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My Malaysia: Tubotel Langkawi (Review)

I’ve always had a thing for unique hotels — jungle abodes, glass igloos, tree houses, underwater rooms. I wish I could visit as many of these interesting places as I can, but some will of course, take time to reach. I recently stayed at a room made from drainage pipes in Sungai Lembing (read about it here: Time Capsule Retreat), and when I heard there was another such place in Langkawi, I just had to check it out. It’s called the Tubotel.

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Overview
Langkawi is an island located on the northwest corner of the Malaysian peninsular off the coast of the state of Kedah. It is a popular holiday destination with only a few unique hotels that stand out among its many, many accommodation choices. One of them is the Tubotel; a small concept hotel overlooking the sea, with pipes and container rooms for the budget-conscious traveler. The hotel is inspired by the Austrian Dasparkhotel, created by architect Andy Strauss — however, there are tons of places around the world with a similar concept now.

Tubotel is located near Cenang Beach (about a 10 minutes walk), on the west coast of the island. The hotel has a total of 23 rooms with 3 accommodation types — the seafront tubes, the garden tubes and the container bunk beds. My impression of the hotel was that it exudes a relaxing and laid-back vibe, with an apt slogan that reads, “Don’t Be Square.”

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The Rooms
During my visit, I stayed at the seafront tube room. I booked via Agoda, and it set me back about RM128 (~US$30) a night. The room was the highlight of my stay — it was fun spending the night in a drainage pipe with double glass doors, though it can be a squeeze if you’re not used to such a lack of space. There are 8 of these colorful tubes that open up to the sea; and they all come with a double king-sized bed, storage underneath the bed, plug points, a small fan and an old school air-conditioner. There is a hand-painted picture of two girls on the beach on the inside wall of my tube, adding a little color to the plain grey walls and clean white linens.

My friend (who was traveling with me) decided to stay at the much cheaper container bunk room. There are 4 beds in each of the 3 available rooms, and each bed costs RM50 (~US$12) a night — they are the latest addition to the hotel, and are probably a better option if you get claustrophobic from the tube rooms.

All the rooms share 2 separate communal bathrooms with adequate showers and toilet stalls. They are well-kept and pretty clean, albeit a little small.

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The Facilities
One of the things that first caught my attention at the Tubotel was the colorful giant daybeds and chill-out benches at the spacious lounge area. They face the sea, and are the perfect places to lie-back and enjoy the gorgeous view from the hotel’s main deck, as well as to witness the sun set.  I ordered myself a whole pizza while relaxing on those comfortable sun-loungers, which added to my lovely evening at the hotel.

Breakfast at Tubotel is served at the indoor restaurant and the outdoor lounge area, and they provide an ala-carte breakfast set menu with a few options; from fried eggs and frittatas to pancakes and muesli yogurt. The hotel prides itself for only using free-range eggs in their meals. I ordered the “chorizo and rosemary flavored hash with two fried eggs” and it came with a cuppa tea, orange juice and homemade bread with butter and jam — it was satisfactory enough.

Other facilities at the hotel include free filtered water, wifi, laundry services and bicycles for rent.

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The Tubotel Experience
I had a pretty good time at Tubotel. The hotel had everything I needed to spend my whole day just chilling (enjoying some cocktails, sunbathing, and doing a little fishing off the decks), and then heading back to my one-of-a-kind tiny room for an afternoon snooze and a night’s sleep.

Tubotel is a simple, no-frills and affordable hotel for the budget-conscious traveler; but with world-class ocean views and the most gorgeous sunset. Imagine waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves crashing onto the rocks outside your tube room — can’t get any more island-dy than that!

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Lounging on the sunbed facing the sea.

Tubotel Langkawi
Where: Kuala Cenang, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.tubotel.com/
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