Having booked the previous accommodation in advance, we arrived in the atmospheric and interesting town of Melaka with the
freedom of looking around to find a place to stay. We looked at a few places, some were fully booked, others were not too
great but after a while, we stumbled upon River One and took a twin room for the night.
River One Guesthouse is located right on the banks of the river and down a fairly quiet street in the Chinatown, about five minutes walk from the main street (Jonkers Street) on which the night market is held on Fridays and Saturdays. Catch the local number 17 bus from the main bus station into town - 1RM) and get off at the stop outside the Stadthuys, the big red building. Then cross over the river, turn right and walked around the edge of the UNESCO site. There are plenty of other guesthouses in the area.
The room was basic. It had two single beds, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a table and a chair. No windows but as we spent hardly any time in the room, this didn't matter. There were other room that had windows but this was the only room available. It was fine. Comfortable, clean and we got a very good nights sleep due to the complete darkness.
The guesthouse has a gorgeous reading and seating area upstairs overlooking the river. We spent a lot of time relaxing up there and spotted monitor lizards swimming in the river. The guesthouse has free coffee, tea and biscuits, free wifi and an PC to use with internet. The shared bathrooms are clean and well provisioned. We were lucky enough to meet Alain, the
Malaysian owner of the Guesthouse. Alain was such a genuine guy and even took us out for breakfast to a local cafe and drove us around town to see the sights (Portuguese village, Straits of Melaka etc). He even drove us round some other guesthouses for our second night as River One was fully booked. River One Guesthouse is very welcoming and Alain is a great host.
There are two ways to walk to Jonkers Street from River One Guesthouse and both are interesting walks past some ornate mosques or Chinese influenced architecture and some ancient looking antique shops. Jonkers Street is a sea of lights at the weekend and there is a good choice of restaurants and street food available. The Chinatown part of Melaka is the best place to go and it has a nice friendly atmosphere and the food is terrific. The sounds and smells add to the feel of the place. A river trip is a nice, if not a bit tacky, way to spend an evening (15 RM).
60 RM for the twin room was a little over the average in town but still cheap and, given how welcome we were made to feel, represented good value for money.
Good location, decent value, lovely reading area, very friendly service, clean and simple rooms, everything you need within a five minute walk. What more do you need?
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