Spacious industrial chic

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We thought Rosa may have been an old brewery or some sort of factory, but instead found a new (opened February 2017) purpose-built hotel. The look has almost moved from the realm of hip to cliché, but Rosa carries it off, and offers some terrific rooms and friendly service.

Travelfish says:

The building is raised with a car park occupying the ground floor and only the lift lobby to welcome guests but as soon as you enter the building you know what you’re getting: the comfortable waiting lounge is straight from the boards of Pinterest, with a wall of clocks, wrought iron chandeliers, and horse-themed cushions. The first floor reception shares space with a hipster looking cafe and access to the interior courtyard garden, glassed in to prevent rain spoiling your meal, but pumped with fresh air. The building continues in a U-shape around the central atrium with open walkways and some inward-facing rooms.

Did someone say Pinterest? : Sally Arnold.
Did someone say Pinterest? Photo: Sally Arnold

Spacious air-con rooms (premier and family rooms are huge) offer city or “garden” views to the courtyard, and the bold contemporary industrial decor is striking—think polished cement, exposed brick and distressed wooden floors. Soundproofing guarantees a decent bit of shut-eye and if you’ve forgotten your room number, it’s painted in giant numbers across your wall in a typeface reminiscent of bygone signage. The modern-styled four-poster beds don’t seem to have any purpose beside aesthetic as the frame doesn’t sport mozzie nets or drapes, however beds are firm and comfy and crisp white linen contrasts fittingly with the rooms dark neutral palette. Open shelving adds ample storage and workspace.

We like the clever way local touches and information have been incorporated into the decor, with framed lists of local sights in the form of an old bus/tram destination scroll. A complete set of amenities will satisfy your wants and needs with LED satellite TVs and in-house movies, minibar, safe and tea-making facilities. If you’d prefer to watch the telly sitting up, rather than in bed, there’s a comfy couch too.

Plenty of space. : Sally Arnold.
Plenty of space. Photo: Sally Arnold

Ensuite bathrooms maintain the stylish urban chic and considered facilities with decent bench space and hot rain-showers. Breakfast is included, served in the cafe or outdoor courtyard. The hotels gym was not completed when we dropped in (March 2017), and staff mentioned they are planning on building a swimming pool, which will make this lovely hotel even more desirable. We were impressed by the friendly staff, and that as a potential guest the manger came and introduced himself and offered discounts if we booked direct.

Although the decor could become dated, we feel the comforts and amenities will stand the test of time. Rosa’s only negative is that it’s a decent one-and-a-half kilometre walk to the sights (only 700 metres to the malls!), however they offer an Uber discount code. If you would prefer closer to the sights, consider Timez or Estadia Hotel, however rooms in both seemed smaller.

Contact details for Rosa

Address: 212 Jalan Parameswara, Melaka
T: (06) 281 9888;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º15'30.85" E, 2º11'20.11" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Deluxe double room
Weekdays. Weekends 348 ringgit.
208 ringgit 208 ringgit
Superior double room
Premier. Weekdays. Weekends 468 ringgit.
280 ringgit 280 ringgit
Family room
Weekdays. Weekends 588 ringgit.
325 ringgit 325 ringgit

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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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