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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Malaysia: The Five Best Selection of Heritage Hotels in Melaka

Five Best Heritage Hotels in Melaka, Malaysia | Ramble and Wander

The rich Malay culture, combined with the strong roots of Chinese culture and the colonial heritage past of the Portuguese, Dutch and British make Melaka a perfect destination for travellers craving for some culture sightseeing and a pleasant stay. However, there are more than just the three aforementioned influences that make Malacca, or Melaka as the locals call it, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Rich in history of trading, it has taken in and been influenced by many traders that come in the past. More conveniently, Melaka is only 2 hours away from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, promising a brief yet exciting wanders to any travellers. Here are the top five heritage hotels in Melaka from Traveloka.com to enhance your experience in the charming city:



1. Courtyard @ Heeren Boutique Hotel


The Courtyard at Hereen Boutique Hotel accommodates only 14 rooms, each designed and decorated distinctively with a touch of Baba-Nyonya Peranakan heritage and antique furniture. Along with the spacious rooms, bathrooms and thoughtful services, the hotel is easily a top choice for wandering around, as it is located in Chinatown. A two-minute walk will take guests to the popular Jonker Street.


2. The Majestic Melaka


The old-world design adds a certain charm to The Majestic Melaka, as its name suggest. Good-sized room and great beddings are among the small things the hotel pays attention to in serving its guests. Along with these is the massage service that is popular based on the recurring guests’ reviews, which also serves as a relaxing time after wandering around the city’s tourist spots. To reach the renowned Jonker Street, a few minutes’ walk is required, but the many local shops along the way from the hotel are surely worth a check. 


3. Casa del Rio Melaka


Five Best Heritage Hotels in Melaka, Malaysia - Casa del Rio Melaka | Ramble and Wander
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Casa del Rio Melaka combines Mediterranean architecture and a knack of Dutch, Arabic and Chinese influences inside its 66 guest rooms and suites. The boutique hotel spices up the staying experience with superb bedding, spacious bathroom, a walk-in closet, and private balconies attached to each split-level bedroom. Stepping outside the hotel, a two-minute walk will take you to heritage attractions, including Jonker Street, with its must-check food stalls, and the grand church. Plunging to its comfort, do not forget to check the infinity pool overlooking Melaka city. As a bonus, the hotel has its own private jetty for the not-to-be-missed Melaka River cruise!


4. Jonker Boutique Hotel


A renovated 3-storey building with colonial style exterior at the very heart of Melaka's tourist attraction, Jonker Street, Jonker Boutique Hotel provides travellers with great modern ambience and spacious rooms. Besides having the advantage of being close to local attractions like Eye on Malaysia and A'Famosa, to mention two amongst other local attractions, the hotel is also a heaven for culinary-oriented tourists wanting to feast on authentic Peranakan cuisines and other mouth-watering Malaysian street foods in the surroundings.


5. Aldy Hotel


Matching the fiery red brick buildings of Christ Church, Aldy Hotel is iconic from the exterior, but inside it has a warm-impression tropical interior with a touch of atypical wooden furniture and rattan chairs accompanied with modern beddings and bathroom. Servicing 30 rooms, this boutique hotel also provides a jacuzzi for its guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the city scenery. Within walking distance are the most popular tourist spots, such as Stadthuys, Christ Church, and the Clock Tower, as well as Porta de Santiago, Dataran Pahlawan, Chinatown, and Jonker Street a bit further down the road.




Have you been to Melaka and stayed at any of these hotels before? If so, what do you think about it? If not, which one would you consider if you're visiting Melaka?

Five Best Heritage Hotels in Melaka, Malaysia | Ramble and Wander

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18 comments:

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  1. Heard so much about this area!! I definitely need to go. Those places look awesome.

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    1. Melaka is definitely a must visit if you're coming to Malaysia.

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  2. Casa del Rio looks like it would be my fave. Shall save this in the event that I get back to Malaysia.

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    1. I love the pool there. And the location too. Very convenient for you to walk around the historic area of Melaka.

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  3. I would have liked to see pictures from all five hotels. I've never been to Malaysia, but I would surely love to visit and your list comes in very handy when making decisions where to stay.

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    1. Hope one day you'd make it to Malaysia!
      :)

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  4. I haven't heard of Melaka before. Thanks for introducing me. And for the great hotel recommendations!

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    1. Melaka usually ranks quite high as a must visit destination (apart from Penang) in Malaysia and its location makes it easy for a (long) day trip from Kuala Lumpur. However, I would recommend at least 2-day trip or more if you're into history, culture and food.

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  5. What a surprise. I'll be sleeping over at The Majestic Melaka this weekend. Let's see whether it lives up to its heritage tag ;)

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    1. Woot! Enjoy The Majestic! Don't forget to try the spa too!
      :)

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  6. All of these hotels sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I really liked Melaka! Although I stayed in a hostel when I was there, I got to see Casa del Rio when I got lost near the riverside. It has a really good location and design.

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    1. Ha! Funny, I first saw it when I got lost too whilst looking for a place to have a late night supper, haha!

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  8. Malaka is a very cute little unesco town and for such a small place there are quite a few heritage buildings and hotels. I vote for the majestic where I actually stayed, lovely place!

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    1. Great choice with The Majestic! I wanted to stay there recently but unfortunately it was fully booked.

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  9. The list of hotels is really great. Thank you very much for such a valuable info. I am planning for a day trip to Melaka this 1 Sept 2016.

    Kimber - condorny.com

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    1. Ah-ha! I hope you do enjoy Melaka! Although I do believe that you should at least allocate 2 days there.
      :)

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