The hotel is located right along the Melaka River and has its own river cruise pick-ups at 10am, 3pm and 8pm, but be sure to book your tickets early at the hotel reception. It's also convenient to walk along the river banks to get to the main historical areas of Stadthuys and Jonker Street. It'll probably take about 20 mins. The hotel room was just OK although it must be said that lightings and plumbing did all work. However, the aircon control didn't seem to work as it was pretty chilly whether at 10 or 25 and worse still they don't have blankets for extra beddings - they will send you several bedsheets instead. Get the higher river facing rooms and you'll get a free view of the fireworks that are set off after the sound and lights show at the Padang Pahlawan, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to catch large cruise ships entering the Straits of Melaka. The breakfast buffet was nothing to shout about by Malaysian standards, though they did have fresh milk and low fat milk for cereals (honey stars, coco crunch and corn flakes). Instead I would suggest that you walk out to the main road, turn right and look for an Indian banana leave restaurant, a few doors away that serves awesome thosai and roti canai with what my kids called "grandma's fish curry" and great teh tarik (pulling tea - a must have when in Malaysia) and local coffee.
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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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