Where to Stay in Jonker Street
Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Jonker Street
Malacca’s Baba Nyonya culture came about due to the intermarriages of Chinese merchants and Malay locals during the 16th century. Owing to their wealth-generating capabilities these merchants soon became the prosperity drivers of the city and evidence of their affluence was flaunted in the townhouses they appropriated from the Dutch and turned into lavish residences. Jonker Street is noteworthy as the site of these refurbished mansions that have now been transformed into museums as well as boutique hotels. A colourful patchwork of sights, sounds and scents greets visitors to Jonker Street – atmospheric stores retail souvenirs and knick knacks while blasting out Chinese music, colourful temples burn joss sticks as devotees pray and aged, refurbished mansions play host to museums. It’s the best place to search for antiques as well as traditional Malaccan wares and the Friday and Saturday Jonker Walk Night Market is one of the state’s most popular events.
The sister property of the beautiful Casa del Mar in Langkawi, Casa del Rio is a luxurious, rambling resort that is located at the mouth of the Malacca River. Equipped with all the amenities expected of a five-star venture, the hotel offers Mediterranean and Peranakan-inspired, wooden-floored rooms with private balconies, air conditioning, flat screen TVs, DVD and CD players, wireless internet and I-Pod docking stations. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a gym, three restaurants and bars, an on-site spa, a ballroom and seven meeting rooms. The hotel is a short distance away from sightseeing attractions such as the Stadhuys as well as the bars along Jonker Street. Read More...
Surrounded by Malacca’s wide variety of antique stores, souvenir shops, atmospheric Chinese restaurants, bistros and bars, the three-star Jonker Boutique Hotel really does stand out from the rest. The hotel’s an eye-catching structure – each high-ceilinged, air con lodging unit has a contemporary feel to it and boasts en-suite bathrooms, teakwood floors, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are reasonably priced and the three-storey structure is located nearby attractions including The Stadhuys which is just a short walk away, plus there’s a plethora of bars just down the road from the hotel. Read More...
One of Malacca’s cheapest rumah tumpangan (guesthouses), the one-star Tang House is well worth the price you pay. Though the air con rooms are somewhat Spartan, the wooden-floored lodgings are clean and comfy – shared bathrooms feature showers with hot water. Hotel facilities include two outdoor decks, a kitchen as well as a study with computers with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located at the intersection of Jonker Walk and it’s a short walk away from the Stadhuys building as well as Christ Church and the Clock Tower.
Located in one of Malacca’s Chinatown streets Hotel Puri, housed in a beautifully-restored Peranakan manor, is a mid-range venture that deserves top billing due to its superb furnishings and fixtures. The posh lobby, adorned with refurbished, elaborately carved wooden furniture, intricate porcelain tiles and tropical plants, opens up to a gorgeous garden courtyard. Its 48 carpeted, air con rooms have en-suite bathrooms, wooden armoires and shuttered windows. Breakfast is included in the room price and hotel facilities include an on-site spa, a café lounge and a unique heritage room; nearby attractions encompass Jonker Street’s finest antique stores, the popular Geographer Café as well as other fashionable bars.
Sporting a yellow-and-white exterior, the two-star Hotel Hallmark Inn is one of the latest additions to Jonker Street’s portfolio of budget-friendly ventures. Its 78 carpeted, air con rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and Wi-Fi; the lobby is decorated with comfy couches and potted plants. Hotel facilities include a breezy garden café that serves complimentary breakfast for guests, an on-site spa and a Jacuzzi. The hotel is a short walk away from the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and Mahkota Parade shopping centres. Read More...