Though a regular visitor to Melaka, I have not stayed at the Hotel Equatorial for a few years mainly because the last time I stayed (in 2007 or 08), the rooms were rundown and in dire need for a touch-up. Also, I wanted to try out the other hotels in Melaka. So, I was presently surprised to find the rooms have been renovated recently. It was a nice change from the old Peranakan theme. It seems the bathroom was not included in the renovation but is was clean and functional. The beds were very comfortable and my hubby who normally has problem sleeping in hotels was able to get a good night's sleep. Hope they can maintain the rooms and not let it get too rundown again. Breakfast was good with a spread of local and western dishes. Only problem we had was with the television. The cable channels were so soft, we could hardly hear (and we had the volume set to maximum). The free-to-air channels were loud and clear. So, if you are switching between channels, you have to remember to lower the volume first. We booked 2 rooms and both television sets has the same problem. I am not sure if they do this intentionally so you do not disturb the neighbouring rooms. Service at the hotel is not exceptional, but it is acceptable. Both checking in and out was a breeze.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of historical Melaka, Hotel Equatorial Melaka is a 5-star international business hotel with 496 elegantly furnished guestrooms and suites offering stunning views of the Straits of Melaka and St. Paul's Hill, whilst providing our guests the most luxurious comfort and service. It is ideally located within a few minutes' walk from historical sites and trails, shopping complexes, night spots, financial institutions as well as the ever famous Jonker's Street - a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Featuring guestrooms ranging from the modest Deluxe room to the Presidential Suite, the hotel rooms are tastefully furnished along elegant and contemporary designs. Each room features an ensuite bathroom, and comes equipped with a flat-screen television, mini-refrigerator, coffee & tea making facilities, in-room personal safe, IDD telephone line, individually controlled air-conditioning, complimentary wireless internet access, hair dryer, cable channels and iron/ ironing board. Relax, take a swim, or simply keep in shape when you stay in Hotel Equatorial Melaka. Equinox Fitness Centre located on Level 3 offers state-of-the-art gym equipment and also includes a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool and indoor Jacuzzi. Whereas, sun worshippers will appreciate a relaxing dip in the outdoor swimming pool located on Level 4, whilst the kids can enjoy the children's pool. ... more less
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