerous eating joints around at the 'mamak stalls' (totally affordable!) for all your eating needs.
There was free Wifi for usage at the rooms and hot water available too.


Gorgeous and clean Pentai Cenang Beach is about 1.5 kms from there. Supermarket for all basic needs was at walking distance and we went ahead and rented a bike for 24 hours at about RM 40. Petrol is just so cheap in this country! We roamed about all the beaches and restaurants in just RM3!

For those who savor Chinese cuisine, there was a wonderful restaurant called Orkid Rio down the road. Another Irish Pub near the hotel too which has Cheezy wedges to die for!

All in all, had a wonderful stay and wish we could do it all over again. :)

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

It's known that this motel belongs to a laundry and shares reception with them. This did not affect us in any way. Rooms are spacious and clean. But walls have a rough finish and is not luxurious. Bathroom too is clean and spacious. Tap was not fixed properly but was not leaking. As my wife says, its not cozy, but good enough. Reception guys are smiling and helpful. They speak decent English and communication was not a problem. You can take their help for hiring cars or motorbikes and even for local sight seeing. You can can get your laundry done at RM 4/kg.

It is less than 500 meters from Langkawi Under water world and Pantai Cenang beach. This beach has some water sport and activities, not crowded but no facilities either. It would cost 22 RM from Airport to Desa Motel. Jetty from where they take to Island Hopping is also close by (they will pick you from motel anyway). Many seafood, Chinese and Indian/Arabic restaurants nearby. They wont clean room daily, but they will if you ask them to. They wont change bed sheets or the towels unless you ask them.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kuala lumpur
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

I booked this hotel from the agent from the jetty , the hotel rather difficult to find as we drive to the hotel thank god I was using my google map in my phone to direct me to the place , there's not much parking available , there's no reception , it's a laundry shop where you get your room keys , for the price I paid for the villa which is rm 250 per night , it's not worth it , the room was dark and the bed not comfortable with the bedsheet ! You need to walk down the stairs to the bathroom ! Stay here one night and change my hotel !

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We found this to be a small, quiet and very friendly place to stay on the western side of Langkawi (Kampung Lubok Buaya). Check in took about 30 seconds and we were shown to our room - all are set out around a shaded courtyard with well tended gardens. Having a laundry on site was very useful too (approx £1 per kilo) - which was staffed by a number of charming giggly girls.Our room had a big firm bed, very efficient air con, good sized bathroon, daily room service, fridge,TV and free WiFi. Outside each room there was also a porch with a table and chairs. Could you really expect much more for under £17 a night?? There is also a stall near to the Desa run by a Muslim family (so closed on Fridays) that sells a range of freshly cooked snacks and the most wonderfully fragrant black tea. The closest beach was about 5 min walk away (as was the beginning of the main trawl of shops and restaurants) and it was very clean. The sea was clear and very warm (with only the occasional jellyfish washed up). The main beach was much busier, but still not crowded. Overall we were pleasantly surprised at the lack of development in this area. The vast majority of buildings are single storey - but there already signs that this will change as a number of multi-floor buldings are under construction along the main street Jalan Pantai Chenang. There were a good variety of Chinese, Malay and Indian restaurants to choose from, but no hawker food centre. Because Langkawi is a duty free island, alcohol costs about the same as in the UK. The downside is that we found the restaurant food here to be considerably dearer here than elsewhere in Malaysia. Overall, a very enjoyable stay and we would return.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Ok, I agree with other reviewers that the room is quite spacious, there's AC and hot water. However, the place can easily be improved at no additional cost for the owners. It's some simple things that only require a little consideration. For example, the pics I saw of the motel prior to my arrival suggested a lush, green/flowery entrance. Instead, the reception is Langkawi's laundry centre with heaps of clean and dirty clothes and bedsheats (in industrial quantities!) all over the place. The receptionist just thrusted us the key to our room and pointed to a tiny path that we should take. The path veered between the back entrance of the laundry, a dirty water canal and the left-over of some ongoing construction. Because were left to our own intuition to find our room, we ended up at the wrong spot. Then we had to specifically request basic things like toilet paper and a clean extra sheet to put under the blanket (of course you don't wash the blanket after every new guest, so you just put new sheets, right? It would make sense!). We stayed 3 nights and the room wasn't cleaned even once. My point is: Yes, the motel is decent. Yes, there IS a wonderful green grand entrance. But the service is bad. Is the staff sabotaging the place on purpose? If you just spare some thought to welcoming your customers, you could really highlight the good sides of the motel. As I said, it doesn't cost a thing to have considerate staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Pantai Tengah, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
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Ranked #50 of 98 hotels in Langkawi
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