The purpose of my 2D1N trip was to take two European guests of mine to visit the historical city of Melaka. I decided to book this hotel after reading all the rave reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed! The hotel was great for this purpose in every way!
1) Location - right at Jonker where all the quaint little shops are. Even though we went on a weekday when the famous night market is not open, there was still much to see and do, and many shops to visit in the day. It is also very near to the historical sites of Stadhuys and St Paul's Hill, which we walked to in the later part of the afternoon, after shopping at Jonker St. Not forgetting the newly opened Hard Rock Cafe, just a stone throw's away, which we went for dinner and drinks at night. The Melaka River Cruise is also walking distance. In the morning after breakfast and before checking out, we went to the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum which was just a 1-minute walk away.
2) Service - from the moment I emailed in my booking, the service has been impeccable. I always received a response within half an hour of emailing them. A week before my trip, they sent me a reminder with directions to the hotel. Any doubts or problems I had, they dealt with really quickly. Upon arrival, we were also greeted with many smiles and all staff were incredibly polite and courteous.
3) Free parking right behind the hotel - this is extremely convenient for people driving from other states and know how difficult it is to park at Jonker area. The lots are also cordoned off by the hotel, which means you are not competing with the public or residents. When approaching the hotel, give Reception a call. Someone will come out immediately to hop into your car and direct you to their designated parking lots. Alternatively, you can park at their parking bay in front of the hotel, check-in, and then drive back out to the parking behind the hotel. And because everything was walking distance, we needn't drive out during the duration of our stay at all.
4) Breakfast - breakfast was included in the rates and was very good for a small boutique hotel. There was a wide variety of food to choose from - both hot/cooked options (like hashbrowns, eggs, toast, mee goreng, sausages, etc) and also cold/packed food (yoghurts, etc) as well as fruits and juices. It was more than enough and tasty! However, my European guests found the local, heavy breakfasts of rice and noodles not too appealing.
5) Hotel exterior/interior - the hotel is built into an old shophouse, so immediately you get a sense that you're stepping back in time. The decor and furniture is a great blend of traditional Chinese fused with modern design. The entire place is spotlessly clean and very warm and welcoming. There is a fountain beneath the stairs, which add to the very natural ambience of the hotel.
6) Room - because I was with my husband, we wanted an apartment-type room with a common living area but two separate bedrooms, so that we can hang out together with our guests in the day but have a more private sleeping experience. Hence, we booked the new Family Suite, which was a duplex. It had a lovely spacious living area, kitchenette, master bedroom with one Queen bed on the first floor, and a much larger bedroom on the upper floor that had 2 Queen beds and 1 King! There was one bathroom, but it had 3 separate cubicles in it - one with the toilet, one with rain shower, and one with bathtub and shower. It had a very sleek modern design. There was also a common sink area which was long enough for 2-3 people to use at one time, with large mirrors. The decor and furniture, like the hotel's reception area, was a wonderful fusion of both traditional Chinese/Peranakan and modern - splendid for our foreign guests who could experience a little bit of our local culture. There was a large flat-screen TV with many channels offered. The ambience of the entire suite was very warm and cosy. It was also really clean and comfortable. Amenities were also well-stocked, with plenty of drinking water, a hairdyer, toiletries, and a fridge. The air-conditioning also worked very well, with minimal noise. The traditional Chinese bed in the master bedroom which I slept in was super comfy!
There's nothing for me to complain about, really. Wifi was working well, too, unlike what many other reviews here had said. Of course, being such a good hotel, it comes with a price (literally). The hotel's rates are a little bit more expensive than others you can find in the area, but I truly believe it is well worth the extra. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and I would go back to Melaka just to stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel consist of 14 rooms with different kind of designs, located in the heart of city, part of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Malacca. ... more less