Vrest Hotel @ Melaka

Melaka is definitely one of the top hotspots for locals as well as foreign tourists. No wonder lots of hotels and accommodations are mushrooming over the years at this historic and foodie heaven.


On a recent short family getaway to Melaka, I have decided to hunt for accommodation that I never been before, budget hotel to be precise. (you can read my other hotel stays HERE, HERE and HERE). What better way to source for it with the power of internet. *hint* This is where you can get 101 lesson on expectation vs reality.


My searches brought me to Vrest Hotel with a fairly close location to Jonker Street and of course decent photos of the accommodation.

Expectation: Clean, bright, minimalist yet very sufficient for a good night sleep at great price. (see photo posted online below for illustration)


Reality: Small, windowless and very hostel-like design in the room. (though I do blame myself for choosing the standard room)

On the onset, the hotel does not have lift and if you are coming with a lot of luggages, you need to climb the stairs or look elsewhere. The location is good with 5 minutes drive to city centre and Jonker Street.


To be fair, the hotel exterior is fancier than normal budget hotel with decent facilities.

Nestled in a commercial area, there are a  good choices of eateries, cafes as well as fashion boutiques nearby Vrest Hotel.


The reception area that is cutely decorated. Check in and out process was swift.


Homely living room setting at the lobby in case you feel claustrophobic in your room.


You may rent bicycles here for the more adventurous guests.


Hot & cold water dispensers at every floor of the hotel. Why? Because they do not provide hot water kettle or bottled water in your room.


Let’s peek into my room again.

Overall is ok with this budget price, BUT, the bed sheet is not clean enough as i saw some yellow stain on it.


Another point that I have observed over a night stay is that the sound proofing is very poor. I could literally hear other hotel guests walking and closing their room door. I found it especially annoying for light sleepers like me to hear loud banging of doors or footsteps in the middle of the night.


Towels, coffee making facilities, shower cap, hair dyer and indoor slippers are provided.


The bathroom was clean but ONLY a bottle of 2 in 1 shampoo + body wash was provided.


Verdict: In summary, the hotel is good for guests that hardly stays in the room and like to explore the town (which most tourists will be doing). However, I would suggest that you chose a higher rate room with windows.


Vrest Hotel

4&6 ,jalan kota laksamana 3/11 ,kota laksamana business centre ,Tkl sek 3,

75200, Melaka.

Tel: +606- 288 1666

Website: www.vresthotel.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vresthotel/


On the plus side, even thought the hotel wasn’t anything special but it is the company (family bonding) that I enjoyed the most. We get to explore the best of Jonker Street with delicious street snacks.


  • I’ve stayed in somewhere similar before, i can’t remember the exact name but the place reminds me of the place, next to Mahkota parade or something

  • aiks i’d prefer to not hear the noisy neighbours.. and I’m sure like wise.. they wouldn’t wanna hear luca holler either ! hahaha

  • Oh my….the room is really small. Looks new. Perhaps need to get a bigger room type.
    I will usually read reviews from tripadvisor before decide on a hotel. There can see people’s ‘real’ photo.

    • I’m ok with the space but windowless really make me uncomfortable >_< My fault on not checking the reviews before making booking as it was quite a last minute trip 😛

  • That looks like quite a cozy place to sleepover

  • no window i don’t like too. recently i learned that in japan, hotel room without window is actually illegal. =x

    • Jean, this definitely my 1st and also last time stay in a windowless hotel room >_< Oh, that's very interesting, thanks for sharing this with me!

  • ooo interesting hotel in my hometown – the room looks quite cheerful with natural sunlight!

  • These shophouse type of hotels are probably more ideal for business travellers who want cheap accommodation. For families, I think we need a bigger space 🙂

  • I got conned once when I booked a boutique hotel room in Singapore. The hotel building looked very big with lovely decors and my room luxuriously & tastefully furnished but it turned out to be even smaller than yours and windowless too! I could not sleep at all and had to turn on the lights & TV on whole night. I had terrible phobia.

    Recently I dared to book a windlowless room in Xi’an-China because they stated clearly it had no windows for that particular rooms and the price was damn cheap for a Ramada chain. It was so huge and cleverly had a full wall of mirror that made it even “double sized”. I was happy.

    • From our experience, images are for illustration purpose only ~>_<~ Whether the hotel room is with window or not I have a habit to on the TV whole night 😛

  • Aiyo. I can’t sleep in a windowless room. I just can’t. Need at least a hole.

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