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The Baba House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   125-127 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka 75200, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #29 of 144 Hotels in Melaka
taiwan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A peranakan ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This hotel is impressive with their peranakan decorations and local antiques. It is truly a peranakan residence from lobby to dining area. However, this ambience stops just there. The small room is nothing short of a budget room with little touch of peranakan extension. Breakfast is decent in a comfortable and unique ambience, although it is limited in range.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We were visiting from Singapore, a three-generation family with a range of tastes to satisfy, and the Baba House met our needs. The style is authentically babanyonya, with many features of the typical house retained. In terms of modern living, the shower and other basic facilities were fine, the breakfast excellent (ok, the baked beans were cold, but who comes to Melaka for baked beans?) At breakfast most of the clients were ethnically Chinese, a marker of who you are going on holiday with; if you want to be among Europeans or Americans there are plenty of places in Melaka, but this suited us very well.

The location is about perfect, especially for the night market and the other classic peranakan houses. In a few years it may be swamped by the gimcrack 'heritage' industry, aimed at the American/European market but sadly missing the heart of the original, but for now grab this opportunity while it is there. To be sure, a coat of paint would give a better impression, and the attitude to maintenance is one clear distinction between the priorities of the local hotel and the global chain, but I hope that those who love the style of the Holiday Inn will just go straight there. For us the Baba House was just right.

My daughter, son-in-law and grandson and I loved it, and would certainly go back

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Like most of the places in this part of Melaka, the Baba House has undergone a major facelift since my last visit in 2010. Room rates have risen commensurately. I was paying under 80 ringgit a night, but this has more than doubled. Not a problem unless you're travelling on a fairly restricted budget.

Ideal location for exploring the colonial core of Melaka, the staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is my second time back to this fuss free and value for money hotel... Don't expect Ritz Carlton services nor Shangri-La facilities... Just a place to sleep, shower, and go shopping and sight seeing from...

Perfect to crash in and location is superb for Jonkers Street and other sights around. Again, love the unique character of the exterior and interior but not so much of the room. Not that it's shabby though, just basic and fuss free. No windows in the room, but then there's not much of a view too I guess.

Oh ya, you can forget about the breakfast or pay for it in your package. There's just so much more to save your stomach for in Malacca rather then toast with butter, jam and baked beans plus lousy coffee.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Walked into the hotel to be greeted by a staff at the reception counter. Asked for the room rate and photos of the room, and the staff happily offered to bring us to check out the rooms. We had 3 person and we were on a budget trip. Instead of telling us to pay for an extra bed, she said, "Since you have 3 person, it would be better if you take a room with a king-sized bed instead of a twin-bedded room."

I didn't get to check out her name though. So, if you're reading this, thank you! :)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

As always great location but everything else is bad. At least they are upgrading some facilities - covered carpark, LCD TV, WIFI in the room.

It is good if you only need a place to crash for the night. Book only the room without the breakfast and save the money and have breakfast outside (plenty within walking distance).

Was there during the weekend and the water supply was disconnected at midnight! Only supply is from the rooftop water tank and those who woke up early still have water supply until that ran out. The hotel did not even inform the guests until we called the reception! Imagine you are showing or using the toilet when you discovered there is no water supply!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a room with a very modern ensuite bathroom, but it was ridiculously made & ruined the whole "local" atmosphere. The lobby & courtyard area (where breakfast is) were nice and they managed to keep the charm of a Baba house. The rest is boring with white walls, dirty carpet. The staff is loud. No windows in the room made us assume no annoying light, but there was a opening in the bathroom over the shower with no curtain and a light right outside our room going straight on the bed thanks to the window at the top of the door! Only good thing is the location.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 125-127 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #29 of 144 Hotels in Melaka
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Baba House 3*
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