We stayed at the Guli Residence for 3 nights in early April and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location was excellent with an easy stroll to Jonker Street or to the lovely Riverside and we also walked to the shopping malls in the centre of town quite comfortably.
The room was spacious, clean and the bed comfortable, all you really need when you are travelling and spending so much of your time exploring your destination. As mentioned many times on Trip Advisor, the highlight of the accommodation is the family who run the Guli Residence. Mr Lai and his delightful teenage daughter Jen and son James offer an insight into Melaka life and their Chinese heritage that you would not experience in a 5 star hotel. We enjoyed a generous night time tour of Melaka with Mr Lai, along with his wonderful coffee making skills, and we also enjoyed a Chinese Tea Ceremony with Jen which basically involved Jen making us tea from a traditional Chinese tea setting including a clay pot, and chatting to us about various things within their heritage. James gave us a lift to the bus station on our departure and we chatted to him about his future studies in the Hospitality industry - we have no doubt he will do very well as he is already ahead of the bunch in terms of having helped run a guest house for a number of years.
Our three days in Melaka involved wandering the streets and the riverside, we ate at places such as the Geographer Cafe (very good), Nancy's Kitchen (excellent), Calanthe Art Cafe (13 States Coffee House) which was great, The Riverside Hotel and Bar (good), Hard Rock Cafe (only drank here but the food also looked good - expensive though), Bistro 1673 (meals OK and entertainment and ambiance very good). The night time river cruise was pleasant, particularly with a light breeze giving respite from the warm day and evening, the 'disco rickshaw ride' is a must and the markets were great for people wanting to sample various culinary delights.
Melaka is a must visit if you are coming to Malaysia and we feel that the very best way to see it is by staying in a guest house such as the Guli Residence.
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