Langkawi's lively Pantai Cenang beach welcomes its first international hotel brand recently with the opening of Langkawi Pantai Cenang, a comfortable and efficient hotel that guests can use as their base to explore the destination's many attractions
Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang sits on the buzzing Pantai Cenang beach, affording guests easy access on foot to numerous duty-free shops, restaurants and bars, spas, souvenir shops as well as tourist attractions such as the Laman Padi Langkawi Museum and Underwater World Langkawi.
The hotel is also a mere 10-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.
While the hotel boasts a superb location, it is tucked away from the main hub, sparing guests from street noises.
The hotel packs in 164 large rooms, with sizes ranging from 35m² to 38m².
I spent my stay in a superior king ocean view room on the fourth floor, which allowed me enjoyable views of the Andaman Sea.
My room was very comfortable, with a firm mattress and pillows that felt just right as well as a minibar that offered complimentary soft drinks.
While there was plenty to do around the hotel, I found lazing on the plush bed and surfing through 20 international TV channels just my cup of tea for the moment.
I was also impressed by the stability of the hotel’s complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
The all-day dining Rice Garden restaurant is the only F&B venue in the hotel, and it serves local and continental breakfast as well as Malaysian favourites for lunch and dinner.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable meal there, gobbling down some unique dishes such as Malaysian spice lamb flat bread and the Cenang 4 Seasons Special, which was a delicious salad comprising mango, Thai fish cake, mini spring roll and chicken in screw pine leaf.
Guests can choose to dine indoors in an air-conditioned setting, or sit on the terrace to enjoy the ocean view and breeze.
One will never be short on gourmet options, as beyond the hotel lies numerous eateries, from hawker centres and fast food chains to casual and contemporary restaurants – all of which are within walking distance.
Located in the hotel lobby is the 99 Islands Lounge and Bar that overlooks the open-air swimming pools for adults and children, as well as the poolside terrace.
There is also a 24-hour fully equipped gym and a Kid’s Club stocked with board games and reading materials.
The hotel caters to small events through a theatre-style ballroom on the third level. This can seat 200 guests, or be partitioned into two smaller spaces. In addition to the ballroom are three small meeting rooms on level two. All venues are fitted with state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities, and feature natural daylight and floor-to-ceiling windows.
There is also a dedicated banqueting team to support event planners.
Excellent! I loved the hassle-free check-in and the efficient service at the restaurant where my plates were cleared from the table each time I got up for second helpings at the buffet line.
Fantastic hospitality, with attentive and friendly staff who made me feel right at home.
Number of rooms: 164
Tel: +604 9525888