I had a nice, enjoyable and pretty good value stay at Kings Green Hotel on Good Friday 2014.
Check in time was at 330pm. I came in on long-distance bus from Singapore and found myself at Melaka Sentral. From the bus terminal, it's about a 15 - 20 minutes walk to the hotel, past Tesco building and Aeon Shopping Mall. It's a little bit of dilemma for myself as I was contemplating whether to take a taxi (which would cost a fixed price of RM20), or walk to the hotel by foot. On hindsight, i was told by a local that taking a bus (for RM1) from Melaka Sentral would have been wise.
On arrival, the building was pretty crowded. It seems that lots of people (mostly Singaporeans & Malaysians) have heard of this good value hotel located at Melaka. Check-in was pretty quick and there was the routine RM150 security deposit to be placed, which could either be done by credit card hold or by cash. Within 5 minutes, i have completed by registration and received a single card to my room on the 5th level.
Overall, the room was pretty spacious, with all the necessary basic facilities as expected of a hotel. Didn't encounter any difficulty with any of the in-room equipment, which can largely be attributed to the hotel being so new (opened in Dec 2013). The view from the hotel room was a little disappointing though, which fortunately i didn't pay additional for a room with balcony.
Another positive would be the pillows and an additional single bed in the room (although i requested for only a double bed). The pillows were of pretty decent quality, and my sleep was one of the best i had in a hotel. Room wall was pretty thin though, i could hear noises along the corridor whenever people passed by.
Breakfast buffet starts from 7-10, although i think it extends till 1030. Food was decent with slight international selection, complemented with chinese and malay cuisine. The nasi lemak (coconut rice) was one of the best i have ever eaten. The dining area was pretty queezy though and the service (i.e. clearing of food and the food counter) was pretty slow. But i guess that can't be help given that the breakfast hour was only within the 3 hour duration and they have to cater to all the guests staying in the hotel.
One final pointer was taking a cab to the city area (i.e. joker street, dutch square or mahkota parade). You can request for the receptionist to call a call for you. It will cost RM 20. (PS: RM20 is the exact same rate u will get on the street. While it may seem like a rip-off, but trust me, even when i do speak a little basic malay, i was not able to negotiate a lower price with the taxi drivers.) Your best bet would be to accept it, and inform the reception to get your taxi 20 minutes prior to your departure. Flagging for taxi on the street outside would be next to impossible.
An alternative way would be to get a map at the reception and do a 15-20 min walk to jonkers street OR take a bus to Melaka Sentral (almost all bus heading towards the direction of Aeon Shopping Mall at RM1), followed by taking a bus from Melaka Sentral to the city centre (at RM2).
When returning on a cab, tell the cab driver either Gajah OR Soon Seng Plaza if he doesn't know king's green hotel.
Definitely recommend this hotel to travelers looking for a good deal. By the way, as a point of reference, on a Good Friday, I paid RM202 for a 1 night standard room stay.
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- The eight-story building boasts 151 well-appointed rooms, with rooms ranging from standard to the premier suite. Furnishing and amenities are meticulously selected and custom-made to bring you the exclusive boutique feel. A one-stop center, the hotel caters for business and leisure travelers alike with its business and banqueting facilities that is able to accommodate up to 800 paxs. ... more less
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