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Lobby in Rucksack Caratel, Garden Wing © Rucksack Caratel
Lobby in Rucksack Caratel, Garden Wing © Rucksack Caratel

The 10 Best Places To Stay In Melaka, Malaysia

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Updated: 22 December 2017

Many travellers come to visit the UNESSCO World Heritage site Melaka due to its architectural heritage buildings and vibrant culture. Take yourself back to the colonial times by staying at these awesome places in the historical Melaka.

The Rucksack Caratel

The Rucksack Caratel is situated at the heart of Melaka, surrounded by iconic sites including Jonker Street by the Melaka River, the historical The Stadhuys (The Dutch Square), and the 18th century Christ Church Melaka. This boutique hotel’s décor is inspired by Melaka’s rich culture and its Peranakan, Portuguese, and Dutch background. It has 25 guest rooms and an American Diner. This is an amazing place for a retreat – from starting your day with breakfast to spending your afternoons and evenings in comfortable rooms.

1825 Gallery Hotel

This building used to be a flour storehouse and a strategic trade location for the Chinese community. Now it has become one of the best hotels thanks to its historical value. The mixed architecture is inspired by the British and the Chinese. This heritage building represents the Chinese workforce contributing to the trade of Melaka. Each room of this hotel has comfortable gallery-style beds and is air-conditioned. It is an ideal retreat from the congested city of Kuala Lumpur.

Rosa Malacca

This contemporary living space provides a modern lifestyle retreat, located close to many popular attractions and places of interest in Melaka. Its interior features European architecture influences with minimalistic industrial décor. The staff ensures great service and privacy for guests. Enjoy your meals at the Bica & Co Café and Courtyard where they serve contemporary and healthy European cuisine. The staff can also help make reservations for Melaka’s popular restaurants and for private taxis  such as Grab and Uber to reach to your desired destinations.

Modern Cave Boutique Stay

The Modern Cave Boutique Stay welcomes travellers to live in this spacious and comfortable space. The cool combination of function and art creates a meaningful living space that’s ideal for meeting new people. You can sleep together with your friends or make new ones by sleeping in the dormitories. Twin or double rooms and family rooms are available for those who want to have prefer some privacy. Relax by the terrace garden, make your meals in the kitchen, get comfy with a book or magazine at the reading bar, and snack on some treats at the 24-hour pantry. There is also a nap bar for travellers who want to take a short break from walking around Melaka.

Casa del Rio, Melaka

‘Casa del Rio’ means ‘home by the river’, which is exactly what this hotel is. It’s near the Melaka River where you can watch the water flow calmly into the historical town from your room. The 5-star luxury boutique hotel is located right next to Jonker Street. The overall architecture is a combination of classic elegance and contemporary vibe. The sophisticated rooms are designed with much attention to detail, so guests can have wonderful stays and would love to come back for more. The hotel offers facilities such as a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a rooftop garden, a concierge, and fine-dining eateries by the river.

The Majestic Malacca

A 1920s Strait Settlment mansion was restored with the hotel, complete with its original porcelain tile flooring and teakwood fittings. Guest rooms, suites, and an award-winning spa reflect a combination of traditions, modernity, and luxury. The furnished rooms represent the glory of old Melaka – floors and walls draped with silk, soft light, and four-poster beds with cool cotton. Read a book at the library, which is designed in classic 1920s interior and leather sofas and armchairs. Relax by the swimming pool, have a calming massage at the Spa Village, or work out at the gymnasium.

Jonker Boutique Hotel

A 3-storey shophouse is converted into a 16-room boutique hotel. Their vision is to provide great comfort for families, couples, and solo travellers alike. The building may look old on the outside but once you step inside, you will be amazed by the contemporary interior. The classic art deco façade and pillars are preserved, while the rooms are furnished with modern ornaments and surface patterns. Each room has its individual décor with the same facilities. All of them are air-conditioned and have in-room WiFi.

Hotel Puri Melaka

Hotel Puri Melaka is surrounded by traditional shophouses where you can take strolls along the streets of Melaka. It is a restored Peranakan house that was once owned by the descendants of philanthropist and rubber plant owner Tan Kim Seng. The impressive extended hotel is designed with a beautiful façade. All rooms come with an ensuite bathroom and air-conditioning. Free newspapers are given to the guests who stay during the weekends. Soak in the relaxing ambience at the Sekaya Garden, and treat yourself to light meals at the Galeri Café and Heliconia Garden Café.

The Settlement Hotel

A 1960s four-storey government building is reconstructed into an intimate boutique hotel that reflects Melaka’s rich cultural background and modern everyday life. It features a 45-room residence block, four villas with a spacious garden and lawn, and five traditional Malay villas as a relaxing spa facility. Each room near the lobby has a significant story to tell. You can have hearty meals and afternoon tea at the Dining Room. Enjoy the panoramic views of Melaka by having drinks and dinner at the Rooftop Garden.

Courtyard @ Heeren Boutique Hotel

The Courtyard @ Heeren Boutique Hotel infuses traditional Melaka styles with modern twists. Each room provides a luxury experience – all with air-conditioning, rain shower, hair dryer, safety deposit box, writing desk, LCD TV, and a mini bar fridge. Rooms also have coffee and tea-making facilities, toiletries, and the daily newspaper. All rooms are superior and deluxe with good quality wooden furniture and modern fittings. The luxury suites offer privacy and intimacy in the bedrooms along with stunning bathrooms fitted with jacuzzis and rain showers, plus private balconies.