It was 4 p.m, and we had made a last minute decision to drive from Singapore to Malacca. Well, we had an option to plan, but we were waiting for some administrative matters to be sorted out in Singapore before confirmation.
Previously, we did book at The Sterling Hotel, Malacca and it was an enjoyable stay! I even made a video out of the suite with a private indoor jacuzzi that only cost less than SGD 60 per night for four pax. I was tempted to book the Hotel suite again, but I wanted to try something different. I wanted to write about another hotel that was value for money and comfortable.
Sadly, we did not manage to try out all the different facilities in The Straits Hotel & Suites as we left Singapore at about 8 pm. We arrived at Malacca at about 12 am, early in the morning. The next day, we had to check out at about 11 am in the morning. There was not much time to enjoy the pool with Melaka’s magnificent view!
The hotel is located in a very prime area where you can find dining, shopping, and entertainment conveniently. The Megamall, Dataran Pahlawan Malacca is just 5 minutes walk away. All the other attractions are located within walking distance like the St Paul’s Church (8-minute walk), Red Square (10 minute Walk) and Jonker Street Night Market (13-minute walk).
Besides these attractions, there are many restaurants nearby where you can try local delights like Bah Ku Teh and Chicken Rice Balls. I remember that my sister recommended a Korean Restaurant which served delicious Korean delights coupled with excellent service at DaoRae Korean BBQ Restaurant. From the hotel, it is about a 3-minute walk to the Korean Restaurant. It is very accessible around, so you need not worry about food, entertainment or shopping!
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2. Cleanliness & Room Service
The hotel suite was, and everything was placed neatly. All essential amenities were given like towels, shampoo, and toothbrush. I did read some reviews online on the smell of the rooms and the aircon taking a long time to get rid of the smell. Well, I don’t exactly remember getting a room with an unpleasant odor. For the air-conditioner, it did take a long time for the room to turn cold, but that’s also normal for me.
3. Facilities & Swimming Pool
As you can see from the picture I have extracted from hotels.com, the pool is magnificent! Wish I had the time to explore the pool and give you my review on it but I guess not! Maybe next time. 🙂
We arrived late at night, and the check-in process was smooth. They were also friendly and helpful. I have no bad comments on this!
Honestly, I liked the bedrooms better than the living room. I spent more time in the bedrooms more than the living room. I felt that the living room was a little too bare for such a vast space. It was a straightforward design, but it didn’t feel very comfortable to stay in. I guess it was something about the interior designing of the room.
There was a kitchen provided in the room, but it was of no use. No utensils, cutleries, plates or bowls or a fire burning stove was provided. It seemed useless as we only used the huge kitchen table for boiling water and making hot tea like in any other hotels.
On the other hand, my sister’s living room didn’t feel so bare. They had a huge glass window that stretches from the kitchen tables to the end of the living room with an L shape. The view and feeling in the room were much more excellent after that sliding opens the red curtains. Wish I was in that room. Haha!
Well, the bedroom felt way better as there were a desktop and a huge bed which took up most of the space in the room. The toilets had a huge bathtub in it, but it was a little too dark. There was only one light shining from the sink area, and the rest of the toilet space was dimmed with no lights. If they installed lights, it would be much more enjoyable to soak in the bathtubs!
The one thing I loved about this hotel was the Breakfast, ranging from local delights to international cuisine. Local delights included Roti Canai, Curry, Noodles Bar and some local sweet cakes! International cuisine would, of course, be the eggs, pastries, rice, meat and other main staples. It was a fantastic breakfast as we were spoilt for excellent choices.
Another thing I loved about the hotel was its parking. It was shared parking with Novotel Malacca, and it was vast and safe. The parking was free for hotel guests. Upon checkout or if you would like to exit the hotel during your stay, you can head to the check-in counter for a parking exit ticket and return without an issue. Just present the parking ticket to the lady near the parking exit gantry, and she will give you an exit ticket to be slotted into the machine.
Since it has enormous parking space, there are lots of space available!
Above is what I have to say about The Straits Hotel & Suites in Malacca! Overall, it was an average hotel stay with an excellent breakfast! Hope you have liked this short review and be sure to leave me your comments below.
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