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River View Guest House
Ranked #16 of 211 Melaka B&B and Inns
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great value and great location”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

This was such a lovely place to stay. It's nothing flash but it's very clean and comfortable and fantastic value.
Our room was not huge but it was a decent size, the bed was comfortable and it was clean. The wifi was excellent.
The rooms do not have ensuites so it's a shared bathroom experience but there are enough so you're not waiting.
There is a share kitchen where you can help yourself to tea, coffee and biscuits. On the first floor there is a lovely open area which looks out to the canal. It's a nice spot to sit to enjoy a beer or a cup of tea.
It's also right in town so it's a short walk to all the sights. You can also hire bikes at River View.
Recommended!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

The upstairs patio on the river is a great place for tea and coffee in the morning, and there are always snacks and fruit available in the kitchen. I shared no common languages with the Chinese housekeeper, but she was always eager to offer advice and provide tourist info.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

We did not know what to expect here despite the good reviews on T/A as we had never used a guest house before. As a middle aged couple with grown up kids we were keen to try a different experience and decided on the River View. First impressions were set by the fantastically helpful owner Raymond who gave us a good run down of local attractions. We were shown to our room which was basic, but the beds were comfy and the air con worked. The shared bathrooms were fine but the showers worked only intermittently. The kitchen and balcony were good and the buns and cakes left out were lovely . It was easily within walking distance of everything and if you simply followed the footpath by the river there was ample and very good food available. Melacca grew on us and we would have happily stayed for longer if we had not arranged onward travel.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2013

If you are budget backpacker. You definitely love this home stay.
Price is cheap and place is clean. Nothing more in the room, just a room for you to have a good rest. They provide small map and there will be a grandma cleaning up in the morning, she can provide some tour guide for free, but you might not able to stop while she start sharing with you where to visit, hahahaha.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

This was our first trip to Malaysia. At first we were kinda lost and didn't understand the language (english signs are not that common), but we fell in love with Melaka after a day. Of course, it wouldn't be such a pleasant experience if the hostel we stayed was bad, which in this case, it obviously isn't. The hostel locates in a strategic location, not too near to be affected by the crowded Jonker street, but near enough for you to have a 5mins breezy walk to "warm-up" your stomach and be ready to indulge in good food at Jonker Street. We didn't meet Mr Raymond - the owner, but instead we made friend with his son. He is so nice and helpful :) Want tips for good food? Just ask him and he will even draw a map for you :) Room was clean, not stuffy at all; toilets were also good to use. The hostel even has a balcony on level 2 for guests to sit, read a book, enjoy view and wind from the river right beside. Everything is just great!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Level 6 Contributor
268 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 28 January 2013 via mobile

Foolishly we didn't book into River View when we arrived in Melaka - but a rival down the street. But after spying the wonderful roof garden / balcony overlooking the river we swiftly changed to here.

This guesthouse is superb and one of the very best we have stayed in.

Raymond the owner is very friendly and helpful and even gave us his own mobile phone to use when we needed to make an international call (we paid him for it of course). But it was the mark of an excellent host - someone who went out of his way to help his guests.

Fruit and cake was left in the kitchen daily which was a nice touch.

The whole place was immaculately clean. The shared bathrooms were decent and there are nice communal areas. The only bad thing we can say about this place was there was an odd smell in our twin room. I think it was some kind of not so nice cleaning fluid they had used. Hopefully they'll read this review and look into it - our stay was otherwise faultless.

Melaka itself is a beautiful city, we arrived intending to stay for three days but ended up staying for six. The three days we had here were great.

Definitely book this place.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Mr. Raymond understood perfectly how to provide guests a sanctuary beyond any guesthouse expectation. A welcome drink was served while he cleared the formality. Area information was also provided for a perfect stay in Melaka. The magnificent public river view area was spacious and accessible for every guests. Room was functional but clean according to general guesthouse standard. Plug adapter was provided, while WiFi is free of charge. Coffee or tea was always available. Cake and fruits also all day long. I can’t forget to mention that guest service even started prior to arrival. Mrs. Mani provided support and information before the arrival at the guesthouse. 5 points for such a perfect guesthouse. Thank you.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: River View Guest House
Address: 94 & 96 Jalan Kampong Pantai, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 211 B&Bs / Inns in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The guest house offers accommodation in comfortable twin or double divan bedded rooms with fan and common bathrooms (hot & cold shower) for up to 14 guests. All rooms have windows. Towels are provided for guest use. There is a sitting, tv and dining area with a kitchen for light cooking. Drinking water, coffee & tea is provided complimentary. The first floor terrace has a magnificent view of the Melaka River. ... more   less 
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