5-star hotel but more like 3-star due to it's age. The toilets especially the bath tubs are due to be changed. However, the rooms are clean and well-kept.
Location - very central. Near to A-Famosa/Stadhurst (probably about 15-20 mins walk). Jonker Street is about 20-25mins walk. The Pahlawan Shopping Mall is right across the road from the hotel. There you can find quite a bit of food. There is a nice little food court on the 4th floor, worth exploring. The food is not too bad but definitely can't beat the famous local eatery outside.
Room - size is ok, bathroom is ok but bathtub really has to be changed. Couldn't even think about soaking in it no matter how much I wanted to! There is soap, shampoo, body lotion, earbuds, shower cap, nice fluffy clean towels, comfy bed and pillows, room slippers but no bathrobe. All no smoking rooms but all rooms has a small balcony so can smoking is actually possible on the balcony.
It is an old hotel but pretty well-maintained. Decor is 'classical' if you may.
Staff - friendly & speaks good English.
Eatery and night entertainment is about 10 mins walk away.
The pool is pretty decent for swimming laps, about 25m. Pool towels provided.
Overall the stay was good and pretty good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of historical Melaka, Hotel Equatorial Melaka is a 5-star international business hotel with 496 elegantly furnished guestrooms and suites offering stunning views of the Straits of Melaka and St. Paul's Hill, whilst providing our guests the most luxurious comfort and service. It is ideally located within a few minutes' walk from historical sites and trails, shopping complexes, night spots, financial institutions as well as the ever famous Jonker's Street - a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Featuring guestrooms ranging from the modest Deluxe room to the Presidential Suite, the hotel rooms are tastefully furnished along elegant and contemporary designs. Each room features an ensuite bathroom, and comes equipped with a flat-screen television, mini-refrigerator, coffee & tea making facilities, in-room personal safe, IDD telephone line, individually controlled air-conditioning, complimentary wireless internet access, hair dryer, cable channels and iron/ ironing board. Relax, take a swim, or simply keep in shape when you stay in Hotel Equatorial Melaka. Equinox Fitness Centre located on Level 3 offers state-of-the-art gym equipment and also includes a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool and indoor Jacuzzi. Whereas, sun worshippers will appreciate a relaxing dip in the outdoor swimming pool located on Level 4, whilst the kids can enjoy the children's pool. ... more less
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