Intimate dorm with a cafe
Behind Ola Lavanderia Cafe and Dormitory’s funky cafe is an equally funky cute, stylish and compact five-bed air-con mixed dorm.
The cafe occupies a prime central spot in the hub of the hubbub, and the dorm is entered via the streetfront establishment. Both embrace a hipster industrial style, with raw cement floors and white painted exposed brick. Purpose-built metal bunkbeds are wobble free and each sports a private reading light and power socket operated via keycard. A rail and hanger will hang your coat and towel (provided), and a small shelf (really just an extension at the top of the bed) serves as a bedside table. Bottom bunks add privacy curtains, and we may not have been looking hard enough, but we didn’t notice them on the top bunks. Lockers are rather small, but spacious enough for a laptop and small bag (BYO padlock). Larger bags could be stored on the floor or under the bottom bunk, however if the room was full of travellers with large bags it would be a bit of a push for space.
Two share bathrooms are a good ratio for the five beds, and like the dorm they are clean compact, and follow the same funky style. Breakfast isn’t included but is available in the cafe (of course), but you’ll be offered a free drink to start your day. The only communal area is the cafe itself, but it’s a pleasant spot to chill and eat cake.
We like the intimate atmosphere at Ola Lavanderia Cafe and Dormitory, and although you won’t be meeting hordes of other travellers, there’s a good chance you’ll get to know the others in the dorm. If Ola is full (they do only offer five beds), NoMaps is the flashiest flashpacker in town (and also the priciest), or check out friendly Ringo’s Foyer Guesthouse.
Address: 25 Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka
T: (0126) 126 665;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º14'54" E, 2º11'45.41" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
5-bed mixed dorm.
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