My daughter and I had a wonderful stay at this boutique hotel. We fell in love with the Portuguese-Melaka decor so carefully designed to blend these 2 elements of culture. The courtyard fountain was Portuguese, and the room furniture was a subtle blend of both. We were perfectly happy with the courtyard view rooms as there was a lovely little balcony with a table and comfy chairs that you could relax in and watch the fountains play below, so restful and romantic. The level of service is way beyond expectations. Though we arrived before 3pm we were promptly checked in by Mr Baldip Singh who was so knowledgeable about the hotel and was so warm, friendly and professional in explaining the facilities to us. We were greeted with cold towels, a lovely iced drink and a welcome with our guest name on a banana leaf! On departure, Mr Baldip thoughtfully helped us with the luggage and located our bus back home for us. Check- out was also amazingly swift and trouble-free.
The room was palatial with a cool tiled floor and a huge bathroom with aromatic toiletries, organic soaps and large, fluffy towels. Bath salts were thoughtfully supplied for use in the huge bath-tub. We really felt pampered especially as there was a generous supply of bottled water and a tea and coffee service. The breakfast was semi-buffet with a choice of local and western items. The scrambled eggs with salmon and asparagus was every bit as delicious as the bountiful nasi lemak with chicken rendang. Again, service was kind, smiling and attentive, especially Mr Jasroon Ong, one of the managers, who was so efficient and hardworking.
One of the few hotels to provide a library, we were delighted with the choice of reading material, from "The Economist" and "National Geographic" to PD James and lots of who- dunits! Apparently if you haven't finished reading a book, you can take it away with you as long as you replace it with one of your own! Wow! A coffee machine and TWG teabags are also at your disposal, while you use the free internet services. What more can you ask for?
You couldn't fault the location either as Jonker Street was only a few minutes away and there are two coffee shops with local food just outside the hotel. The only fault I could find was that the water in the infinity pool was rather murky, and well, wished that the cable tv had KBS as we are Korean drama fans!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa del Rio, Melaka, part of The Boutique Collection by HPL Hotels & Resorts, is located on Jalan Kota Laksamana, Melaka, a literal 2 minute walk away from the popular Jonkers Walk and heritage attractions. Keen observers will pick out the Arabic, Chinese and Dutch influences woven into the dominantly Mediterranean architecture. This boutique hotel, offering first class services, is already a striking addition to the historic skyline of the city. The hotel's 66 guest rooms and suites, each covering a minimum of 50 sq meters, uniquely feature dressing areas, bathrooms, split level bedrooms and private balconies as well as a number of unique personal touches. Aiming to provide an "at Home" atmosphere, Casa del Rio is a sanctuary from the city's bustle, with spaces for indulgent reflective solitude or stimulating interactive conversation depending on the choice of the traveller. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Rio Melaka Hotel Melaka