Our 7-hour-night-trip via bus from Butterworth, Penang to Malacca on our second visit to one of Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites was absolutely worth it! Despite everything (read : haze from Sumatra’s slash and burn farming that greatly affected Singapore & some states of neighboring Malaysia; yes, including Malacca but not as severe), we had so many reasons to be thankful for. Quality time with family was spent, gastronomic feasts were enjoyed, special memories were made.
For this midyear family getaway, we stayed in Melaka for 3D2N
on sponsored accomodation at the barely month-old,
Modestly looking warehouse from the outside, impressive interiors with warm hospitality awaits inside.
Minimalist, masculine and industrial with homey atmosphere made the renovation true to its history of being a century-old- Customs warehouse in this side of Malaysia. My family and I found it so promising and definitely, a great option compared to the usual theme of hotels in Malacca.
Among the 39 rooms in Quayside Hotel, our home for this holiday was Azura Suite with king-sized bed, tasteful details and a stunning view of the Malacca River.
Attention put to details and corners was very apparent. Everything looks simple yet uniquely quaint.
We’re told that breakfast is served at Halia Inc, Restaurant and Coffee Bar starting at 7AM. So after checking in, we freshened up and trooped to the next door establishment to sample their goodies, more so to pacify our borborygmi (growling stomach sounds).
Halia Inc, Restaurant and Coffee Bar
Over all interiors was patterned after the hotel’s old-Customs-warehouse-theme. First glimpse instantly reminded me of Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver; if you know what I mean. On the presentation and taste departments : As good as it gets!
Let’s get down to business, shall we?
Here’s the usual shameless display of what we chow down. Breakfast : Day One was a delight with my favorite Malaysian dish, Char Koay Teow that’s served on the buffet spread with generous ingredients of plump prawns, slices of squid and taste that’s not overly spicy, perfectly adjusted to foreigner’s taste buds. Some breakfast staples also included a variety of breads partnered with butter and jam, fresh tropical fruits in season, DIY-congee, chicken sausages, fried rice and scrambled eggs (not on photos), washed down with freshly squeezed OJ and nice blends of coffee.
Breakfast Day Two : Set Menu of Western and Local favorites.
My family had each plate of pancakes smothered by raspberry jam, half-boiled-eggs and French toasts while I enjoyed my first meal on the second day with local fried noodles (Beehon) with sunny-side-up-egg, some pudding and coffee bread (super delicious!) and fresh fruits all packed and served Baba-Nyonya style.
Dinner during our second night was savored at Halia Restaurant again, nonetheless a feast! Prior enjoying our ala carte orders, we engaged in an interesting talks with the owners, Shara & Stuart, and their friendly local staffs particularly, Jaqueline, their fascinating barista who hails from Kuala Lumpur. After taking in some recommendations on what to sample, Team DocGelo was certainly pleased with another memorable epicurean experience.
Tina, Gabby and I chose these yummies from Halia’s menu :
Mushroom Soup (Soup of the day) Served With Garlicky Sourdough Toast
All-Cheese-Pizza (by request sans toppings) for Gabby
Linguine Aglio Olio With Prawns, Squid and American Mussels for me
Oat-Crusted-Norwegian Salmon, Yuzu Butter Sauce, Market Vegetables for Tina
Asam Boi : Sweet Calamansi and Preserved Plum (local refresher) for me
Lime, Mint, Soda Mocktail for Tina
Halia Inc.’s Tiramisu
Sticky Date Pudding, Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream
Cappuccino for Tina
Mocha for me.
Are we satisfied with what we tasted from Halia Inc.’s menu? Those smiles mean a lot!
I’m no hotelier or a man in the Tourism industry but I personally think the 3-star-hotel category of Quayside Hotel is underrated. Just because the hotel doesn’t have swimming pool or lifts because it’s only a 2-storey-structure doesn’t mean it couldn’t satisfy what tourists and guests are looking in an accomodation during leisure or holiday.
About five (5) minutes away from Melaka Sentral by taxi cab, situated at the center of Heritage Site, just after that giant Malaccan water wheel, along the Malacca River. A stone’s throw away from commercial malls, public and night markets, the famous Jonker Street, Red Square where Christ Church Melaka and Clock Tower are located. In order words, VERY ACCESSIBLE, so go book Quayside Hotel on your next Malaccan trip!
Spacious, stylish and comfortable.
Wooden floors from lobby to hallways to suites! Impressive!
Local staffs were courteous and fluent in English (apparently, a big plus to travelers & tourists).
Surprisingly, reasonable and highly competitive with the other hotels around.
FOOD & BEVERAGE :
Delicious! Complimentary breakfast included on the package.
WIFI ACCESS :
Fast and FREE!
AMBIANCE FOR HOLIDAY :
Excellent. Relaxing. Not Intimidating
LOCAL FLAVOR :
Other than offering local cuisine together with Western favorites on their menu at Halia Inc Restaurant, Quayside Hotel also supports Malaysian culture, artists and their creativity by putting up its very own boutique shop and art gallery.
OUR SUGGESTIONS :
While our family highly recommends Quayside Hotel in Malacca based on what we experienced for 3D2N stay, here’s a short list of our humble suggestions for their improvement. *PLEASE BEAR IN MIND that all these were noted ONLY at Azura Suite, the hotel lobby and Halia Inc Restaurant & Coffee Bar, after the hotel’s ONE MONTH of operation. These comments and suggestions do not reflect the present condition of all the rooms in Quayside hotel & Halia Inc Restaurant. To us, everything’s fine but could have been better with enhancement of the following MINOR observations and personal suggestions :
- Glass shower room at Azura suite needs (rubber-)sealing at the bottom of its glass door in order for water not to flow to the floor, to keep the toilet area dry at all times.
- The sink at the toilet’s nice but must have soap dish(es). A packet of thread & needles, plus comb will complete the travel necessities.
- While hot and cold shower’s refreshing, a shampoo holder will be a good addition to the soap container inside the shower.
- We appreciate the availability of iron and iron board, hangers and safe inside the wardrobe but better to provide at least a pair of long umbrellas and sets of room-slippers too.
- A telephone at the bedside table in Azura suite could provide security and convenience to guests.
- According to my wife, Tina, some fresh flowers and framed arts could make the lobby and first floor lounging area prettier.
- In Halia Inc. Restaurant and Coffee Bar, I personally suggest the use of place mats under plates to protect the handsome wooden tables from early worn out.
- Tina and Gabby suggest the addition of cereals and other fruit juices during breakfast. My wife also mentioned the spread could’ve been better with the provision of a bread toaster for guests to do their own toast.
- Other than these small issues, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND Quayside Hotel and Halia Inc. Restaurant and Coffee Bar to all tourists and travelers in Malacca!
Special thanks to Quayside Hotel, Halia, Inc Restaurant & Coffee Bar, and to Stuart and Shara for the generosity.
- Quayside Hotel & Halia, Inc Restaurant & Coffee Bar | No. 1, Jalan Merdeka, Quayside Heritage Centre, Banda Hilir, 75000 Melaka | Tel. No. : +606 284 1001 | Fax : +606 284 1002/1003.
- Website : http://www.quaysidehotel.com.my
- facebook : https://www.facebook.com/quaysidehotelmelaka
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org (If in case you’ll be writing them, tell the very young and inspiring owners, Stuart & Shara that you read about their beautiful establishments here and please give our warm regards to them. Thanks!).
*While this is a sponsored blog post, the words are all mine unless quoted, and were never influenced by anyone.
Some photos on this post were taken by my lovely wife, Tina. I’m proud of her creativity! Day 3 Breakfast photos and menu are not yet included on this post as the blogger drafted and completed this entry prior to breakfast on 23rd June 2013 (without sleep on his own will & passion for blogging).
More stories and photos to come on this blog series, so stay tuned!