Soluna Guest House
What we say:
Soluna Guest House is the new kid on the block among the guesthouses in Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang. Recently opened, this secluded little rural hideaway surrounded by coconut palms is tucked behind the Laman Padi Museum and is a great budget choice that is only going to improve as the tropical gardens start to flourish.
Passing through the blue gates, the first thing you’ll notice is the proprietors’ traditional two-storey Malay-style house that oversees the grounds and the offset rooms. Guest rooms are in a motel-style L-shape, which creates an interior garden that’s just starting to take hold.
Soluna has 12 individual rooms as well as a dormitory on offer. The four basic rooms have fans and share a common bathroom for 40 ringgit a day. The eight ensuite rooms have fans with air-con optional for 50 ringgit, plus an extra 15 ringgit daily if you’d like to run the air-con. The shower baths are small but sufficient for their purpose.
Each room is simply furnished with a dark wood framed double bed and a small table. The decor may be a bit spartan in a Zen kind of way but they’re clean and spacious in that newly opened way. The rooms also come with a cosy veranda, complete with table and chairs.
The dormitory can accommodate 10 guests in five bunk beds of the same dark wood. The tiled floors, air-con and spotless condition makes this one of the best dorm stays on the island at only 17 ringgit per night.
The lower floor of the main house has a small bar counter, casual seating and tables where guests can use the free WiFi. It also serves as a breakfast nook for the limited a la carte breakfasts served, such as beans and toast, eggs and beef bacon, yoghurt, cereals and fruit, all under 10 ringgit.
But contrary to its country feel, the bustle of Cenang and access to the beach, restaurants, bars and shops is only a short walk down a path through the towering coconut palms, making the need for a motorbike or hire car secondary.
To find Soluna, as you enter Cenang from the north, take a left as you reach the corner edge of the Laman Padi Museum’s surrounding fields. About 100 metres on the right a small sign points the way down a small picturesque road; this road will lead you to Soluna.
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Contact details:Pantai Cenang, Langkawi. T: (012) 566 5968 / (04) 955 2764
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dorm Fan||17 ringgit||17 ringgit|
|Dbl fan share b'room||40 ringgit||40 ringgit|
|Dbl fan private b'room||50 ringgit||50 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||65 ringgit||65 ringgit|
Added to Travelfish on: 22nd May, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 25th August, 2014
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Rated 4 out of 5
Based on 1 ratings and 1 reviews
Tranquil, no pressure
I stayed here for almost 3 weeks over Christmas & New Year. This place is a lovey rest haven - very close to the beach, shops, cafes, and yet it feels like you are on a country retreat. This is definitely a 'no-pressure' place. If you are wanting to stay somewhere that feels homely and pleasant and safe, while staying on a beautiful tropical island - this is it.
The place is clean and has a 'hotel' feel about it - especially in the twin/double rooms - sheets get changed -the towels are big and thirsty. The dorm has 10 beds and air-con between 11pm-11am (fans at other times, which are adequate). Beds are comfortable and the whole place is well-kept. The owner is a young European woman who has been a back-packer herself, so she has an understanding of the needs of westerners, and with a generous approach to her guests.
Breakfast is a cheap option, and helps you to sty on-site, if a day's rest is what you want.
The no-stress atmosphere I think is probably due to her kind nature.
Less than a kilometre away and you get all the fun that you want and still get to come home to a peaceful, tranquil, and clean environment.
Cenang Beach is beautiful, with soft white sand - stingers (jelly-fish) though, so get a stinger-suit.....
As a seasoned traveller and back-packer, I certainly do recommend this place and the prices as quoted are correct. It is a haven amongst some of the madness of Asia :)
The Island is very low key, the shop-owners and cafe staff are happy to see you, and not worried if you don't buy - it's a 'no pressure' kind of place.
Besides the stingers in the water, the only down-side of Langkawi Island (nothing to do with the guest house) does not have public transport, so if you are not prepared to hire a motor bike or car, then a taxi with set (inflated) prices is your only choice. If you want to stay put, and have all the wonderful eating places and shops within reach, you can still have that - it is all within the vicinity of the guest house (including ''UnderwaterWorld'').
A taxi will cost you 30myr from the jetty and 20myr from the airport to here.
The night market is in different places each night, and walking distance to Soluna's on Thursday nights - great for cheap food. The cafe nearest to here ''Ristoran Almaz'' is Indian - you can get roti chenai (fresh Indian-style 'bread' with dahl) for 1myr and a cup of masala tea for 2myr. Their food is really, really good (open 24 hours).
I had a really nice time here when I was nursing a broken toe - just the kind of place you would want to be laid up in, if you could choose.
Soluna Guest House reviewed by mitchell456 (Total published reviews: 2) on
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Tranquil, no pressure
I stayed here for almost 3 weeks over Christmas & New Year. This place is a lovey rest haven - very...
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Tranquil, no pressure
By mitchell456, 07 January 2014