Melaka Hotels, Guesthouses and Resorts
Thankfully accommodation options are plentiful in Melaka City and the abundant hotels cater for all kinds of travellers with all types of bank balances. Despite a large number of the hotels being designed and suited for more upmarket travellers, there is still ample supply of spots to rest your head that are, simultaneously, of high standards and remarkably affordable.
Ticking all the backpacker boxes of affordability, cleanliness and prime location Backpacker’s Freak Hostel, located opposite the Taming Sari City View Tower, is an excellent choice for travellers on a tight budget. Rooms range from a mixed dormitory as well as air-con and fan private bedrooms. Added bonuses at this hostel are undoubtedly the free Wi-Fi, free breakfast as well as the cosy communal movie room. Expect to meet likeminded travellers over a game of cards or one of the many DVDs on offer. Room rates vary but start around a reasonable MYR 18 for a single bed in the air-con dormitory.
The next accommodation deserves a big shout-out to all penny-saving view-enthusiasts. River View Guest House combines the almost impossible traveller’s dream – a great view at minimal expense. This guesthouse is a converted pre-war, Chinese shop in Chinatown and boasts a back veranda with a spectacular view facing the riverbank and river. Friendly, hospitable hosts, free Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen and complimentary hot beverages add to the laidback charm of this well-situated guesthouse in the historical JI Kampong Pantai district. A two-person private room will set you back around MYR 45 with all bathroom facilities being shared.
Entering the mid-range accommodation options is the beautiful and luxurious Taipan Boutique Hotel, located in the very centre of the historical and heritage area of Melaka and very close to many tourist attractions. Fusing style and comfort, Taipan Boutique Hotel caters for individual and family holidaymakers, as well as business professionals. There are 96 unique and sophisticated hotel rooms which fall into four different categories; namely, Superior, Deluxe, Family Room and Family Suite. Starting prices are MYR 149 for a night and all room rates include a scrumptious complimentary breakfast.
With all rooms overlooking the lovely Melaka River, private bathrooms and a complimentary full English breakfast, Heeren House is a big hit with families as well as couples looking for a tranquil escape. A welcoming on-site café as well as a craft shop selling local trinkets and handicrafts, gives this converted warehouse a sense of charm, convenience and fascinating history. Double-occupancy rooms are charged at MYR 159, single-occupancy rooms MYR 139, while the Family Room for four guests costs MYR 269 per night.
Perfect for travellers celebrating a special occasion or for those who simply want to splurge, the famous Vintage Eleven is a must-visit. This old Peranakan house, situated in the centre of Jonker Street (a UNESCO World Heritage site) has been transformed into a decadent villa complete with a pool and Jacuzzi. Used frequently as a wedding, magazine and video location, this exquisite heritage accommodation blends the old-world 19th century charm with modern day comforts and opulence. This is ideal for families with a generous budget as the villa is booked exclusively for you during your stay with private use of all the facilities. Starting prices for a family of six are a whopping MYR 1296.
An alternative option for travellers wanting to splash some cash is the 5-star, 22-storey Hotel Equatorial Melaka hotel. This international business hotel features luxuriously decorated rooms, a generous selection of dining and entertainment options, a spa, Fitness and Recreation facilities, a wellness centre, a swimming pool, as well as the biggest conference facilities in all of Melaka. For anyone wanting to hire the hotel for a wedding or business engagement, this hotel is famous for its highly acclaimed themed-dinner and catering options. Rooms for two people start at around MYR 250.