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Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Ranked #12 of 165 Hotels in Melaka
Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

My family of 3 adults and 2 children stayed in 2 club rooms for 2 nights from 23 Sep (Sun) to 25 Sep (Tue).

The façade and main entrance of the hotel was showing its age and could do with a refurbishment. The main lobby was very busy when we arrived at around 12.30pm and there was food smell (fried shallots?) in the air.

Check-in on 21st floor club lounge was hardly “exclusive”. Had to join a queue at a tiny reception counter managed by 2 staff near a small entrance. No one came to assist us so grandma and kids had to make their own way through the crowd with luggage and all to find empty seats to rest while waiting for hubby and me to do the check-in formalities. Staff stationed at club lounge were polite but unable to give immediate answers to simple questions such as location and opening hours of hotel facilities.

There were no interconnecting club rooms but we were fine with rooms facing each other. Our rooms on 16th floor were not ready hence we decided to have lunch at their Peranakan restaurant. Seri Nonya is a good option if you don’t want to venture out.

Club rooms were at the end of a long corridor on each floor (i.e. not just on high floors so do request for a high floor if you want one). The corridors, rooms and toilets were bright and spacious. Beds were comfortable. Quality of toilet amenities was basic. The 2 balconies in each room offered nice views of the city, sea and pool but I wouldn’t step into them without footwear. I couldn't find a clock anywhere but wake-up call came from the early morning hustle and bustle of the schools in the vicinity. Mini-fridge was empty. No Wi-Fi in rooms, just broadband. Temperature of running water in the bath/shower was inconsistent. Lighting system in our room was faulty but this was rectified promptly. Housekeeping service was prompt too.

We did not exercise the “privilege” of having breakfast at the club lounge as the selection was wider at the ground floor café; a tip-off by staff at the club lounge.

We booked this hotel for its location (important as we were travelling with very young children and not driving) and the views from a high floor. Our return coach from Singapore dropped us and picked us up right at the hotel entrance. The major malls are in the area and we enjoyed the pleasant late afternoon strolls from Equatorial to Jonker Walk and vice versa; passing historical sites and playgrounds. Hubby and toddler son also had fun in the hotel pool. A point to note is that the hotel is not wheel chair/stroller friendly although staff should be able to assist. And beware of a small step when you come out of the lift on the ground floor.

This is our 2nd stay at Equatorial (the 1st being our last trip to Malacca 10 years ago). The small city has undergone much change and managed to bring out its unique charms culturally and architecturally. We will visit again soon and while our stay at Equatorial is not unpleasant, we look forward to experience either Casa Del Rio or one of the boutique hotels which impressed us when we made brief stops at their premises.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is my 2nd time in this hotel but my first time trying the suite. The size of the room is rather cosy and comfortable for my family of 3 kids and 1 helper. Room is separated from living area so that gives us additional privacy.
Fittings in the hotel however are alittle aged. Would be great to have it spruced up. The service is wonderful though. We got personal check-in and the free use of the executive lounge services which includes free flow of cocktail and beer from 5 to 7.30pm.
Turn down facilities available and I was also not charged for the additional bed pulled in.
In terms of accessibility to amenities, the hotel is right next to a mall. Restaurants and shopping, loads of choices.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor. It gives a great view of the melaka straits.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EstherYeo
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Perth
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96 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We chose to stay at this hotel again on our second visit to Malacca based on two factors. Location and price.

We stayed several nights in a club room. The club rooms are very spacious and our room had one small balcony and one large balcony. The bathroom is well laid out.

Although the room had been through some renovations it is quite plain and still a little drab. The furniture and much of the room is still showing a lot of wear and tear.

The club room is looking even more run down than our last visit. The snacks provided were adequate. They provide only one type of beer and red/white wine.

Staff are efficient without being friendly.

The breakfast at the cafe was also just adequate. It was disappointing to see an 'egg' station there but the chef told us he couldn't make a fresh omelete and we needed to select it from the bain maree.

We booked and attended the cooking class available at the hotel in their Nonya Restaurant. This was absolutely fantastic and a wonderful experience. The lady chef was so pleasant. It was great value and we were invited to return to the restaurant later in the evening to enjoy the dishes we were shown as well as several others. It was a real feast. I would recommend this cooking class to anyone and everyone. It was a real highlight.

The pool area is really great.

Overall this hotel is adequate.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank PegususPerth
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
132 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Ah Hotel Equatorial, you were probably the height of sophisticated accommodation in the 80s, but what happened? Was the cost of maintaining your property too high for you?

This is your average "international" hotel room, except with chipped paint, cheap furniture and stained carpets. It's not bad, just a bit shabby and standards of bathroom hygiene are a bit low,

On the plus side, the pool is nice, breakfast is good and the location is excellent. You can easily walk from here into the heart of Melaka.

Room Tip: At the moment there's a lot of construction around this hotel, so rooms facing the pool will be...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank CreativeSpark
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Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I am glad that we choose to stay at Hotel Equatorial Melaka. we stayed in the delux room. The room was not very spacious but clean/neat with a balcony facing the pool.It had the all the basic requirements like hair dyer, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, shampoo/gels/soaps, locker, charging points etc
The location is perfect!you have 7-Eleven just opposite the Hotel, 24hrs McD, Datwan shopping Mall and a lot of restaurants serving Portuguese, Peranakan, chinese and Indian food.
Equatorial has a coffee corner serving good pastries and also a Japanese and Seri Nonya Perankan restaurant. It also has a swimming pool,fitness center and a tennis court.
We started out our walk from Equatorial and kept walking straight towards all the attractions..on the way we stopped at the St. Paul's Hill,Porta de Santiago (A'Famosa Fort),Menara Taming Sari, Melaka fort , Melaka fort, Christ church and walked up to jonker street. It took us over 30 mins to reach jonker street because we stopped at many places/clicking pictures.
On the way back we took the colorful-bicycle-rickshaws ride back to Equatorial for 15RM.
overall a very relaxing stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank saashuu
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Batu Gajah, Malaysia
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106 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

It's like you're staying right at the heart of the historical complex of A'Famosa. The mall next to the hotel serves as a good walkway to reach entrance of St Paul Hill and other historical attractions. Hotel is fine except that I got a room and floor that were just painted recently. The smell was intense.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SAS3812
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Singapore
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36 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Though a regular visitor to Melaka, I have not stayed at the Hotel Equatorial for a few years mainly because the last time I stayed (in 2007 or 08), the rooms were rundown and in dire need for a touch-up. Also, I wanted to try out the other hotels in Melaka. So, I was presently surprised to find the rooms have been renovated recently. It was a nice change from the old Peranakan theme. It seems the bathroom was not included in the renovation but is was clean and functional. The beds were very comfortable and my hubby who normally has problem sleeping in hotels was able to get a good night's sleep. Hope they can maintain the rooms and not let it get too rundown again. Breakfast was good with a spread of local and western dishes. Only problem we had was with the television. The cable channels were so soft, we could hardly hear (and we had the volume set to maximum). The free-to-air channels were loud and clear. So, if you are switching between channels, you have to remember to lower the volume first. We booked 2 rooms and both television sets has the same problem. I am not sure if they do this intentionally so you do not disturb the neighbouring rooms. Service at the hotel is not exceptional, but it is acceptable. Both checking in and out was a breeze.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LibraGalSingapore
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Property: Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Address: Jalan Bandar Hilir, Melaka 75000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 165 Hotels in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Equatorial Melaka 4*
Number of rooms: 496
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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