The location of this guest house is great - it is right next to all the main attractions in Melaka but my review just goes downhill from here. When I arrived, I almost felt the urge to leave at once - it was ridiculously noisy. There was a huge group of tourists from China who were extremely noisy, no make that obnoxiously noisy and it is not me making ethnic stereotypes here, but even the owner of the guesthouse apologized for their obnoxious behaviour, saying that he always has such problems with tourists from China who simply do not understand what it means to show respect to others in the guest house. There was a group of children who were screaming at the top of their voices and I just thought, OMG, get me out of here, I am in hell - the last thing I need right now is a group of noisy screaming kids from China.
To be fair, this is not the fault of the guest house owner - he couldn't refuse guests of any nationality, the best he could do was to try to get them to comply and behave in a considerate manner and to his credit, he did try but failed as they were just ridiculously obnoxious and inconsiderate. The kitchen was a noisy place as there were these China tourists (I use the word China to distinguish them from Singaporean/Malaysian ethnic Chinese tourists, who do not behave in such an obnoxious manner) were cooking all the time and I wondered why they were doing that - why do you travel to a place as exotic as Melaka and then avoid eating out? Instead, they were complaining about just how much they hated the food in Malaysia and how they missed real Chinese food. Yikes - oh and I am Chinese (well British-Chinese) and speak Mandarin, so I did talk to these people.
Sleep quality is bound to be poor given the nature of the layout of the house - and for some reason, maybe he is advertising on some Chinese websites, there are plenty of China-Chinese tourists in this place so be warned if you're not keen on China-Chinese tourists. Look I am Chinese myself (British-Chinese may I add), so I am not being racist but just stating a fact.
The rooms were basic, so basic that I had to place my bags on the floor as there was no furniture. There were some dodgy looking stains on the walls - the place could do with a good clean. The toilets were also fairly basic and could do with a good clean - it wasn't filthy per se, but it looked more like someone's neglected toilet in an old house rather than what one might expect say of a hotel.
Now this place seems to be run by a couple - the wife spoke reasonably good English but the husband struggled with English and as I speak Malay, Mandarin and French, I had to step in and help him translate when he simply couldn't communicate with a few French tourists. Not exactly his fault as the French tourists barely spoke English themselves, but if you only spoke English and not Mandarin/Hokkien/Malay, then you may have some difficulties in communicating. The wifi does work but was a bit slow.
Try not to arrive in Melaka too late as you would miss the last public bus from Melaka Sentral bus station to the downtown area - a taxi is expensive whilst the public bus is very cheap.
Overall, this place is very cheap and would attract backpackers looking for a bargain - but you do get what you pay for. It's not like in Indonesia where you can pay very little and end up with a beautiful little hut on a pristine beach, this is Malaysia, get real. I was looking for a bargain and I suppose I got one at this price, but I do wish I had paid more for a much nicer hotel room. So there you go, that's my warning.
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