I have always been fascinated with Melaka's history and melded culture so was delighted when I got the chance to stay over whilst i was staying with friends in KL.
I was looking for a one night only experience in Melaka to soak up the night markets atmosphere after having spent my Saturday cruising the historical sites and architecture. I had looked for a hotel prior to arrival but many places we're booked due to school holidays (same story all over the world!!).
I cruised the main streets in "downtown" Melaka and stumbled across Hotel Puri. I was staying on my own so price was a consideration. The foyer is spacious with many local images and artifacts. The ladies on the front desk were helpful, knowledgeable and very welcoming.
The room I chose was on the 2nd floor overlooking the courtyard near the Spa. All rooms have shutters as well as double glazing, air con etc The room had two single beds (all doubles/queens were taken). However the bed was roomy and comfortable as was the pillow,which is often where hotels overlook comfort! The basics were provided re kettle, iron, tv, hair dryer etc
Breakfast was included in the price. The breakfast was as expected- fruit, toast, western eggs and some Malayasian food like Nasi Lemak, all served up in a lovely open courtyard.
There are about 4 separate chill out areas in such a well designed small hotel - all courtyards a alfresco with fountains. I did not try the Spa but it looked lovely-maybe next time!
One of the unique aspects of the hotel Puri is its long term relationship with the local Swiftiets.
These tiny, delicate birds have been building (regurgitating) their nests for the past 15-20 years in Hotel Puri. They are nestled into the high walls and build their nests daily, to be harvested by the locals 3x a year. The hotel have never interrupted their pattern and has allowed them to become a very special and delicate attraction. Of course these are sold for birds nest soup - which is very expensive due to its supposed healing properties!
Hotel Puri is in a prime location for the night markets, walking over to the Dutch/Portuguese quarter and access to the river for a stroll. The town takes on a new identify at night with music and market mayhem everywhere including pensioner karaoke in the town square -something to be seen and heard!!!
My room cost approx $60 which is great value considering the interest and attraction of Melaka itself. I would recommend this hotel to All travellers, including families.
Ps. Don't miss out on a unique, sound blasting, color dazzling Trishaw experience- especially at night. Truly different!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Malacca. The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade & the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Hotel Melaka