We were visiting from Singapore, a three-generation family with a range of tastes to satisfy, and the Baba House met our needs. The style is authentically babanyonya, with many features of the typical house retained. In terms of modern living, the shower and other basic facilities were fine, the breakfast excellent (ok, the baked beans were cold, but who comes to Melaka for baked beans?) At breakfast most of the clients were ethnically Chinese, a marker of who you are going on holiday with; if you want to be among Europeans or Americans there are plenty of places in Melaka, but this suited us very well.
The location is about perfect, especially for the night market and the other classic peranakan houses. In a few years it may be swamped by the gimcrack 'heritage' industry, aimed at the American/European market but sadly missing the heart of the original, but for now grab this opportunity while it is there. To be sure, a coat of paint would give a better impression, and the attitude to maintenance is one clear distinction between the priorities of the local hotel and the global chain, but I hope that those who love the style of the Holiday Inn will just go straight there. For us the Baba House was just right.
My daughter, son-in-law and grandson and I loved it, and would certainly go back
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- Also Known As:
- The Baba House Hotel Melaka
- Baba Hotel Melaka
- The Baba Hotel