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“Delightful hosts and great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Heeren House

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Heeren House
Ranked #23 of 167 Hotels in Melaka
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Delightful hosts and great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2009

Bernard and Liz were so welcoming and full of great, helpful information. The rooms are neat and clean and have a wonderful view of the river and fort. We would have stayed longer, if only they'd not had a full house. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2009

- MYR15 by taxi from the central bus station (we arrived from JB by express bus). The taxi had no meter so be sure to negotiate the price before accepting. We had e-mailed the hotel and asked about cab fare before we left.
- Bed and breakfast style accommodation located right in the heart of colonial Melaka, right beside the river. So walking to the colonial sights is not a problem – but do remember the heat and humidity. Walking to the shopping area takes about 10 minutes. There are at least 3 major shopping centers nearby, all with a huge array of fast food places and stores.
- The owners of the business are friendly, accommodating and helpful.
- The room is fairly large, plainly furnished in the local style. The bathroom is aged (not surprising the building is heritage) and could be upgraded. But it is very clean.
- Television is limited to one local channel. No phone in room. The major advancement is free WiFi if you have your own computer. This was a pleasant surprise.
- Breakfast is a sit down British hot meal. Very good and hot. Coffee or tea, fruit and toast are self serve.
- Room air conditioner works really well, thankfully as Melaka is very hot and humid.
- Loud music blares away on weekends. Mercifully it stops at 11 p.m. Not Heeren House’s fault, just unlucky to be so close to the source.
- Our room was #4. It had a partial view of the river. It is by itself on the end of the building. It is very quiet and peaceful.
- Heeren House is not a hotel nor a boutique hotel. It is really at B & B with a café and shop attached. It is very well kept, clean and the hosts are excellent. They take only cash for payment. So if you are looking for a four star hotel, do not select Heeren House. But if you want local flavour, small and intimate setting, great location, good breakfast, without pool, satellite television or other hotel amenities, then Heeren House is for you.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Canadian079
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Cannes
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2009

Two nights of comfort and old fashioned service. Room overlooked river. Substantial English breakfast. Very helpful couple who advised on cheap restaurants, a Chinese Dim Sum and an Indian Tandoori.

  • Liked — Staying in old house
  • Disliked — Part of bed top fell on my head
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank PAULLEIGH
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North Wales
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2009

A lovely place to stay. The owners were both lovely, and made us really welcome.
The room was charming - I felt like I'd just stepped out of the film 'A Room with a View'! Four poster bed, with a window looking out onto the (albeit smelly) river. There were a few squashed mosquitos that had been left on the tiles in the bathroom, which was a bit poor - wouldn't have taken much to wipe them off. Admittedly, it wasn't the cleanest place we've ever been to.
The only other downside was that they came into our room and removed our towels while we were out taking an early morning walk, which made our pre-checkout showers a bit interesting!!
Overall, a lovely place and lovely people.

  • Liked — Location, and ambience
  • Disliked — Poor cleanliness in room
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank katyshan
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Hong Kong, China
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288 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2008

Fantastic little place.
Good, clean and great breakfast and scones for tea. Good location for sightseeing or for dining.

  • Liked — Location and Service
  • Disliked — Sometimes Mosquitos
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled on business
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2 Thank RafikiLondon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2008

Over the years, we have traveled much of the world and stayed at many accommodations. Some are excellent and others are fine, but not all of them memorable. The Heeren House is not only etched in our memories, but provides satisfaction that we will savor. To begin with, it is run by thoughtful owners. The breakfast (included) is very good and lunch is excellent. They also serve tea and scones before 5PM. The rooms are not luxurious (somewhat spartan), but clean, comfortable, and have aircon. We love the place because it has a personality and allows us to feel connected to the history of the town. Our room did not have drapes, but the windows can be opened. There are shutters if you want to shut out the view and make the room dark. I took a bunch of photographs on our first night there just from the window in room 3 (see attached). The waterwheel in the river was reflected in the mirror-smooth water just outside our window. How can you not love a room with such a spectacular view? If you just want to be a tourist and desire lots of luxury, there are 5-star accommodations in Melaka. We enjoy that kind of decadent, mindless luxury once in while too. Mostly we love places with a lot of personality that contributes to the story of our journey. While you are in Melaka, don't miss the Cheng Ho Museum. Also while in that region of Malaysia, pay a visit to the Boh Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands. You will not regret the time and effort.

  • Liked — Its personality
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Laelia9
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2008

Very friendly hosts, great location and very nice rooms and building.
The only drawbacks were: Wifi not on late at night. When we came back at 9pm I had to ask the night watchman to turn on the computer so I could use the WIFI (I guess they're connected) so I could make some Skype calls on my iPhone for work. He wasn't too happy about this, and he turned it off at 1045 even though he said he'd leave it on until 11. I guess he was tired.

The other thing that isn't their fault, but is something to be aware of is this: Friday and Saturday and Sunday nights a band plays VERY LOUD MUSIC across the canal from the hotel. We had dinner there (very good and cheap Malay food BTW), and we were already thinking the singer wasn't too good, and they were playing kind of loud. We didn't realize that our room faced it directly (and we paid extra for river view). When we got back, we met another guest who had stayed Friday and Saturday (this was Sunday), and he said they played the last two nights until 11pm. In the morning he said he told the owner and she didn't believe him, so it may be relatively new, we thought. The nightman said the owners live far away, and the music had been going on for several months already. Sunday night the music ended about 10pm, which wasn't bad, since we got back about 930. Our friend had the non-river facing room, or maybe it was partial, but it was the best, because it faced away from the main river where people who look in if you had the windows open, and toward the sunset. I'd go for that room next time, and I wouldn't stay there on a Friday, Sat, Sun, unless you plan to be out late. I'm sure most of the Old Town hears this music on those nights, but this place, nice as it is, is right across from it.

  • Liked — Rooms, location
  • Disliked — Noise on FRIDAY, SAT, SUN night until 10 or 11pm from band across canal; No WIFI after 9pm or so
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chisamna
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Property: Heeren House
Address: 1 Jalan Tun Tan, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Melaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A heritage guesthouse and cafe right in the heart of historical Melaka city. Everything and anything that is interesting in the city centre (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) is within walking distance. Each room has window views of the Melaka River and city. ... more   less 
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