Most of you are aware that my hometown is in Melaka (Malacca) and that I come back to Melaka regularly to visit my parents who still live in this historical city. When I was invited to stay at Timez Hotel in October, I jumped at the opportunity because firstly, I seldom get to stay in a nice hotel in my own hometown, and secondly, I was able to bring a guest. So, I brought my mom along for this staycation with the intention of having a mother-daughter bonding session especially when I had just returned from Europe a couple of days before.
Timez Hotel was formerly a pre-war heritage building and is now a boutique hotel with a modern facelift. The hotel is located on Jalan Hang Kasturi, a street adjacent to the main road of Jonker Walk which is known for the bustling night market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. My father dropped us off at Timez but not before nearly missing the white-shuttered building as he drove into Jalan Hang Kasturi, for the entrance of the hotel is set back in its own short, landscaped walkway off the street, unlike other pre-war buildings which typically have short verandahs with doors situated close to the five-foot way.
The lobby area is minimalist in décor – a reception desk, a couple of round stools, a flat screen TV showing clips of the hotel and interestingly, a wall collection of watches or rather 62 Swatch timepieces. I remembered asking why was the hotel named Timez and the answer I got was something vaguely to do with watches. But isn’t that Timex, not Timez? 🙂 Apparently, the owner of the hotel is an avid Swatch collector.
While the showcase of Swatch timepieces in the lobby lends some funkiness to the hotel, the most fascinating bit about Timez Hotel is the lift (elevator). In accordance to the overall theme of minimalism in design and décor, the lift reminded me of IKEA, the floor buttons operate something akin to a construction elevator!
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I can assure you that the lift is not from IKEA but is indeed made in Sweden. The lift experience was really cool, something which I have not experienced in other hotels. Having said that, it moves rather slow and does not stop halfway to allow other guests to enter, hence there were times when we had to wait for some time for an empty lift.
Timez has fifteen rooms with five unique themes – Portuguese, Dutch, British, Peranakan and Chinese – to pay tribute to the confluence of cultures of Melaka. Our room was a twin bedroom with a Victorian theme – a modern, damask wall panel of blue and white porcelain plates. The usual hotel room amenities were available and functioned well – comfortable beds, AC, desk, flat TV screen, complimentary mineral water bottles, espresso machine, ensuite bathroom, wardrobe and so on.
For descriptions and images of other unique themed-rooms, check out their photo gallery here.
We were provided complimentary breakfast and dinner at the in-house restaurant called Super Rabbit Café. I’m not sure why the café was named as such or how it fits into the overall theme of the hotel but the café is opened to both hotel guests and casual visitors. A simple menu of salads, pastas and snacks are offered in the café. Although simple as it seems, there is a fusion pasta dish served at the café that I absolutely loved – “Very Local Spaghetti”, a creamy fusion of Nyonya assam sauce served with hard-boiled egg and tempura prawn. I usually avoid fusion pasta dishes because I have had been disappointed with the way the dishes turned out in the past but I broke my rule during my stay in Timez. The “Very Local Spaghetti” pasta is highly recommended!
So, what’s my overall opinion about Timez Hotel?
- Strategic location as it is a 1-minute walk to Jonker Walk night market, 3-5 minutes’ walk to the Melaka Bridge and Stadthuys, and 10-15 minutes’ walk to St Paul’s Hill and A’ Famosa Fort. Melaka’s top city attractions are all within walking distance from the hotel.
- Although the hotel is situated to the night market, guests can hardly hear any noise from outside.
- The room has all the right amenities that one would expect from a boutique hotel. WIFI works superbly.
- Fascinating Swedish-made lift, something which guests will talk about because it’s unusual. This probably makes Timez Hotel different from other hotels.
For other reviews on Timez, click here.
No. 31 Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.
Tel: +606 281 2109, +606 281 7509, +6017 602 1226 (Whatsapp)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
*The 2-night staycation for Mom and I at bright and funky Timez Hotel was complimentary. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.
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