Despite going to Melaka for many times already, it was our first time staying at Mahkota because it was the best rate among the other similar hotels. Moreover, it was near the shopping malls, namely Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan. The hotel is also near Jonker Street (within 15 mins walk) and the tourist attractions (within 10 mins walk).
Although situated in a very good location, guests of Mahkota Hotel have to cross a rather dangerous road (it was towards the highway) where traffic can be very heavy at times. There was no proper traffic light for pedestrians and we had to quickly cross the road when the traffic light was red. Just imagine three people sharing one umbrella on a rainy night (and a heavy one at that! parts of the improper crossing was flooded) with heavy traffic and no proper crossing. We literally feared for our lives while crossing! Maybe the hotel should consider proposing something to the government to build a bridge..or at least a proper crossing.
Moving on the the hotel itself.
The five of us stayed in a 2-bedroom standard apartment with an extra bed. Before even entering the room, we were like 'hmmm it's not an electronic card key system to the room'. but it's okay, we dismissed it as there were two locks, so it gave us a little more assurance. into the apartment we went, there was a kitchenette, a living room, a balcony, two bathrooms and of course, two bedrooms.
we didnt request for an extra bed when we booked the rooms, only when we arrived. so we waited for the extra bed for about 10 mins (which is totally fine). when it finally came, the staff helped us to shift the master bed (double bed) to the side to accommodate the extra bed. to our horror, it was so dirty under the bed (there was even an empty wet tissue dettol packet)! i believe that the staff was surprised too, but he took some of the bigger (dirt), like that empty dettol packet and threw it away. afterwhich, he simply pushed the extra bed which fits just nicely in the master bedroom.
the bathroom needs upgrading. toilet bowl water was yellowish, which i thought that the flush wasnt working properly, which resulted in not able to flush the pee down. we had to hold down the flush button long enough so that the pee (?) water wasnt as yellow. the showerhead needs to be changed too, as the nozzle wasnt working properly, and the water comes out in weird directions.
bathroom amenities should be improved considering that this is a 4-star hotel. with just one small bottle of shower gel and body soap each in the master bedroom, how is that to accommodate to four/five people?
overall, the apartment is relatively clean (thankfully no bugs) and i must say that the beds are really comfy! my brother couldnt wake up and had to be dragged out of bed :)
ahh, not forgetting the breakfast. the spread was relatively wide (i think?) but i only concentrated on the western food and cereal (which was good enough for me).
as for whether i'll come back again? until the hotel has been upgraded, i think ill probably have to source for another hotel in the vicinity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mahkota Hotel Melaka comprises one main hotel block & 8 blocks of hotel apartment. Located on the waterfront in the heart of historical Melaka, adjacent to the Mahkota Parade and Melaka Megamall - Dataran Pahlawan, the city's most popular shopping and entertainment complex, and within short walking distance to the business hub of Melaka as well as various historical places of interest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melaka Mahkota Hotel