We have just stayed at Heeren House for two weekend nights. Because the guesthouse is at the end of the street next to the river most of the rooms have windows that open up onto views of the river. In Melaka rooms often have no windows at all due to the long thin shape of the houses. It was in a perfect position for exploring the Jonker street night markets and Chinatown.
Our room was small, just a large bed, small table, couple of chairs and a rack for the suitcase - nowhere to actually unpack, although there were a couple of coathangers on a hook on the wall. The bed was high and comfortable with a pretty quilt but the sheets and pillowcases were in need of a good wash in Napisan - they were grey and stained. The bathroom was also small and cramped with tiles missing in a large patch beside the toilet, but the hot water worked! We did have an electric jug with tea and coffee making packets.
Breakfast was included and buffet style - fruit juice, fresh fruit, eggs (fried or scrambled) with sausage, hashbrown and beans. But on our second morning we gave it a miss and hit the street for some roti channai - why eat what you can get at home when you're in Melaka?
I was annoyed that a surcharge of 20MR was applied to each night of our stay as it was a weekend - although this is a fairly standard practice in Melaka it was not mentioned on their website.
Our hosts Henri and Marcia were welcoming, friendly and, of course, knowledgeable about the area. After about 8pm the front door is locked and the security guard is on duty at the side door - we didn't bother waking him up when we came in at 8.30pm, we just helped ourselves to our room key and left him sleeping peacefully on the bench!
I would recommend this guesthouse for it's location, but when I'm in Melaka next visit I will try one of the other historical houses, there are so many to choose from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A heritage guesthouse and cafe right in the heart of historical Melaka city. Everything and anything that is interesting in the city centre (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) is within walking distance. Each room has window views of the Melaka River and city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heeren House Hotel Melaka
- Heeren Hotel Melaka