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“If you want a relaxing RESORT holiday, DO NOT stay here”
Review of Lanai Hotel

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Lanai Hotel
Ranked #59 of 103 Hotels in Langkawi
Torquay
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“If you want a relaxing RESORT holiday, DO NOT stay here”
Reviewed July 20, 2010

Let me say from the outset, I am over fifty and I like a little bit of adventure, culture and learning in my Asian adventures but I also love coming back to my resort for its top rate facilities and live the good life for a little while. If this is similar to you DO NOT stay at the Lanai hotel. You will be disappointed on all levels. It is more like a back packers with limited services and rundown rooms.
Upon arrival we checked in and we had to carry our luggage up three flights of stairs. No porters AND we were sent the wrong way by reception so we basically did a circuit of the hotel.
The room was old and quite basic. When I turned on the air conditioner it sounded like a Russian tractor and I had to get up and do a bit of judicious banging to stop the clatter. The bathroom was tiny and there was not a cake of soap; instead there was a tiny tube of liquid soap that was very inconvenient.
The pool did not have an attendant and I did not see any staff looking maintaining it at all. The beach bar served warm beer and all staff looked like they had been shipped in from the gulag; uninterested and unhappy.
The final straw was when our toilet sprung a leak, a gusher really and when we returned from a day trip it had not been fixed.
Do not stay in this hotel as a resort, it STINKS.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Suceava
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Good location end of beach,great pool,room is spacious ,staff very helpful,the food was great and reasonably priced ,nice private breach,free wifi in lobby.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Leeds
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Reviewed May 11, 2010

We stayed at the Lanai hotel for 5 nights, and booked through agoda.com for approx £48 per room per night.

Positives about the hotel:

Good air conditioning
Good breakfast lots of choice.
Beach bar happy hour 5.30-6.30pm every night - beer half price
Clean rooms
Free wifi in lobby (we could also access it in our room as we were close to the lobby)
On beach front
2 minutes from cactus restaurant (very cheap, nice restaurant serving chinese food)
Nice pool
Free beach towels and loungers.

Negatives about the hotel:

No hairdryer
Little bit tired
20 minute walk to Pantai Cenang (or 2 mins in taxi...cost £2 - positive)
Beach bar food is average
Outdated shower (laminate flooring in shower cubical!)
Very minor refurb work on the pool (some concreting of tiles)
No lift in hotel (hotel is on 3 floors, and consider carrying 2x 20kg bags after 14 hour flight...in 35 degree heat. = want a beer!)

Good things to do in Pentai Tengah / Cenang:

Little Lylias (beach bar) - next to "Tomato" restaurant (chilled out bar, cheap drinks
Cactus restaurant
3 island hopping tour (25 RG for 4 hour tour) - see monkeys, and eagles
Islandish restaurant (good food, and strong long island iced tea for 15RG)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lancelin
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Langkawi is not the best value for money location around - probably because it is a less developed tourist destination there is not as much competition. For the same price we paid for our rooms here we got a lot better service and standard of accommodation at the Flamingo in Penang.
However compared to other hotels in langkawi of a similar rate I think it was pretty good. the pool is very clean (some mould in the grout, but the water is very clear), very warm and has lots of shade so you can happily spend large amounts of time in the water without worrying about excess sun exposure or getting cold.
The beach bar is also a gorgeous cabana style deck and serves half price beer from 5.30 to 6.30 pm every night.
Check in staff are not flexible and sometimes seem unwelcoming but the other staff are generally friendly and helpful. Their english is also not the best I have encountered so it can sometimes be hard to get your point across if it is not something they are used to dealing with (like arranging babysitters).
Breakfast which is included in the room rate is pretty good - a variety of local and Western dishes, eggs, fruit, cereal, coffee/tea and fruit juices - but you need to get there early for cold milk!
From what we good gather the hotel has recently changed over from government ownership to private and while we were there they seemed very busy tidying the place up, planting trees in the driveway and fixing up missing tiles in some areas around the pool so in coming months there may be some improvements to the rooms.
Overall the hotel is not flash but comfortable, breakfast is good and the pool and beach bar are also a real plus - just don't go there expecting a five star faciility.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Oxford
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

Good location at quiet end of beach is the reason to stay here. beach cafe for hotel guests is very nice. Short walk (10-20 minutes) to restaurants and shops

Room is spacious, basic but clean. Aircon works well if a little noisy. no bugs or mosquito problem. Bathroom not that great (compared to western standards) but clean - only hot water one day. towels and sheets clean but not white white as they dont use such harsh detergents and bleach. Very peaceful and quiet at night. very comfortable bed.

Breakfast buffet has good variety of western, local, chinese and superb omlets. Pool good, clean and not crowded.

The whole area is tacky tourist ville. dont come here if you expect anything else. Restaurants are ok but everything is inflated to tourist prices (though still cheap)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lanai Hotel
Address: Pantai Tengah, Mk Kedawang, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Langkawi, Malaysia Jalan Teluk Baru, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
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Ranked #59 of 103 Hotels in Langkawi
Hotel Class:3 star — Lanai Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 327

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