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River One Residence
Ranked #15 of 210 Melaka B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Malaysia
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We came across River One Residence after doing our homework on TripAdvisor...and it was our first ever decision to stay at a guest house/lodge. Apart from being unsure how the stay would turn out, we also didn't know what to expect from shared bathrooms. However, having said that, as first-timers staying at a guest house/lodge, it was indeed a sweet surprise at ROR! :)

We got a room on the first floor which was spacious enough for 2 persons, it was clean and the air-conditioner works perfectly well. Shower towels are provided...and if you're worried about shared bathrooms, fret not, ROR is doing a good job in keeping them clean!

The fact that the guests walk around barefooted makes the stay feel homely. The rest area on the first floor is simply adorable...with a view facing the Melaka river and the buildings nearby.

If you need a quick snack, you can always find cream crackers, water, tea and coffee sachets in the kitchen. You can get decent, good breakfast at Little Momma cafe just 2-3 doors down from ROR...and if you had a long day from walking, you can also get chinese/nyonya food for lunch/dinner at reasonable prices.

Just opposite ROR, you'll find a second-hand book shop. If you're interested in getting books at an amazingly cheap price, it's the place to be! If you're a comic collector, you'd be ecstatic to find vintage comics sold there for RM10 each...e.g. Alf, Transformers, Batman etc. You can trade books or if you're kind enough, you may donate your books for sale. Be sure to also enjoy the quirky (and very cute) artworks while you're there.

Last but not least, this review simply cannot be complete without having mentioned our newly found friends. Upon arriving on a rather late Thursday night right after work, we were warmly welcomed by Ozzy...very friendly, animated and full of energy. Have a chat with Ozzy and be amused by his jokes! We also got the chance to meet Alan who was ever so friendly, cheerful and helpful. Thank you ROR for making this trip a memorable one and we miss you guys already. We will definitely come back if we're ever back in Melaka again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank calli882000
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, June 1, 2013
Our conversation about Transformer that afternoon had reignited the child in me, which brought back many fond memories...thank you! If you need to us to keep a look out for any comics, just feel free to call us. Hope to see you and your wife in near future. Cheers!!
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chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2013

This place is great.

It is certainly one of the cleanest guesthouses I've ever stayed in. My room was massive and air conditioned, the sheets, the bed, towels, blankets-- everything was well kept, crisp and clean. The location is perfect; the balcony overlooking the river is quite nice as well.

The owner is a very pleasant fellow; we talked briefly about Morgan Freeman, non-biological "life", transhumanism, and the importance in Iceland of ensuring that you're not related to the person with whom you're about to go home. He's also apparently the only guy in town with a scanner.

Just about the only complaint I have-- and it really is a small one-- concerns the lack of a smaller bedside lamp in my room; I'm just not a fan of overhead fluorescent lighting; given the choice between it or nothing, I'd almost rather just sit in the dark. I realize that this is my own hangup, it's a problem easily remedied and it could have just been my room.

All in all, I highly recommend River One Residence. I would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Hi Jonathan,
Well,seems like some kind interesting conversation you had with Ozzy (Our CEO- Chief Entertainment Officer, hahaha...),Happy to know you've rested well and had an enjoyable stay with us. We are very grateful of your good words. Hope to see you again, thank you!!
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights, and were very impressed by the welcome we received. It's basic but has everything you need for a pleasant stay in this fascinating town. There is a balcony overlooking the river where you can drink the unlimited coffee and tea provided, together with shared kitchen and fridge for your use.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you for taking time to review our humble little place. Your words are very encouraging, thanks again!
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights. Its very clean, plenty of showers to use, I stayed in the Double room which had a massive bed and air con. Alain the Owner could not have been anymore helpfull, very informative and seemed an honest and trustworthy guy who was full of local knowledge. i'd definitely stay again. Overall a great stay and would recommend this hostel.

  • Stayed April 2013
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
We are delighted and happy to know you had a wonderful time in our place. Thank you very much for your kind words and compliment.
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Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed three nights in the double room right behind reception. Overall a very good experience because of the good management and care of the staff. Its an old building with lots of access to the critters of the outside world, but no way to stop that. Clean rooms, shared bathrooms as good as can be expected, great value. Any noise outside the room was like there wasnt a wall at all, no sound insulation. Location is good and easy to find, but im not a huge fan of the river itself, so many dead floating fish isnt a good sign.

  • Stayed February 2013
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Hi hi Anyong Haseyo! Yeah, in fact most of the buildings in this vicinity are very old. We do take note of your comments and will do our best within our capacity to make our guest comfortable. Thank you for your feedback. Araso, Gamsahamnida!
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Kobe, Japan
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

It was the first time to stay in a residence(shared bathroom) for me.
But I could really enjoy staying there very much .
The owner from Iceland is a very warm person and everyone can make themselves at home.
He is very tidy , and I can stay there very comfortable.
The location is also very good, you can enjoy Jaran Jaran along the river side. Sometimes you
can see the big lizard swiming in the river !!
Enjoy staying in RIver One Residence !!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank maki918
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Konichi-wa! Ogenki Desuka? Thank you for feedback and reviews.
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

First time in Melaka, stayed @ River One for a friend's wedding ceremony - very close to the hotel where the reception was held. Good location - just walking distance to Jonker Street and many other local food and sights. Host was very helpful to recommend where to go and eat with accurate directions. River One itself is simple & a nice place to stay, clean amnesties with free flow of coffee/tea & cookies. Love especially the upstairs of the place, overlooking the river. You have choice to sit up stairs or just beside the river - good place to just chill with friends, relax with a book...or notebook. It has a calming & de-stressing environment as you hear the boats pass by and the breeze in your face. Will return again to relax & enjoy Melaka. Thank you River One for an awesome experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Hey Stella,..When are you coming back to Melaka? Another friends's wedding soon? Glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you and Cheers!
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Property: River One Residence
Address: 60-62 Jalan Kampung Pantai, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 210 B&Bs / Inns in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — River One Residence 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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