Hotel Puri in Melaka is very unique due to many interesting features where the main feature would be how the hotel building stretches a good 100 meters (328 feet) from front to back. The facade of the building is intricately carved in the Utilitarian style while every little detail in Hotel Puri is looked into. Walking in and heading to the reception will take you back in time as you pass various antique furniture and memorabilia.
Staying here for the second time, I always find Hotel Puri full of surprises. This time around, I spent some time looking at the details of the entire boutique hotel. A carved wooden Peranakan window at the lobby area was something you hardly see nowadays.
The lounge area is well decorated with retro furniture from the sixties while the floor and wall tiles were something to really look at as they were original vintage English tiles. A reading area is provided where an old wooden shelf serves as a bookcase. If you need a bite, there is a small counter serving some light snacks and drinks.
Midway to the main reception area, you pass an old style air well with mother-of-pearl Baba style furniture placed against the walls. An old wooden spiral staircase sits in a corner while a piano occupies the other.
From the main lobby, you walk through some wooden doors into another room called the ancestral hall which is filled with various Peranakan and Baba antiques. An antique wooden cart, Porcelain jars, a Baba prayer table and paintings fill the space here which leads to the hotel rooms and courtyard. After dusk, if you come here and look up the ceiling, you will see a number of swiftlets who make this place their home.
In the next section you find a mini business center with Internet access and also a mini museum on Melaka (Malacca). I found this very interesting as foreign guest can learn a little more about Hotel Puri and its history. Some old photographs of Malacca are also framed with descriptions and an old well with the hotel's history is at one corner.
Navigating through the numerous doors of Hotel Puri may even get you lost if you are new there. The hotel has three floors with no elevator and only stairs. However, there are rooms on the ground floor nearby an indoor pond which leads to the breakfast area.
At the courtyard of Hotel Puri, there is the Galeri Cafe which serves lunch and dinner. This beautifully done cafe has about ten marble tables with old styled wooden coffee shop chairs.
The room I booked was small, simple and cozy. Wooden folding windows looked out into the hotels courtyard area. A small television set with a number of channels provide basic entertainment and all rooms are air conditioned with hot showers. Price paid, Rm185 (US$61) a night.
There is no mini bar but a safe deposit box is provided with standard hotel amenities. Nothing to shout about but they are very basic.
Complimentary coffee and tea is available and old style Chinese cups and saucers are provided. A water kettle is also available.
While the bathroom and toilet may be small, it serves the purpose. The shower is pretty strong while the squarish sink gives the bathroom a modern touch. Standard toilet amenities are included here and a hair dryer is also provided.
At the courtyard, one can enjoy sitting and reading amongst the lovely greenery which is well maintained by the hotel staff. Note that after dawn, there may be mosquitoes.
Breakfast is served in another part of the ground floor where you can have it indoor or outdoor buffet style with local and western choices.
Just outside Hotel Puri, you are on Heeren Street which is behind Jonker Walk or Jonker Street. An easy 5 minute stroll will put you in the middle of Jonker Street while exploring further by foot will take you to other famous Melaka sites like Stadhuys, A'Famosa, Dutch Christ Church, St. Paul's Church and the Peranakan Museum.
My conclusion to staying at Hotel Puri - I never doubted this place even after my first visit in 2007 and I did not hesitate when it came to booking a room for my recent trip to Melaka. Hotel Puri is my first choice when visiting Melaka as it is absolutely convenient to get around by foot from the hotel. Overall experience is 5 Stars and the boutique hotel caters to single travelers and also families. The rooms may be small but every detail is looked into. If you want to have a Peranakan experience, this is the place.
Plus Points staying here:
- Hotel is located in the heart of Melaka
- Prices are very reasonable
- Service is great
- Private parking
- Amazing ambiance
- No elevator for the disabled, only stairs
- Rooms are small but cozy
- Standard - RM120 (US$34)
- Superior Twin/Double - RM160 (US$45)
- Superior Triple - RM230 (US$65)
- Superior Quad - RM280 (US$80)
- Deluxe Double - RM220 (US$62)
- Junior Suite - RM350 (US$100)
- Family Room - RM310 (US$88)
- Puri Suite - RM500 (US$142)
- Extra Bed (not available for standard/superior room)- RM46 (US$13)
- Rates exclude 5% Gov Tax and 10% Service Charge
- Rates include breakfast
- Surcharge of RM30 (US$8) applies on weekends and public holidays
- Check In Time - 2pm
- Check Out Time - 12noon
Hotep Puri address and contact details;
118, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
Telephone: +60 6282 5588
Fax: +60 6281 5588
Singapore Sales Office:
Telephone: +65 6468 6154
Fax: +65 6466 6075
GPS Coordinates for Hotel Puri - N2°11.783' E102°14.720'
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