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Stadthuys Melaka – The Famous Dutch Square

Stadthuys Melaka - The famous Dutch square in Malacca


There are places in a city which became center of attractions for tourists and Stadthuys Melaka is among the most visited Malacca attractions for tourist. It is an Old Dutch building, actually a reconstructed one, that is a big city hall once used for public gatherings. Representing the Dutch architecture, it is a red building in the center of city that was built in 1650 by the Dutch people on the land. For the same reason, Stadthuys Melaka is also known as the famous Dutch Square.

Stadthuys in old Dutch spelling referred to City Hall. The other famous name of Stadthuys include Red Square Dutch Square.

History of Stadthuys

Stadthuys Melaka is the oldest Dutch building in the east. The Stadthuys or Stadius was built under the administration of Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor. During the British rule in nineteenth century, the Malacca Free School started operating near the vicinity of the Stadthuys. The Stadthuys had been used mostly as the center of administrative work. It served government operations for over 300 years. The building today serves as a history museum. Since 1982, it displays the history of Melaka during times of Malay Sultanate, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonization.


Attractions around Stadthuys

Being in the heart of the historical city, the Stadthuys Melaka is surrounded by many visit-worthy tourist places. There is an eighteenth century Christ Church Melaka nearby. The other nearby tourist places include Melaka River, Melaka River Cruise, famous Jonker Street, Cheng Ho Culture Museum, Maritime Museum, Malaysian Youth Museum. A must observe landmark of the Dutch Square, the Queen Victoria’s Fountain is also located here.

One of the popular activity and things to do in Melaka is to stroll around Stadthuys and take as much as pictures possible. You will also find this landmark on many postcards in Melaka.

Inside View

After the maintenance of the building and its conversion into a museum, it is used as the Museum of History Ethnography. You would find here customs of Malacca people through their statues, dressing and occupations. You will find history of the place in the mas hanging through walls, photographs and the exhibits.

Location

The Stadthuys is still a live place that is center of attraction for the tourists. It is also called the Dutch Square Melaka. It is just besides the Christ Church. The famous Jonker Street is just opposite to the Stadthuys.

Getting to Stadthuys

Stadthuys Melaka is one of the fame tourist attraction in Malacca so you will not have any problem getting to Stadthuys. Most likely, you will be staying in a nearby hotel or hostels and you can just walk to this place.  You need to walk to or take a cab to the Stadthuys if you’re accommodation is a bit far.

It is a recommendation to visit the closely located places of Melaka in a go and, of course on foot. Furthermore, you can inquire from the hotel or hostel staff as well.

The Stadthuys Melaka was constructed as an administrative block today it is one of the best places to visit in Melaka. While visiting this place, make sure to take lot of selfies 🙂

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The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka – For a Luxury Stay Over

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka


Melaka was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008 for possession of various relics and valuable historical sites. The greatness of A’Famosa, Jonker Street, Stadthuys, Hang Li Po’s Well, Masjid Kampung Hulu and Maritime Museum puts it among the places that should be visited by the tourist in Melaka. Your trip to the historical city of Melaka will be complete if you have a comfortable accommodation. In fulfilling this requirement, The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka, opened in November 2011 offers great many services for its guests.

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka

Strategic location in the heritage zone certainly is among the factors to fully enjoy the atmosphere of luxury accommodation at The Sterling Hotel, a boutique hotel which applies a touch of English architecture.

Rooms

The boutique hotel has 37 luxurious rooms with contemporary style. The Sterling Hotel offers six types of rooms with interesting names such as The Leyton the Stoke Mandeville, The Windsor, The Riley, The Brighton and The Churchill as an option for the guests.


Leyton is a standard that is suitable for not more than four persons. Stoke Mandeville name was taken from a city that introduced the first wheelchair recovery in Britain. For families, the Windsor was also an option for a two bed ‘king’ and the total area of ​​40 square meters allows visitors to add a sofa bed.

Additionally, Riley, Brighton and Churchill rooms also offer a well-equipped and comfortable luxury as well as the use of a Jacuzzi inside or outside the room while enjoying the beauty of the sun from the balcony. The Churchill Room streamlined with a living room and a private lounge measuring 46 square meters.

Amenities

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka provides in-room services like mini fridge, LCD television, tea and coffee making facilities, IDD telephone, newspapers and a safe deposit. The Sterling Hotel not only presents the architectural uniqueness applied in each luxuriant room, but also makes full use of LED lights and power generation using solar energy and rain water that form part of the exclusive features as support the ‘Go Green’ state government.

Eco Friendliness

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka use of LED lights that can save energy up to 90 percent and durable than conventional bulbs. It also uses a centralized air conditioning system to suit the customer flowed and energy efficient. Solar energy is used in water heating systems that meet the needs of hot water in the rooms. It has a rainwater collection system for natural plants and 320 liters for cleaning.

The Loft

Visitors have the opportunity to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a birthday or a romantic dinner in Melaka at The Loft restaurant, which can accommodate up to 70 guests. The dining room is comfortable and quiet, serving a selection of delicious menu of Western or Asian. Relax in the open space at The Balcony with a choice of cocktail or mock tail with sliced ​​fruit while watching the sunset and twinkling lights of the city of Malacca.

The Loft restaurant opens for breakfast from 7.00-11.00am served to order; 12.00-3.00pm for lunch and dinner from 6.00-11.00pm. The Balcony opens from 6.00pm-1.00am daily.

No wonder, The Sterling Boutique Hotel Malacca has always been the focus of both local and foreign tourists. Other services include a shuttle bus to the city of Melaka, parking and Wi-Fi service. Located in Jalan Temenggong near Restaurant ‘Satay Dip’ and ‘Little India’ or 5 minutes walk to the famous Jonker Walk and is surrounded by the world heritage sites, which obviously makes The Sterling Hotel right choice for those who crave a luxurious stay in the middle of the city.

Related Article: Best Hotels in Melaka

Address: Lot 232 Jalan Temenggong 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-283 1188

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Getting to Melaka

Overview
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Malacca is a strong touristic state. Most people who visited this city felt in love with its history, attractions and local cuisine. If you decide to visit Malacca, there are several modes of transport to get to the place.

Most Malaysians and Singaporeans prefer travelling to Melaka on their own car. By travelling this way, you are in control of your own schedule. If you do not own a car, you can rent it from operators and pay a deposit besides the daily rates.

Cost from KL: The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Melaka is about 136km. The toll price is within RM35 while the fuel cost for a sedan car is about RM25 for a one way trip.

For car rental, the prices range from RM150-RM400 depending on the vehicle type and duration.

In Malaysia there are a lot of buses that have various destinations and that are frequent. It is cheap, fast and convenient for singles or non-kids couples. Most long-distant buses are cosy and all of them are air-conditioned. Melaka Sentral bus terminal is the hub for long-distant and local buses. It is about 4.5 km from Red Square.

Bus fare from KL: A one way trip ranges from RM12 to RM17.

A taxi ride from other cities to Melaka is not recommended as it is expensive due to the long distance. If you have enough money to pamper without the hassle of driving yourself, feel free to go for this option. Taxis are easily available within the city area.

Taxi fare from KL: A one way trip costs about RM200. Some taxi drivers offer chartered service where you can book them for 1 day. You’ll have to negotiate with the taxi driver about the chartered rate.

Melaka ferry jetty, named Harbour Master is situated at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum. For visitors from Sumatra, Indonesia, getting to Melaka by ferry is the most viable option. Daily ferries are available between Melaka and 3 locations in Sumatra; namely, Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru.

Ferry Fare
Between Melaka and Dumai: RM110 (1-way) and RM170 (2-way).
Departing time from Melaka: Daily at 9am and 3pm.

Between Melaka and Bengkalis: RM50 (1-way) and RM80 (2-way).
Departing time from Melaka: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 1pm
Departing time from Bengkalis: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30am

Between Melaka and Pekanbaru: RM120 (1-way) and RM210 (2-way)
Departing time from Melaka: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30am. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.

Plane is an option for distant visitors or for business travelers. Malacca International Airport is located about 10 km from the city. Only limited flights are available. If you are in Subang and Pekanbaru, travelling by flights to Melaka is another option.

There are currently 3 air operators in Melaka airport. Sky Aviation and Wings Air have flights to Pekanbaru while Firefly flys to Medan in Sumatra and Subang.

If you are still thinking to travel to Melaka via train, you will be disappointed as the nearest train station, Tampin (about 38 kilometers from the Melaka city) is closed to make way for the electrified double-tracking project. Many other sources are still telling you that train is one of the transport options to Melaka, which is not true.

Malacca is a very special place that offers delicious food and original tourist attractions. It has hotels, guest houses and inns for each pocket. There are also museums, churches, temples and other attractions. Choose any kind of transport and get to Melaka!


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