My wife & I (both retirees) decided to drive from Singapore to Malacca (Mahkota Hotel) instead of taking the coach so that we can move around this old Portugese town at lower cost, as almost all the metered taxis there charge a fixed sum per trip instead of using their meters. The drive along the North-South highway took us about 3 hours, with short stoppages for rest, refreshments & toilet breaks along the way.
The Mahkota Hotel is a family resort style hotel with 1 & 2 apartment rooms for 2 to 6 adults & 1 to 2 children. We had a 1-room deluxe apartment room with a bedroom with attaching bathroom/toilet & a spacious living room/kitchen for 2 nights at RM 232 per night (approx SGD 90 or USD 70). The rooms are fully air-conditioned & come with TV (with Channel NewsAsia & a few paid TV channels), a fridge, an electric water kettle, a cooker, daily free local newspaper, 2 bottles of mineral water & buffet breakfast for 2. Parking is free for hotel guests. Room internet is also available at only RM 10 for 24 hours (approx SGD 4 or USD 3).
The hotel receptionists & Cafe employees are very courteous & helpful.
The hotel is under the "Non smoking zone" & has 8 smaller apartment blocks. Because of our last minute booking, we were assigned to a block furthest from the Main Hotel Lobby/Cafe. Thus we had to walk daily for 10 minutes through the shaddy hotel swimming pools/garden area to take our daily breakfast. The hotel is located next to the sea (Straits of Malacca). Our rooms are fairly clean & breezy. As our room/block overlooks the sea, they are also very quiet/peaceful during the whole day & night.
This hotel is suitable for families with children as it has 2 pools with slides, games rooms & a mini golf course for small children. There is a laundry & ironing room & a spa too.
For shopping, we can walk across the road opposite the hotel to Mahkota Parade or drive or walk to the nearby Jonker Street (10 to 15 mins walk) for food (famous chicken rice ball, chendol drink, pineapple tarts, local grilled black & white coffee powder, gula melaka or coconut rock sugar) or local products (traditional beaded slippers, wooden cloaks, wooden umbrella, antique collections) or visit the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. You can also take a cruise along the Malacca Straits from the berth close to the hotel.
For dinner, there are many choices ie economical western fast food, Chinese cooked food & dip satay, Italian pizza, Malay nasi briany & other foreign food restaurants within walking distance from the hotel.
The daily complimentary buffet breakfast from the hotel offers several types of drinks (fruit juices, fresh milk, tea, coffee & local teh tehrek), Malay breakfast (nasi lemak or coconut rice with sambal beef & chicken), Chinese breakfast (plain/chicken porridge, noodle with curry or fishball soup, buns & chee cheong fun) Western breakfast (toast bread, eggs, oats, sausages, beans, muffins, salads).
It is really a value-for-money family resort type hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mahkota Hotel Melaka comprises one main hotel block & 8 blocks of hotel apartment. Located on the waterfront in the heart of historical Melaka, adjacent to the Mahkota Parade and Melaka Megamall - Dataran Pahlawan, the city's most popular shopping and entertainment complex, and within short walking distance to the business hub of Melaka as well as various historical places of interest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melaka Mahkota Hotel