31 Oct 2017 - 11 min read
What is it about a heritage hotel that invites guests to imagine themselves in times long gone? Is it the vintage furnishings and eye-catching decor? Or the faint echoes of history that left their mark behind?
Whatever it is, there’s just something about heritage hotels that’s irresistible. Indulge in a sense of nostalgia at these captivating hotels:
This hidden gem is located right in the heart of the historical city of Melaka. Built by an influential Dutchman in 1810, the Dutch Colonial Villa and its grounds are remarkably well-maintained and is believed to be the last surviving one of its kind in all of Melaka. The chalets by the garden and the pool are perfect for couples who wish for privacy, while there are larger rooms suitable for families.
Rates start from: RM340++
23 Lovelane Hotel, comprising 10 rooms, was lovingly brought to life by a team of architects and a conservationist back in 2011. The hotel is made up of buildings constructed at various periods of time from as far back as the 1800s. Bury yourself in the pages of a book at the library or let yourself daydream in the lush private garden.
One of the rooms in the Muntri Suites, a 3-bedroom pre-war shop house.
The top level of the Indian Shophouse duplex.
Rates start from: RM240++
White Frangipani Villa.
This boutique heritage hotel went to great lengths to restore eight antique Malay village homes – some are over 100 years old! – to give guests an authentic kampung feel. While they look plain on the outside, the interior of each home has been meticulously decorated for maximum style and comfort.
The 120-year-old Laguna Villa.
The sunbeds surrounding the pool where you can soak up some UV rays.
Blue Ginger Villa.
Rates start from: RM580++
Located on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock adjacent to the famous Jonker Street, the hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house that was once the ancestral home of the descendants of Tan Kim Seng, who was a prominent businessman and rubber plantation owner. The hotel also comes with its own luxurious spa for you to pamper yourself.
Superior Twin Room.
Rates start from: RM160++
5 Heeren's Garden Courtyard where daily complimentary Peranakan breakfast is served.
Ever wondered what it must have been like living as a Baba or Nyonya back in the olden days? Wonder no more: simply stay at 5 Heeren, a refurbished museum residence that will give you a glimpse into how a wealthy Peranakan family lived centuries ago. You’ll get the chance to sleep in an ornate Chinese “opium” bed or look out the balcony overlooking Melaka River.
The Opium Pearl room, 5 Heeren's most-booked room.
The Grand Harbour Suite, which overlooks Melaka River.
The view from the balcony.
Rates start from: RM290++
The Oriental Beauty Room, where golden-hued powder cases form the Chinese character for ‘beautiful’.
Housed in a pre-war building situated just off Jonker Street, Timez Hotel’s eclectic style is such a treat that you won’t be able to resist whipping out your mobile phone for a photo every so often. Its 12 rooms are awash in vibrant colors and artwork, all individually designed with a special theme inspired by the various influences that make Melaka unique.
The Clip-Clop Room, with a huge display of a giant wooden clog made up of smaller clogs.
The Azulejos Room, with its centerpiece of a mosaic wall comprising painted ceramic Azulejos tiles.
The Lattice Room, complete with a finely-carved lattice arch.
Rates start from: RM160++
Set in Ipoh’s Old Town district, the hotel’s building dates back to 1915 and is conveniently within walking distance to many popular tourist attractions, like Concubine Lane. You’ll fall in love with the hotel’s humble charm, which embraces the simplicity of exposed brick walls and high ceilings.
Rates start from: RM70++
This family-friendly establishment takes up an entire block of pre-war shophouses, renovated to suit modern tastes. From its cosy and elegantly decorated rooms to its breezy corridors, you’ll find it easy to sit back and relax at Areca Hotel. Opposite the hotel is The Majestic Theatre, which was the first cinema in Penang to play Chinese films with sound.
The sun-dappled inner courtyard.
Rates start from: RM240++
This grand boutique hotel is located on Lebuh Leith, one of Penang’s first streets and formerly an enclave where affluent Hakka tycoons built their homes. Initially built as a home for businessman Yeo Wee Gark in 1906, it was converted into a hotel in the 1940s, blending together heritage and luxury for an unforgettable experience.
Rates start from: RM500++
Courtyard Twin Room.
Set along the lively Lebuh Chulia, Yeng Keng Hotel is a restored heritage boutique hotel comprising 19 rooms. It’s housed in one of the oldest surviving and intact 19th-century mansions in the heart of George Town. There’s plenty of flowers and greenery scattered around the building, adding a nice touch of nature.
Yeng Keng Cafe Bar.
Rates start from: RM320++
With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!