Fernloft Malacca is conveniently located on the small lane pretty much parallel to the much-hyped Jonker Street in Malacca. The hostel is pretty much 4-5 minutes' walk from Stadthuys and the Dutch red square (not the one in Russia of course) because Melaka is not that big anyway.
I hate to say this but unlike the perfectly organised Singapore..Malaysia kept giving us bad vibes since the moment we arrived at Melaka central. We heard a lot even on the coach from Singapore that Melaka is not a safe place with loads of bag snatchers. A nice Chinese Malaysian lady told us to be careful and on guard against these people at all times. Melaka, the first Malaysian city we visited, was just a resounding reality call that not all Southeast Asian countries are like Singapore.
As we were looking for this hostel, we saw much to our astonishment a temporary road checkpoint lying in front of us with several gun-wielding policemen around. We realised something terrible must have happened and figured it might not have much to do with us tourists. So we quickly walked through the checkpoint without looking back and made our way along the cramped and pedestrian-hostile lane where the hostel is located.
We finally found the hostel after about 3 minutes walk in the scorching late February Malaysia sun. We rung the doorbell and a tall, nice-looking Chinese guy opened the door for us. The hostel lobby was perfectly air-conditioned and well-decorated. I later learned that the receptionist was off out to the bank or maybe away to hang out with his friends. Without any knowledge when the receptionist would come back, we gathered around and sat on the stools.
And the WAITING GAME officially BEGAN!
We enjoyed talking to the Chinese guy and eavesdropping another two talking a wide range of topic (one of them was an American lady hailing from New Orleans). This American lady was an energetic and talkative girl who loves making conversation..and we happily talked about Mardi gras celebrations and the smoggy weather in China. In the meanwhile, a British guy arrived with a lot of luggage. He sounded like someone from London or at least from 'Daarn Sarf' with a bit of cockney accent but he told me he's actually from Sunderland and jokingly said "Newcastle is next to Sunderland" when I asked to check if its the small city next to the 'Toon'. Obviously, his patience wore thin and decided to find another hostel instead (because he hadn't made a reservation and there are loads of hostels along this small lane). Gradually, our patience ran thin too. Some of us lost their cool and asked me to reach this reception guy. I tried calling their landline number but it didn't get through. So we went out to the store next door for help. I politely told them the situation and one of them helped us to get this guy (whose name is Brian if memory serves). Knowing there were many customers anxiously waiting, he finally came back in about 2 minutes.
The receptionist is presumably a twenty something nice looking guy of Indian heritage, not very tall but very helpful. He speaks very good English with nice and stereotypical Indian accent. After a few hiccups, we paid the balance/deposit and finally checked in. Since we arrived at around 3 pm and were leaving for KL around noon the next day, every minute counted for us to explore this historical city and get the most out of it. But unfortunately we wasted a lot of our sightseeing time due to this unnecessary kerfuffle. But I am sure the receptionist guy must have had something really urgent to deal with (and they looked a bit understaffed because he was probably the only guy working there)
Our room had a double bunk bed..very nice and special (presumably the traditonal local Baba-nyonya style). But the room was not sound-proof at all. We could hear a water pump or something like that roaring right outside the window 24/7.and those merrymakers and party animals going down and upstairs again and again until very late into midnight. So if you are a light sleeper, you might want to think about whether you will be able to fall asleep there. But generally speaking..Fernloft Malacca has great location, and nicely-decorated rooms. And i'd like to recommend it to you just for the experience
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