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AB Motel
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Pantai Cenang
Reviewed August 27, 2010

I was apprehensive about this property especially as I had read a previous review that talked of the many mosquitoes. None of the family (wife, Sue and 2 sons 10 yrs and 13) was disappointed. We arrived armed with mosquito nets, pyrmethrin spray, and various mosquito killers and repellents. We needened have worried. Despite a sizeable gap under the door we were not visited by any mosquitoes for the whole of our stay (10 days). Perhaps the excellent ceiling fan deterred the nasties (the room also has very good a/c but this gets too cold at night for our liking and we much prefer sleeping under a fan.

It was gratifying that reception were expecting us: we had travelled up from Singapore by train via Kuala Lumpur and were much looking forward to a rest. I had made a mistake in booking one day too many. Without being asked I was given a refund for the unused night which I thought was pretty amazing and unexpected.

The hotel really is on the beach which is virtually empty (we stayed in August) And this is despite a large number of hotels etc being sited all along the beach and a number of businesses offering banana boat rides, parascending and jet ski hire. Although not the hotel';;s fault, I didn't like the way that the parachute towing boats sped along the bathing part of the beach although jet skis were banned. Also the seawater wasn;t exactly clear but beautifully clear. There were a number of jelly fish (a couple as large as 15 cm in diameter though most much smaller. I am told that their presence is seasonal. But don't let this put you off: the water is delicious. Every day the famous Mr Me does his rounds of all the residents touting for various trips. The trip to the MArine PArk is really good even though 90% is closed due to bleaching caused by high water temperatures. The closure has pushed the price of visits up by 100% but is still only 100 Ringgit per person. The snorkelling is good!

There are loads of restaurants along the strip. We te for around £10 per head mainly at the excellent Jimmy's cafe located in the brilliant and scenic Lama Pai rice museum. Prices were about twice what we were paying in Kuala Lumpur but just as tasty.

The room itself was very spacious with two queen sized beds and only three rooms from actually being on the beach itself (rooms prefixed with G and B are on the beach) They were 120 Ringgits per night and slept 4 (do not include breakfast) The shower had hot and cold water and worked faultlessly. You also get a western sit down toilet and basin. There is a tv and fridge included too. The accommodation is basic but it is secure and clean and very reasonable: compare witht eh posh but expensive Casa de Mer down the road whose prices start at 800 RM!

All in all - a superb hotel in a brilliant loaction and well known by taxi drivers at Kuah [where you will arrive if coming by ferry (28 RM) and in Perlis (if arriving like us by train at Arau from Kual Lumpur/Singapore. Top tip: if you get the opportunity take the excellent sleeper first class to Singapore and Arau. For 4 people we got return first class plus Arau on the border of Thailand for £250 (for 4 people) Superb value and very comfortable. For more info see www.61.com

The room was very cleaned and is cleaned daily: sheets and towels are changed daily.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

AB Motel is a BUDGET 'No Frills' Motel and I got fantastic value for cheap rate. Got a clean, simple room with 2 huge beds, nice shower (no toilet paper coz they provide spray to wash!). We were 5 seconds from the beach, 2 minutes walk to Cenang beach's trendy eateries (including my fav Red Tomato Cafe) and shops. So enjoyed the beach, water, food and shopped! It was a fabulous enjoyable stay. There were mosquitoes, so we brought protection. The only noise came from other guests having too much fun! If you are polite and nice to the staff they return this 200 fold, being humble also helps! YES! I did so enjoy my stay!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

I was travel to langkawi at 13 Aug - 15 Aug. First time stay in AB Motel. Normal basic,
the bathroom facility normal to poor , linking water, no toilet paper at all , Pay rm120.00 per night no breakfast at all, it is expensive ..... Just because near the Pantai Cenang.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank DaliceChin
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

AB has good reviews here. Therefore I put it on my priority. But after staying here for only one night, i decided to change my hotel.

Location is this hotel's advantage. Due to the low season, our room is the best location which is in front of the beach. We have sea view sitting in our balcony. And you are easy to find the restaurants nearby.

But room's facilities is poor. Very small bathroom. You shouldn't leave you stuff out of the door. Because someone stole my slippers.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

Wife and I decided at the last minute to surprise some relatives by meeting them in Langkawi. Too bad we didn't realize hotels in Langkawi would be fully booked. Tried most 4 & 5 star but all were booked. So, we were left with the cheap motels @ Cenang and AB Motel looked the newest.

Well,
- Room was clean. Furniture was as expected for a 25 dollar room. Slept comfortably...until around 3 a.m when the couple next door started some 'activity'. We were woken up by some screams like someone being raped. And after a while, the girl was crying and the guy trying to console her.
-Second night, the above couple was gone but area not quiet enough.

For above 2, can't really blame the management - unless you expect them to soundproof a motel! Personally I don't mind, but wife woke up several times. Just be aware that the place is not the quietest.

-Bathroom. Very simple and quite clean. Water & Shower not powerful enough (maybe everyone opened their taps at the same time!)
-Hallways and stairs were sandy but this is expected considering they are right on the beach. Could do with a maid regularly cleaning it.
-Housekeeping was well-done when we came back.
-Staff...this is the weak point. Not smiling, not very helpful. I saw a few people being spoken to rudely. Their main concern is just to collect the payment and the tone of the voice could be improved.

Note : Though we didn't experience anything, it looks like it would be wiser not to leave anything valuable in the room. Doors seem weak and the locks very easy to pick, and there is no fencing. Anybody can walk into the motel from all sides. Saw a few people coming to use the bathrooms etc.

Recommended for : Backpackers, Anyone looking for a place to just sleep and get out when they wake up, If you normally wake up early, Heavy sleepers.

Not recommend for : Romantic holidays, Anyone looking for a quiet place, Anyone who sleeps till late (unless you are a heavy sleeper)

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank XAmmuri
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Reviewed June 27, 2010

Stayed with my sister and we had booked a bungalow near the beach. It was very cheap and I was expecting something very basic. It was clean and right on the sand. The beds were very comfortable although the bathroom was far from luxurious! There was a/c, a fan, fridge and a TV. The motel has the best position, being right in the middle of the stretch of beach and you can hire a motorbike or a car and organise trips from right outside the front door.
We hired a motorbike, which was great and cheap way to get around. The next day, after we had given the bike back, we decided to go to the night market. We asked the guy at the bike shop where it was and he told us but said it was too far to walk and then lent us a bike for a few hours free of charge so we could go to the market! Couldn't believe it. Offered to pay, but he said it was ok, it was only a few hours. Wow!
Also booked the trip to the marine reserve from here and noticed that we saved a lot of money compared to others on the same trip.
Great trip by the way, although the food wasn't all that! Well worth doing!
Book in advance though as this hotel was fully booked the whole time we were there!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank alexGranCanaria
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Reviewed June 10, 2010

we stayed at AB Motel for 3 nights in the bungalows over the main road from the beach, which are much cheaper than the beachfront hotel. The pleasant exterior does not reflectthe inside decor of these bungalows. Although very spacious, they could do more with the room to make it more appealing. The room is dated which makes it seem less clean than it actually is.Good location for the beach, which is across the road and a few restuarants nearby. Try Uncle Bobs for delicious Nasi Campur which is to the right of the motel. Overall the good price of the rooms means the decor is less of a problem.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi > Pantai Cenang
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Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Pantai Cenang
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Ab Hotel Pantai Cenang
Ab Hotel Langkawi
AB Motel Langkawi/Pantai Cenang

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