We made a last minute decision to visit Malacca for our short weekend getaway during Hari Raya Haji long weekend. We took a Coach from Singapore to Malacca. From Singapore, we set off for the Malacca at around 0815 hr on Saturday, cleared both customs at only around 1030 hr. We have a brief stop-over near Ayer Hitam before continuing with our journey. We managed to check into the Beuford Hotel at only around 1415 hr. The entire coach, ride with no major traffic situations, turned out to be 6-7 hours, instead of the 2-3 hours. The coach brought us to a nearby hotel from which we took a short walk to the Beuford Hotel.
We stayed at the Beuford Hotel for two nights. The decision to stay at the Beuford Hotel is made based on the fact that it has free Wi-Fi access to the world wide web, the photos show a rather well done up premise and the close proximity to the main tourist attractions. The check-in process is rather swift. The staff can be considered friendly and helpful. The interior of the hotel is clean and tidy. There is a single lift and two staircases in the four-storey building. We took the staircase down the building and found ladders, pails and some other building materials at the staircase landing at the ground level. Such sighting gave us the impression that that this building is rather new and there remains a number of unfinished tasks.
Though there is no major disturbance coming within the hotel itself, the peace and tranquility of the evening is broken by noise which we believe was coming from the pub at the ground level and some major partying at the rooftop of the nearby hotels and nightspots. The noise persisted till around 5 am for the two nights that we were there. In addition, the air conditioner in our room gave off a persistent humming sound when in operation. It will be much better for it to be much quieter.
The room was well decorated. It can be entered using a contactless contact, comparing to the slot card still used by many other hotels. However, the lock mechanism gave off some form of alarming sound when it unlocked the door. It stopped after the door was properly shut. The door does not shut complete by itself. We had to make an extra effort to push the door a little further to shut it completely. As with most hotel rooms, the access card had to be inserted into some form of switch mechanism to bring on the electricity supply to the room. The room had a small study table with three drawers and a large mirror. It was placed near two power points. There is a boiling flask, two bottles of mineral water, two sets of toiletries on the table. We thought it is weird to have the toiletries on the study table.
We considered the Beuford Hotel to be located in some fairly good neighborhood. There are rows of shop houses where convenient stores and various eateries can be found. There is no lack of choices for our meals. Other than that, the neighborhood appears to share several common characteristics of Malaysia. The street lacks the necessary standard of cleanliness and tidiness. The ground at several locations appears to be partially dug. The pavements and the road appear rather sandy. There was also foul smells from drain with blackish stagnant water.
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