We stayed here just before New Years, after noticing it being built a year ago when we were last in Melaka, when it was just a big building site. The place is already big but they are building another "wing" next store which looks just as big - hopefully that won't ruin it, because right now it is an amazing place to stay. The staff were brilliant from start to finish, friendly, efficient, couldn't do enough for us. I would especially like to give a mention (and big thumbs up) to the bar manager (massive apologies for not remembering his name) who really couldn't have been better and I swear never left the place!
Our room was facing the river and while it was nice to have that view and the balcony, it made it very noisy because, like much of Melaka, they are re-developing a warehouse right across from the hotel and the jackhammers, etc, are going from dawn to dusk. That of course is not the hotel's fault, but worth noting for those who are sensitive to noise. I would, on hindsight, would have much preferred the courtyard side. The room was huge - as big or bigger than suites we have stayed in other hotels, however almost because of that the lighting situation is a bit of a problem. All the switches are together on the wall outside the bathroom and it's difficult to tell which switch is for what. And if you shut them all off at night from your bed, you can't see a thing if you need to get up for the loo. As there is a small step from the room to the hall & bathroom, it is a problem. So, we had to leave the light on in the wardrobe area, which was okay, but since there is a sliding screen between the bathroom and room, which is opaque, it lets the light in all the way through the room. Instead, they could use a nightlight there where the step is.
The turndown service is great - they even bring you a mossie coil and tealight for your balcony every night.
The pool was fantastic and we especially enjoyed the jugs of water, refreshed with cucumber, apple, etc in it and the fruit to go along - this was in the afternoon. Personally I thought the pool towels were too big but I see they've changed that. I was lucky enough to have a child's sized bath robe in the wardrobe which fit me perfectly - normally I have to walk around with one massively too big and tripping over it all the time. So if you are petite, remember to ask for a child's robe if there's not one aleady there. Speaking of children though, the other reviewer was lucky because when we were there (school holidays) there were a few rude, screaming children in the pool who ruined the whole ambiance. And having a children's pool is no use as none of them ever use it as they want to be in the big pool. I wish hotels would have adults only pools instead of bothering with children's pools.
Food - the steamboat is an absolute bargain as you can share one and still not be able to finish it all. Also the bar snacks were really good. The best bargain though was their wine list. Those of you who drink wine (esp white like me) usually have trouble finding any, let alone anything decent at a less than extortionate price in Malaysia. Well the Casa had an absolute belter of a New Zealand savingnon blanc at the cheapest price we paid for a bottle outside of the supermarket on our entire trip. Too bad they ran out and we had to go for another white for the last couple nights, which was still nice and good value, and the bar manager tried his best to get the savy in but couldn't before we left. It was so nice sitting on an evening overlooking the river with a nice cold bottle of wine, paired with excellent service.
And what a fantastic end to our stay there, we found a thank you note with a bottle of red wine in our room to take away with us. This was our 3rd time in Melaka and although we really enjoyed the Majestic, the Casa is our new favourite hotel and we wouldn't hesitate to return. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because of the noise from the construction and the lighting situation in the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa del Rio, Melaka, part of The Boutique Collection by HPL Hotels & Resorts, is located on Jalan Kota Laksamana, Melaka, a literal 2 minute walk away from the popular Jonkers Walk and heritage attractions. Keen observers will pick out the Arabic, Chinese and Dutch influences woven into the dominantly Mediterranean architecture. This boutique hotel, offering first class services, is already a striking addition to the historic skyline of the city. The hotel's 66 guest rooms and suites, each covering a minimum of 50 sq meters, uniquely feature dressing areas, bathrooms, split level bedrooms and private balconies as well as a number of unique personal touches. Aiming to provide an "at Home" atmosphere, Casa del Rio is a sanctuary from the city's bustle, with spaces for indulgent reflective solitude or stimulating interactive conversation depending on the choice of the traveller. ... more less
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