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Category: Malacca

Holiday Inn, Malacca Apr 2015


Holiday Inn Malacca offers standard, quality accommodation in the heart of Malacca city.

Holiday Inn is of course an immediately recognised international hospitality brand. Holiday Inn Malacca does not deviate from the international quality standards of the brand. The rooms are comfortable and clean.

I really appreciate the colour scheme of green and pine in tbe room—— it is relaxing, sophisticated and modern. The Deluxe room offers a comfortable bed, a shower stall (no bathtub), toiletries, a safe and coffee and tea-making facilities.

There are around 20 channels on the television, consisting of free-to-air Malaysian and satellite channels. Depending on your room, you may get serene views of the Straits of Melaka or views of Melaka city centre.

If you wish to dine in the hotel, there is all-day dining restaurant called essence and one of the only 2 Italian restaurants in Malacca. The restaurant is called Sirocco.

It is a casual contemporary Italian restaurant offering competent dishes.

I would personally recommend the Zuppa di Broccoletti (Cream of Broccoli with Beef Bacon RM21++) and the Manzo (Wood Fire Beef Fillet with Fresh Vegetable and sauce of your choice RM68++).  The Broccoli soup is a popular favourite of diners here.

For the Manzo, you can really taste and smell the sweetness of the wood.

In addition to the restaurants in Holiday Inn, there are also plenty of very affordable dining options including Starbucks and McDonald’s just 5 mins away by foot in Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall.

The hotel also has a pretty good gym.

Though the hotel is 7 or 8 years old, the building certainly does not feel like it. This is one hotel that does regular maintenance and it shows. The hotel looks and feels like it is only 3 or 4 years old. Supposedly, they have just re-carpeted the rooms. I certainly appreciated the newish, contemporary carpet in a relaxing shade of green. The room is also clean, so kudos to Housekeeping.

Though the hotel is rather nondescript and functional in appearance (it is just a blocky, phallic building), it offers unexpected pleasures:

1. The toiletries bottles are actually embossed with Braille. I thought that was socially conscious of the hotel and offers great value for very little cost. I mean, the design cost to add Braille is minimal and it is only one time. More hotels should follow this example and think of creative ways to add value to guests.

2. Walking around the hotel is like walking around an art gallery. There are many, many pieces of artwork on the walls. It is a pleasure to stay in the hotel and just walk round to look at art. Some of the art pieces can even be bought by contacting the front desk. I loved it that they support local artists.

3. There is an infinity pool which looks out towards the sea. The wide, unblocked expanse of sea and sky is so relaxing.

4. The spa, Teatree Spa, offers unexpected pleasures. The therapy rooms have traditional wooden sloping roofs. When I had my massage, it was drizzling. It was so relaxing to have a massage while listening to the gentle pitter-patter of raindrops on the wooden roof. The rooms are also clean and the therapists are definitely well-trained. The massage is definitely comparable with massages in any big city. I was disappointed, however, that my therapist did not offer a full hour. I was brought to the room and first thing i did was to remove my shoes. It was 9.10pm. After that, I took a few minutes to get undressed and hang up my clothes. After my massage, I took a good few minutes to rub the towel over me to remove the oil. Then I got dressed. When I sat down to put on my shoes, it was 9.55pm.

Surprisingly, this is the first hotel where I saw ….. (twice in my room and once at the lift lobby), though I was never actually bothered. Looking back, I should have known. There was a strange eerie strong yin almost every time I walked down the corridor to my room.

This is a very well-maintained hotel. The staff are well-trained and offer good service. Staying at the Holiday Inn has once again confirmed my belief that international chains offer better value than smaller local chains.




假日酒店度假村马六甲的质量标准是不会和它们的品牌的标准有所偏差的。它们提供的房间很舒服,也很干净。我真的很欣赏他们在房间内的绿色和松树的颜色搭配;很能让人放松,精致而现代。他们的豪华客房提一张舒适的床,淋浴间(没有浴缸), 厕所用品保险箱以及冲泡咖啡与茶的用品。 电视上有差不二十个频道,包括马来西亚的免费频道还有卫星频道。依照你的房间的地点,你或许会看见马来西亚的海峡或者是马六甲市中心的风景



我个人推荐Zuppa di Broccoletti(花椰菜牛肉培根浓汤 RM21++)还有Manzo(木火牛柳搭配一些新鲜的蔬菜还有自选的酱RM68++)。那道花椰菜汤在那里非常受欢迎。

而Manzo,你可以在里面闻到以及尝到木材的甜味。除此之外,在酒店只有5分钟的步行距离的Mahkota Prade购物中心也有很非常实惠的用餐选择像是星巴克和麦当劳。





在酒店周围散布就像是在参观艺术画廊一样。墙壁上有很多很多的艺术作品。 能在这家酒店住,到处看艺术品,我很高兴。只要联系前台,有些艺术品甚至是可以被购买的。他们队当地艺术家的支持,我非常喜欢。


酒店的水疗,teatree水疗,提供意想不到的享受。水疗房是有传统的木制斜屋顶。当我在按摩的时候,下着毛毛的细雨。一边听着雨声拍打在木屋顶上,一边按摩真是很轻松。水疗房很干净,而且治疗师肯定受过严格的训练。在那里的按摩绝对能够媲美任何一个在大城市的按摩。可惜唯一让我失望的是我的治疗师并没有帮我完成一个小时的治疗。当我被带到房间后,第一件事就是脱掉鞋子。那个时候是下午9点10 。在那之后,我花了好几分钟才把衣服脱光吊起来。按摩后,我又花了好几分钟用毛巾把我身上的油搽掉。之后我把衣服换上。当我坐下穿鞋的时候是9淀5分。



The Sterling, Malacca Apr 2015


The Sterling offers luxurious accommodation in a beautiful heritage building in Malacca. The hotel is just minutes away by foot from the famous Jonker Walk with its many restaurants and popular weekend street market.

I stayed in a Riley room. The room is huge. They could easily put another double bed in the room. I really like having ample space to move about in my room. Before checking in, I had thought that my room would be cramped but it felt free and spacious.The sense of luxury is heightened through the use of dark gray. The bathroom is equally spacious and features a gigantic 2-person jacuzzi in my own bathroom, complete with water jets and bubble streams. I really enjoyed having a warm soak and having my tense muscles massaged every night. It really helped me to relax. The shower was also quite special: you can pick from 3 modes: hand shower, rain shower and water jets. For water jets, you just stand upright and let 3 water jets massage your back. I am happy to report that the water pressure for the rain shower is very strong (the pressure for some rain showers is so miserable).

There are around 20 channels on the TV. It is a mixture of local and satellite channels. Being a small boutique hotel, there is no gym nor swimming pool.

In an UNESCO heritage town like Malacca, it is fitting to stay in an atmospheric heritage hotel like The Sterling. The location could not be better—– it is only a short walk to The Stadhuys and Jonker Walk. It is also possible to walk to the shopping malls, Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan but it is a hefty 20-25 min walk.


斯特林酒店(The Sterling)提供的豪华住宿就建设在马六甲市内的一栋美丽的建筑遗产。从酒店出发只须几分钟步行便能到达著名的鸡场街 (Jonker Walk)。鸡场街拥有许多餐馆,还有热闹的周末市场。

我就住在酒店内一间名叫‘莱丽’的房间。我很喜欢这间面积很大而且足以容纳两个双人大床的房间。它让我有足够的空间在房间里自由走动。在还没办妥酒店入住手续之前,我还以为房间会很狭小,但实际上却相当的宽敞。房间里采用了深灰色以提高房内的奢华感。而浴室里也同样宽敞,并设有巨大的双人按摩浴缸,配有喷水按摩和泡泡按扭。我很享受浸泡在温暖的浴缸里,让它每晚按摩着我的肌肉,帮助我放松心情。浴室里的淋浴也有三种特殊模式 :手持花洒,头顶花洒淋浴和喷水按摩。对于这喷水按摩,你只须要站在浴室里背向着喷水口,三个喷水口就会喷出水压按摩着你的背部。这里的花洒淋浴的水压是非常强的(比起其他的酒店浴室水压真的好多了)。



马六甲是联合国教科文组织之一的世界遗产小镇,所以住在这充满浓浓的文化气氛的斯特林酒店(The Sterling)是最恰当不过了。酒店位于一个很方便的位置,只需步行一小段距离就可到达荷兰城(The Stadhuys)和鸡场街(Jonker Walk)。从酒店也可以步行到各大商场,比如皇冠百利广场(Mahkota Parade)和英雄广场(Dataran Pahlawan),但却需要大约二十至二十五分的步程。

13 Nov 2011 Popiah Lwee, Malacca, Malaysia

Popiah Lwee

Jalan Kubu (in between Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Hock and Jalan Hang Jebat aka Jonker Walk)

Recommended by other guidebooks but oh-so-disgusting!  It has pork lard in it.  I didn’t know till I bit into it and I felt sick for 20 minutes afterwards.


13 Nov 2011 Farmosa Chicken Rice Ball, Malacca, Malaysia

Farmosa Chicken Rice Ball


The establishment has two outlets located a few doors from each other. 

Chicken Rice Ball is considered a trademark dish in Malacca and this establishment with its two outlets and celebrity endorsement a bit of a Malaccan institution.  The dish is basically the chicken (steamed/ roasted) from Chicken Rice paired with rice balls the size of fishballs instead of the usual rice (though that is available as well).  For RM5, you get a few slices of average chicken and 5-6 rice balls which are nothing special and hardly fill you up.  Paired with chaotic service, average chilli sauce (so crucial when it comes to chicken rice) and you get a tourist trap.

Try once and run far away.

13 Nov 2011 Merchant Café, Malacca, Malaysia

Merchant Café

21 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Hock

+60 6 281 7079

This is a watering hole right in the middle of Chinatown that serves surprisingly decent food.

I ordered the Black Pepper Chicken (RM18).  It was outstanding.  There was two chunks of chicken on a bed of mashed potato and some grilled vegetables on the side.  

The chicken was perfectly seared on the outside, very little oil, while on the inside the chicken remained juicy and oh-so-well marinated.  The masked potato was the real deal (no powder mix here) and the grilled vegetables were definitely 5-star hotel standard.

The food took a long time to come (30 mins).  You might want to order some starters while you wait, even though the portions of a main course are certainly enough to fill you up.  One bite into the chicken and the wait is definitely worth it.  Where else can you get a well-executed, filling meal for RM20.85 (taxes inclusive)?  Definitely recommended.

Clean restrooms.