Recommended by friends, this place did not disappoint, quite the opposite in fact. In many ways it reminded me of a less grand version of the Metropole in Hanoi, though in the Metropole I've been forutnate enough to stay in the original room above reception, whereas as the Majestic here has, understandably, all guests rooms in a modern block close behing the original mansion.
The rooms are spacious, well-appointed and with a lovely bathroom arrangement in which shutters are pulled when privacy is required. The free-standing bath is made of plastic apparently, which surprised me a little, but it was perfectly adequate for its' purpose and everything else in the room was perfect. We were served jasmine tea on arrival in our room, a nice touch from a charming hostess, indicative of the high standard of personl attention we would receive throughout our 4 night stay. Incidentally, arriving at mid-day I'd expected not to be able to check-in, but we were pleasingly whisked to our room after the obigatory wet-towel and fuss-free check-in.
We didn't eat in the restuarant, mainly because Melacca has too much to offer for such a short stay. Breakfasts were very good, with a huge choice, perhaps the dining room staff were a little over-formal at times, but such is a mere quibble, not a criticism. There is a small bar at the hotel, useful for a pre-prandial cocktail, and for rustling up night-cap taken in the library before bed; I urge guests to avail themselves of the services of the highly competent barman.
Just over the river is the Kampong Morten, a Malay village in the middle of the city, which includes a museum run by the estimabe Mr Abdul Rahmin. The museum is also his home, and he conducts brief tours during which he will expound on the remarkable history of his family. Well worth visit, it was one of the highlghts of of month's travel.
You'll probably see monitor lizards if you walk into town along the river, it well worth the trip, there are cafes/bars along periodically along both side of the river.
The hotel pool is small but perfectly adequate for an afternoon dip, and the hotel houses a spa with a good reputation - didn't try it as spas are simply not my thing.
An enquiry about train times the day before I left led to a member of staff taking full responsibility for checking train times, reservations and organising us a taxi to the station - approximately 30 kilometres away. Such service stays with you, though the name of the chap who helped has slipped my cocktail-befuddled brain.
The Majestic then, recommended by chums, exceeded my expectation of what was available in Melacca. It is likely to be a while before I pass that way again, sadly, but when the occasion arises my snooy head will be found resting on those crisp white pillows.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the spirit of Malacca’s commercial History, The Majestic Malacca provides an ideal location for productive retreats. Conveniently located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site and only a short drive from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The rich culture and history of the city inspires intimate brainstorms and business meetings in this 54-room boutique hotel. Creativity and innovation and enhanced on the quiet luxurious conference centre ensuring efficiency, performance, and optimal outcomes as each event is supported by modern communications and executed to perfection in any one of the hotel’s three versatile function rooms by knowledgeable and efficient staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Majestic Hotel Melaka