Friday, April 13, 2018

Hotel Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka

You know the saying, the first impressions make lasting impressions. This ethos is exemplified at DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka, as you are given a warm, personal welcome by the front desk staff in the luxurious lobby setting and topped off with their sumptuous, signature DoubleTree cookie.

DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka recently opened its doors, increasing the brand's presence to four DoubleTree by Hilton properties in key destinations across Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang. Located in the heart of Hatten City, near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Melaka (approximately a 10-minute drive), the hotel is the ideal launch pad for guests seeking to explore and discover amazing cultures and the rich heritage of the city, while enjoying outstanding service and amenities within the hotel. The hotel offers views of the Straits of Malacca as well as of the bustling Malacca city.

The classy hotel lobby

The hotel boasts 273 modern, stylish guestrooms, including 27 suites and a luxurious Presidential Suite. We stayed in the King Guest Room, while the kids were in the adjoining Twin Guest Room. The power for the room switches on when you walk into the room, as the rooms are equipped with motion sensor. We were impressed by the well-appointed, spacious rooms.

Bang in the centre of the room is a plush king-sized Sweet Dreams bed; we had a great night's sleep, thanks to the comfortable bed and premium bedding. Amongst other amenities in the room include a 48 inch HDTV, an ergonomic work desk, complimentary WiFi and the king room also comes with an extra lounge chair. If you're visiting as a family of four, you'll be pleased to know that the twin rooms sleep 2 adults 2 children.

 View from our room

BabySumoKids in their Twin Guest Room

Refresh in the elegant bathroom with the powerful rain shower and exclusive Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries. The bedroom and bathroom is separated by a glass window and there is a blind which you can lower for privacy.

Head up to Level 13, where all the family fun is to be had. There is an outdoor infinity pool if you fancy a swim or just to chill and enjoy the cityscape. The hotel, designed to appeal to families, also houses a Kid's Club on this floor, accessible only with hotel key card. Open from 10am to 8pm daily, the Kid's Club is well-equipped, and is suitable for children below 12 years old. The activities here range from Nintendo Switch, board games, coloring pages, reading corner and a TV room for watching cartoons. For fitness enthusiasts, there is a gym, steam and sauna room located on Level 13.

The hotel has three F&B outlets; namely Makan Kitchen, Tosca and Axis Lounge. Located on Level 12 is Makan Kitchen, the hotel's all day dining restaurant which offers a plethora of authentic Malaysian cuisine such as Malay, Peranakan, Chinese, Indian and Portuguese cuisines, reflecting the city's rich heritage. The buffet dinner is worth checking out; we liked the live interactive kitchen concept, whereby guests can choose the raw ingredients and the chefs will cook them a la minute. Buffet breakfast is also served here daily.

Buffet breakfast

For home-style Italian cuisine at reasonable prices, visit Tosca on Level 13. The restaurant also offers al fresco dining with a fantastic view of the city skyline, overlooking the hotel pool. We highly recommend the pizzas and the Angus sirloin beef (read our detailed review here).

The hotel is directly connected to the Elements Mall Melaka, so guests can enjoy easy access to family attractions, dining and shopping. We checked out Jumpers Land, the largest indoor playground in Melaka located on Level 3 of the mall, with attractions such as ball pit, indoor slides, rainbow tree, maze castle, fun blocks and Jumpers trampoline. Our stay also coincided with the Urbanplayz event at the mall so BabySumoKids enjoyed hours of fun doing activities such as rock climbing, indoor karting and giant trampoline.

BabySumoKids exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Melaka

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka or call +606-222 3333.

Check in time 3pm; check out time 12 noon.

For those driving, you may drop off your luggage at the hotel lobby and you will be given a luggage tag. Proceed to the mall parking and park on Level 5 to 7 of the mall for direct access to the hotel. Check-in is on Level 12 of the hotel. Parking is complimentary for hotel guests.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka, Hatten City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.

Tel: 06-222 3333


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