ibis Melaka Hotel: A Hotel in Malaysia in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located in Malacca, the historic capital of Malaysia
The charming city of Malacca is a Malaysian state situated on the southwest coast of the Malay Peninsula. It’s a quaint city whose charm lies in its heritage buildings, colonial structures, and ancient landmarks. With so much to offer – from breath-taking sites to its rich cultural heritage, it is no wonder that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of Malaysia’s must-visit places.
Located about 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur, locals would often travel to Malacca for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway. From the capital city, you can either take the bus, a cab or rent a car to get you to Malacca.
The Peranakan culture – a mix of the Chinese and Malay culture which dates back to the early 16th century is very much alive in Malacca.
The city has grown to embrace the fusion of old and new, possessing heritage buildings that stand side by side with modern shopping centres, creating an eclectic blend of customs, lifestyle and tradition to keep up with today’s modern world without underestimating the value of its historical past.
Places to visit in Malacca
Once you’ve set foot in this historical city, here are Malacca attractions that will be sure to open your eyes to see the city’s culture and tradition.
The lively atmosphere at Jonker Street – Malacca’s famous night market, is one of the reasons it is packed with locals and tourists each night. Filled with restaurants, craft shops and stalls, the night market which opens at 6 p.m.is a great place to bargain for souvenirs and taste delicious local food.
A Famosa Fort
The preserved gatehouse which was originally built by Alfonso de Albuquerque (he led the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate) in 1511, remains to be one of the oldest European architecture found in Asia. It is considered to be a prominent attraction in the city, a travel to Malacca isn’t complete without making a stop at A Famosa Fort, an iconic sightseeing spot in the city.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
To take a better look at the history of Malacca, a must-visit attraction is the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum – a collection of beautifully restored traditional houses. The townhouses built in 1896 were made to look like the typical 19th-century Baba Nyonya residence and are great examples of the Chinese-Palladian style. Inside, you’ll see hand-painted tiles that beautify the interior and teakwood swing door, with an added internal door for security.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Situated in Jonker Street, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple built in 1646is considered to be Malaysia’s oldest Buddhist temple. It was dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and was designed by the son-in-law of Captain Li, the city’s second Chinese captain.
Christ Church Malacca
See history with your very own eyes as you visit Christ Church Melaka, a brick-red building with an iconic huge white cross. This Malacca attraction was built by the Dutch at the time when they took possession of Malaysia. The Church’s peaceful atmosphere welcomes everyone who wants to say a little prayer or spend a few hours in harmony.
You can ride the red double-decker bus that tours Malacca and stops at different city attractions. With only RM5 per person per day, it’s a great choice for tourists for a hassle-free tour of the city.
Food in Malacca
And just like every other culture, one of the best ways to know about the Peranakan culture in Malacca is through its food.
Nasi Kunyit (Turmeric Glutinous Rice) is among the famous delicacies in Malacca, often paired with beef rendang and regarded as a celebratory dish to be eaten during special occasions. The Kerabu Bok Nee (Black Fungus Salad) is a Peranakan specialty which boasts a flavourful mix of textures.
Kari Ayam Kapitan (Captain’s Chicken Curry) is a sweet and sour dish influenced by the Chinese and has a thick red and yellow gravy that is less spicy compared to the usual Malay dishes.
Where to eat in Malacca
To sample these delicious dishes, head over to the streets of Malacca where traditional shop-houses have been converted to restaurants. Some of the renowned restaurants includes Kedai Kopi Chung Wah – a Malacca restaurant in Jonker Street specializing in chicken rice balls, Capitol Satay Celup in Lorong Bukit Cina – one of the city’s cheapest eateries, and Nancy’s Kitchen located in Taman Kota Laksamana – popular not only for serving the best Peranakan cuisine but also for having a homey ambiance that brings memories of the past.
If you decide to stay in Malacca for more than a day, book your stay at ibis Melaka Hotel – a hotel in Malaysia that is right in the centre of the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.
ibis Melaka is a 4-star hotel for business and leisure travellers
ibis Melaka Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Malaysia with 3-star rates. Ideal for business and leisure travellers, the stylish and convenient ibis Melaka Hotel has all that you need for a place to stay while being in the historical capital of Malaysia.
The 249 rooms are equipped with amenities such as free WiFi, refrigerator, coffee maker, along with an LCD TV. The available room types would be the standard room, family room, superior room, suite room and family suite.
Enjoy a delicious all-day dining experience with the hotel’s in-house restaurant – the ibis Kitchen Restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and an ala-carte menu for lunch and dinner. Kids’ menu is available for those travelling with their little ones!
Meanwhile, you can grab some drinks at the Lobby Bar Café to start off your day or cap off the night.
For fitness enthusiasts, never miss out on your workout routine in ibis Melaka’s Garden Gym.
Guests travelling for work can make use of ibis Melaka Hotel’s business centre, web corner, 3 meeting rooms and 1 function hall.
Aside from their amenities, its close proximity to popular Malacca attractions adds to the charm of this hotel in Malaysia. From here, it’s a short 5-minute walk to the A Famosa Fort, Christ Church, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Dutch Square, Jonker Street and many more.
Apart from ibis Melaka Hotel, there will be another ibis Hotel opening in Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre is set to open August of 2018. It is situated within walking distance of famous Malaysian tourist destinations such as Bukit Bintang, Petronas Twin Towers, KL Aquarium and Jalan P Ramlee, to name a few. It’s a great option for business and leisure travellers who are planning to stay within the heart of the city, due to its convenience with public transports – KLCC LRT Station, Ampang Park MRT Station. Asides from transportation, medical centres are easily accessible as well – Gleneagles Hospital, Prince Court Medical Centre and KL International Dental Clinic.
For further details, here’s a quick look at ibis Melaka Hotel, a 4-star hotel with well-being at the best price.
For bookings and inquiries, please visit the following links:
Address: 249 Jalan Bendahara, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia.
Check-in from 3.00pm & Check-out at 12.00pm
Contact Details: +606 222 8888
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