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Reviewed 27 November 2011

I checked into Hotel Puri for a 3 days 2 nights stay. The hotel is strategically located along Hereen Street just next to (parallel with) the infamous Jonker Street. Jonker is the tourist strip with hustle & bustle & noisy but just walk next door to Hereen Street, you get peace and quiet. So, you are right in the thick of the action but at the same time, tranquility when it is sleeping time.
The price is reasonable compared to nearby hotels like the Courtyard or Baba Place. For Malaysia Ringgit $185, it includes a mixed local/continental buffet breakfast.
As the street is very narrow, the hotel parking is located a few houses away. There are limited parking lots available. If it is full, the hotel has alternative parking at a school ground nearby.
The hotel facade looks like an ordinary Perankan (Straits Chinese) house from the outside. Once you step in, you feel that you are transported back to the 1900's era. Hotel Puri is the ancestral home of the Philanthropist Tan Kim Seng. The hotel has tried their very best to replicate the original Straits Chinese decoration and furniture. When you walk in, there is a guest waiting area and what really strike you is the decor from there to the front desk. See picture one. There is an airwell before the front desk that is well decorated with plants and with antique furniture lining on both sides of the airwell. It gives you a homely feeling rather than a hotel feeling.
The service staff are friendly. You have to read the direction signs properly to locate your room. There is a very helpful and friendly Indian housekeeper who would lead you to the right stairways to your room.
The room is clean and decent size. You are given a bottle of complimentary drinking water in the room. There is safe deposit in the room. Free wifi is available at the lobby, café and garden area and if your room is near any of these areas, you can get wifi in your room. So, the trick is to try to book a room near these areas.
There is a ‘history room’ describing the origins of Malacca and the hotel. There are several artifacts on exhibit as well. This is very educational and give you a quick glimpse of history of Malacca.
What is most interesting is the ‘swallow’ room. Malacca is famous for breeding swifts or swallows. These birds are prized for their ‘saliva’ aka ‘birdnest’. It is a nutritious Chinese delicacy and is very expensive because each bird only produces a very limited amount of saliva. These birds nest in the ledges near the roof of the houses (see picture 2). Hotel Puri has dedicated a room to these birds to nest. In the day, the ledges are empty. Come evening, the birds will return to their nest and retire for the night. It is quite a sight and despite the noise, the birds will happily sleep on. This is the closest that you can get to a bird’s nest.
Malacca is designated a world heritage city (not many cities are given this award). The first thing to do after settling in the room is to explore Heeren and Jonker Street. The hotel will provide you with a photocopy map for food and another for historical places of interest. There are several museums to visit. Some are free whilst for the others, you have to pay about MR$10 (US$2.50). Along the way, try out the local food fare. Malacca is also famous for its food. You must try the ‘Assam’ or ‘Curry’ noodle and the famed ‘Chendol’ dessert at Jonker 88 coffee shop. You should also try the ‘chicken rice balls’ where the vendor rolls the chicken rice into small balls. Before the entrance of Jonker Street (it is a one way street), there is a coffee shop selling ‘Poh Piah’ (Spring roll salad) and Nonya style dumpling.
With your stomach full of energy from the good food, the next place to visit are the historical sites of A Formasa (Portuguese Fortress), Christ Church and St Paul’s Church. You will have a feel of Dutch culture. They are all within walking distance. Ask the hotel front desk for direction. The Malaysian Government has recently cleaned up the river/waterways and you should take the boat tour. It will give you a glimpse of the residence and the way of life of the indigenous people.
Come night fall, Jonker street is transformed into a night spot. On Saturday and Sunday nights, Jonker Street is turned into a ‘pasar malam’ (night market). You can buy Malacca novelties and remember to bargain. Cut about 30% off the asking price. Walk away if the stall holder does not budge. He will probably call you back and give you your price. You should try out the fried ‘Kway Teow’ and other hawker fare along the road side. Don’t forget to try and buy the pineapples tarts. You cannot miss the ‘Mdm Goh’ pineapple tarts with her oven and she is the only one selling the tarts on the road. The tarts are baked on the spot. They make great gifts for your friends back home. After the long walk, settle down for a drink or a beer at any of the alfresco beer garden. Some of them have musicans playing through the night.
Next morning, have a hearty buffet breakfast at the open air café. Don’t forget to try every of the local food. The trick is not to take too much of each type of food and to just sample each. This way, you can savour all the best of Malacca.
You will probably need two full days to cover what I have just described above.
Happy exploring the World Heritage City of Melaki.

Room Tip: Book very early if you want a connecting room as there are limited available. Book a room above the lobby or breakfast area to get free wifi signal in your room.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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8  Thank ksleong
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Hotel Puri has been on the top of my list when selecting hotels in Melaka. We finally booked it for 2 nights. The hotel itself is a historical building owned by a rich man in the past and be converted into a hotel some years ago. When you entered the hotel lobby, you did not realize that it is a hotel that has over 60 rooms. You can see trace of history everywhere in the hotel. There is also a history hall displaying the background of the hotel.

Convenient location with the famous Jonker Street at the street parallel to the one where Hotel Puri is. For the rooms, they are just normal rooms, not too big but clean. You can enjoy buffet breakfast with ample choices in a relaxing garden.

We will return to Hotel Puri if we go to Melaka again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Forestee
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

I was looking forward to my stay at Puri but I had to change my reservation from triple to double. The staff first replied "Sorry, we are full on that day." I asked what does he mean 'full'? I have the reservation number and I have provided my credit card info. He then replied that no other room for me to change. I asked isn't it they just have to take out the extra bed? He replied "No other room category for you to change. You have no choice." What a way to reply to customer.

I understand a hotel has their policy and sometimes a change is not possible. But "You have no choice" ? I think they really need to improve on their language. So, now I really "have no choice" but to cancel my reservation. Too bad. I was very much looking forward to my stay at Hotel Puri.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Michelle N
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

We choose this hotel after reading lots of good reviews and we were not disappointed.

This hotel is located in a restored Peranakan house so had charm and loads of history!
The location of this hotel in the historic Chinatown area is excellent with most of the attractions of Melaka within walking distance.

The staff were all very welcoming and the breakfast buffet was fantastic - both for the great variety of food and the wonderful location in a central courtyard (we loved the slide on / slide off clear roof used when rain threatens!)

Our room was spacious - as was the large bathroom which was a modern 'wet room'. A small balcony gave us a nice view of another of the courtyards. We ordered a meal from the cafe downstairs and this was delivered to our room at no extra charge. Both free wireless internet and a computer in the lobby with free internet were available.

The only thing that could have made this hotel better was a pool !

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank cyberbirth
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

The hotel is very nicely located - a stone's throw away from Jonker Street and various food attractions in Melaka. As the hotel (as well as other boutique hotels in Melaka) are popular especially over the weekends, be sure to book way in advance - well in excess of a month is recommended. We stayed in a deluxe room; the hotel has everything that makes it a good 3-star hotel, though nothing much was exceptional. What makes it different though is the history behind the house and the courtyards, hallways, lobby etc. - we had a lot of fun checking out the sparrows, admiring the furnishings, and taking lots of pictures!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank sgsheep
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