Prior to our December 2012 Malacca trip, the last trip to Malacca was way back in July 2011 when Josiah was only 15 months old. This time, we went as four persons and Jordan was just 9 months old. This was an unplanned trip and we had to book the hotel very last minute due to John’s jamboree there in Tampin. I have not written a review of this fancy hotel we stayed in so thus this post. I did not have much time to read reviews when I booked this hotel but I must say, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I went there.
Makhota Hotel is really big and is really just opposite the mall, Mahkota Parade. I initially thought it would be easy to bring the boys to the mall all by myself when John is in Tampin, but it is not quite possible. Although just across the street, the highway is a 6 lane, so it’s not safe to walk across, with no short cut or zebra crossing. This hotel is also more like apartment style. From the lobby to the room, we have to walk through open air space, to the elevator and up, the walkway to the room is open space too, without air-conditioning just like your regular apartments, get it? First bad thing that I experienced was a problem with our key card. When we reached the room, it wasn’t working. Throughout our stay, the key card did not work for a few more times even after changing it. Standing outside the door waiting for the reception to come up was not fun, it was really, really hot basically. That was about the bad points there are.
The good far outweigh the bad, so here goes.
1) Water Fountains
Not everyone loves water fountains like my kids, but I guess most kids do. There are many water fountains in this hotel at the pool area. My boys can spend quite some time just watching it.
Yes, this hotel has not one but a few pools.
There are at least about four pools and kids pools too, and at least 2 jacuzzis. One of the pool haves slides, and my boy had a blast sliding down those for the first time.
There is an outdoor playground and an indoor playroom.
Enough said, which kid doesn’t like to play. I did not know about the indoor playroom until I walked around and found it. I love that it is well equipped, very spacious and clean.
This was where we spent most of our time while waiting for John to come back.
5) Big Room
I realised I did not take pics of the apartment. I booked a one bedroom apartment but somehow I was given a two bedroom apartment.
This is really great for when you have one big kid and one small kid that sleeps earlier, we don’t have to all cramp into one room. The master room and the smaller room all have their own bathrooms, but only the master room bath has a bathtub. The sitting area outside is rather aged but it is fine for us. They still use the old box tv. There is also a dining area and a kitchen but one that can’t cook. No stove or anything like that. I sure enjoyed the big space compared to a regular hotel room.
As mentioned, this hotel is right smack in the middle of town. On weekends it can get a bit jammed. But getting to the mall is fast and easy if you walk. The bell boy was so kind to even fetch us to the traffic lights outside using his buggy as we did not want to get caught in the jam just driving out and searching for a parking. From the traffic lights, it was easy to get to the opposite side and get to the mall for our dinner and fun time.
So overall, I do like this hotel a lot, but the price is a bit on the high. RM300 a night plus. I booked on Agoda.com. If I have time to read reviews, I might have chosen a more budget friendly hotel closer to hawker food stalls.