Friday, 21 June 2019

The Jiong Guesthouse, Melaka

When it comes to budget accommodation, Melaka does not fall short of choices - you can stay in many decent place for less than RM20 per pax. The Jiong House is one of the many budget accommodation in Melaka that did not disappoint us. We came across this place through, and we decided on The Jiong House because of its location and price! 
The Jiong Guesthouse is located next to the Melaka river, along the same row as The Old Merchant. We choose to stay here because of its close proximity to Jonker Street (about 5 minutes walk away), but away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. There are no reserved parking for guests, but street parking is aplenty just outside The Jiong House. Don't forget to purchase and display your parking coupons on your car's dashboard on weekdays!
The interior was quirky and cute, with pastel colour being the main "theme" of the place. There are three stories guests and chill out at the common area on the ground or first floor. However, as the property is located next to the river, the mosquitoes can be a huge nuisance! The common areas are not air-conditioned, so the doors and windows are opened all the time. Though the management do burn mosquito repellent from time to time, it wasn't strong enough to keep all the pesky mosquitoes away.
Messages and notes from guests plastered the walls on the ground floor.
Guests can fill up their water at this little self-service coffee bar, and make coffee/tea.
The room rate of The Jiong House includes a simple breakfast in the morning - toast with kaya and margarine and a cup of coffee/tea. A simple and light breakfast is what we need in Melaka, as people tend to over-indulge themselves in the local delights in Melaka :P
View from the back entrance of The Jiong House.
We booked a quad room with air-conditioning for RM70 a night, which is only RM17.5 per person per night! It's definitely a steal (and we got a simple breakfast too!)! We were really satisfied with our room - it was clean and comfy, space was sufficient for us to maneuver around. They even provided us with a towel! Our room was facing the main road instead of the river side and we managed to get a good night rest.

Our room is located on the top floor, and the staircase is a little steep (bear in mind this is a traditional old-style house), so people with mobility difficulties might find it hard to travel up.
The only qualm I had about this place was the toilet. All rooms do not have an attached toilet/bathroom, and there were only one toilet and two bathrooms, which are located on the ground and first floor. So if the place is at full occupancy, there might be a wait during "peak hour". The toilets are kinda old too. It is clean, but....think about the toilet at your grandmother's place, that's what it feels like. :P There is hot water and a functioning (but not too efficient) toilet bowl, but, think grandma home's toilet. You'll know what I mean.

The Jiong House is definitely my go-to budget place in Melaka. If you don't mind sharing a (more traditional) toilet, and perhaps climbing up the stairs! There are dorm rooms, air-conditioned rooms, and fan rooms here at Jiong House, I'd really recommend getting the air-conditioned room as it gets rather hot and humid in Melaka!

The Jiong House
76, Jalan Kampung Pantai,
75200 Malacca

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