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Backpacker's Freak Hostel
Ranked #79 of 116 Specialty Lodging in Melaka
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Brilliant hostel, one of our favs in Asia!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

To put it quite simply; this hostel feels like home. Sean, the owner instantly made us feel welcome and gave us a great guide of where to go around Melaka.

The hostel itself is made up of 4 bed dorms (yes, four beds, basically a hotel room!) and a couple of doubles/singles, a kitchen (you can pop down to the supermarket and cook your own meals, so cheap and a nice reminder of home!) and a living room/lounge area, complete with television and extensive DVD collection.

Oh, and, there are hamsters and bunny rabbits. Which you can play with. pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Sean's sister Ashley made a visit while we there also, and she is very friendly and was running a hostel in KL so we ended up staying there to, ask Sean for a business card!!

Brilliant hostel, we loved it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and although it was cheap and cheerful I probably wouldn't go back.

Our room although clean enough, was a little shabby. It had a couple of holes in the carpet floor and the A/C unit started leaking (although was fixed quickly). Like I said though, it was cheap and clean so that was fine with us.

What made is not so great was the noise. Our room had a window which looked out onto the main street. All night we could hear traffic, singing from the Karaoke club up the road and the street lights were so bright that it felt like daytime even in the middle of the night.

The shared showers / toilets were okay and cleaned constantly. The only bad thing was the squat toilet beside the shower which sometimes gave off an aroma of urine as we showered.

The owner was really nice though and very welcoming. He gave us lots of tips visiting Melaka and seemed upset that we hadn't ben around in the comunal area at all. (We were only there for 2 nights so we were out most of the time seeing the city).

To be fair, he does everything himself, so I was surprised that it was as clean as it was. He seems meticulous about keeping the shared areas really pristine.

Location wise, it's great. 5 minutes walk to Chinatown and the main shopping centres. Tourist info is right across the street.

PROS:
Lovely, friendly owner
Free toast & spreads, tea and coffee for breakfast
Cheap
Great location

CONS:
Smokers in the comunal area
Squat toilets in the shared showers
Rooms a bit shabby
Noisy as hell

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

My hosteling experience here was great. Sean, the host of the hostel, was a complete joy. He was funny and informative, and my friends and I met great people while spending time in his up stairs common room. The location was optimal and the hostel was clean and cheap. Definitely a good time!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Bali, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

This hostel is located just opposite Taming Sari Tower, really close to busy Mellaca Old Town. Hostel is on second floor up to third floor, funny that reception and common room located at third floor, so once you arrived, ring a bell then go to third floor. Wifi is provided here, connection was pretty good. Room was so small, with small window near window, Air Con made us freezing that time. Bathroom is sharing with other guest. Next to hostel, there's night market at night. Food is easily to get as it close to attraction center. A 24 hours mini-mart just next to the hostel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

if your in melaka you won't do better than backpackers freak hostel. Sean the manager is the greatest host of any hostel I've stayed in in the world. the rooms are spotless, its got a great common area and the price is very reasonable. also he treats all new arrivals a traditional Malay meal in the hostel so everyone gets to know each other. what a guy!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

Stumbling upon Backpacker's Freak ended up being a grand decision.
With the comforts of clean rooms & facilities, a relaxed environment, a cozy common area & an ever enthusiastic and entertaining manager, full of advice and great conversation, my 3 day planned visit of Melaka ended up being 11 days!!
It's also customary for the guest to each chip in some money for the host to buy some very delicious local food & to enjoy everyones company. Again adding to the very special atmosphere & friendly / honest service on offer.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Freak if not for just more than adequate digs then just for a relaxed & fun stay.

Room Tip: Windows can be bad on the weekend due to 24hr Karaoke & Boy Race Cars (Tokyo Drift Style)
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

Had the best stay in backpackers freak hostel ever!
When you arrive, you get a personal explanation about the city, stuff you can do, tourist places, where to get free maps etc.etc.
The hostel comes with a good breakfast, nice kitchen, clean rooms, clean bathrooms and a good common room.
Ashley and Sean are such good hosts, I recommend staying with them.They will learn your name from your passport and become your friend right after.
The hostel is located in the center of the town, so perfect location to walk to everything there is to see in Melaka.

Room Tip: Make sure you book a room in advance, the place is usually crowded and people walk in all the time.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Backpacker's Freak Hostel
Address: 1-25 Jalan Pm 2 | Plaza Mahkota, Melaka 75000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #79 of 116 Specialty Lodging in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Backpacker's Freak Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are one of the latest backpacker's joint in Melaka. Located in the city center of all historical sites and just minutes away from Chinatown. This is the place where budget and comfy comes together. ... more   less 
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