At first I tried to get a reservation at a cute shophouse boutique hotel but I am glad that we wound up at the Hotel Equatorial. For the same price we got a Equator Club room, which means it's on a high floor with separate check-in. Breakfast for this room was included so don't pre-pay for it on the website. We were very happy with the corner room, including a plain outdoor patio that was nice to have and a large bathroom. The room was non-smoking and it did not smell of smoke at all (some rude guests smoked in the hallway but that's not the hotel's fault). If you drive here you'll be able to leave the car in the carpark while you sightsee Jonker St etc.
The location is great. Just far enough away from the tourist areas to avoid noise but close enough to walk (to Jonker Street etc.). We saw later that many of the small boutique hotels are located on small streets with very heavy traffic, one place was located above an outdoor karaoke stage!
We would definitely stay here again. We only have two small things to point out: the hotel lobby has a mildew smell that is being masked by a nicer scent. I know it's really tough to get rid of in the tropics but maybe it can be done. The second thing I noticed is that our floor had fire safety doors between the hallway and the elevators that are kept open even though the signs on them say to keep closed. We felt very safe in the hotel but the truth is that on a high floor...well, safety is important. I don't know what the solution is -- I hope the solution is not to get rid of the sign but figure out a way to keep the building safe! Maybe automatic closing safety doors? Again, we felt safe here and have stayed at hotels all over Southeast Asia. But it caught my attention.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of historical Melaka, Hotel Equatorial Melaka is a 5-star international business hotel with 496 elegantly furnished guestrooms and suites offering stunning views of the Straits of Melaka and St. Paul's Hill, whilst providing our guests the most luxurious comfort and service. It is ideally located within a few minutes' walk from historical sites and trails, shopping complexes, night spots, financial institutions as well as the ever famous Jonker's Street - a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Featuring guestrooms ranging from the modest Deluxe room to the Presidential Suite, the hotel rooms are tastefully furnished along elegant and contemporary designs. Each room features an ensuite bathroom, and comes equipped with a flat-screen television, mini-refrigerator, coffee & tea making facilities, in-room personal safe, IDD telephone line, individually controlled air-conditioning, complimentary wireless internet access, hair dryer, cable channels and iron/ ironing board. Relax, take a swim, or simply keep in shape when you stay in Hotel Equatorial Melaka. Equinox Fitness Centre located on Level 3 offers state-of-the-art gym equipment and also includes a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool and indoor Jacuzzi. Whereas, sun worshippers will appreciate a relaxing dip in the outdoor swimming pool located on Level 4, whilst the kids can enjoy the children's pool. ... more less
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