Melaka needs no further introduction. The historical state is an all-time favorite among KL-lites and even Singaporeans for a weekend getaway. It’s no surprise as it offers delicious local cuisine and plenty of well-preserved historical spots.
Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or in a group, the best way to get around the prime of Melaka is on foot. If you’re looking to get acquainted with what the city has to offer, the best place to start is at Liu Men Melaka. Strategically located in the west of Jonker Walk, you’ll have no problem exploring the town’s top food joints and historical sites, as many of them are within walking distance. The hotel’s friendly staff are also happy to offer suggestions and answer any questions you may have.
The luxurious boutique hotel opened its doors earlier this year. Stepping into the lobby transports you to a bygone era with glimmering chandeliers and lush orchids to welcome you. We felt a great sense of appreciation knowing that we’re staying in a historical building that was built in the 1930’s. Liu Men means “six doors” and it’s not just a literal translation. The number six is an auspicious number for the Chinese community, symbolizing a smooth journey and travel — definitely apt for the hotel!
A timeless design
The hotel stays true to its Peranakan history, intentionally furnished with colonial art deco in vintage geometric shapes and Eastern influences of vibrant red, symbolizing joy and luck. While waiting for the room to be ready, we took a moment to enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee in the beautifully decorated common area. There were also local snacks such as dodol, muruku and various keropok for guests to try.
Nestled on Jalan Tokong, within walking distance to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the establishment offers nine different rooms with different stories inside, from Lekir that boasts blackwood herringbone floor and big windows, to the unique attic room named Hang Tuah and the spacious Parameswara Suite on the top floor that’s perfect for a small family. During our short staycation, we stayed in the Jebat room that gave us a lovely view of the street.
The hotel’s vintage vibe continues into the guest rooms, where you’ll find dark wooden furniture complemented with Peranakan-style lanterns and vanity set. While the furnishings are reminiscent of the yesteryears, the hotel has all the modern world necessities with guest’s comfort in mind. Free WiFi is available throughout the premise, a flat screen TV for you to enjoy before nodding off to sleep and — wait for it — complimentary local snacks for you to enjoy!
The bathroom is bright and airy. We loved how the Peranakan-style bathroom vanity is accentuated by the black and white tiles, making it look vintage yet timeless. We definitely felt like royalty getting ready in the bathroom!
It’s all in the details
The common area is made for Instagrammers. Each corner of the sunlit room is Insta-worthy, from the lush green velvet cushions to the colorful Peranakan tiles (hello, @ihavethisthingwithfloors, we might be obsessed). You can tell that a lot of thought went into the details. We loved how the breakfast spread is prepared in blue and white porcelain bowls and plates, lending a pop of color to all that old world elegance!
Not a morning person? We beckon you to rise up early anyway to satisfy your bellies with nasi lemak, roti canai, cereal, fruits and an assortment of bread, enough to keep you full until lunchtime. While the variety may not be as wide as chain hotels, the food was delicious. It’s quality versus quantity for us!
Verdict: Filled with nostalgic memories of the past and conveniently located where you’ll have the best of Melaka within walking distance, Liu Men Melaka is the perfect choice for your stay. Book on Traveloka today!
See and Do
You’ll never run out of things to do in Melaka. From historical spots to delicious food joints, we’ve lined up some new, must-visit places, so you can go when you’re in Melaka!
Take a cruise along Melaka River
Had enough of exploring Melaka on foot? Time to see the city from the river! In recent years, the Melaka River has had a major facelift and the shophouses have been painted with colorful murals depicting different aspects of Melaka’s rich history and culture. The cruise takes 45 minutes, so enough time to pose for a photo!
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Watch the sunset at The Shore Sky Tower
Overcome your fear of heights at the Shore Sky Tower. Taking over Taming Sari Tower as the tallest building in Melaka at 163 meters above street level, the tower offers a splendid 360 degree panoramic view of the historical city and the surrounding area. Walk on the glass-bottom ledge that overhangs from the side of the building and you can enjoy the view of Melaka far below your feet! We recommend going in the evening as the sun sets on the horizon.
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Try the “poisonous noodle” at Qasreena Cafe
Have a thing for spicy food? Then you must try the Mee Racun (literally translated to “Poisonous Noodle”) because of the high level of spice and heat. Another must-try here is the Nasi Goreng Coliseum, named after the famous colosseum in Rome due to its shape. Finish off your meal with Rose Float, a rose-flavored smoothie topped with a generous amount of whipped cream.
Kg Tun Razak, Bukit Katil
75450 Bukit Katil, Melaka
Opening hours: 12.00pm – 12.00am (Monday – Saturday), 12.00pm – 9.15pm (Sunday)
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