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“Good location, nice location but not sound-proof and we waited for AGES to check in” 4 of 5 stars
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Fernloft Malacca The Heritage Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   24 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jonker Street, Melaka 75000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #24 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Melaka
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“Good location, nice location but not sound-proof and we waited for AGES to check in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

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

Room Tip: Not the best place for light sleepers as all the doors and windows are made of wood and cannot close...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

a quite place to stay, with all the facilities that you need, clean and safe. the hostel is located in the centre of malacca (that is a small city). from there you can visit everything easy. I've been there only for 1 night and 1 day, but was a nice experience.
A good place to meet other people

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I'm here for 3 days & 2 nite stay. Love it. Toilet is clean & its just behind jonker street. The room is clean, air-cond is cooling & the bed is comfortable. There is bar style leisure place for everyone. Satisfying. Wish to have more rooms here.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Definitely the place to stay! The place is safe with an electronic lock before coming in to the common room and reception and before going upstairs to the location of the rooms. Very near major attractions around malacca and in the bus station. The busy and pretty jonker street is a sight to behold especially at night time. their signage maybe small, but if you ask the people around they would definitely tell you where is this lovely hostel located. i stayed here for 2 nights and 3 days, and i met other travelers. Very convenient, cozy and the staff is so friendly. want more? they give free breakfast!!! (their peanut butter is amazing...very good to the palate).. for 30 MYR, you'll never go wrong. wifi and hot and cold water are given.

Room Tip: choose the bed next to the window. During daytime, they turn off the aircon and it is a bit dark if...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 24 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jonker Street, Melaka 75000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
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Ranked #24 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Melaka
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Hotel Class:2 star — Fernloft Malacca The Heritage Hostel 2*
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