With a history of Dutch architecture, Portuguese ancestry, British colonial infusions and even Chinese influences, Melaka is a true melting pot. Not only that, but this Malaysian seaside town has a number of beautiful historic buildings and a plethora of historic sites to enjoy. This rich tapestry of cultures also means a fantastic variety of food to eat all over the city, even Indian culture is a big part of Melaka adding to the dining scene.
Being in Melaka means that you might be able to stay in one of the beautiful historic houses that make walking its streets so charming. This means that you will be able to experience the story for yourself from the inside out. Alternatively, if you want something more modern, Melaka has plenty of luxury hotels next to the malls.
1. Majestic Malacca Hotel
This hotel is superbly located in a Peranakan style building – a lavish mansion dating back to the 1920s. The beautifully restored mansion features porcelain tile floors and teak furnishings for an extremely luxurious stay. Located on the banks of the river, guests can lounge by the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy treatments at the hotel’s spa. The hotel’s restaurant serves Kristang cuisine (Malaccano-Portuguese blend), where you can enjoy meals surrounded by antiques and artifacts. If you can get away from it all, Hang Tuah Plaza, among other attractions, is within walking distance.
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2. Hatten Hotel Melaka
Located in the city center, Hatten Hotel Melaka is just a 15-minute walk from trendy Jonker Street. Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is connected to this hotel by a bridge, making it a very convenient option for shopping. The elegant rooms at this hotel are decorated in a relaxed, casual style, with neutral browns and city views. There is an outdoor swimming pool on the 12th floor where you can cool off from the heat of the day. You can whet your appetite in the hotel restaurant or order room service at any time of the day.
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3. Swiss-Garden Hotel Melaka
Swiss-Garden Hotel Melaka is located on the banks of the Melaka River and has two Olympic swimming pools. If that’s not enough, there is also a tennis court and even a sky garden with its own rooftop bar. The location of this luxury hotel gives you direct access to the Shore Shopping Center and within walking distance of interesting attractions, such as St. Peter’s Church. The rooms range from suites with sumptuous furnishings, leather details and spectacular views to more standard rooms, always decorated with a high quality finish. There’s also a restaurant for hungry customers, though there are plenty of restaurants on the doorstep.
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4. Stay at the hotel
A modern hotel that has incorporated Chinese culture into the region, the Estadia Hotel has been beautifully designed, with elegant design touches – from ornate carved wood walls to Peranakan-style tiles. The rooms at this hotel are attractive, with bright colors and high ceilings. There is an on-site restaurant where you can sample local dishes, as well as a lounge bar for an evening drink or two. For shopping enthusiasts, the nearby Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall Mall is within walking distance and can meet all your retail needs. The exciting Jonker Street is also around a 15-minute walk away. But bicycle rental is free.
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5. Hotel Arissa
Housed in a modern building away from the historic town of Melaka, Hotel Arissa offers clean, contemporary rooms with lots of straight gray lines and soft lighting that are undemanding, comfortable, and relaxing. The hotel offers a free bicycle rental service, so you can explore the surroundings at your own pace. It is also close to Hang Tuah Square and Baba and Nonya Heritage Museum. The staff are friendly and serve breakfast each morning. In addition, there is an on-site restaurant for dinner and lunch. If you are driving, free parking is provided by the hotel.
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6. Hatten Place Melaka
The impressive and elegant Hatten Place Melaka is an imposing hotel with an urban design. Guests can enjoy a cool rooftop terrace, perfect for sunbathing and city gazing, as well as an incredible infinity pool. The hotel sits at the top of Elements Mall, which means great shopping on your doorstep. In addition, it is a short walk from Plaza de Portugal and Fort de San Juan. Guests can use the hotel’s shuttle service and be taken wherever they want. The rooms are clean and comfortable and elegantly furnished, with sea views and elegant bathrooms.
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7. Swiss Hotel Heritage Boutique Melaka
This hotel is a fresh and contemporary option that blends traditional Melakan style with modern elements. It’s located in the heart of Jonker Street, where all the action is. You will be close to the historic Melaka Clock Tower and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. The rooms are decorated with Chinese-inspired furniture, in an elegant boutique style, and come with a polished private bathroom. Set in a traditional boutique, this family-run hotel serves a buffet breakfast every morning, as well as a selection of local dishes throughout the day. The heritage building means you can soak up the authenticity of the region firsthand.
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8. Ohana House HQ
Set inside a charming old store and decorated with interiors by Baba and Nonya, there are delicate touches throughout Ohana House’s corporate headquarters. The bedrooms have eye-catching four-poster beds, wooden floors, and louvered windows that overlook the streets below. There are several seating areas throughout the hotel where you can relax, reflecting on the traditional artwork on the walls. This is an inexpensive option where you can learn about the culture of the area from the multilingual staff. You can also walk to the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum and Fort St. John from this hotel.