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The Rucksack Caratel

107 Jalan Banda Kaba Bandar Hilir, Melaka 75000 Malaysia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Rucksack Caratel
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#10 of 236 hotels in Melaka
Travellers' Choice
Step away from the hustle and bustle of city life and surround yourself with luscious greenery, where you’ll be greeted with a picturesque garden view as you wake up in The Rucksack Caratel . Soak up the rich heritage of Melaka in attractions such as the Melaka Sultanate Palace and Christ Church that are a short walk away. You can also grab souvenirs or personal loots in Dataran Pahlawan and Jonker Street – both minutes away from our uniquely heritage-blended hotel. Besides being close to numerous attractions, The Rucksack Caratel itself is a mystery adventure, waiting to be unboxed.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Air conditioning
Clothes rack
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Filipino, Malay
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BigDadd wrote a review Jul 2020
Southwark, United Kingdom548 contributions80 helpful votes
2 night stay over weekend in July after lifting of lockdown / MCO. Got 2 rooms on second floor for my family at the welcome back rate. Pros: Great location - it is close to all major sites and food Price point Rooms are comfortable with all the amenities Front desk team is friendly and helpful Free flow of free coffee is nice Modern and open design results in good natural lighting for rooms Cons Limited parking and it is street parking (but there is always Grab) Bath towels looked tired and had faint stains - time for a change The plumbing (adjacent rooms) always seem to be running through the night so if you are a light sleeper it is not great
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Date of stay: July 2020
Imahpopeye wrote a review Jul 2020
11 contributions4 helpful votes
Clean and comfortable hotel an almost hostel like vibe.Enjoyed my stay here very much ....view garden so very nice...Relexing Jonker street and a 10minute walk in the opposite direction to the shopping mall
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Anthony Tham CS wrote a review Jun 2020
Klang, Malaysia116 contributions37 helpful votes
A nice lil hotel tucked away at a lil corner behind the sprawling back grounds of the Istana Lama. Fantastic quiet location just a few minutes walk away from the Dutch Square. My room is a Premier Deluxe King with garden view on the 1st floor. Loved the room, modern deco with huge windows which I like. Room was clean and I was reassured that during this covid19 period, the rooms are left Idle for a day for thorough sanitizing before the next occupant checks-in. Pool area was closed due to covid19 and breakfast was not provided but I'm fine with it as I rate my stays based on hotel and room condition and staff attitude. Front desk ladies were very helpful and even gv me tips on eateries. Thanks. There are 8 private parking lots but I guess nearby public lots are safe enough since the police quarters is in the same location. Overall, I'm happy with this stay except for a minor gripe ie. No room mini-fridge. Would surely return.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Hanna R wrote a review Jan 2020
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia24 contributions6 helpful votes
Overall great stay. Staff were friendly, rooms were very clean and comfortable. They also provide free baby cot. Bathroom was clean and spacious. Breakfast was okay. Enjoyed the interior as well. Only one major con was the parking situation. They did not have parking at the hotel so we had to park a bit further away. Would be okay for couples or friends travelling but we had a baby and an elderly with us so walking beside the busy road was a bit of a turn off. However would still recommend this hotel to others as it was very near Jonker street (walking distance).
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Ck Wong wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions
Cheked into this hotel for a quick 2D-1N stay on 14/01/2020. We had a great deal so the hotel was well worth is. The rooms are small but the view of the museum garden was great. I'll just break it down in pros and cons to make things easier Pros: Beautifully decorated, has a pool (with complimentary towels in the pool area) Free breakfast (although a simple one with some pastries, nasi lemak, coffee and tea and fruits) Lift (I don't have to drag a luggage of 4 pax up the stairs) Adequately facilitated room (Bottled water, TV, Aircon, Hot/Cold Shower, Dryer, Ironing board and an Iron, Reading lights, bathroom amneties) Strategically situated (Walking distance from Stadhuys and Jonker Walk even for a family of 4 yo, 6yo) Friendly staff (The purposely inflated the pool floats so that my kids can have a better time there, there was a huge doughnut and a swan in the pool) Cons: The room was a bit dusty (I know that because my kids were throwing their stuff animal toys on the blinds and all the dust fell down) Limited parking spaces (I went on a week day so I have no problem with this but this can be a real problem on holidays)
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from FIZAHKMZ, Assistant Manager at The Rucksack Caratel
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear 214ckw , Thank you for choosing The Rucksack Caratel as the hotel of choice for your recent stay in Melaka . We truly appreciate hearing from our valued guests and to be allowed the opportunity to be a part of your holiday at our centrally located hotel. The concerns highlighted in your feedback will be looked at immediately with the intention to improve further.  We look forward to hosting all of you again and hopefully your experience will be even better the next time round! Continue to #solovethefeeling and till' your next sweet escape!
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US$22 - US$38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MalaysiaMelaka StateCentral Melaka DistrictMelaka
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Rucksack Caratel
Which popular attractions are close to The Rucksack Caratel?
Nearby attractions include St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul) (0.3 km), House of Museums Malacca (0.4 km), and Malacca River (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Rucksack Caratel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Rucksack Caratel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Rucksack Caratel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Rucksack Caratel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bikini Toppings, Mori Vegetarian Tea House, and Selvam.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Rucksack Caratel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Rucksack Caratel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Malay, and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to The Rucksack Caratel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting A Famosa Fort (0.9 km), The Royal Press (0.6 km), and Casababa Gallery (0.7 km).