Have you ever gotten to your destination and thought “this isn’t what I expected”. Well that’s what happened to me today. I arrived in Langkawi, Malaysia and headed to the Sheraton Langkawi.
At first glance things seemed ok. But as I looked closer, they started to unravel. The room I was upgraded to was at the top of a hill, a steep hill. It looked like a nice executive suite at first. Wood floors, island-style decor, partial water view and large bathroom. As I started to explore, I discovered that the property was very, very old. The wifi was painfully slow, so slow that I couldn’t even use Skype or upload photos to my blog.
The living area couch sagged almost to the ground. The bathroom was old and everything was stained. The robes in the closet had dust/dirt on them. The toilet was particularly stained, and the floor surrounding it was rust stained as well.
I walked down several curvy flights of steep and slippery stairs to the pool. The chairs and lounge chairs were old, many had holes in them and they were not comfortable at all. There were stray cats wondering around the pool and eating some human food near the pool bar. The other hotel guests at the pool (and there were only 6-8) were very judgmental of the western women. It was a very uncomfortable feeling.
I will say that the view from the pool, in one direction, was very nice. However, if you looked the other way, the view was obstructed by some sort of industrial buildings.
Back in the room I looked at the bed. It looked like the duvet was dirty and as I looked closer it was not just dirty, it was stained and soiled – it looked like it hadn’t been washed a year. After peeling back the cover of the duvet, here’s what I found. 1) hair, not mine. 2)That’s not a shadow, that’s a stain. 3) Another stain. It was disgusting.
That was it. I decided this just wasn’t the place for me. I went online and booked a flight right back out of Langkawi. So here I sit, at the airport, shortest hotel stay ever! I would not recommend the Sheraton Langkawi, it’s a dump and needs a lot of work! Frankly, I’m surprised it’s still under the Starwood flag.