Stayed 1 night at the Hotel Puri. It is just off Jonker Street and very very convenient. It's within walking distance to all major sights, plenty of eats near by, and antique and curio shops. If you drive, there is secure parking where you can park your car for your whole trip to Malacca and not have to worry about navigating the overcrowded roads or finding a parking spot.
The hotel is the old residence of Tan Kim Seng, and the grounds was huge. If you appreciate Peranakan culture, staying at this place would be a chance to marvel at the lives of these rich merchants in the old days. The place is very nicely landscaped with lush vegetation, and it is a joy to behold.
I stayed at the family room, which will be one of the larger rooms. Truth be told, the room is clean but basic at best. The mattresses are rather soft and the sleep quality is not good. The toilet bowl was stained and the toilet could do with better finishing. There was no elevators.
There was complementary wifi, but you had to ask the front desk for the password.
Breakfast was an alfresco affair at the heliconia garden. The spread was limited. I was very happy that they had teh tarik though.
There was a small museum of sorts in the hotel, and one of the courts had swifts which build nests on the corners of the roofs. You can see them flying about early in the morning.
The main draw of this place would be staying at the old residence of the Babas and Nyonyas, as well as the location. If you can manage your expectations of the rooms, this place is quite marvelous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Malacca. The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade and the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Hotel Melaka