Read my useful traveler remarks to complete the info about the Majestic Hotel Melaka article I read in the New Strait Times newspaper today:
- the picture shows only the mansion in front of the Majestic Hotel Melaka Building
- prices online can go to $100 without breakfast (it’s always cheaper and more adventurous to go and eat out in the streets of Malacca)
The complete Majestic Hotel Melaka + map
The complete Hotel Majestic Melaka covers 2 buildings:
- a beautifully restored Baba-Nyonya mansion used as restaurant and entrance to the hotel
- a 15-storey block behind
The majestic hotel Malacca map
The hotel is strategically located in the heart of the city. If walking is your thing, you would be pleased to know that the hotel offers daily complimentary tours (which sometimes do get cancelled, so ask in advance!).
These walking tours pass through prominent historical landmarks, age-old religious institutions, narrow 600-year-old alleys and the quaint shop-houses of Malacca.
The Majestic Hotel Melaka seen by journalist Shuib Taib
Journalist Shuib Taib’s father used to live in Malacca until he passed away in 1991. In those days Malacca was once forced to rely on only the Ramada Renaissance Hotel.
Today, Malacca boasts numerous high-end accommodation like:
- the Hotel Equatorial Malacca,
- Riviera Bay Resort and
- the boutique hotel called the Majestic Hotel Melaka.
The Majestic entrance mansion is located on the banks of the Malacca River. It used to be a businessman’s private mansion, built in the 20s and later sold in the 50s to be converted into a 24-room cheap budget hotel.
The hotel was closed in 2000 and after restoration works in October 2006, the new hotel incorporates old and new, showing influences from the Portuguese, Dutch, English and the Peranakan.
Peranakan and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of the very early immigrants to the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort to be assimilated into the local communities.
While the term Peranakan is most commonly used for those of Chinese descent also called Straits Chinese, there are also other, comparatively small Peranakan communities, such as :
- Indian Hindu Peranakans (Chitty),
- Indian Muslim Peranakans (Jawi Pekan) and
- Eurasian Peranakans (Kristang).
In both Malay and Indonesian, ‘Peranakan’ means ‘descendants’.
- Babas refer to the male descendants and
- the Nyonyas refer to the female descendants.
(from Perankan Wikipedia)
Majestic Hotel Melaka accommodation
The beautiful mansion merely stands as majestic entrance in front of the new hotel. The new hotel mirrors the original architecture and houses 54 spacious rooms and suites.
A sign of the times: the hotel staff is Nepalese, Indonesian and local, some dressed in the beautiful Nyonya kebaya.
The hotels’ architecture shows teakwood fittings, leather furniture and traditional Portuguese porcelain flooring in the lobby area. All is enhanced by the authentic artwork and antiques that Malacca Malaysia is noted for.
The Majestic Melaka hotel rooms bring you back in an historical era with the most modern technologies:
- a four-poster bed
- a comfy sofa by a window overlooking the scenic Malacca River
- a vintage four-legged pedestal bathtub
- a separate glass-enclosed rainforest shower
- flat screen color TV with satellite and music channels
- a mini-bar
- tea-and coffee-making facilities
- a safe deposit box
- a hairdryer
- a writing desk with IDD telephone.
The Majestic Hotel Melaka facilities and services
- enjoy the lobby lounge: a cozy corner, ideal for lunch or afternoon tea especially when you get stuck in a tropical downpour.
- go to the mini-library for light reading where you can have lunch and tea.
- for those who want to work out: there is a glass-enclosed, fully-equipped gym next to the outdoor swimming pool.
- an small outdoor swimming pool.
- do experience the spa having six treatment rooms spread over two floors. This Spa Village Malacca. is the world’s only spa to base its therapies on the healing heritage of the Baba-Nyonya community.
Majestic Malacca food
The Mansion also houses the hotel’s signature restaurant: a semi-formal venue for breakfast and dinner with two private dining options.
The restaurant dishes out cuisine from the Portuguese, Dutch, English and Peranakan traditions, sometimes fused for an adventurous culinary journey.
Contact Majestic Melaka Hotel
The Majestic Melaka Hotel is located at 188, Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka:
- Tel: +606 289 8000
- Fax: +606 289 8080
- Email: [email protected]