“ Address: The Majestic Malacca, 188 Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia „
The Majestic Hotel is a boutique hotel in the Unesco Heritage town Malacca, Malaysia. It is located in a rather grubby part of town in less that salubrious surroundings but is a 15 minute walk from the main attractions and is a joy once inside.
It sticks out like a sore thumb in the area. Surrounded by industrial buildings this 1920's mansion has been beautifully preserved and developed into a 54 room hotel and spa filled with wonderful colonial features making it a world away from what lies outside.
The reception area is bright and airy and upon arrival we were greeted by the most jolly and gregarious gentleman who was most welcoming and accommodating. Upstairs is the restaurant which we unfortunately didn't eat in (although judging by the culinary state of the rest of the city, we should have... But that's another story!). Behind the reception is a beautiful lounge where you can have tea or a drink. The floor was decorated with an ornate tiling pattern, the walls were white and wooden fixtures and shutters painted an emerald green. Dark wooden chairs with wicker backing were neatly arranged around elegant tables holding a few carefully chosen reading materials. Above were classic rotating fans to keep you cool amidst the great humidity. The lounge was majestic and a wonderful entry to the hotel as a whole that maintained this theme.
The rooms themselves were located in a separate newly build building mirroring the design of the original that although modern, had been tastefully designed with glorious rooms. Our room was light and full of colonial charm. Everything was dark stained wood or light brown upholstered. Centred in the well size room was a super king 4 poster bed that was simple and elegant. It boasted a super comfortable mattress and pure cotton linen. Beside this a chez lounge and desk. All simply designed but with quality and luxury. The bathroom was remarkable. It was partitioned from the rest of the room by sliding doors and had it's own shower and very deep free standing bath - again all full of colonial charm and feeling a world away.
The hotel also had a spa and small pool on site although we didn't use either. The pool looked good but the surroundings weren't the best so we were not enticed to go for a swim, despite the heat.
Service at the Majestic was excellent and typical of what we found in most of Malaysia: very thorough, efficient, helpful and friendly. We were greeted by a very jolly gentleman upon entering the hotel and were offered a drink while we completed the paperwork. We were then shown around the hotel and talked through everything with all the key important information. He giggled girlishly at my worst jokes which is always a big plus for me! Without fail doors were opened for you with a smile and an acknowledgement. Helpful advise was given for restaurant suggestions and taxi bookings were always extremely prompt.
We didn't eat in the restaurant but we did have high tea one day in the lounge. This epitomised the stereotypical colonial experience... And I loved every minute of it. The choice of teas were extraordinary ranging through every fruit or herbal variation imaginable in addition to more traditional drinking teas. I opted for a flavoured roibos which was fragrant, delicate and wonderful. Accompanying the tea we had scones and small savoury pastries and cakes. Again all were delicate and exceptionally good in quality. The scones were not dry and stale as can sometimes be the case, but fresh and not too sweet. The savoury pastries were slightly peculiar and fishy but the cakes more than made up for it!
We only stayed 2 nights due to availability (although in Malacca for 4 nights) and wished we could have stayed on longer. Rooms were a steel at just under £80.00 per night (we went in April) so excellent value. The other hotel we stayed in was atrocious (Avillion Malacca - see my review for that debacle) and it seemed quality accommodation in this town are at a minimum. The combination of the great rooms, interior and fuss made of us more than made up for it's less than salubrious location. In the unlikely event I ever return to Malacca, this would unquestionably be my first choice of place to stay.