Many travellers visit Unesco-listed Melaka due to its architectural heritage and vibrant culture. Explore Malaysia’s colonial past by staying at these awesome places in the historical Melaka.
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 decor 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.
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.
This contemporary living space provides a modern lifestyle retreat, located close to many popular attractions in Melaka. Its interior features European architecture influences with minimalistic industrial decor. The staff ensures great service and privacy for guests. Enjoy your meals at Bica & Co Courtyard cafe, 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.
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 five-star luxury boutique hotel is located right next to Jonker Street. The overall architecture is a combination of classic elegance and contemporary vibe. The hotel has a gymnasium, swimming pool, rooftop garden, concierge and fine-dining eateries by the river.
A three-storey shophouse was converted to make this 16-room boutique hotel. The vision is to provide great comfort for families, couples, and solo travellers alike. The building looks 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 decor with the same facilities. All of them are air-conditioned and have in-room wifi.
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.
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 Cafe and Heliconia Garden Cafe.
This intimate boutique hotel – once a 1960s administrative building– 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 restaurant. Enjoy the panoramic views of Melaka by having drinks and dinner at the rooftop garden.
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 minibar 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.
Emma Sparks contributed additional reporting to this article.