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“Lovely building, enjoyed my stay” 4 of 5 stars
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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 148 Hotels in Melaka
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“Lovely building, enjoyed my stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The location of the baba house is great as its not far from jonker street and its on a road of lovely peranakan buildings. The interiors at the baba house are amazing and it was nice to stay somewhere so full of character. My room was a heritage room. I loved the sink and some of the old features. There was no window but if you're only here one night or two ( as most are in Melaka) then it's no problem. I found it to be clean and there were tea/ coffee making facilities. The male staff I saw were very friendly and very helpful. The lady working on reception however seemed moody and not so nice. The breakfast was unusual (it included a fishcake and scrambled eggs) but it was all part of the price so I have no complaints as I got a cup of tea (beware, powdered milk!) before going out to try some local food. Overall I was happy with my stay here. It is probably worth the amount paid but I would not want to pay any more (around £32 a night)

Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Stayed in the baba house during national day, and I personally feel this is the place for you if you need a place just to sleep.

For your reference
1. Situated at Jonker street itself. Just walking distance to many of the main attractive areas ( Shops, bars, malls etc)
2. The hotels with classic design which makes you get a touch of the nyonya ambiance.
3. Cheap compare to many hotels in/surrounding Jonker street
4. Friendly staffs
5. It's only bad thing is no phone line in the room & can't connect to wifi while in the room.

Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Love the overall atmosphere of the Baba House, very cultural and comfy. Location wise is also very convenient for tourist and lookabout. Staff are helpful thanks for the wonderful experience. would be nice with more lights

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kendall Park, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stayed at this hotel about 15 years ago. At that time it was small and charming. Stayed recently in July 2014 and it seems like the rooms have not been upgraded or updated for the past 15 years. It feels like a very old and tired hotel. The biggest complaint is the air conditioning which took about one hour to cool down a very small room. Service depends on who is at the front desk. On the day that we checked in, service was poor but on the next day, with a different person behind the desk, it was much better. Breakfast was unimpressive. Stayed for 2 days and both days we were served a "western breakfast" of scrambled eggs, toast, hashbrowns, fish sticks on day one and scrambled eggs, toast, hashbrowns and potato wedges with cheese whizz. What happened to the nonya breakfast?

If you are looking for a cheap hotel then this is it but do not expect much beyond the fact that the rooms were clean. Skip the breakfast and go to one of the nearby cafés. Do not choose a room without a window. We asked to look at one since it was in the "new" wing and we thought that the air conditioner might work better. The room that was shown to us was very musty smelling and the air conditioner worked just as badly.

Room Tip: Do not pick a room without windows.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stayed here last week, and I personally feel this is the place for you if you need a place just to sleep.

Pros
1. Situated at Jonker street itself. Just walking distance to many of the main attractive areas ( Shops, bars, malls etc)
2. Classic design of the hotel itself which makes you get a touch of the Peranakan ambiance. One thing to feel if you're in Melaka!
3. Cheap compare to many hotels in/surrounding Jonker street
4. Friendly staffs

Cons
1. The rooms might be a turn off. We stayed in a superior twin room. Nothing superior is terms of the space though.
2. Cleanliness is an issue in the room, and I personally feel it's not well maintained, which doesn't really give you a good first impression.
2. The shower has the same issue with cleanliness, not that well maintained compared to the other hotels I've stayed in Jonker. The room that I stayed had a problem with the shower drain. It's clogged and as you shower, the water starts to build up and takes a long time to completely drain.
3.You get the old type of TV, and no Astro! (Cable TV network). Gonna be a bad plan if you intend to just relax in your room and watch tv! :D

Overall, I feel this place is good if it's a short stay and you just need a place to slumber away!

Room Tip: Perhaps the Heritage room would be a better choice compare to the superior one
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One of the first boutique hotels in Melaka, you are greeted by a helpful receptionist amidst a Peranakan-themed lobby. The ground floor is grand, intricately decorated and a sight to behold. Much attention is put in the decor, down to the last detail. Many tourists would just come in just for a few snaps. The location is superb, with many famous food/sightseeing highlights within walking distance. Parking is provided, but limited.

Unfortunately a lot of the charm wears off in the rooms. Although rife with Peranakan touches, the room is damp and musty. The walls are mouldy and unsightly. Might be because our room was windowless, but nevertheless the room looks like it needs urgent refurbishing. However, to their credit, the shower is good, and bed very comfortable. My wife's sleep quality was affected by the musty smell though. As for extras, the wifi is spotty, TV channels limited and no mini-fridge in the rooms. You won't be comfortable staying in the room for long. If only they maintained the rooms as diligently as the lobby.

Breakfast is simple and filling. There is a massage centre at the first floor but rather expensive (RM39 for half hour foot massage). The Baba House functions more like a depot where you rest and refuel before going off to explore Melaka old town again. Once again the location is excellent, service is efficient and the lobby is inviting, but stay too long in the room, and you might go nuts.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The rooms at the Baba House are so drab and depressing. As much as I don't like to hang out in lobbies, I spent my time reading in the lobby just to avoid the dreariness of my room.

PROS:

Good sight-seeing location in old Melaka. Old Melaka is small enough that any lodging within it is in a good location. Quiet street.

Large room, with high ceiling.

Interesting design elements: Greek key crown molding, ceramic door knobs, and a small bathroom that has a window (with translucent green glass) that opens up into the bedroom. So very odd.

Front desk staff were pleasant, and one woman was particularly helpful: I was looking for sewing thread, and she directed me to an variety store two blocks behind the hotel, that had an amazing selection. That place is worth a visit. The store had about 20 colors of thread, covered with years of dust, but they had it. That store is all you'd need to take to Mars.

NEEDS IMPROVING:

Walls are very scuff marked. So depressing.

Moldy smell in room. So depressing.

Lack of horizontal space; I ended up with most of my stuff on the floor.

Although the A/C was set to 16 degrees, it never got cooler than 22.

Moldy and faint urine smell in bathroom. So depressing.

No TV remote control; just another reason to sit in the lobby.

Soul-sucking lighting. So depressing. My room had no natural light and trying to pretend that the window to the bathroom was a window onto the world did not work one bit. So depressing.

No electrical outlet next to bed.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Baba House 3*
Number of rooms: 79
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