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“Basic but nice” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Backpacker's Freak Hostel
Ranked #73 of 108 Speciality Lodging in Melaka
Lyon
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Basic but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

The host was very nice and helpful. The hostel has a great location, it's surrounded with eateries and it's five minutes from all the main attractions. Basic breakfast is included, would go there again if I went back to Melaka.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Florent T
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

stayed there on dec 2011. first time it's quite hard to find the location because the billboard was so small and you have to go upstairs to reach the hostel.

anyway, its location very near melaka's attraction such as taming tower, famosa, many museums, and melaka river cruise. you can go there only on foot. also a lof of restaurants near the hostel.
the owner also very friendly, nice, and so helpfull.

the room quite small, but still enough space to put your suitcase. the bathromm was ok.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Dian O
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

The hostel is really basic but clean and located near everything.
Our room didn't had a bathroom so we had to use the shared bathroom (there's only one Western toilet). The owner is very helpful and friendly!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marlene V
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

In terms of memorable stays, they don't get much more memorable than this place - mainly due to the loose guy running the joint, Sean. We arrived at the hostel without a booking and without any knowledge of what the place was like. Sean was very helpful in sorting us out with a room for a couple of nights and providing information on what to do in the city, and he was only partially drunk at the time. While this place may not be everybody's cup of tea, with somewhat thin bedroom walls, his dog getting groomed on the kitchen table, and Sean's tenancy to hit the bottle/darts and nap during the afternoon, you're unlikely to find a more genuine place to stay. Sean will go out of his way to show you where to eat and drink, tell you what to and what not to do around the town, but most of all, provide the most entertaining of stays. The rooms are clean, as are the amenities, and the location and value are as good as you'll get.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BradWalsh
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

the host is very friendly and knowledgeable in a ""freaky" kind of way about the workings of the city.maybe that's the reason for naming the place "Backpackers Freak's".my trip there was made easy and all the attractions are a stone's throw away from the hostel.the nights here in Malacca are vibrant during the weekends.night markets, street performers, deliciously affordable food everywhere 24/7 and friendly people around.for the budget traveller, this is a place i'd recommend because of it's location, access and value for money.have a memorable time in Malacca.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank roy7266
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Bucharest, Romania
Level Contributor
55 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

We have booked this place from hostel world in the day of arrival. The photos of the rooms and the description seemed appealing. We reached the place late at night ( around 12 ) and we received the last available room - just because we booked in the last minute. But the room looked nothing like the pictures. The rooms had no outside windows, just one facing the interior hallway. We were told there is no room with outside window. The air was barely breathable, the walls white with a hint of dirt but the bed sheets and towels looked clean. The shared bathroom and shower on the first floor are not well maintained, or not maintained at all. The walls were very very thin that you could hear your neighbor sneezing.

For the second night, Sean - the owner - gave us another room. This one was on 3rd floor, the same floor where Sean is staying and it was a huge improvement. Windowless still, but bigger room, cleaner -at least it gave us this feeling - and friendlier. The showers and toilets clean, much cleaner compared to 1st floor. All in one - much better.

The breakfast is included but there's not much really - toasted bread, with jam and tea/instant coffee.

The best thing about this place is it's owner who's very resourceful and can give you all information needed about Melaka and Malaysia altogether.

I would not go there for another sleep night but would stop by to say Hi anytime.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the third floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Raluca_abuletz
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2012

I stayed in this hostel for 1 night, When I arrived the owner, Sean, said the dorms were all full but he had a private room available. This was more then i wanted to pay and was about to go else where as i knew there were other hostels for the same price despite Sean trying to tell me otherwise. Eventually Sean was nice enough to allow me to stay in the private room for the same price as the dorm.

I later discovered the rooms were separated by extremely thin plaster boards so everything could be heard at night and there was no peace what so ever! The attached rooms and rooms above might as well not had any walls! There is a very nice communal lounge area upstairs which is the only place you get the free wifi. However Sean owns a small dog which is not toilet trained and free to go anywhere it wishes. This was cleaned up very quickly but its still not very nice. The hostel was generally clean including the rooms and kitchen.

The biggest problem was Sean is ALCOHOLIC! He was drinking from 8am til about 2am in the communal lounge while playing his music extremely loud making it impossible to sit in the room and talk to others. Although Sean was very nice and tried to be helpful his drinking problem made me feel very uncomfortable and i therefore would not stay again. Good Location to sights.

Room Tip: Bring earplugs and sleeping tablets!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Gizzigog
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Additional Information about Backpacker's Freak Hostel

Property: Backpacker's Freak Hostel
Address: 1-25 Jalan Pm 2 | Plaza Mahkota, Melaka 75000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 108 Speciality Lodging in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Backpacker's Freak Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are one of the latest backpacker's joint in Melaka. Located in the city center of all historical sites and just minutes away from Chinatown. This is the place where budget and comfy comes together. ... more   less 
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