Our picks: hotels and restaurants in Melaka

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We’ve collected a few tried and tested options for families when visiting Melaka. Melaka hotels range from classy five stars to a few boutique hotels, well-suited for those traveling with kids. Scroll down for our tips for best restaurants in Melaka!

Best hotels in Melaka for families

Majestic Melaka

Always a top choice of hotels in Melaka, the Majestic is a lovely restored mansion and truly an oasis of calm in this cacophonic city. The location is a little away from Jonker street, so you will need a taxi to get there and prices are, of course, on the high side. The pool is basic, so if you have thoughts of lounging at the pool after long day, it may not be super ideal. Service is fantastic and don’t forget to get a meal at Melba at The Mansion. More info and bookings here.

Courtyard@Heeren

Courtyard is located at the back alley of Jonker Street. It is a 5-minute walk to the famous Jonker Street but yet on a very quite lane with peranakan architecture. This boutique hotel has room options from single room to family suite. We stayed at the Deluxe Family room and the bathrooms are huge.
 
 
Breakfast is included but in the opposite building, in a higgledy-piggledy way part of the charm. The spread is simple but good enough to last you till lunch – egg station, bread, chicken rice balls with roasted chicken, nuggets, cereal and fruits. There is ample parking at the back, just call them prior to your arrival and they will guide you to the parking lots.
 
 
There is a night market on the weekend (a must go if you would like to sample the local food). When we were there was a stage in the middle of the market and songs and music were performed till midnight. I would strongly advise those who are early sleepers to avoid staying on night market street as the noise can be unbearable. Check the hotel’s website here.
 

Hotel Puri new suites

Another option if you want to choose a boutique hotel. We have stayed at the suites at Puri, which is a new wing built in 2016. A humongous affair of almost 450 sq f which gave the feeling of living in a peranakan mansion – it indeed once was. It was so grand that it used to have its own zoo with a tiger to boot, that’s some history to boast! Hotel website here.

Casugria

We are so in love with pictures of Casugria and have dreams of returning to Melaka with a big group of friends and renting the whole place. Check prices here.

Casa del Rio

Fantastic location by the riverside with all the amenities. Although we have not personally stayed, this hotel is a Melaka institution and keeps of getting good reviews from families. Check prices and book here.

DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka

One of the newest hotels in Melaka, the DoubleTree is a great option for those that value the creature comforts of the big hotels. A swimming pool overlooking the city is perhaps the top draw here – room to splash after sightseeing makes visiting Melaka with kids much easier. Read our review of the DoubleTree Melaka and check prices here.

A makan trip: where to eat in Melaka

I am on a mission to tell you that there is a world beyond Geographer Cafe in Melaka. While the Geographer brims and overfows with tourists  and  continues to remain a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon, if you are up for good nosh Melaka has much more to offer!

Peranakan food in Melaka

I can eat my weight in Peranakan food. For a foodie adventure in Melaka, these are our recommendations:

  • Sri Nyonya Peranakan, Equatorial Melaka
    Authentic nyonya cuisine tucked in the Equatorial, worth it’s price for the attention to detail and usage of fresh ingredients.
  • Kocik Kitchen
    More reasonably priced and good selection of Pernakan favourities, Kocik is open both for lunch and dinner.
  • Melba at the Mansion, Majestic
    Probably one of the few places to get authentic Kristang food, the food is top notch but be warned, it’s high on the spicy quotient. The children were happy with the chicken soup but there was nothing else they could have had although the adults could only wax superlatives about their fare.

Ode to cendol

Melaka is teeming with many cendol spots, don’t forget to stop! I find them all good but if you have personal preference, do let us know! Other yummies include chicken ball rice and kuehs galore.

Beyond local

  • Salud Tapas Bar
    Spanish in Melaka, check! Lovely food and vino, check! Fantastic ambiance, check! What more can one ask?
  • The Daily Fix
    Perhaps one of our most favourite cafés in Melaka for their famed pandan pancakes and beyond. Tucked at the back of a random bric-a-brac store called ‘Next KK’, the Daily Fix is a Melaka must-do on my list. The fact that it’s a bit hard to find makes it all the more charming.
  • The Baboon House
    Friends who have been have raved about the burger and fries, always a super hit with the kids.

Written by Mamasun and Chaimama.

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