City Park Hotel
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City Park Hotel Malacca Reviews
Good hotel in very run down area, but close to shopping center Aug 19, 2011
The best thing about this hotel is the service. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They speak reasonably good English but not everyone speaks English perfectly. That should suit you fine if you don't speak English yourself.
On my last stay in Melaka I had stayed at the Everly Resort, which is an entirely different sort of place. The reason that I chose City Park this time was because I wanted to stay somewhere closer to the heart of Melaka. The Everly is about 15 miles from the center, and so it is quite difficult getting there and back and taxi drivers tend to make up the fare as they go (I was charged RM30, RM40, and RM50 for the exact same trip). You don't have that problem at City Park because you can walk there and there is public transport to Mahkota Parade from which you can walk the rest of the way.
When you do get a taxi, it will still be really high cost. Outside of KL the drivers do not usually use a meter. In KL it is illegal for them not to use one (but you'll still occasionally see drivers trying to get away with mischief). It's probably illegal elsewhere too, but if it is nobody seems to care.
Thus you should avoid using taxis if you don't have to. From City Park Hotel you can visit most of the most common attractions and sights by walking there unless you're not really up to walking (expect to cover about 5 miles over the course of a full day out, Melaka is a big place). Don't forget that most of the time it is really hot too. So this hotel is not going to suit you if you're a bit on the wimpy side or you don't like walking.
The rooms here are big (or the one I paid for was big, I'm not sure if they have smaller ones) and it's fairly good value but I still only gave it 3 stars for value because you don't get as many features as you do at Everly. Of the low cost hotels, this was easily the best within close proximity to the city center.
Most hotels in Melaka are old and run down. This one is not particularly an exception to that, but it's in relatively good (not perfect) condition.
The bathroom was a little disappointing, but OK. The bed was fine, everything was clean. The television reception was poor (but that's OK, I didn't really want to watch it anyway). The refrigerator worked but was a little quirky. The air conditioner was fine.
There is no elevator. If you can not get yourself up and down stairs then this is not a good place for you to stay.
At night you could feel a little unsafe in this area, especially if you're a small person or a female. Actually it's rare to encounter any other people in this area at the moment because almost everything is closed down. All the businesses have folded due to lack of interest, or so it seems. Only 2 hotels (this one and a sort of Middle Eastern place across the street) and a restaurant have defied the trend.
There is actually a police station in the same street but not a lot of activity around it. The police in this section are reasonably friendly and not the hardcase cops that you see around Mahkota who are trying their best to look tough and formidable.
Now for the worst thing about this hotel... As you approach the hotel on foot you will have to go past some really really really stinky drains. I mean they are disgusting.
The sidewalks and the ground in general can be a little bit dangerous if you're not watching your step. I don't recommend strolling around by yourself. Try to do everything with a friend. It's more fun and you'll feel safer. I don't usually give that sort of advice in my travel reviews, but this is one place where I think that is essential advice.
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