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Zackry Guest House
Ranked #4 of 159 Langkawi B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

The best hostel on our vacation hands down.

First the room. Very spacious and clean (though bit tired). There were AC and fan, dresser, mini-fridge, good sized bed, little sofa and a table. So at least for us it was more than sufficient.

On the outside there were a small pool with few sun chairs and and a hammock.
Communal area had a small kitchen, bar and several tables to eat, drink and socialize.
On the bar beer costs 3 ringgit (0,66€) and soft drinks 2 ringgit (0,44€), so yeah, cheap!
Also, the bar works on self service, so no need to wait for the staff - just put your money in the box and fetch a drink yourself.

Staff was also great. Most of the times when someone checks in, they introduce them to the people who happens to be in the communal area at the time, so it really helps to break the ice.
Also they arrange some excursions like fishing trips (which we unfortunately missed), but every participant seemed to like them.

Location was good enough. Lots of restaurants around, few minimarts close by and the main street, where you can buy touristy stuff was within walking distance. Taxis were quite expensive on Malaysian standard (fixed prices), so renting a scooter (30 ringgit/day, small scooter) is good way to explore the island.

Overall, highly recommended. Would stay again!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

I really enjoyed my stay there. The price was in my opinion very good and the workers and the owner showed great hospitality towards us. We were sleeping in a room with shared bathroom which was okay. The only thing that concerned us was the musty smell in our room.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed here for 3 days at the end of January and very much enjoyed our time here. The room was clean, a decent size, and the ensuite bathroom was great. We did find the common area a little to smoky, and dirty to enjoy in the evenings, (people smoking) but was fine first thing in the morning. The beach is a good 3 minute walk, and it is not the "big" beach were most of Langkawi visits, but a quieter section. We also found the sand and beach extremely hot, and although Zackry's indicated we could borrow an umbrella and bamboo mats with a small deposit, we used the mat, but we didn't see any umbrella's? The staff were great and we enjoyed our nightly walks (maybe 30 minutes) to the main strip to people watch and enjoy a meal.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Zackry Guest House was a decent place to stay. I would say the place was very cheap (especially as Langkawi seemed more expensive than other places in Malaysia). It was reasonably clean.

The room was spacious and shower OK. What was a bit annoying was that the AC was quite loud, so we actually decided to switch it off so we could sleep! The rooms were built such that we didn't overheat during the night. The beds had slightly worn mattresses, but we were tired enough in the evenings so again not too big a problem.

The location is not the very best due to it being rather South to where most of the restaurants etc are. But then, everything was still very much within walking distance!

It was clearly an inclusive hostel with lots of activities going on (for example, when we were there a mini-bus was hired, the cost split and a tour of the island was offered - we didn't participate but it seemed like a fun and good-value idea). There were lots of friendly people around. And the dogs are not annoying if you don't like dogs.

So all in all it depends on what you want. If you're looking for a fun, interactive, cheap place, go here. If you're looking for slightly more luxury - go for somewhere more expensive. Having said that, I probably tend towards the latter, and still thought Zackry Guest House was decent :)

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Yes! I do review for free. I heard that some get paid to make good or bad review to influence the market...Shame on you cheaters....
This place is a good backpackers place. Good welcome, friendly ladies who keep the rooms clean, friendly dogs, pool and place to sit along, good wifi, drinking water free, coffee free, kitchen to use, economic beer in the bar, organize tours, and just 250 meters walk from a really nice and not crowded beach.
I know! some "flash packers" don't know how to behave at 2am, need a 4 x 4 sign to put the toilet paper in the bin, or close de lights...or ..you know..so they remember that they are not the only one on the planet... But I guess that's part of traveling... Compose...on the way.
Go for that place. We stayed 10 days in a fan room, no regret. (PS you may have to struggle a little to find vegetable meals on a long term)

Room Tip: Taxi the only transport possibility: taxi to/from the airport 22RM To/from the Thailand Border fer...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed here as it was in the lonely planet guide but were really disappointed. The room was ok, very basic not worth the money at all. We stayed in much nicer places for half the price.
The really annoying thing was the staff. We wanted to call another hostel to cancel a reservation, a local call and they seemed annoyed we couldn't do this online. Next day we wanted to book a boat to Penang and the man told us to do it online - no help given what so ever. Same story when we needed a taxi were just told to go to the top of the road until one comes by. The main man also didn't recognise me on the second day and had a go at me for filling up my water at the cooler until i showed him my room key.

I can understand other reviews because in the evenings the people working there are really friendly and invite you to sit with them and play drinking games with is fun. Unfortunately they seem too concerned with getting pissed up and then hungover the next day so don't want to help you.

I would shop around for better value places, location isn't that great either so this place doesn't offer much.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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zackryghouse, Owner at Zackry Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2014

We regret for pax experience and we are glad that pax can find somewhere else with better value. For the price in Langkawi and Malaysia unfortunately we are one of the cheapest hostel meant for the cheapest desperate pax. We would be glad actually if pax can share her 'better value place for half price of ours" - in Langkawi, Malaysia so other reader can find out as well as to our knowledge we are cheaper by half than other accommodations here. I do definitely can suggest other places in other cuntries with different standard of living. So really appreciate apple to apple comparison though.
As suggested by our price range, we offered the cheapest option for our pax. Book online is the cheapest way to get ferry ticket especially since in Malaysia everything is online. Most of our guests are usually very happy to cut off travel agency price by book directly to the ferry company as they can save their money by more than RM20 per ticket. We even provide the link for every transport company.
Canceling hotel is best do online as well as other hostel can have record of the cancellation hence avoid the no show charges if hostel fail to record phone conversation. Taxi is best just to be fetched on the road side as it saves RM2 for calling service imposed by taxi driver, especially since taxi station is just across the road. For most of our guests RM2 is a "saving". However seems pax look for pampering 24hrs service that unfortuntaly with our price tag - does not included in the room rate.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

If you have stayed in guest houses in Southeast Asia. You really only want a couple of things. Clean room, decent working bathroom, possibly hot water, and good Internet. Well they have all this and more. Friendly people with a great common room, honor system with beers and sodas in fridge. Free coffee, tea and water! Great Internet in your room. And the rooms were just fine. Great shower. It's a bit off the path but that is always fine by me. Nothing fancy just a great place to lay your head.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Lot 735 Jalan Teluk Baru | Pantai Tengah, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 159 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range: $13 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Zackry Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family run guest house located on the same street of 3 to 4 star resorts. The white sandy 500meters beach is just 200 meters away. It has a common kitchen for light cooking, bar/lounge, satellite TV, internet services. Many choices of restaurants next door and along the same road. ... more   less 
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