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“Cosy hotel, strategic location”
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The Baba House
Ranked #46 of 166 Hotels in Melaka
Georgetown, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cosy hotel, strategic location”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

I was looking for a nice, little hotel near Jonker Walk and The Baba House had many good reviews about being close to the weekend market. Booked a room through Booking.com for RM88 for a night's stay.

I sent an e-mail requesting for early check-in and they told me that it depends on what time the previous guest checks out. Great. When we got there at around 12.30pm and enquired at the reception table, one of the staff rudely told us that check-in is at 2pm and did not bother to entertain us further.

Well, despite that little, unpleasant encounter, the hotel stay was generally pleasant. Of course, the interior design was beautiful, charming and antique but what was important was the comfort. The room floor was quite dusty but there were bedroom slippers which came in handy as the floor would get kind of cold at night and in the morning if the air-conditioner was switched on.

The basin / bowl was huge and beautiful and located between the main door and bathroom door. The mirror was placed a little bit too high that I had to tiptoe to get a better view of myself! Bath foam and shampoo were not enough for two persons so we just asked the staff for more.

The great thing about the hotel is its LOCATION! It's in a street which has good food, souvenirs, shops, and little museums. It's also just under five minutes away from Jonker Walk on Jonker Street, only held during from Friday to Sunday. It was convenient to buy food and stuff at the night market and elsewhere, bring them back to the hotel and go back out again.

Great eating places such as Calanthe Art Cafe, The Baboon House, Geographer Cafe and various cendol with thick gula melaka shops were of walking distance from the hotel. You can also walk to historical sites like Christ Church and The Stadhuys building.

If you are want to go to Melaka Sentral, take a walk to the bus stop in front of Christ Church (near the fountain) and hop on to the Panorama bus no. 17 and it will take you straight to the bus terminal.

Hotels in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock are indeed in a great location. :)

Room Tip: There are rooms with windows and no windows. Our room had no windows but it worked fine for us.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

For the price I paid, and considering it as a 2 star hotel, it was a very pleasant stay, with clean rooms. Spacious for a room of two. Great interior, with quaint Baba architecture, and helpful and friendly staff. Has a good safe parking space. Just 5 mins walk from Jonker. Great location.

Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2013

"It does what it says on the packet" is how my girlfriend described The Baba House.

A charming terrace, with the rooms extending to the back of the terrace from the road, The Baba House is a great little getaway, right at the heart of the old district in Malacca. It is close to all the places you want to be - e.g. Jonker Street and the museums, river. You really only need the place to store your stuff and sleep right? Well we slept really well there. The bathroom was fine with a great big showerhead and good water pressure. Everything was pretty clean, and they gave us fresh drinking water each day. We were very satisfied with what we got for the price.

We new the rooms didn't have windows - it's a terrace house after all - and it can get pretty dark in the room, which is wonderful for sleeping. Nonetheless, there are plenty of lights so the room is very well lit.

There was also plenty of cupboard space and drawers, and the bathroom sink, while in the room near the door, was delightful.

It's a cozy place and a perfect place to crash at night after you've soaked up your experience in Malacca.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We booked the place online, as much positive comments were given to it. I must say, the front counter was very friendly and accommodating. The parking space which was located behind the property was hard to find and there was some construction works going on which was kind of messy and dusty.

The room, well..as described, was small, with no window (which was also mentioned). We were okay with that as much of our time was spent outside, wondering the city. The best space of the hotel must be the lobby. It is spacious, 'airy' with old, well-furnished baba-nyonya styled furniture.

Overall, nice and unique place to stay in Malacca, but if you are the claustrophobic kind of a person, avoid this place!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2013

Great location to old part of town. No windows in rooms but that's fine as there is no road noise and no cars tooting. Lovely nonya food is served in local area. If they give you free tickets to the birds nest museum it is well worth a visit. We bought some chilli chocolate and birds nest.

Room Tip: Rooms are a without windows, but that's good. No street noise. No cars tooting.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 22 April 2013 via mobile

We booked this the day before arrival, which as we would be staying on a Saturday night meant there were very few other options in a reasonable price range.

The building was nice, and the room was adequate despite having no window (which we were aware of before we arrived). Cleanliness was acceptable and it was fine for one night but I wouldn't want to spend too much time in the room other than sleeping.

Free car parking, free wifi, breakfast included (which was basic) and a very convenient location were the good points. Not so good were very dated rooms and fairly miserable (although efficient) front desk staff.

It is a big heritage bundling and really could be so much better with a bit of investment and better trained staff.

It was ok for our very short stay, but when I return to Malacca I will probably book a bit earlier and find a better alternative.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kawasaki, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2013

The hotel is located very near to the Jonker street, but quite.
Hotel and room are equipped with nice antique furniture.
Maybe a value for money hotel, but you can see nothing from a room "with window".
Receptionists need more training on how to deal with customers.
Solicitation from massage center was really annoying. They approached me every time when I enter into my room through reception.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Property: The Baba House
Address: 125-127 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
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Ranked #46 of 166 Hotels in Melaka
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Baba House 3*
Number of rooms: 79
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