Top quality, luxurious hotels don’t always have to equate with top dollar. Being the deal-hunters we are, we’ve scoured through Malacca’s accommodation options to bring you the top Malacca hotels under S$150 to stretch your dollar to the fullest. Plus, for each hotel we’ve included a “must try” eatery close to the hotel for you to check out.
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Any top Malacca hotels list has to begin with The Sterling. With its white-washed, colonial-inspired architecture, stepping into the grand edifice is like stepping back in time. The 37-room establishment sits right in the heart of historical Malacca, great as a base to explore sights like Little India, the Dutch Square and the Malacca river.
Must try: Capitol Satay Celup – Satay lovers, this is your paradise. Cook your meat and veggies steamboat-style, this time in hot, aromatic satay gravy. A 2-minute walk away.
Hatten Hotel Melaka
There’s a reason why Hatten Hotel Melaka is so popular among Singaporeans. It’s surrounded by countless shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and is perfect for those seeking luxury at a low cost. Plus, all rooms at Hatten are suites, so a separate living room is included – great for storing all your shopping bags!
Must try: Nadeje Cake Shop – Head right across the street for their famous handmade Mille Crepes. Shop owners tell us top flavours include the Mille Crepe Original, Double Chocolate, Orange Yoghurt and Tiramisu.
The Settlement Hotel Melaka
The top rated boutique hotel in Malacca is housed in a beautifully restored ’60s low-rise near the city’s Portuguese Settlement. In addition to the main building are 5 traditional Malay style villas, one of which houses the hotel spa and outdoor pool. There’s many things charming about this hotel including the centuries-old tiles that line the lobby floor and a hotel bar that features an 8-metre long wooden table – the country’s longest table made out of a single tree trunk.
Must try: Ming Huat Restoran – Literally a minute walk from the hotel is a halal joint to which locals flock for an special dish mee kahwin (a marriage of mee rebus and rojak).
Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Rooms with a view often have higher price tags. But at the five-star Hotel Equatorial Melaka, guests are spoiled with either views of the Straits of Malacca or the historical St. Paul’s Hill at no extra cost.
Must try: Restoran Nyonya Makko – Also popular for Peranakan cuisine, dishes here offer a home-cooked experience at reasonable prices. Make sure to leave room for dessert, their cendol is known for its creamy coconut milk and generous portions of thick, gooey gula melaka.
If you decide on a spontaneous weekend getaway to Malacca, Jonker Boutique is the perfect base for you to kick things off. Right smack in the heart of Jonker, essential sights, food and local shopping are all within walking distance. Even better, the Jonker Street Night Market (Fri – Sun) is right at your doorstep, guaranteed to fill your stomachs and luggage with even more with knick-knacks. For more on what to do in Jonker, read our guide to the district of Jonker.
Must try: Nancy’s Kitchen – For cheap and good Peranakan cuisine, take it from Nancy, who whips up age-old recipes passed down from her grandmother. We recommend the Ayam Buah Keluak (Black Nut Chicken Curry) and Cincalok Omelette (Fried Eggs with Shrimp Paste). A 10 minute walk from the hotel.
Restored Peranakan wall mouldings, wooden shutters and original kopitiam rattan chairs – it doesn’t get any more authentic than this. But here is no run-of-the-mill boutique hotel, amenities provided are top-notch with en-suite Italian marble rain shower bathrooms, large flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Must try: Kedai Kopi Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball – Being the chicken rice connoisseurs we are, Chung Wah is definitely worth trivago Magazineg out, and for a reason. Pair their fun-to-break-into rice balls with soft, succulent steamed chicken. Delicious fun awaits just behind the hotel.
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