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Casa del Rio Melaka
Ranked #1 of 166 Hotels in Melaka
Certificate of Excellence
Kuala Lipis, Malaysia
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129 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Completely blown away!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Went to stay in this hotel for 2 nights during school holiday. Being last minutes booking, we did not expect anything apart from being very close to the tourist attractions in the heart of melaka city. Checking in was relaxing as we were ushered to one of the cabanas while they processed our booking.. one thing that we did not quite like was that they had to record all the IC of those who stayed there. After that, everything was fine as we were briefed on the hotel and its facilities as well as nearby attractions. The hotel rooms were very cosy and our children loved it very much! They even helped us to book the river cruise at night at our request.
And yes the welcome ginger sorbet was another pleasant surprise...
We have nothing but full praise for everything here in this boutique hotel... definitely recommend to those who love good and attentive service in melaka.

Room Tip: Some might prefer river view but I chose pool view... at night the noise coming from the surrounding...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear BL_Leo

Thank you for staying with us during the school holidays, we are happy to have meet and exceed your expectations, I do apologise for the process of check in, we do record all names for safety reasons, we will revise this to ensure it will not cause inconvenience upon check in.
We appreciate your recommendations and will hope to welcome you again sometime again at Casa del Rio.

Best Regards
Aarron Nelson
Hotel Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We were escaping Singapore in the recent haze incidents and needed some clean air time. Wanting to travel on a budget to another forthcoming trip we thought we'd drive up to Melaka, with no idea where to stay and completely last minute. So on line we followed some review ratings and found Casa del Rio - ok that'll do.

Tough to find if you're driving I have to say, but driving anywhere in Malaysia, to Melaka, to Melaka old town is going to be tough - it's a very very old market city, with narrow streets, shop houses and one-ways. But we go there. What a beautiful hotel, only erected in 2012, but looks mock-Portuguese colonial in finishings. It's truly beautiful.

The staff were so very friendly welcoming us, giving us sorbets, and cold towels on arrival. They gave us a bigger room this time as we had 2 kids (amazing) and what a room it was. Location-wise you are in the heart of old-town, 5 minutes TOPS walk to Jonkers walk and the eateries and antique stalls, and right on the river.

Wonderful hotel, wonderful experience - and 300% we'll be going back soon!

Final word - if you happen to stay in Room 107 and read the customer statements in there ignore the one person on pages of excellent reviews. Clearly he was having a bad day.

Room Tip: If you have +2 kids go for a suite - easily fits in an additional bed or cot, and is still super rea...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank TheKenno
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear TheKenno

Thank you for staying with us recently, we are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience with the hotel and services, indeed we are excited to see you again.

I did read the comment from room 107 with my team, from time to time we will browse through the in room guest comment books for our staff to experience.

You may want to keep an eye out in the next few month as we are working on creating family rooms that will have fixed bedding without having to place rollaway beds, this will be fairly priced as an option to taking our 2 bedroom suite rooms.

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Aarron Nelson
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2013

We stayed in this quiet yet wonderful hotel from 19 to 21 Jun, which is merely 2 min walk from the bustling Jonker street , Hard Rock Café and the iconic Melaka fort and Christ Church. The service staff was polite and welcomed us with lemongrass with ginger sorbet at the hotel lobby. The security staff Naguib and Ramli were very helpful and recommended many nice and popular eateries around the city. Our room 328 which was facing the courtyard, was cosy and was impressed by the onde dessert and turn down service to enhance the overall room ambience. What impress me the most was the toilet cleaniness and the daily news update imprinted on the toilet wall. I also like the Library, in which I can indulged in some quiet moments with my favourite travel magazine reads whilst sipping thru the complimentary tea/coffee and light snacks. In addition, the breakfast at the cosy River Café facing the river view was my best ever, the staff was friendly and the ala la carte menu was pretty extensive and sumptuous. My favourite was Egg Benedict and the bread pudding was awesome! The evening hours spent at Bar Rio with my family was great and we enjoyed the cocktail service. The relaxing night dip with my son at the Infinity Pool on the roof top level was truly relaxing and enjoyable whilst admiring the pretty night view of Melaka river and surroundings. Service staff Baldip was equally friendly and helpful to load our luggage to our coach before we depart for home. This is my first trip to Malacca and am sure that I shall be back to Casa in the near future definitely! Suggestion: another dustbin beside the bed or TV area.

Room Tip: Choose a river view room
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear GentingMania

We are happy to know that your first trip to Melaka was spent staying with us at Casa del Rio, thank you for your kind comments on the hotel and services, I will ensure this is shared with the team, we have noted your suggestion for an additional dustbin in the room, and we will consider this.

We hope to see you soon again when you are looking for a quick break away, we are always working on offering exciting options with our Food & Beverage, you can keep updated through our hotel website.

Best regards
Aarron Nelson
Hotel Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed in this boutique hotel recently and were impressed with the large room space and cleanliness. We requested for a room with river view.The overall service was great and while waiting to be check-in to our hotel room, we were greeted with refreshing and cold ginger dessert.
The location of the hotel is great as it is just steps away from the Jonker Street and Hard Rock Café.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear cksapr10,

Thank you for staying with use at Casa del Rio, ware are indeed happy to know that we left you with a good impression.

We will hope to see you again soon.

Best Regards
Aarron Nelson
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I stayed there for 2 nights a couple of months back with some friends on a golf trip. Was rather pleased with the resort, the room, etc. Upon check-out, I was charged the full amount, which by the way is relatively expensive.

A few weeks later, my friend who made the reservations, told me that her AMEX card was charged for my room as well. When she contacted them, all she got was reasons and excuses on why we were "accidentally" charged twice. In the explanation, it seems that they realized they had double-charged 3 days after the transaction and proceeded immediately to arrange for the refund. It's now been 2 months since my stay and my credit card has yet seen any refund from this resort. Last I heard, we have to wait longer while they "get the confirmation of refund from our finance department"!!

I have booked accommodation through the web on numerous occasions over the years, both direct and through hotel booking portals, and this is the first time ever I've been double-charged. Didn't expect this from a 5-star hotel and supposed "Best" in Melaka.

Mistakes are fine if you correct them as soon as you realize them. It is rather sad that the inefficient front office / finance department had to spoil the good name of the hotel.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Kaurihoi
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Trip Advisor readers,

We have contacted this guest directly regarding their recent visit to Casa del Rio.

Should any reader of this review have any further questions or queries please contact myself aarron.nelson@casadelrio-melaka.com

Kind regards

Aarron Nelson
Hotel Manager
Casa del Rio Melaka
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Last minute Friday night pack and go thing.....managed to liaise with the sales department via mails correspondence and was really impress with their prompt sales backup and services and got hold of a last available room offered ( studio king...extra bed chargeable inclusive breakfast though)

2 and half hours drive and arrived in the lobby,grand nice set up with fountain pools in front and rows of sofa to ease off the tired trip taken with a welcome ginger & lime drink.

Check in was a quickie with the professional receptionist that really put smiles on our faces despite the tired road trip taken and felt the warm and friendly ambiance after which was resting in the rows of sofas along the fountain areas with a no other than local thirst quencher (ginger & lime freeze)
Our room is located on the first floor in the center of the hotel river view.Room had a great balcony view of the river activities and clear view of the meleka icon (church st.paul) on the left. Panoramic view despite on the first floor I must admit

Ample room space with all amenity intact with a very nice toilet fitted both with a bath tub and a shower which the kids really enjoyed every minute of it.

Housekeeping was excellent.

Breakfast spreads was value for money with the wide variety of spreads and the attentive managers,waiter & waitress patient and attention to every guest request,Sincere THANKS guys ! Tables placed outdoor must seek sight of the morning sun and happening along the river.

Walking distance to all the tourist outlet and attraction from the hotel and only 3 min walk to the famous "Jonker lane" just right beside the hotel for night stalls(pasar malam) with lots of offers

Will definitely be back in the near future

Room Tip: Get the rooms that has balcony and facing the river view preferable in the center of the building
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear R-Seeker,

Greetings from Casa del Rio Melaka,

Thank you for staying with us recently, we are happy to know that you decided to stay with us last minute.

We are indeed happy to know you enjoyed both the hotel and the services from our staff; we will look forward to hopefully see you soon again.

Kind Regards

Aarron Nelson
Hotel Manager
Casa del Rio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We stayed in a Studio King with extra bed for 3D2N. The bed size is smaller than normal King size bed, compared to other hotels we have stayed before.

My cousin who was also on the trip had made prior booking and given all her credit card details a week before the trip. We arrived sometimes after 2pm. Upon check-in, we were attended by a girl wearing a tag "I am new". She requested IC for the 3 of us for registration, reasoning that it was for security purpose....OK..fine with us. Then she asked for the 2nd guest to also sign on the check-in slip...reasoning it is for security purpose....again!!! we could not find the justification for this when payment is to be made by the 1st guest, and credit card transaction is already approved for whatever amount that was required.

When we entered the room, the set-up for extra bed and 3rd guests was not ready yet, despite our 1 week notice earlier. Anyway, the studio room has ample space for an extra bed.

The trip was meant to be a birthday treat from my accompanying friends for me. They have requested for a cake to be ready in the room when we entered as a suprise for me. Disappointingly, the cake was only delivered later on when I was already in the room. I pity my friends who had tried their best to make a memorable birthday celebration for me, but received poor cooperation from the hotel.

The room view was excellent, facing the Melaka River. Hotel is situated in less than 5mins walk to Jonker Street, Hard Rock Cafe and other tourist attractions in Bandar Hilir. As it was during school holidays, there were a lot of activities across the river and noises from concerts, parties, etc.

The breakfast selection was good. We had drinks at the Bar Rio on our 1st night. The live band is not too bad and there was even a fireworks show right across the river that night.

The trip was during a school holiday weekend. But we were glad that the hotel was pretty quiet, not much crowd (and kids running around), especially during breakfast and at the pool area. Most probably will return to this hotel in future trips.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Melaka River or the lobby fountains are nicer.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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A_Nels0n, Manager at Casa del Rio Melaka, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear IntanWan

Greetings from Casa del Rio Melaka

Thank you for deciding to stay with us recently, I was a bit concerned over some point during you stay, firstly you mentioned the checking process, we do try to gather the information of each person checking in for us to ensure that we know the occupants of each room, we will look to see how we can make this process more convenient to guest check in. I am very sorry regarding the cake arrangement, this should have been arranged as per your request, I do apologies and we will look to improve on our guest request.

Apart for the shortfalls it seems you enjoyed the hotel and our location, we do hope to see you again sometime soon.

Kind Regards

Aarron Nelson
Hotel Manager
Casa del Rio
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Property: Casa del Rio Melaka
Address: 88, Jalan Kota Laksamana, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Melaka
#1 Business Hotel in Melaka
#1 Spa Hotel in Melaka
#2 Family Hotel in Melaka
#2 Romantic Hotel in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa del Rio Melaka 5*
Number of rooms: 66
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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