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The Baba House
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Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Located at a quieter street parallel to Jonker street, and being a hotel refurbished from a heritage building make it an interesting place to stay.

For the price of the rooms, I would think it is a decent place to stay in. Rooms are basic but clean. More importantly, given the hot and humid weather in Melaka, the powerful air con in the room is greatly appreciated. Good shower.

I would think the normal rooms at this place would appeal to backpackers and people looking for a simple but value-for-money place to stay. Travellers looking to chill and relax in a hotel may want to hunt for newer hotels in the Mahkota area (or check out their premium rooms? Which I have not tried).

I would go back to this hotel again the next time I visit Melaka.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
1  Thank BackpackWarrior
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

We arrived in Melaka without a hotel booking as we unfortunately did not realize that it seemed to be holiday season. Every hotel we tried was fully booked and so we ended up at Baba House unintentionally as they had a room. This is a tired, very basic hotel, although their price for a room was not very cheap. The room had no window and felt a bit like a cold prison cell. The pillows were like concrete and the towels were old, stained and threadbare. The bathroom was the size of a matchbox and not to clean. The tv was ancient. There is no bar fridge. Breakfast was ice cold and looked like it had been around for a couple of days. Not an egg in sight, no paper napkins, no fresh milk, the coffee tasted like poison. One type of artificial juice, packed with chemicals was on offer. This hotel was a complete letdown after an enjoyable day sightseeing in Melaka. Ironically a hotel opposite, which was full, has nearly the same rates and is superb! This is definitely one of the worst hotels we have ever had the misfortune to stay in, avoid at all costs! The only nice thing I can say about this hotel is that it is in a good location for exploring Melaka.

Room Tip: Overall the hotel is noisy with lots of screaming kids running up and down the passages.
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ann T
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Reviewed 14 May 2016

My friends & I stayed here for the weekend. On our first night arriving to the hotel, the staff told us not to park in front and we had to drive all the way to the back and almost got lost finding for parking. The staff who checked us in were not friendly nor helpful.

The room was okay but the pillow and mattress were smelling stale. Water pressure and the heating was good.

The only thing we liked was the distance of the hotel to Jonker Walk and other popular attractions around.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Janice_Kanda
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

Me and my wife stayed at the Baba House located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock Malacca, Malaysia.

The Hotel is a historic building show casing traditional Peranakan culture and decoration. It is conveniently located in the heart of historic Malacca - short walking distance to the many Shops and Eateries along the vibrant Jonker Street. The Hotel room is without hair dryer, Fridge and window - overall quite basic.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

My friends and I were very excited to stay at Baba House. But unfortunately, when we returned after a very long and tiring day, we found out that was no more parking available for the night. The staff who was on parking duty obviously had no intention of helping us as he was only busy playing with his phone. We asked him where else could we park without getting a summon the next morning (we did not get any parking ticket as the hotel promised us free parking but did not inform us it was limited) the staff just shrugged and returned to playing with his phone without giving us a solution.

And to make matters worse, we were greeted by news that there was no water that night.

We approached the concierge and were told to bathe in a room at the new wing (where there's water) and return to our room after that. We asked if the rooms were vacant, could we change our rooms but the staff just smiled without giving us an answer. And when asked if we were expected to sleep in our current rooms and return to the new room every time we wanted to use the bathroom, the staff just said yes without giving us a reason. As much as my friends and I would like to keep calm, we couldn't help but raise our voices and demand for a change of rooms. After all, we paid for a hotel, not a hostel. And if there's water in the new wing, why can't we be moved there?

Anyway, long story short, they upgraded us to premium suites after a long debate (it was past midnight by then and we still have not bathed).

We appreciate the preservation of such a beautiful building, but some maintenance is definitely necessary. Especially when the incident of a faulty pump has occurred numerous times before. And obviously a change of staff is needed. Poor management indeed.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
1  Thank Jellylim
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