The timez, they are a-changing
Bright, fun and funky Timez Hotel describes itself as a “modern heritage hotel”, and despite the contradiction, they nail it with the description.
Squeezed into a row of historic shophouses in the heart of the UNESCO heritage area, the white-shuttered pre-war building has been reimagined with a modern makeover and each of the individually designed rooms is a pop-art ode to Melaka’s past.
Freshly opened when we visited in March 2017, the enthusiastic staff were happy to show us several rooms. Ranging from smallish but still feline-swingable to decent sized, the well-appointed interiors are filled with playful and witty references to Melaka’s multicultural identity. Rooms are themed as Chinese, Peranakan, Dutch, Portuguese or British, but not in a hackneyed manner: the Peranakan “Manek” room takes elements from Peranakan beadwork (manek or manik) and creates a bold hanging curtain, and framed image from oversized plastic beads. The colour palette reflects the tones of pink peonies and the powder blue background. The Chinese “Clip-clop” room constructs a giant wooden clog out of a collection of the classic Chinese footwear popular on the streets of Melaka, while Portuguese themed “Azulejos” room features a three dimensional mosaic of traditional ceramic tiles.
All 15 rooms are unique in the proper sense, and range from flashy and colourful to more subtle interpretations, so look at a few to see which appeals. As well as the bold contemporary design, the air-con rooms offer plenty of 21st century comforts with quality bouncy beds, flatscreen TVs, safe, minibar and pod-style coffee maker (no instant coffee! but those pods are not the best for the environment...) as well as a kettle for the tea drinkers. They’re squeaky-clean and filled with natural light, although most windows don’t have much of an outlook.
Ensuite hot-water bathrooms are also individually designed, some with tubs. An in-house restaurant is offered behind the lobby where your included breakfast is served, and continuing the quirkiness it’s called Super Rabbit. We’re not sure how this fits into the modern heritage concept, but hidden among a rubble-pitted brick wall are tiny realistic ceramic rabbits. The simple menu offers salads, pastas and snacks. Staff mentioned they are planning on opening a rooftop lounge with river and city views.
Besides the obvious link to past and present in the hotel’s name (except for the spelling), the owner is an avid Swatch watch collector, and within a honeycomb display in the lobby, 23 years of the collection are on show. Timez were having a “soft opening” promo when we popped in, but prices online were more competitive. Other decent choices that offer modern rooms with past references include Peranakan themed Estadia Hotel in the downtown mall area, and out of town (but with a free shuttle), Kapitan Kongsi.
Address: 31 Jalan Hang Kasturi, Melaka
T: (06) 281 2109; (012) 223 3111; F: (06) 281 7509
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º14'51.94" E, 2º11'45.3" N
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Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||212 ringgit||265 ringgit|
|Superior double room||235 ringgit||297 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room||255 ringgit||318 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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