I booked a stay at the Majestic Hotel as a mini luxury trip for my partner and myself. I must say it's totally worth it! It is an exquisite charming luxury hotel.
First Impression Counts:
Lovely smell of fresh lilies hit you when you entered the hotel lobby. We were greeted promptly, and given fresh cold towels to freshen up. Every lady at the front reception was dressed in the traditional nonya kerbaya and they really looked so pretty. The men were dressed in ivory uniform and looked very smart indeed. Gavin, our friendly guest officer show us around the hotel and brought us up our room 503. I must say for someone who is not a native English speaker, he spoke really clear English. It says a lot about the amount of training the hotel must have put into their staff. He prepared some chinese tea in a cute little teapot for us before he left, after introducing to us every part of the room.
The deluxe room was astoundingly beautiful and comfortable! I could not find a single fault with it. The bed was comfortable with good linen. I loved the mini bolster with the embossed majestic hotel logo so much I had to purchase it before I left. As I lay on the daybed, I was amazed at how comfortable the material felt against my skin. The designer has put a lot of thoughts when they did the room from the layout of the room right down to the colors/material of the furniture. Everything is just made to ensure the visitors have a wondeful experience at the hotel. They have thoughtfully added a postcard of the old majestic hotel for visitors who wanted to see how it was before the restoration.
Ah.. the highlight as I booked the hotel was....the Bathroom. I adore the design of the bathroom with the movable doors which adds to the spacious feeling of the room. The claw-feet designed bath-tub was heavenly. Daily bath-salt supply ensures I utilise it every night. It fills up very fast. Top-notch functionality matches the vintage design! The shower area had a rain-fall shower from the ceiling and it's nice touch.
The view from my 5th level room was facing the Kampung Morten who seem to sit on the island of its own (120 families lived there). At night when the houses lit up, the view was so pretty. In the far, you could see the ferris wheel so the night feel was pretty. On the flipside, you can see the rather shabby state of the rows of shophouses on the left handside of the hotel. There's also a hospital on the right side of the hotel so unless you are an exhibitist, it's best to draw the curtains during daytime.
I did not us the pool as it was alittle small and is only 1.36m deep but I did peeped into the gym. Wow! If I knew it's that's good, I would have brought my running gear to work off some of the good food I had at Jonker Street. Towels and mineral water are provided to ensure a comfortable workout.
Attention to details stands out: the staff deliveres daily afternoon snack our room in a little red/black basket and it was a nice gesture by the hotel to introduce visitors to nonya cusine. Little snacks placed big glass containers around the hotel lobby/library encourages visitors to linger around longer. I liked the little bisuits with sugary top and my boyfriend liked the almond biscuits in the Library. I spent some time at the Library while waiting for the coach and read the book. "Spa Village" by Kim Inglis. A little placard on thr right side of the bed recommended this book. Apparently, the Spa Village at the hotel is featured as one of the best in malaysia. I wish I known earlier but it's on my last day in malacca. On the side corner of the spa village, there's this little corner which displays the type of ingredients that goes into the spa. My boyfriend and I took some interest to look at the display everytime we pass that corner. Today, it's cucumber, lime, lemongrass, ginger, etc and there's a little card to explain the function of each ingredients. This display is highly educational and I'm really appreciative of that. I have been to spa in Bintan and Bali but no one actually does that. Most spa places just show you the final product which is some grounded up paste.
When I booked the stay through agoda.com, I delibrate over getting breakfast or not. We decided to try. Breakfast was served between 7-10.30am. The first day, we arrived at 10am only to find the restaurant on the 2nd floor empty and dark. A little taken aback, we approach the front desk for help. Apparently. the last order for breakfast stopped at 10am. One of the guest officer served us personally our breakfast which made up for it. The cold items are a selection of yoghurt, 2 choices of cereals, variety of bread, fruits and fruit-juice (fresh & no sugar added). The hot items can be ordered off a menu. I had the scrambled egg and salmon served with sausage, bacon and tomato (bacon look suspiciously like bak kwa), and waffles (actually more like soft pancakes) My partner had the murtabak on the 2nd morning and it was great, more authentic food! I suspect the restaurant excels in traditional food than western food. Overall, I find the breakfast experience lacking the 5-star quality. In my humble opinion, it's not too much valued-added, except for the ambience. I saw a business meeting taking place in the restaurant. In Malacca, it's really easy to find good food in most coffeeshops so food options are everywhere. On the otherhand, I did not try their lunch/dinner set but the food smell from the kitchen is lovely.
The Heritage Walk - the Highlight
I made a second trip to Malacca in less than a year because being typical SIngaporeans, the main aim here is to "makan" affordable and good peranakan food. My last trip was simply a food trip and I wish to get to know the cultural side of Malacca that I did not get to experience. I joined the heritage walk by accident as it was briefly mentioned in the confirmation email but we did not know it's complimentary. We got introduced to Donovan, our guide and Malacca-expert and we started from the hotel at 5pm sharp. Donovan took us up the boardwalk opposite the hotel and started us on the eco-system of the mangrove, down to the type of shophouses, to the history of the Dutch, Portuguese and Peranakans. He's really the expert on Malacca history here and it turns out he was born here. Some of the streets he recommneded us to visit turns out to be eye-opener. We visited a Blacksmith street as well as the indigo-colored street which the "Little Nonya" was filmed. Most interesting was a little pink bridge which has a little gory history behind it.
All in all, I would highly recommend any visitor to enquire and take the walk with Donovan!
Besides the fact the hotel is a 15-20min walk (5min cab ride away) from the main hub of activities, (Jonker Street), I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to visit Malacca!
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