We rented two single room suites side by side, unfortunately it's not adjoining. This hotel is just 500 meters away from Masjid Al-azim and Mekala General Hospital, facing the Lebuh Amj main road, so do expect lots of vehicle noise even with the windows closed and curtains drawn.
The fittings looks really old and worn, except for the kitchen built in cabinets which looks still new, probably hasn't been used by hotel guest. The floor is slightly dusty though not the most appalling condition, but dusty enough to take notice. You might want to keep your shoes on at all times, even the carpet looks really dirty.
Each room comes with free buffet breakfast for two. Non guest price is RM18 per person, which is the cheapest of all the hotels I've came across, and the food is 'cheap' too. The beef bacon is bland and tasteless, hash brown is soft and soggy, cereals looks like cheap knock off coco crunch and corn flakes, I liked their mee goreng which is cukup rasa not too salty or spicy, however the prawns and tofu used in the mee didn't taste fresh.
Staff courtesy is good. They would first ask politely when lending a hand like carrying our luggage by the bell boy. And the waiters are very well mannered and efficient too, cleaning the tables when a guest leave so that other guest will have their turn on it. Probably one of their strongest point for this hotel. Checking in and out was hassle free as our payment was made one month in advance, in cash.
Extra note: the parking space outside the hotel is under the municipal counsel jurisdiction and parking fines will be issued for cars parked illegally or without a parking ticket. The hotel parking is at the hotel basement which is free for use for guest, but its limited to 10 cars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Straits Meridian Hotel is located in the historic town of Melaka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It faces the Jalan Tun Razak Expressway, which connects Jasin District and Alor Gajah District, and is just 10 km from Melaka Airport. The 81 air-conditioned rooms and suites are furnished with a coffee/ tea maker, refrigerator, and IDD phone. Each accommodation is also fitted with a private toilet and bath. Other in-room features include a digital safe, prayer mat, and bottled mineral water. ... more less