Friendly pod hostel with terrific rooftop
Behind historic Kampung Hulu Mosque, spitting distance from the centre of Melaka’s Chinatown, Ringo’s Foyer Guesthouse perches above a row of local food joints. Climb the narrow staircase painted with welcoming greetings in a multitude of languages to this spruced up older style hostel with a laid-back and very welcoming vibe.
Fun, brightly painted decor is somewhat retro-themed with old dragsters along with Beetles and Star Wars posters adorning the sunny yellow and white walls of the communal area. Large picture windows not only lets the light stream in, they have a delightful leafy outlook over large old trees. We viewed the 18-bed mixed pod-style dorm, but a handful of private rooms are available too, all with share facilities.
Pale faux-wood floors and white interiors of the air-con pod room create a calming retreat. Pods are in lengthways configuration, providing your own private cave with a simple curtain closure at your feet, roomy enough to sit up if you’re not too tall. Personal lighting and power points will have your gadgets charged while you sleep and the large lockers are big enough for most burdened travellers—keys are provided. Tiled share bathrooms have hot-water showers and hairdryers. A bit of paint is peeling from the walls, but they’re clean enough.
Private rooms were occupied when we popped in, but choices include fan-cooled singles and air-con doubles. Making the deal extra sweet, rates include a daily changing home-cooked breakfast by your friendly hosts, which you can enjoy on the terrific communal rooftop chill area. Help yourself to tea, coffee and water anytime too. Ringo’s Foyer Guesthouse is bike friendly, and the owner is a keen cyclist offering bikes for hire and city cycle tours. They run periodic dinner and mosque tours as well. A self-service washing machine will have your stinky travelling cloths smelling as fresh as a daisy (which you can dry on the sunny rooftop). You may be lucky to join one of the occasional rooftop barbecues or enjoy a movie night with a choice of more than 500 titles.
We like the friendly and easy going atmosphere and handy location of Ringo’s Foyer Guesthouse—this is a good budget choice. If you’d prefer a dorm in the heart of the action, NoMaps is less friendly on the pocket, but an excellent choice, and for friendly budget private rooms, consider nearby Rooftop Guesthouse (also with an excellent rooftop) or join in village life at Apakaba Homestay.
Address: 46A Jalan Portugis, Melaka
T: (0628) 16393;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º14'47.6" E, 2º11'58.08" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||30 ringgit||30 ringgit|
Weekdays. Weekends: 40 ringgit. 18-bed mixed dorm
|35 ringgit||35 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||60 ringgit||60 ringgit|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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