Malacca is one of the little towns, which you must visit at least once in your life. The city’s long history is appealing to any history buff and its laid-back and relaxing atmosphere will certainly calm the frayed nerves of city-dwellers.
Selecting a hotel in Malacca is not that difficult as there are several to choose from. If you have the money, you will find an array of luxury hotels to your satisfaction. If you are on a budget, you will also find plenty of hotels and hostels to choose from We went to Malacca May of 2014 and chose to stay in Hotel Sunflower.
Hotel Sunflower is around 30 minutes by car from Melaka Sentral bus station. It might be out of the way but it is quite and peaceful. It is a welcome respite to someone seeking tranquility.
The hotel has a funny layout as the hotel lobby and reception has bare walls with the exception of a few promotional posters and the furnishing leaves a lot to be desired. Aesthetically, I will give the lobby and reception area a 2 out of 5. The only redeeming factor is that the seats are comfortable albeit not enough for 6 people to sit together.
The twin rooms were large enough for two people on two single beds to have a good respite in. Again, just like the lobby and reception, the basics are provided but you can expect nothing more than that. No decorations on the wall, not even cheap ones. Although I do not consider decorations a must when it comes to choosing hotels, they have the ability to change the ambience of the room. They can make rooms more welcoming and better looking.
We booked 2 twin rooms with shared bathrooms. The thought of sharing bathrooms and toilets with other people but so far, I have not had any terrible experience. Hotel Sunflower’s shared bathrooms were quite clean and there was more than enough supply of shampoo and body wash for everyone.
After a night of good sleep, we had buffet breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. In some weird way, the hotel’s restaurant is designed in a way that people can only access it by going out of the hotel and next door to the restaurant. There is no way to go the restaurant without exiting the hotel.
As can be expected with most budget hotel packages, the food was limited only to bread; a few varieties of fruit jams and butter; some fruits; meehon; pancakes; and coffee.
Hotel Sunflower in Malacca was not spectacular but it was also not incredible. It is forgettable little hotel which can provide your basic needs but other than that, however, it will also not give you a stay to remember.
Rate: 2 out of 5 stars