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Wana Riverside Hotel
Ranked #107 of 166 Hotels in Melaka
Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Reasonable price, clean rooms”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights with family in 2 rooms.

Good points
- Just 10-15min walk to Jonker along the Malacca River (across 2nd bridge) -> scenic view too with mural paintings on buildings that line the River
- Clean and spacious rooms
- Some breakfast items are changed daily
- Cheap local supermarket within walking distance from hotel and another across 1st bridge
- Food stalls line the street opposite the car park at night - but we didn't get to try them but they look crowded with locals
- Short walk to Madam Kings dept store (and the yummy-and-not-to-be-missed non-halal Popiah stall outside Mdm Kings!)
- Musical fountain just at entrance of hotel car park..nice open space area to enjoy the night view for free
- Safe, ironing board, hairdryer provided in rooms

Areas to improve
- Poor maintenance of room - we had leaking ceiling just outside the toilet of one of the rooms and another room, door could be opened from outside though it was locked (faulty lock)
-Inconsistency of room key vs sensor card - card is also used for power supply (modern vs traditional)
- No one to find table for guests at breakfast - find your own table and guess if it has been taken. Avoid early breakfast if there're school groups else be prepared to wait longer for food to be replenished.
- no bedroom slippers provided -> BYO if you don't like stepping on carpeted floor

Other comments
- It seems like this is the hotel of choice for school trips for overseas students -> we met 2 big groups on the days we were there. So, book early during school holidays season to avoid disappointment.

Room Tip: - Avoid top floor (9th floor) especially on hot days - air conditioner takes a long time to cool dow...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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BWWanaRiverside, General Manager at Wana Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for givig us your feedback on your stay with us recently.

Thank you for highlighting both our good and not so so good points during your stay here. The school holidays for both Malaysia and Singapore is when the groups travel and stay with us.
As for the room defects, we are in the process of repairing these issues. As for the locksets issue, we are in the process of sourcing for a new vendor and will be chaing all the locksets in due course.

We do hope you will consider us again for your stay on your next visit to Melaka.

Thank you and best regards
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Stayed here dec 2012 whilst on our 5 month trip away, lovely hotel in a great location on the river and only a 10 minute walk to the centre of Melaka. The one big complaint is that we were on the highest floor that was open and the floor above had building work taking place all through the night. After complaining many times to reception via the phone they assured us there was no work being done, however at 2 in the morning we had enough so we took the lift up to the next floor to see a hallway door that was locked and the workmen making noise behind it. In the morning we told the receptionist we were not happy but we had already paid for the room and he assured us that the manager would contact us by e-mail and the money would be refunded but after 2 months now it still has not been returned to our account and we have heard nothing from the manager. So our advice is make sure you are on a lower floor and you will then love this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Checkin was smooth (booked through Agoda). Nice, clean rooms, and the hotel is located just outside Chinatown and Jonker Street (about 10 minute walk). Breakfast was good, so was the free wifi.No shuttle to and from Melaka Central, but the folks in the reception helped arrange a metered cab. There is a "Heritage Tax" in addition to what you've already paid, which you are made aware of on check out :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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BWWanaRiverside, General Manager at Wana Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Mr. Sanjay,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your stay with us recently.

I am pleased to note that you had a pleasant and enjoyable stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you again to BEST WESTERn Wana Riverside Hotel, Melaka soon.

Thank you and best regards

Ravi Firdaus
General Manager
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Well priced, large rooms with a view. Utilitarian, but what one would expect for the price. Has everything needed. On the river so you can walk along peacefully and not overwhelmed by traffic noise and unrelenting heat.

Room Tip: Facing east is best, but 1/2 rooms do. So you might be challenged. Definitely choose a higher room...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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BWWanaRiverside, General Manager at Wana Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you ver much for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback on your stay with us recently.

My team and I are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Please do come back soon and we look forward to welcoming you back to BEST WESTERN Wana Riverside Hotel Melaka

Thank you and best regards

Ravi Firdaus, Mr.
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Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

The room is clean and big enough . Staffs are friendly and the breakfast was ok . Good wifi speed . Recommend !
The air-cond is abit noisy as it needs to warm up . That's the weirdest thing I've seen in a hotel .

  • Stayed March 2013
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BWWanaRiverside, General Manager at Wana Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Mr. Ang,

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback on your stay with us recently.

I am glad to note that you enjoyed your stay with us except for the noisy air - con.

We will look into this and see that it is rectified. It is with positive feedback like that that we are able to imporve our services to serve you better.

Meanwhile, we look forward to welcoming you back to BEST WESTERN Wana Riverside Hotel on your next visit to Melaka.

Thank you and best regards

Ravi Firdaus, Mr.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

The hotel is good, generally it is clean, and very easy to walk to jonker. It has nice view of the city and next to the river. Breakfast and free wifi is excellent. We got our request to have double bed for each room, and it is next to each other. However when we checked in, one of the room has strong smoke smell, it seems like the previous stayer smoke alot, eventhough it is a Non-Smoking floor. I don't have time to make a complain as it was late night, and thus just open the window to get fresh air, it helps a bit only. During that time, there was also loud music from outside, which only stops after midnight. It disrupts my family's sleep time. For the price that was paid, i think this is a not so great deal after all.

Room Tip: Choose room with River View
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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BWWanaRiverside, General Manager at Wana Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Mr. Mulyadi,

Thank you very much for taking the time to give us your feedback on your stay with us recently.

My apologies on the cigarette smell in your room as though we have designated Non - Smoking floors but sometimes we do have cases of guests smoking in their rooms. As for the external music, we have been informing the operator to lower down the volume of the misuc but as it is not in the premises of the hotel, we cannot force them to stop the music.

I do sincerely hope that you will consider staying with us on your next visit to Melaka and we will do our best to allocate you a room far away from the external music.

Thank you and best regards

Ravi Firdaus
General Manager
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Penang, Malaysia
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

The room was clean and spacious unlike most hotels. The view of the Malacca river with its cruising boats was pleasant to the eye. The "Malacca Eye" was within walking distance. One could take a boat ride easily as well. The air conditioning in the room functioned well. Beds were comfortable. Tv worked well. Room had a clock radio with alarm built in. Coffee and tea facilities were nice. The bath tub was a bit too high so one had to watch out that one does not trip and fall on the floor while getting in or out. The slippery floor made it all the more hazardous to get out of the bath tub. You have to use the tub because the shower is in there. Water pressure was good but it was very difficult to get the balance correct between hot and cold! Either you got cooked or chilled! Breakfast was about the same every day and was adequate but not sumptuous or extravagant. The coffee was devoid of taste - every day. Car parking lots are not too many - only at the basement - and slightly difficult to negotiate the bends. Despite all that I would still recommend it. Quiet location. You could walk to most of the nearby places without having to get a taxi. Reasonably priced.

Room Tip: Get a room that is higher up but faces the river. You can spend hours looking at the boats and also...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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BWWanaRiverside, General Manager at Wana Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Mr. Palani,

Thank you very much for taking the time to give us your feedback on your stay with us recently.

We have noted your points on the coffee and breakfast and will do our best to improve and your comments will assist us to note the areas that we are lacking.

We look forward to welcoming you back to to BEST WESTERN Wana Riverside Hotel Melaka

Thank you and best regards

Ravi Firdaus
General Manager
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Property: Wana Riverside Hotel
Address: No. 2 Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Melaka 75100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
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Ranked #107 of 166 Hotels in Melaka
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Hotel Class:3 star — Wana Riverside Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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The Wana Riverside Hotel is centrally located by the Melaka River in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a title bestowed in July 2008. Rich in history, culture and diverse cuisine, Melaka which dates back to the 1400's, is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences that reflects the essence of modern Malaysia. Melaka is truly unique in what it has to offer and whether it is for business or pleasure, the Wana Riverside Hotel is central to an enjoyable stay. ... more   less 
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