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24, 1&2 Lorong Banda Kaba (off Lorong Bukit Cina) Melaka 75100 Malaysia
  • These are part of the best features of the guesthouse
  • We read alot about his amazing hospitality and how friendly he was
  • Unfortunately our experience was with the minority who report that he isn't nearly as friendly as made to be

    • by drea

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      Tony’s guesthouse is located within 10 minutes walk of the Melaka Historical Town Center. It is also within a three minute walk of St Francis Xavier’s church which has come to be a tourist attraction in Historical Melaka.

      The location is perfect for Backpackers and tourists who want to access to the Melaka World Heritage sites. The actual guesthouse has more good points than it does bad. These are, Mainly

      ROOM: Tony’s room’s are decorated by Tony himself. From the paint, to the linoleum flooring, to the hanging paintings, door murals and the festive decoration found downstairs. Tony adds himself to the place in a big way. The rooms could be cleaner but for a 7 room establishment within this price range, it’s passable. Backpackers are not likely to notice, however I want to point it out simply because it is recommended as a family place by Lonely Planet. While it can be very very family friendly, some ‘DIY guest cleaning’ would be required to make it young children friendly.

      COMMON AREA: These are part of the best features of the guesthouse. The common area includes a dining table, couches, magazines and a desk. It’s a great place to sit and relax out of the confines of your room. The kitchen area is also great. There is a special sink to wash your

      clothes, a separate wash up sink, a hot water boiler and preparation space. There is also a fridge for the guests’ use which comes in handy if you chose to self cater or simply store your drinking water. Tony offers the bottom shelf for “food left for other guests” It’s a nice idea, and he puts on a notice that it is important to date the food but the fridge isn’t necessarily cleared out. It’s not dirty but there was a piece of fruit that had been there for the duration of our stay, and as heard from the backpackers checking out, the duration of theirs and from the stay of the backpackers before them.

      CAFE: Tony loves cooking. He runs a cafe below the guesthouse. It is open for breakfast in the mornings and for drinks in the evenings. The price is incredibly reasonable for the Western Traveler. RM 10 (US$ 2.80 As of January ‘09) for a full English Breakfast. This however is a little pricey for Melaka standards. In defense of the pricing, Tpny is a very good cook. Another super scrumptious menu item is Tony’s Blueberry Pancakes.

      CLEANLINESS: Tony isn’t the greatest housekeeper but as mentioned above, you can do some DIY cleaning to make your stay a little more pleasant. We mopped the room. While eventhough the mop and bucket should ...

      • have died a long time ago, and the water was black as soot we were very pleased with the results and it made our stay MUCH more pleasant.

        SECURITY: Each guest has a room key along with a main entrance Key. The main entrance is gated off and your key unlocks the latch. This is great however each room is only issued the standard one key. You have to request additional keys, which is a wise thing in the event of an emergency. You don’t want to have your room mates locked in the guesthouse if you’re out and about with the keys.

        This system is best for keeping outsiders away ( While there is no curfew, outsiders are strictly not allowed in the guesthouse.) there is not much to be said on the security within the guesthouse. The locks are basic and if you have one of the rooms with a Balcony it is shared with your neighbor. We personally had no problems while we were there. Our neighbors were very pleasant.

        SERVICE: Tony runs a one man show, as such you don’t see him very much. There were one or two occasions where we needed something and he was not there (Eventhough if his sign says “Back in 20 min”- he won’t be). We read alot about his amazing hospitality

        and how friendly he was. Unfortunately our experience was with the minority who report that he isn’t nearly as friendly as made to be. The reason is simple, and good to note. Tony is a traveler who loves talking to other travelers. If you spent time in his cafe in the morning or evenings and talk to him over dinner or drinks, he will open up to you and share his experiences, he might even show you the best local food places. If you don’t fall within the ‘young and eager to learn’ demographic you can expect to be pretty much ignored. In saying that, Tony is never unfriendly or unwilling to help. He just comes across as indifferent alot of the time.

        Laundry services are available for RM3.50 per KG ( US$ 0.97 as of Jan ‘09). This is on the low end of the price spectrum for guesthouses. While sun dried, the clothes are returned folded and pleasant smelling.

        The price of Tony’s guesthouse ranges from US $4.39 for a small single , $3.51 per head for a double and $3.51 per head for a triple.

        Overall we enjoyed our stay at Tony’s. He isn’t the best in Melaka within his price range but he’s certainly very far from the worse. A good option for Budget travelers and perfect for shoestring backpackers.

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