Although it is a budget hotel, it is not as budget for it’s room rates which I think is relatively still on the expensive side. But it is a budget service hotel. The hotel staffs provide you with information and also service that you might need (except they do not carry your luggage up the hotel rooms). The hotel does not have a lift but a staircase to walk up the rooms.
The hotel rooms are small for it’s price but the beddings are very clean and smells comfortable. We initially booked a Superior Twin but upon check-in, we found it quite small and we chose to upgrade it to a family room. The family room was on the 2nd floor but was small too. He room has no windows (all four walls) and initially looks like a time-out room. Aircon working well. Showing cubicle ok with hot water and liquid soap dispenser (no toothbrush, toothpaste, and comb). Effective ceiling air ventilator in toilet. Overall the room was quiet, appears safe for a small hotel, and comfortable.
The hotel reception staffs is generally ok but we like one of a staff at the free valet parking service who is very friendly and tries to be helpful to guiding us in our direction. Another plus point of the hotel staffs is that they kept our bought takeaway cooked seafood for us and the next morning, the staffs make the food hot from their staffs’ pantry. For those who would like to do that too, remember to make sure your food is Halal.
The location of the hotel is good as a big shopping centre is just across the sometimes busy road. Be careful when you cross the road as the traffic can be busy sometimes especially in the day.
There is a Nonya restaurant just almost side by side with the hotel but I would not recommend it. The food is definitely overpriced for a place like Melaka and terrible. Better to eat at the shopping centre or elsewhere.
There is a traditional Chinese massage shop just opposite the hotel across the road but NEVER EVER go there! The massage appears to be cheap initially. All 3 of us went in and were attended by Mainland Chinese aunties in their 40s or 50s. We were brought into the rooms at Level 2, told to strip hastily by the aunties as through we could change as fast as Superman. There was not much of privacy as the curtains do not seem to block off totally from outsiders’ view while we lay ourselves half naked in the rooms. While we were lying on the beds, the massaging aunties then start their nonsense within the first 3mins of massaging. They pestered us to buy body oil massage oil for RM15 per person. We gave in. Then following that, we were not given any peace of mind as they keeps nagging offensively that our bodies are heaty etc, implying that there were something wrong with our bodies and we should take extra “Gwa Sa” massage packages from them. You start wondering whether they really have Chinese Traditional medical knowledge as they claimed. They were talking about their own China country politics and gossiping bad things about other countries which make me think that why it the first place they came to another country. It does not seem that they know Melaka well and there is an intuition that they are illegally employed. In fact they asked us about some of the things in Melaka despite we are tourists too! They refused to stop nagging offensively/gossipping and the whole massage session was a night mare! Imagine you were like imprisoned in their territory and their hands were all overpowering you! There was no way of escape and eventually we gave in to their demands. The “Gwa Sa” massage was extremely painful and we sustained bruises, scratches and redness all over our backs!
There is a “Little Nonya” shop also opposite the hotel which sells souvenirs and foodstuffs to tourists. Although the foodstuffs are quite expensive, but seem that they are in better quality for gifts. Some of the foodstuffs are locally produced in Melaka itself but not all. So better ask first before you buy.
There is also a 24hrs convenient store opposite the road, same line of shops together with the “Little Nonya” shop, Massage shop, Korean restaurant. The things sold in the store are very expensive and suggest that you buy your groceries in the nearby supermarket or other local stores.
The shopping centre is one of the best places for entertainment after 10am and midnight. We watch the movie The Avengers at the cinema upstairs. Cinema is spacious and clean, just like in Singapore. There is a pet store in the shopping centre which sells exotic animals like small coloured snakes and hedgehogs. There are nice clothing and shoes but I would not recommend a Polo shop at Level 1 there. It hosts a number of salesgirls but all grumpy and inpatient when called to serve the customers.
From the hotel, you can actually walk to Jonker Walk which is a must go. But it is not active everyday. You can ask directions from people how to go. Basically Melaka is quite a safe place to walk in the days and nights but still keep your things safe with you.
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