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“Welcoming Guesthouse with gorgeous views of river.”

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River One Residence
Ranked #58 of 220 Melaka B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 November 2012

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.

Location:

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.

Room:

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.

Accommodation:

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.


Neighbourhood:

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).

Price:

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.

Summary:

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?

Room Tip: Despite being firmly based in the 'never book ahead' camp, if you want to stay here I would...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2012

Hi Joe, thank you for your compliment, I'm flattered.I have posted your photo on the website, check it out! Cheers!!

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

I and my three other girls stay in this guesthouse for just only one night but i love this place so much. Great view to the river, clean room and nice host. SO peaceful!

Room is small and basic but clean. Sharing bathroom but convenient. Have a door to river or you can sit at the second floor and view the river.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2012

We are always happy to know our guest are happy with us, thank you and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

This was a great hostel run by really helpful staff. They were able to give us guidance on the best chicken rice ball restaurant in Melaka which is a must and also just general tips about what to see when. The room was nice and clean and the airconditioning was much appreciated! The showers are in the loos but it wasn't a problem as the set-up works well. Really would recommend this hostel to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2012

Thank you for your kind words and compliments. We will continue to improve and make our place a better place for all. At this moment, minor upgrading works are on going at the ground floor level.We are discarding the old carpets to preserve the original floor titles which is quite a common features in Peranakan houses. Hope to see you again in near future, Cheers!

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Reviewed 1 August 2012

Thanks for all the help from the friendly staff at River One Residence. Our room was clean and pleasant. Staff are the most helpful. Spoke to the owner, he knows pretty much every diving sites in south east asia!! All things about diving? Just ask him!
Location is great, easy access to food and Chinatown is nearby. Definately value for money.
We enjoyed Malacca in general, but River One made it special. Will be back again soon. Thanks again : )

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2012

Hi Fei, I hope you are doing ok with the typhoon hitting HK now. Anyway,we are happy to have you here and just as happy to show you around Melaka. Hmm, shall we plan for a dive trip someday, somewhere,...hahaha...thanks for being a happy guest!! Hope to see you in River One again!

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Reviewed 20 July 2012

The owner is very nice and helpful. River One Residence is near the Chinatown, only 5 mins walk. The room is tidy and cozy as well. We can have a great river view from upstairs, so peaceful. :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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RiverOne-Alain, Manager at River One Residence, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2012

Hi Josie,
Thank you!! Hope to see you again in near future!! Cheers....

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Additional Information about River One Residence

Address: 60-62 Jalan Kampung Pantai, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Melaka State > Central Melaka District > Melaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 220 B&Bs / Inns in Melaka
Price Range: $18 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — River One Residence 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River One Residence is strategically located within UNESCO World Heritage of Melaka, overlooking Melaka River and boasting unsurpassed service, with clean and comfortable amenities, awaits you. ... more   less 
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