Malaysia is home to many tourist-friendly states and attractions no matter if you are a local or from abroad. Among them has to be the state of Malacca (Melaka), a popular tourist destination recognised as the UNESCO world heritage site. If you are thinking of coming to Malacca, why not make a plan to live in a boutique hotel? They have several hotels that are purposefully built to attract you with their respective old-school charm and unique contemporary styles. That being said, here are the top 10 boutique hotels in Malacca worth checking out.
1) Casa del Rio
Here’s a five-star luxury boutique hotel situated at the historic Malacca River with only a few minutes walk to Jonker Street. The hotel itself reflects the rich history of the Portuguese heritage with tastefully designed decor and unique rooms to choose from. Take the Mediterranean-inspired Deluxe, for instance: fully-furnished deluxe rooms with split-level floor space of 50 square metres. Guests can expect spacious four-piece bathrooms, bedrooms and even private balconies too. The latter will either immerse the guests in the sight of the central courtyard of Lago or the serene Malacca River.
2) Courtyard @ Heeren
It’s a perfect marriage of the old-world charm between the traditional Chinese and Peranakan at the Courtyard @ Heeren. And with an added contemporary twist too, offering the guests different types of rooms and suites with modern facilities. Their most luxurious suite — the Executive Suite — consists of a comfortable king-size bed with a jacuzzi bathtub that you can unwind and a private balcony overlooking the idyllic garden view. The location itself is strategic since Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock is only minutes away from Jonker Street Night Market.
3) Liu Men
The six refurbished pre-war shophouses on Jalan Tokong houses the boutique hotel combining an eclectic mix of Art Deco and Peranakan touches. Liu Men has several types of rooms available here, beginning with the deluxe Parameswara suite. Guests can look forward to their own private balcony and a spacious interior consisting of a living room and separate bedroom. Hungry? There’s Dapur Liu Men that awaits you with its array of traditional Malaccan cuisines, covering the likes of Nyonya curry laksa and kuih-muih.
4) Rosa Malacca
The 60-room boutique hotel of Rosa Malacca combines the industrial-chic design with familiar decor, namely the exposed brick walls and concrete elements. Each room and suite is designed to be airy and spacious to ensure the guests feel all homey and comfortable. Among the available ones include the Deluxe Twins and Deluxe King, offering comfy beds and essential amenities like high-speed WiFi, big LED TV and an individually-controlled air-conditioning system. In case you need something to eat, there’s Bica & Co Courtyard Cafe on Level 1, which serves halal-certified local and Western meals in the comfort of an industrial-style hipster cafe.
5) Timez Hotel
At the heart of Jonker Street lies a contemporary boutique hotel of Timez. A place that is only casually chic and trendy but also retains the rustic charms of Malacca’s history. In fact, they even have rooms featuring multicultural designs ranging from Portuguese to Chinese and Peranakan. For instance, the Portuguese-inspired Fortaleza Suite immerses the guests with its clean white interiors and ocean blue trims. Relax and unwind with the likes of a mini bar, free WiFi and a large 49″ LED television if you are planning for a staycation. Timez Hotel also has its own eatery in the form of SuperRabbit Cafe, offering an all-day dining outlet with local and international cuisines.
6) Treasures Hotel & Suites
Eclectic is the word best described the family-run Treasures Hotel & Suites — a luxury boutique hotel that combines the modernity of industrial design with traditional heritage and Balinese styles. They have eight types of rooms and suites available, covering Superior to Treasures Suite. Each of them has its own unique features, namely an Arristo capsule coffee machine with free capsules for guests to enjoy a cuppa. Interestingly enough, Treasures Hotel & Suites used to be a pre-war building constructed in the 1930s before it was given a major makeover in 2017. Seafood fans can look forward to visiting the popular Capitol Seafood Longkang Siham, which is just a mere 2-minute walk from the hotel.
7) TheBlanc Boutique Hotel
Located just a five-minute walk from Jonker Street, TheBlanc Boutique Hotel consists of 26 well-equipped rooms available for a restful hotel stay. Expect cosy rooms that are minimalist in their interior design. They have essential accommodations like a flat-screen TV, safe box and rain shower-type private bathroom. There’s complimentary WiFi available for guests and a car park is also provided for those who drive their own vehicles. TheBlanc Boutique Hotel also provides a 24-hour front desk service in case you need assistance from one of the friendly hotel staff.
8) 1825 Gallery Hotel
Step into the past as the 1825 Gallery Hotel takes you to the idyllic interiors of heavily- influenced Chinese and British architecture. The hotel houses different types of rooms and suites from Standard Room to Superior King and Executive Suite. You can also book the River Suite, which lets you bask in the charming sights of the Malacca River. The 1825 Gallery Hotel is also blessed with its strategic location. From here, you can easily take a stroll to the likes of the Stadthuys and the popular crowd favourite of Jonker Street.
9) The Rucksack Caratel
The Rucksack Caratel is where you can take a good rest in a cosy room with the tranquillity of lush greenery. Choose to sleep at the 4-single-size Buddy Caravan or why not pamper yourself at the spacious Garden Suite with Jacuzzi? The latter even allows you to enjoy the picturesque view of the garden. It was a perfect getaway (and not to mention a staycation vibe!) from the usual hustle and bustle of Malacca city. Take a dip at the hotel’s private swimming pool or enjoy some simple indoor fun in Caravan Park. And if you are looking to shop around, Jonker Street and Dataran Pahlawan are just around a 10-minute walk.
10) Jonker Boutique Hotel
It’s convenience meets relaxation at the Jonker Boutique Hotel on Jalan Tokong. Situated at the heart of the famous Jonker Walk, where guests can easily visit the night market comes nighttime. Even if you choose to stay in, every room is artfully designed with its own Art Deco style. The likes of complimentary WiFi with plush bedding, satellite-equipped LCD TV and free coffee & tea for you to enjoy throughout your stay. They have five different types of rooms available no matter if you are travelling solo or even with families.
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