I suggested my friends to make this place our stay for the weekend trip and we never regretted my recommendation.
Yes, it is a little steep on the rates (considering the selection of backpacker inns just around every corner of Jonker Street) but this is worth your money if you have that extra cash to spend. You are in Malacca and no better way to add to that experience by staying the Peranakan style. The exterior looks old but in a good way. The interior is well maintained and the staff are friendly. Location is not right at the heart of Jonker Street as it's sitting quite further inside. But this is perfect for me because we can get the peace we want during day and night, away from the hustle and bustle of the street market. Plus we sure can burn off some of those extra calories from those extra cravings when you're in this gastronomic town! It's not that far of a walk anyways.
I particularly like the little alfresco gardens where we can just chill out and enjoy a few cold drinks on a hot day. During the night, it's nice and quiet too. The breakfast area is also an open space and the spread is decent. They serve continental breakfast as well as some local cuisines like nasi lemak and porridge. We did not have any problems with the rooms at all. Everything was in order and the view out the window sure perks up our morning.
For those who have never been to a Peranakan house before (like myself), this will provide for an interesting experience. I was surprised at how much space it houses on the inside when its exterior seems to suggest just the complete contrary. For those who have never seen a bird's nest (those expensive delicacies usually consumed by the Chinese people), you may check it out in the room behind the reception desk. These birds are out during the day but you can watch them sleep in the evening. Their nests, which look like small saucers, are sitting on the higher walls of the room.
In summary, I would definitely come back here to stay and would certainly recommend this place for families, friends and couples. Hope this helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Malacca. The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade & the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Hotel Melaka