Updated: Sep 20, 2020
I mentioned before in a previous post: Singapore to Malacca on a Shoestring that my preferred lodging in Malacca, Malaysia, is Hangout@Jonker. Its main branch is located in Emily Hill, Singapore, and named Hangout@mt.emily. It is a Singapore-management hotel.
Now, more on why I prefer Hangout@Jonker in the old town of Melaka.
My first time in Melaka, was in 2006 and subsequently in 2010, 2013, 2015, four times in 2016 and latest visit in February 2017. As a budget traveller, I prefer to stay in guest houses when in Melaka be it solo or with companions. And the best place to stay is right in the old town itself, being in closer proximity to almost everything in the historical city. Basically, eat, see, sleep and idle in cafes within a radius of 700 metres — the historical city of Melaka is about that small.
Melaka's ancient Chinatown used to be pretty serene from my first two visits. After Melaka and Georgetown, in Penang, was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, things started to change. Apart from rapid developments, the old town is also losing its tranquility at night. All thanks to the rickshaws with their loudspeakers and, recently, a new pub that setup shop to blast rock musics into quiet nights — on weekdays too.
It is annoying to be awakened from sleep every night by rickshaws that passed by guest houses in the old town with their loudspeakers blasting away. Some can still be heard past midnight. Since 2016, I sort-of "abandoned" the antiquated, rustic guest houses with wooden walls and flooring. It's not the fault of these guest houses, they need to preserve the ancient architectures, but I need my sleeps. And I found Hangout@Jonker on Agoda.com.
Guess what? I stayed at Hangout@Jonker ever since. Five times till date. Below are the whys.
Hangout@Jonker is situated near the main junction of Jonker Street, close to Tan Kim Seng Bridge, which spans across the Melaka River. This is the main bridge that links the old town to the historical sites and commercial zone (hotels and shopping malls).
From the map, Hangout@Jonker is at the centre of main activities, such as places of interests, the old town, eating places, shopping malls, other hotels, etc.
On arriving in the historical city by local Bus 17 from Melaka Sentral, drop at the Dutch Square (or "red houses" to the bus drivers), where the famous Christ Church is. Cross the main road and head towards the bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn left after passing H&M. You should see the 5-storey hotel. It is only 100 metres from the bus drop-off point.