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“Excellent stay and a warm host” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Discovery Cafe & Guest House
Ranked #8 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Melaka
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
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“Excellent stay and a warm host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Hi
We stayed for one night at the discovery cafe and it was a wonderful experience staing at the cafe.
Add to it the wit and charm of the delightful and well traveled host - Mr Alan and the stay got even warmer
Clean, comfortable and affordable are some of the adjectives which I can add without and also the fact that the cafe is 5 minutes walk from the Jonkers street makes it a first hand choice.
Really pleased with my stay and recommend the cafe to anyone traveling to Melaka.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank voyageurvibs
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth
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274 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We really enjoyed our one night stay room was clean and staff were helpful. As said before close to everything which is helpful.
My only disappointment was there did not seem to be any food available but that said the drinks were cold and we were always welcomed with a smile and hello when we popped in even when we weren't staying.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank michele_6169
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Discovery Cafe is an excellent place to lodge in, meet fellow travelers and explore Melaka on foot. My pal and I got fan dorm beds for MYR18 a night per person and A/C dorm bed for MYR20 a nigh per person. We stayed for 2 days. They also helped us book bus tickets quite quickly but at an extra MYR 6-9 (which I thought is reasonable given you needn't waste time to hunt for it at the bus station).
The hostel is clean, with well serviced amenities like water, electricity, bed linen. The internet wifi is ridiculously slow. The bar in the courtyard is a cool place to hang out too cuz they have live music (admittedly the singers are less than average, rather go to Geographers Cafe @ Jonker Walk for the live music) and decently priced drinks.
If you can ignore the fact that the owner Bob, his wife and his staff don't give a [--] about helping you and listening to your questions, then yeah you can swallow your pride and stay here. On my first day checking in, these guys asked me to be "patient" at 5PM, when the check in time is in fact 2PM. When I requested to keep our bags in the room at least, Bob snapped back saying "ok here you are you can take your money back" and slammed the records book on the counter. I usually ignore rude behaviour so I just dumped my bagpack near the reception and moved on. Stuff like this happened to other travelers as well. Some of our fellow travelers from east Asia who are not very proficient in English were especially ill-treated at the reception for "not telling things properly". So yeah don't expect patience and a warm welcome here. I'd still come back here to stay - and just keep the conversation with the staff to a bare minimum.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RajSaxenaSgp
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

If you are planning to explore the street of Jonker by foot, this guest house will be a great option. It's about 5 mins walk and you can reach Jonker and Malacca Red House. They have 2 building, although the 2nd one is not visible from the street. My room is at the 2nd building which is just opposite the their main one. Don't worry, as their friendly staff, Alan will bring you over. You may get disturb by the alley outside, but once you get in to your room, it's totally different. Very clean bed sheets and pillow (no smell at all!), working air-con and fan and also Wifi is available.
Overall, this guesthouse is definitely worth your money.
P.S, There's a coffee shop along the street (opposite direction of Jonker) that sell great Wanton Mee and Fry Oyster.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JeffreyLimGM
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Scarborough, Australia
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Stayed there for two nights and had a very good time. It's located in centra Melaca, all the sights are within walking distance and all kind of street food / restaurants around. Rooms are clean, wifi working as well as a/c (maybe working to good ;)), staff friendly and very quiet at night. If not, Alan will see to it as he cares about everything and is on duty like 24/7. Great to meet him, nice talk and he really improves the guesthouse everyday. Well recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fortic
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Quezon City, Philippines
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Stayed here for a night dropping by Melaka (Malacca) on our way to KL from Singapore. A great place to stay at. The rooms are clean, wifi and airconditioning working, and the location is just excellent. It's near all the important places to see, activities to experience and food to eat (Satay and Chicken Rice Balls anyone?)

Wendy from front desk was also very helpful. She helped us in our booking and provided useful information going around town.

They have live bands / live music at night, served beers with discount for guests and breakfast in the morning.

A great experience altogether.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rolan T
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Hartlepool
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104 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Well a year passed since our last visit and on our return this year it was like we hadn't been gone.
Bob and everyone are still there and the atmosphere is still fantastic.
Nothing to much trouble to arrange from buses to taxis.
We will be back next year at our usual table, hopefully for your birthday again Bob.
If you visit Malacca you really should visit Discovery, great place, great staff, great friends, great beer what more could you wish for.
See you all next year guys.
Christine and Pete

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank peteandchris46
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Property: Discovery Cafe & Guest House
Address: 3 Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka 75100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Discovery Cafe & Guest House 1.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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