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“Perfect stay in Chinatown”
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Kota Lodge
Ranked #48 of 169 Hotels in Melaka
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Kota Lodge has everything you can wish for: great location (less than 5 minutes from the heritage centre, cheap but great restaurants at the corner, nightshop next door,...), free Wifi, very clean, extremely nice owner who takes time to give you information & time to show us the best foodplaces around. He even invited us to drink a kind of Chinese dessert/soup around the corner. We stayed in the basic triple room (<60rm/night for the tree of us), wich is basic but very clean and provided with airco and a van. We had shared bathroom with hot shower (also extremely clean). As written before: realy great value for the money.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Had a great stay here. Owner May is a real bundle of energy and even cooked us up a cup of local brew coffee. Rooms are clean, shower hot and strong, we even had a wee balcony. Short wander into the Jonker Walk area so perfectly placed. The price was great value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

With an excellent location (once you find your way through the metal gate and the buildings straight to Jonker Street), friendly staff, budget prices and clean rooms, Kota Lodge boasts good value for money in the heart of Malacca. Laundry, nice restaurants, Internet cafe and a 7-Eleven are nearby. Just don't expect a 5 star hotel, because Kota Lodge doesn't pretend to be one.

There are several kinds of rooms available at Kota Lodge - and we tried many of them during our two weeks in Malacca.

The slightly sweaty (even with air-con) boxes upstairs on the second floor are assembled shacks meant for true budget travellers (twin room with shared bathroom for 40 ringgit). On the first floor (one above ground level) you'll find the best rooms with windows and a shared balcony, but they cost nearly double that of the backpacker rooms upstairs. There are also windowless rooms that are perfectly cool and even antless on the ground floor and above that go a few ringgit cheaper than the ones with a balcony, but quality in these differs, depending mostly on the furniture and the shape of the room.

As hinted above, the furniture in some of the rooms could use an upgrade as could sound-proofing, which is quite low because of the type of windows used and affects sleep quality. All of the rooms we tried were quite clean, as were the shared bathrooms.

The staff is very friendly and the lady at reception suggested a discount herself when we had stayed at the hotel for a while. Though he may seem a bit taciturn at first, the Chinese night man is also a lovely, lovely character who can be very friendly - and usually is.

There's free wifi available throughout the hotel grounds and it worked decently well, which is always a plus. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the tvs in the rooms - some of them are nearly broken and have very bad reception. But there's always the lobby with a nice tv downstairs. Also, some of the doors and locks are nearing their breaking point, which might be worth mentioning, but for us they worked well enough for our stay.

All in all I enjoyed my stay in Malacca and Kota Lodge tremendously. If the rating was merely based on that or the very nice staff, I would give the place 5 stars instead. However, one must also look at the downsides of accommodation for an objective opinion.

Having said that, if I ever travel to Malacca again, I will certainly seek shelter under the roof of Kota Lodge and its charming staff.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Mike R
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

This hotel is conveniently located and the rooms are small but clean. What really made my visit was the staff. The man who runs it took us on a tour of the city for free. He brought us to places tourists usually miss, and pointed out the best restaurants in town as well.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

This small budget hotel is perfectly located for all the tourist attractions in Melaka. The rooms are clean if somewhat basic with air conditioning. The acclaimed restaurant Pak Putra is a 2 minute walk away as is a convenient 7/11 store. The staff are friendly and helpful. On the downside the market opposite starts very noisily at 5am!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JMB1309
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

I spent a very nice time in this hostel, wich is situate near the chinatown of Melaka (5 minutes walking). The place is quite, clean and the rooms are very comfortable. According to the staff, we met people absolutely open-mind and who are very generous. I remember the delicious biscuits homemade they offer us one day. :)
For bagpackers, there is 4 rooms for you! you can choose if you want air-con or not (30 or 40 RM).
To conclude, I really recommend this place as I really recommend to visite Melaka.
good trip!
Aude

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sai123-12
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

This is a budget hotel. The rooms have little soundproofing between them, they are small with no furniture in the rooms save for one unusual cupboard unit.

There was a TV, we opted for air-conditioning and it was an en-suite room, but we had nowhere to put clothes, bags camera cases except on the floor. As fairly experienced travellers we don't like putting things on the floor in case of invasion by cockroaches etc. although we saw no evidence of such like. WiFi worked in the room, but only one electric outlet which makes charging phones, cameras, computers a bit of a juggling game.

Good points: a short walk to the Jonker Street / Heeren Street areas. Plenty of parking space. Good choice of local food houses and restaurants just nearby.

It was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Graham H
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Address: 26 Jalan Kota Laksamana 3 | Taman Kota Laksamana, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
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Ranked #48 of 169 Hotels in Melaka
Price Range: $10 - $24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kota Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kota Lodge is simply a home away from home. Ideally located in the heart of Chinatown, you can easily access yourself to the most historical part of Melaka in merely 2 minutes on foot. All types of Malacca delicacy can be found near Kota Lodge such as, Chinese, Malay, Indian and also the Baba & Nyonya. A 24 convenient shop is just round the corner. Come and stay with us and we will make you understand more about Melaka and Malaysia. ... more   less 
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