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Heeren House
Ranked #32 of 167 Hotels in Melaka
Reviewed October 14, 2010

Service was adequate. The family room for RM259 was a little pricey but worth it for the character and history of the room. Why pay the same or more for a sterile modern hotel ?
Compared to the alternatives, Hotel Puri and Baba House, I preferred this place.

Bathroom is modern so no Victorian plumbing. My kids felt right at home in the spacious room which can sleep 5 pax and were being their usual mischievous selves , which is usually a good sign.

Location at the beginning of Jonkers street is great, v near the chicken rice ball shops and across from the Stadhuys. There is a water wheel across the river which can be seen lit up at night and its quite nice if a little garish. Their little shop is quite nice with mostly Balinese stuff which was not as crazily marked up as most Malaysian shops selling Balinese stuff .

The owners are friendly . The wife is a bit school marmish, being a Brit but hardly to the extent as described in other posts. Breakfast was fine , being a good English cooked breakfast but the quantity wasnt enough for me as I like a heavy breakfast.

My only complaint would be that parking can be a problem as the parking beside the hotel is actually public parking and the main door opens directly onto the road, not onto a pavement . Therefore, you must take precautions if like us, you have active young children . Oh yes, the check out time is 10am I think which is a bit early.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

I couldn't disagree more with the people who have described the antique furniture in the bedrooms as 'dated' and the rooms 'small'. This place is all about the heritage of the building. If you want massive rooms with ultra modern furniture and giant TVs in a hotel which is the same as most others then go and stay at one of the bigger hotels. If you want to stay somewhere that is a quirky, converted former Chinese merchant's house then this is the place to stay. We found the staff really welcoming and helpful- they couldn't do enough for you. Our room was beautifully furnished- there is nothing fancy but it is all in keeping with the old building. We did however have a jacuzzi in our bedroom which was fabulous. Breakfast was the usual cooked stuff, cereals, toast etc. Ok so you may hear some noise from the road in the bedrooms, but I wouldn't imagine that there is a hotel in Melaka where this is not the case!

We thought this hotel was great. We have stayed in plenty of identical hotel rooms across the globe and this was something really different and memorable. Don't listen to the people who have moaned about it, they are clearly lacking a sense of adventure!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank LucyWoo
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

This is a charming little guesthouse, with a fantastic location and lovely, friendly staff. If you want a big hotel with great TV etc then don't bother but if you want somewhere with some local charm and character, this place is great. The room was fairly basic but very clean and comfortable, with a good view.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank BFCUK
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

Very disappointing.
Rooms very cramped and small. Fittings, fixtures and furnishings dated and old.
A few antiques that clutter the small rooms.
Only local TV available on very small and old TV. Beds are kid size, too short for Western adults.
Very noisy on a street corner with people hollering and carrying on late at night next to the river.
The staff/owners have the personality of schoolteachers and act as though they are doing you a favour by letting you stay.
Within five minutes walk you can either get
1. A cheaper place with more atmosphere and much friendlier staff or
2. For the same price get a much bigger better standard room with more atmosphere, better facilities, food and friendlier welcoming staff.
Really don't bother. It's overrated. Just walk up the street and choose from a multitude of other better places.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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2  Thank Konrad M
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

We had a family room , the number 6, and it really has nothing fantastic about it for the price we paid. The room is by the street and not really beautiful. It is clean.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Enjoyed a two night stay at the Heeren House which is in a convenient location on the river and steps from Jonker St nightmarket and the food, bars and sights of the old town. Most things worth seeing in Melaka are in easy walking distance of this guesthouse.

The guesthouse owners are friendly, helpful and cook up a great breakfast in the morning.

The rooms are decorated with antique furniture and have a nice atmosphere, even though the facilities are basic. The bathroom is very small and there are some damp stains on the stone walls but given the age of the property this was not surprising.

We were somewhat confused by the night watchman who indicated to us on the first night that we needed to be back before midnight (a curfew?!) but we had no problem getting back into the guesthouse after 2am.

I would definitely consider staying here again in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank talltaff
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

We stayed in a river view double with en-suite, which was a good size and quiet. The two hosts were very friendly and served an excellent, simple breakfast. Good value for a budget/mid range guest house.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank peachesandcream84
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Address: 1 Jalan Tun Tan, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #32 of 167 Hotels in Melaka
Number of rooms: 6
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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