A UNESCO listed Heritage City Malacca City is a small but densely populated urban town. Playing host to a wide selection of restaurants, stores and offices it’s also the only area in the state that sees pedestrian traffic during the day. Within its boundaries is Malacca Raya, a subsidiary development (popular with the young and yuppie crowd) which houses a smorgasbord of restaurants, shopping boutiques, banks, sundry stores and a hotchpotch of office spaces. Close to most of the state’s sightseeing spots, trees that line the streets are steadily being replaced with featureless cement sidewalks and views from major hotels are usually of concrete blocks and atmospheric Chinese storefronts. Alfresco restaurants and restobars that start operations at night are some of the best in the state.
Hotel in heart of Malacca City
The Majestic Melaka
A bit frayed around the edges, The Majestic Melaka may not look like much from the outside, but inside it’s an opulent establishment. A blend of colonial elegance and Asian elements, the lobby is housed in a 1920s colonial-style mansion at the forefront of the hotel; meanwhile the bulk of the hotel is in a modern high-rise building behind it. The five-star venture’s 54 musty yet spacious air con rooms feature hardwood floors, teakwood fittings, gossamer ivory-coloured drapes, antediluvian marble-floored bathrooms with claw-footed bathtubs, intricate artwork, antiques and flat-screen TVs. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, three restaurants and bars and a gym, spa and library; directly opposite the hotel is the Sungai Melaka (Malacca River) and St. Peter’s Church is a short walk away. Read More...
Holiday Inn Malacca
This gleaming whitewashed Holiday Inn branch is a 20-storey structure located close to Malacca’s crumbling A’Famosa Fort. One of our Top 10 Best Malacca Hotels, this four-star luxury chain never fails to impress. An old favourite with frequent travellers, the hotel has 275 rooms with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and Red Earth or Tea Tree designer amenities; the hotel also offers specialised KidSuites®. Hotel facilities include four restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool, gym and sauna; the property is located almost directly opposite Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and the Stadhuys is only a few minutes away. Read More...
Thoroughly efficient, Fenix Inn is a budget friendly option for those looking to follow the well trodden backpacker trail. It’s a cut-above-the-average establishment and though the air con rooms are small and Spartan they’re new and boast comfy beds, internet access and attached bathrooms. The two-star property’s facilities are limited – there’s no pool – but there’s a cyber café and a business centre. Nearby attractions include the Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall shopping centre.
Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Practically screaming “X marks the spot”, Hotel Equatorial can’t be beaten for its location. Situated in Malacca Raya nearby Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall it’s supremely well located. While its exterior looks like its beginning to fade away, its fortuitous position makes it an especially popular property with tourists. Boasting 496 rooms, the five-star venture has affordable rates – if you don’t mind shelling out a few extra ringgit, then be sure to upgrade to a Deluxe Room as it boasts oodles of extra space and balconies with great views. The snazzy property’s facilities include an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, ladies-only pool and four restaurants. Read More...
Bayview Hotel Melaka
One of our Top 10 Malacca Hotels, Bayview Melaka is another addition to the Bayview chain. Renovated in 2006, the hotel’s starting to show some wear-and-tear but it’s still very popular especially amongst local visitors and families due to its inexpensive rates. The four-star venture has a 192 carpeted, air con rooms with Wi-Fi and hotel facilities include a small outdoor pool, six restaurants and bars. There’s a dance club that’s popular with locals come nightfall and an award-winning Chinese restaurant. Breakfast is usually included in the room price and lodgings boast good views over the old town.
If you’re travelling the well trodden backpacker trail or if you simply operate under the maxim that a penny saved is a penny earned, then you’ll notice that budget accommodation options in Malacca City are a dime a dozen. Once you’ve checked out the city’s cut price rumah tumpangan (guesthouses), you’re sure to come to the conclusion that the two-star Accordian Hotel is your best bet. It’s a good place to rest your head for the night – air con rooms are perfect for families on vacation and there’s a standard variety of in-room amenities. Lodging rates include breakfast at the hotel’s only food and beverage outlet; St. Peter’s Church is just around the corner and the Stadhuys is just down the street.