Elegant Peranakan classic
For a slice of old Melaka, Majestic Hotel brings the romance of yesteryear in a beautiful elegantly restored 1920s Peranakan mansion plus a modern multi-storey behind. Situated on a bend in the river overlooking the quaint and historic Kampung Morten, it's just a 15-minute stroll along the banks to the sights.
The mansion houses the hotel's reception, bar, library, tearooms and upstairs dining room, while the new building has the five-star rooms, all with city and river views. The largish 54-room hotel retains a boutique feel with old-world hospitality offered from staff dressed in traditional Peranakan uniforms.
Bright, good-sized rooms feature sumptuous classic colonial styling with timber floors, cream walls and comfortable dark wooden furnishings. Luxurious linens and silk drapes on the floor-to-ceiling windows and a silk-upholstered chaise lounge will let you live out your Memsahib/Sahib fantasies—the charming staff are so attentive, they’ll probably peel you a grape too.
Creature comforts are standard five-star, including TVs and minibar, and the open-plan en suite sits behind sliding wooden louvred doors—open to enjoy the view while you soak in fragrant lotions and potions in the traditional claw-footed tub.
The Majestic’s swimming pool is a little disappointing, as it's smallish for the standard and sandwiched between the old and new buildings. It's in shade for most of the day with just a handful of sun lounges, however the hotel's well appointed spa more than makes up for it and offers Peranakan healing therapies. Bookings direct with the hotel include a 50-minute massage. If you’re feeling energetic, a gym is available too.
The dining room is open for breakfast and dinner, serving Peranakan cuisine, and the downstairs lounge is open for lunch. Indulge in high tea daily 15:00 to 18:00 for 50 ringgit—this is worth trying even if you’re not staying. The hotel offers occasional free local walking tours and periodic good-value packages, which can include meals and spa treatments.
We love the classy and nostalgic ambience Majestic Hotel offers but if you’d prefer a more intimate guesthouse feel consider 5 Heeren; if you’d like a better pool with your five-star digs, Casa Del Rio is our pick.
Address: 188 Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka
T: (06) 289 8000;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º15'7.39" E, 2º12'8.07" N
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Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room||392 ringgit||540 ringgit|
|Suite||1,900 ringgit||2,200 ringgit|
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