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Heeren House
Ranked #32 of 167 Hotels in Melaka
Reviewed 22 June 2009

Liz and Bernard Tam run the delightful Heeren House on the canals of Melaka right in Chinatown. A roomy family room is availabe with 4 beds and english breakfast is included in the price. the coffee is great and their coffee shop provides such non-malaysian delights as scones for afternoon tea!!

The location is great. you can walk to most attractions which is really pleasant if you've had to endure the traffic in other parts of Malaysia such as KL. Liz and Bernard are charming and helpful and know the area well. Melaka is moving from a sleepy village into a high energy tourist node and this does present some conflict at time. on weekends the place is swarming with cars and buses from KL and SIngapore. And rickshaw drivers have an unfortunate tendency to drive around blaring their music at all hours.

However Heeren House is lovely. small and friendly. wonderful furnishings in the room. No cable television only local channels but they do provide a DVD player and selection of family movies to keep your kids happy in the evenings. Heeren House is a favourite with european and caucasian travellers. we were not the only family staying with a small child. the canal is a pleasant if sometimes smelly place to wander up and down with much work being done on the promenades on either side. various restaurants offer river seating so you can enjoy a cold Tiger beer in the evening and enjoy the breeze whilst watching the quite enormous lizards roaming around the canals murky waterways.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2009

One cannot fault the location of the Heeren House. The hotel is a few minutes walk from all Melaka's major attractions. The view over the river is a plus.

The hotel itself is clean and reasonably comfortable. Rooms are basic but functional. For example, there are no curtains, but the hotel has shutters. The bed is a bit short and in a frame, so tall people must sleep somewhat diagonally or hang your feet between the posts of the frame. There is no fridge in the room, but one can use the hotel fridge in reception. There is a TV (we didn't use it). Lighting is adequate. Bathing facilities are dated but usable. Breakfast is good - a form of English breakfast cooked to order. WiFi works during the day, but is turned off at night. The hoteliers (I believe they are the owners) are pleasant people.

Given that one can see most of Melaka in a day, this hotel is ideal. You aren't there long enough for the 'basicness' to become old. I would definitely stay at the Heeren House again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DivingPhool
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Reviewed 17 April 2009

This place is amazing. Its right in the centre of town but Melaka isnt busy so it was perfect. The people who own it and work there are really kind and helpful. I've been away for a while now and it was lovely to find some genuinely nice people to make it feel like home. We stayed in rooms 4(C) and 5(D) (partial river view) and 4 (the double) was the best. 5 is on the ground floor and when people walk around in their shoes upstairs its really noisy! The rooms are decorated with old furniture and have great big showers. Breakfast was also great and the shop is lovely. I would recommend it to anyone but book early as it was full all the time I was there!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ClaireyFairey
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

This small B&B guesthouse has a wonderful location in the heart of the historical town of Melaka. We liked our two night stay so much that we returned for one more night at the end of our trip. Our room looked out over the Melaka River and the old fort. A full English breakfast is included. There is an arts and crafts type gift shop on the main floor of the building as well as a small cafe where breakfast is served. Lunch and afternoon tea are also available. Bernard and Liz, the owners, were very helpful; they even kept a spare suitcase of ours and gift items we had purchased for the ten days in between our two stays. Parking nearby. Loading zone adjacent.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled on business
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1  Thank Milly1917
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

Situated on the edge of old Melaka, this guesthouse made the ideal place to stay. Our twin room on the ground floor was quiet, tea and coffee facilities provided, shutters instead of curtains which provided good privacy. Bathroom was in need of some renovation but was clean and adequate for our needs though an extendable clothesline would be an added bonus. Breakfast was more than adequate- juice, tea and coffee, fresh fruit, toast and a cooked to order hot breakfast. Attached to the breakfast area (which also doubles as a small cafe during the day) is a small shop filled with interesting artifacts for sale. Best of all were the owners, Liz and Bernard, who provided helpful advice about where to eat and go. They were always interested in our daily travels and made us feel very welcome.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank aussierover
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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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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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Address: 1 Jalan Tun Tan, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #32 of 167 Hotels in Melaka
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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