I went for a short trip to Melaka recently and stayed in the new Marvelux hotel for 2 nights. This hotel is located along Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz and is quite close to the popular Bei Zhan restaurant – about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. There are quite a number of taxi drivers who does not know the exact location of this new hotel and this was the problem that I faced during my stay there. So I told them that it was near Bei Zhan restaurant and at the traffic light junction of this restaurant, just turn right and drive straight – the stretch of reclaimed land is on the left and the hotel is on the right – facing the reclaimed land.
Marvelux is a small boutique hotel with about 100 rooms. The check in was smooth though it would be nice if the staff at the counter could perhaps smile more, be friendlier and looked less stern. The lobby was quite spacious and the theme colors were orange, white and green; which I felt that it was nice and soothing. I have booked the normal superior room for my 2 nights stay in this hotel. The superior room was small but there was sufficient space to put your luggages and to move about in the room. The unique feature of the room was the spacious balcony where there was a nice view of the sea. It would be better if the hotel could placed a small table and 2 chairs on the balcony; so that the hotel guests could sit and relaxed on the balcony during the evening. The toilet was small but it was clean and there were only basic toiletries given. So do remember to bring your own toiletries when staying in this hotel. There was a kettle and some tea/coffee bags but there was no mini fridge in the room. The bed and pillows were clean and comfortable; and there was also a LCD TV mounted on the wall facing the bed.
At the moment there was only one restaurant in this hotel and it is called The Windmill Station Western Food restaurant which served western and local food. So if you do not wished to walk or take a cab to go elsewhere to eat, then this is the only place where you could have your meal. Because surrounding this hotel there was practically nothing – no cafe or restaurant, no shops, no malls; just empty reclaimed land. Taking a cab was also a problem as there was hardly any cab around – you need to ask the hotel staff at the counter to book a cab for you. The mimimun charge even for a short distance is RM$15. Alternatively, just walked to Bei Zhan restaurant, and along the stretch of road next to this restaurant, there are a few food outlets over there. I have tried walking from Marvelux hotel to Jonker Street and it took me about 40 minutes to reach there. Along the way while I was walking, I am able to see lots of interesting small shops selling many variety of items and food. But be prepared to sweat it out as it can be quite a hot and perspiring experience.
On the whole I find Marvelux hotel is nice place to stay. The only problem is the remote location of this hotel and there aren’t any shops around. I guess it would take another few years before the surrounding empty land are being developed. For those who drive to Melaka, this is a good place to stay. For those who don’t drive, it would be better to stay in hotels near Mahkota mall or Jonker Street.