this jewel of a hotel stands in a busy street but once you go through the door you are in a haven of beauty and quiet. Fantastic staff: helpful, cheerful and efficient make it that extra special. It's beautifully clean, wonderful plants and indoor courtyards, little corners everywhere to surprise you. The furniture is lovely and there's even a small museum. My room was as I requested, overlooking the main courtyard which is the prettiest - you look out of the window and it seems
like a garden, for me it was perfect and suited all my requirements. There are places to sit all round the hotel and, joy of joy, not only wifi but 2 computers you can use - not easy to find in
Malaysian hotels and perfect for those of us who prefer not to be lumbered with laptops/tablets.
A quick summary of things to do/see: the bike tour in the plantations was very interesting - definitely worth it (see Lonely Planet re Alias' 3-hour bike tour for contact details, they also know him at the hotel reception). There's a very nice (tiny) restaurant practically next door with great Baba-Nonya food and plenty of other places which are also listed on a hand out at the hotel. Lots to see (also listed on a hand out and useful to have your own guide book too) but go to Jonkers Walk early to avoid the masses. It's a popular sightseeing place so unfortunately you get the tourist trivia but it really is an amazing town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Malacca. The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade & the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Hotel Melaka