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“Ok for the price you pay” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Armada Guesthouse

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L'Armada Guesthouse
Ranked #55 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Melaka
Lummen, België
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23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Ok for the price you pay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

As others have stated already, the guesthouse is located in an old concrete building on the 4th flour, so it's a bit of a hassle to get up there if you have lots of luggage. Most people staying there are backpackers though, so it shouldn't be that much of a problem. The communal area is rather dark and needs some updating, it's not that cozy at all. The area where the rooms are is nicely done with a warm (fake) wooden floor. The rooms are what you would expect for this budget, only available with a fan. So it probably is moist the entire length of your stay, but then again, you can't expect more. You have to ask for a blanket en toilet paper, which is ok. A tip to the owners: just provide it in the room, much easier! Bathrooms also in an urgent need of an update. They were clean, but that's hard noticing when everything is worn off. Overall I didn't had a bad stay there, I've seen worse hostels in my life. Also the city of Melaka is wonderful to explore, but only for one or two days, you'll get bored staying there longer.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

Perfectly situated within Melaka you can reach any place you like within minutes of walking or rent a bike nearby. The rooms are very clean, the staff cleans every room twice a day. Friendly people and free drinks + some food, TV and Wifi, no cockroaches or mosquitos and fans on rooms and all that for an unbeatable pricing. Arrive early to grab best rooms or order online (e.g. hostelworld.com). I have already and definitely will come back for every future stay in Melaka

Room Tip: We stayed No.9, beautiful view from up there
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Max_Peters
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London
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70 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

This is a hostel situated on the third floor of an empty office block with entry to the hostel being a non-descript glass door. You gain entry via the buzzer to the door. There are door frames on entering the hostel but no doors in them.

I had originally booked a single room but was upgraded to a double room overlooking the river. The room was clean and a fan was provided. I was the only female present in the hostel at the time of stay and didn't entirely feel safe (lock on door did not appear to be the strongest, not helped by a knock on my door at 0030).

Staff were not greatly visible, for example the member of staff, apparently on duty on day of check out at 11am, was sleeping in the dormitory. He admitted to having forgotten I was staying and was due to leave today for which he apologised.

Wouldn't recommend for single female travelers.

Room Tip: If you do have to stay, go for a room with a view of the river.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bluebell047
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Osaka, Japan
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

I loved this place, have stayed twice, the second time over a month. It's on the edge of china town and my single room had a view of the river. The room itself had a (comfortable) bed, two electric sockets, light and fan (and window). There were two toilet showers in the hall (clean, with hot water) and another two in the common room. That was sufficient and I never waited to use them.

The common room is large, has a computer for free usage. If you ask nicely and don't want too many, prints are also free. The wifi is free. Breakfast is butter, jam and toast, in practice, this means that there are always either one or two large loaves or condiments on the table and you can make a bit of toast whenever you want (for free). There are also full cooking facilities for free, with pans, gas etc. all for free. Just go to Giant supermarket and get whatever you want.

The water from the water cooler is free (bottled water is very expensive in Malaysia, so this saves a LOT of money overtime) and the same water cooler can boil water, and there is always free tea and coffee on the table.

There's a sofa in front of a TV you can watch, with English channels. There's another sofa near the window with a view of the river. There's also a type of wooden bed in the common room you can kind of lounge on. The books people have left are lined up by the wall so you can read something.

The two guys who run it couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. I felt completely relaxed and at home and am missing the place as I sit and write this. Forget anywhere else in Malacca, this place ROCKS, book it now!!!

Room Tip: They're all good!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lifemagic
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2012 via mobile

I booked for a double room because of the view and Ahmed gave me the room with the best view! Floor to ceiling windows, superb river view and very windy. I woke up with an awesome view of sunrise and at the carpark below, i saw a man feeding numerous doves! Its so relaxing. I went here alone for my "Eat Pray Love" moment and it was a good decision I chose to stay at L'Armada. Very clean rooms, toilets and baths. Very quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Walking distance from Melaka landmarks. I will definitely recommend to my friends. :)

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rizzaberry
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Ubon Rachatani, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

Free coffee and tea all day. Tremendously fast internet. Beautiful common room. VERY REASONABLE PRICES. Amazing place. You should come here.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrew H
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

I went to Melaka last year. As a budget traveler I choose L'armada because it has lowest rate than any other guesthouse. So I came there with low expectation. It's located on 4th floor with no elevator, but the room is so clean and tidy. The owner are so helpful. Overall I really enjoy my stay in L'armada.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank morphin3
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Property: L'Armada Guesthouse
Address: No 36-A 38-A, 36-B & 38-B Jalan, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — L'Armada Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to l'Armada guesthouse….We are conveniently located; for starters your trip from Melaka Sentral will take about 15 minutes (see map and direction). We are a new guesthouse in Chinatown. Just a 4 minute walk will bring you to the heart of it all. We will help you explore wonderful cuisines at great prices. As you walk through the city the architecture and history blend together in such a unique enjoyable way. After a full day of sightseeing and picture taking you will look forward to our serene and quiet place on the Malacca river. Features:- Massive 14m x 6m (52ft x19 ft) common area allows multiple activities with space- Free internet without time limit- Free wifi- Smoke free inside, smoking on "balconies" and on roof- Bicycles for rent- Usual guesthouse freebies and facilities. WE ACCEPT GROUP BOOKING (MAX 37 PEOPLE). Additional Information: COMFORTABLE, ALWAYS CLEAN AND CHEAP. We provide :- 12 beds in Dormitory (carpeted) with windows- 6 rooms for Twin (with/without windows) laminate flooring- 9 rooms for Double (with/without windows) laminate flooring- 4 common bathrooms tile with shower- spacious common area (carpeted), airy with river view- free internet service and Wi Fi- make yourself at home, free coffee/tea, hot/cold drinking water- smoke free; smokers don't worry....u can smoke at the balcony with wonderful riverview- Friendly atmosphere; we like people- we provide laundry services. ... more   less 
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