Types of Accommodation in Melaka

Melaka offers a wide variety of accommodation. Here is a guide.


Hostel is the most favorite accommodation for solo traveler or backpackers who don’t want to spend lots of money for accommodation. In Melaka, there are several types of rooms to choose from depending on one’s budget. There are private rooms with the toilet attached, dorm rooms that can fit five people and more with a shared toilet, double rooms that fits two people with the shared toilet and many more.

Cleanliness and hygiene might vary since most of the facilities are shared. It depends on the discipline and the attitude of the people renting the hostel. The staffs usually clean up the place twice a day and there is no room service provided.

Heritage Hotels

Heritage Hotels are the type of accommodation that retains the original characteristic of the buildings. Melaka has a number of old buildings that were built during colonial time that are still preserved and adapted into a hotel.

The exterior and the interior of the buildings, the architectural features and the general construction often have the distinctive qualities and ambiance in keeping with the traditional way of life of the area.

Buildings that turn into heritage hotel are only allowed less than 50% new structures integrated into the old structure. Because of this, the facilities such as swimming pools, lawns are not available.

Home Stays

There are two types of home stay in Malaysia. One is run by several agencies in Malaysia where the visitors will be adopted and placed to live with the host family and the other is the private homeowner renting out their place for visitors to use for accommodation.

The former is a fun way to experience the culture first hand. Most of the guests who joined the program often give good reviews for it. The latter has mixed reviews. The attitude of the homeowner often affects the whole experience renting a home stay. Some owners are accommodating while some are not. The most famous app for this service is airBnB.


Budget Hotel

Budget hotel is an economic type of hotel. It is usually located in a 5-storey building or lower. Some budget hotels are very old. Hence, not all of them have an elevator. Services like laundry, breakfast and room service are not available. However, the room will be cleaned upon request.

Budget hotel is often located near the place that sell cheap and delicious food and  self-service laundry premise. Both elements are very essential to any travelers.

City Hotel

City hotel is the hotel located in the city. It usually runs by corporation and has multiple branches. The hotel offers services like wake-up calls, room cleaning, laundry, restaurant and transport services for its patron.

The hotel ranges from three stars hotel to five stars hotel.The guests have the option to choose the hotel based on their budget. For those who have stricter budget can choose to stay at the slightly cheaper hotel. For those who want to enjoy their stay and has no problem to spend more. Mid-range or high end hotel are the most fitting place to stay.

Boutique Hotel

Boutique hotel is usually designed with a specific theme.Some boutique hotel can be very creative by using theme like outer space, robot, Arabia, bamboo forest and many more to attract the visitors. The service provided here is generally the same as the city hotel except they don’t provide certain high end facilities like gymnasium, spa or swimming pool.

The rooms are clean and designed beautifully, the staffs are often helpful. Some boutique hotels also house a small cafe that provides light refreshment for the patron.

Serviced Apartment

If the travelers are going to spend over a month in Melaka It is advisable for them to find a serviced apartment. Serviced apartment provides short term rent services in Melaka.

The apartment usually is clean and well taken care of. It is highly secured with security guard and access pass that prohibit outsiders from entering the place. It is also a lot cheaper than staying in the hotel.

Service apartments are usually fully furnished and equipped with facilities such as swimming pool, gym, playground and restaurants.