We arrived in Melaka after a nine and a half hour bus journey - that was supposed to take six! We were tired and moderately fed-up. The taxi driver took us to the two places we had chosen to stay but the first was full and the second was not up to much.
We stumbled upon the Cheng Hoe (it has a sign outside advertising the RM38 price and states that prices do not go up at the weekend) and were told there was only a RM55 room left. We went away and looked around but decided that we'd take this room for a night in case we couldn't find anything else! It was about RM20 more than our budget and a small room but it had air conditioning and a hot shower plus a TV. We moved rooms a couple of nights later to a room without a bathroom for RM38 - it's huge! It has air conditioning and a TV too and a sink in the room and like the other room is immaculately clean. The beds were both comfortable and pillows soft - a godsend after the breezeblocks we had to put our heads on in Penang!
The staff here are wonderful too - always smiling and helpful. Grandad is always walking around with a baby or toddler in his arms and we felt very safe and very welcome here, our best guesthouse experience yet.
The only flipside would be the rooms are quite light at night and if you happen to have noisy neighbours you'll really know about it, thankfully for us, only one night of those! You can hear the mosque but it's a pretty sociable one that doesn't go off early in the morning and the last call is about 7pm.
Couldn't recommend this place highly enough - and it's in the heart of everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the BEST BUDGET HOTELS in Melaka. Highly Recommended by Overseas Tourist Guide Book & Traveler Website (eg. "Lonely Planet", "Tous Les Guides Du Routard-France" & etc). Clean & cozy rooms starting from RM 40 nett with air-condition, fan, TV & standard facilities. Weekend and public holidays surcharge applicable. Located at China Town. A stroll away from Malacca's Historical Precinct (eg. Clock Town, A Famosa, St Paul Hill, the Famous Jonker Street, Heeren Street & etc). ... more less