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Hotel Puri Melaka @ Hereen Street

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Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Malacca. It is a 30 minute drive from the North-South Highway (Malacca/Ayer Keroh exit), and 10 minute drive from the bus station (Sentral). Surrounded by antique and bric-a-brac shops, it is only a stroll away from Malacca’s historical precinct.

The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade and the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests.

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Hotel History.

Hotel Puri has a distinguished beginning. It was the ancestral home of the descendants of Tan Kim Seng (1805-1864). He was a third generation Straits Chinese born in Malacca. His grandfather migrated to Malacca in the 18th century from Eng Choon district of Fujian Province, China. He became a very successful businessman in Malacca. When Singapore was founded in 1819 by Stamford Raffles, Tan Kim Seng moved to Singapore. Growing even richer in Singapore, he contributed generously to society. He built the Kim Seng Bridge to facilitate people crossing the Singapore River. He was the first to donate 880 Straits Dollars towards a fund for the establishment of the first Chinese school in Singapore called Chong Wen Ge in Telok Ayer Street. The building still stands today adjoining the Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest temple in Singapore. In 1854, he donated $13,000 to the British Government for the construction of the first reservoir and the introduction of pipe water to Singapore. The Kim Seng Fountain in Elizabeth Walk was built in commemoration of this contribution.

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Tan Kim Seng never forgot his place of birth, Malacca. His contributions to Malacca were equally significant. The Malacca Kim Seng Bridge and Kim Seng Clock Tower are but just some of his legacies.
The building Hotel Puri resides in was first built in 1822 and was bought over by Tan Kim Seng in 1840. The house was then rebuilt by Tan Kim Seng’s grandson, Tan Jiak Choo at a cost of 14,000 Straits Settlement Dollars in 1876. The house sits on a piece of land which has in its possession the original Dutch title dating back to 28.4.1819. It is located in one of the oldest streets in Malacca called Heeren Street by the Dutch, and known as Holland Street to the Chinese till this day. It was also nicknamed Millionaires’ Row as most of the Chinese millionaires of the pioneering period lived on this street. After Malaysia’s independence, the street was renamed Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in memory of the Founder of the Malaysian Chinese Association now a component party of the ruling National Front, and also for the important role he played towards the achievement of Malaysia’s independence. His son Tun Tan Siew Sin was the Finance Minister for Malaysia for 15 years. Their ancestral home remains at No 111. Several of the other millionaires’ ancestral homes have been refurbished by their wealthy descendants and still remain today along this same street.
Air well

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The original building now housing Hotel Puri stretched from the street to where the hotel kitchen is today, a full 100 metres long. It had three airwells to let in air and light, and a water well which supplies water in the days when pipe water was unknown. The original water well still exists and is now standing near the former cafe entrance. Where the hotel garden and the L-shaped new wing stand today was an open area. The compound was used as a stable for the Tan family horses and parking area for horse carriages. In addition, it also housed a mini zoo said to have included a tiger and several deer. Except for the western influenced architecture of the Chee ancestral home opposite Hotel Puri, other buildings along this street including Hotel Puri is typical of Peranankan culture, a mix of Chinese, Western and local flavours.
In refurbishment and development of the hotel, extreme care was taken to conserve the unique architecture as much as possible. The building from the front to the inner court or the Ancestral Hall was carefully reinstated preserving the original structures together with its carved doorways, windows, partitions and interestingly sculptured airwell. Chinese couplets of good fortune, health, and happiness adorning doors, windows and entrances just as the Chinese residences in China, were meticulously restored. The mosaic floor and wall tiles and marble were arduously cleaned and polished. The mosaic and wall tiles were imported from 19th century England, hence the similarity to those in the old houses in England of the same period. The section of the building from the inner court unfortunately had to be demolished as it was in an irreparable condition. However, new structures were designed to blend in with the old wing to reflect the original architecture as much as possible. Hotel Puri Melaka ensures that normal hotel comforts are accorded to guests without sacrificing the fine facets of conservation. Every care is taken to provide the homely, relaxing, warm and quiet environment of a typical Peranakan home.
Serenity in the heart of Malacca.

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Who are the Peranakans? The word Peranakan was originally used in Indonesia for the descendants of immigrant Chinese who have forgotten their own language and integrated and adopted some local Malay custom, and practice intermarriage with the natives. Legend has it that this unique ethnic group could be traced back to the 15th century. China under the Ming Emperor traded far and wide. In an effort to strengthen ties with the rich and strategic port of Malacca, betrothed his daughter to the Malacca ruler. The princess and her entourage of about 500 formed the first permanent Chinese settlement in Malacca at Bukit China (or China Hill). These early settlers married the local brides and gave rise to the first generation Peranakan, the male being known as ‘Baba’ and the female as ‘Nyonya’. The descendants of these mixed marriages later married within their own community. As a result, Malay became the linqua franca of their offsprings. However, the babas and nyonyas continued to practise the customs and traditions of their Chinese forefathers, while at the same time absorbed and assimilated some local way of life especially in the attires of the nyonyas and in food preparation.

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Location Map

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Hotel Puri Melaka

Address:
118 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jonker Street,
Malacca / Melaka, Malaysia 75200

GPS Coordinate: 2.196594, 102.245153

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Rooms & Accomodation

Junior Suite

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Descriptions:
Please note that effective 1 April 2012, the City Council of Melaka will be imposing a Heritage Tax of RM2 per room per night payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. Features a duplex styled room with separate living room area with a sofa bed. A classy double bed furnishes the bedroom. Room layout can differ from suite to suite. Kindly to informed that our junior suite room can’t fit extra bed.

Bed(s): 1 King Bed / Sofa Bed

Standard Twin

Descriptions:
Please note that effective 1 April 2012, the City Council of Melaka will be imposing a Heritage Tax of RM2 per room per night payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. Features 2 single bed. Note that standard rooms cannot accommodate an additional bed & can’t fit baby cot. All our standard room comes only with 2 single beds.We do not have double bed for this category.

Room size: 16.91 sq.m.
Bed(s): 2 Single Beds
View: City

Superior Twin

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Descriptions:
Please note that effective 1 April 2012, the City Council of Melaka will be imposing a Heritage Tax of RM2 per room per night payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. Furnished with 2 single beds. Kindly to informed that our superior twin room can’t fit extra bed & baby cot at the same time.

Room size: 23.04 sq.m.
Bed(s): 2 Single Beds

Superior Quad

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Descriptions:
Please note that effective 1 April 2012, the City Council of Melaka will be imposing a Heritage Tax of RM2 per room per night payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. Features 2 queen size beds for families of 4 adults. Kindly to informed that our superior quad room can’t fit extra bed & baby cot at the same time.

Room size: 23.04 sq.m.
Bed(s): 2 Queen Beds
View: Garden

Superior Double

Descriptions:
Please note that effective 1 April 2012, the City Council of Melaka will be imposing a Heritage Tax of RM2 per room per night payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. Furnished with 1 queen size bed. Kindly to informed that our superior double room can’t fit extra bed & baby cot at the same time.

Room size: 23.04 sq.m.
Bed(s): 1 Queen Bed

Deluxe Double

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Descriptions:
Please note that effective 1 April 2012, the City Council of Melaka will be imposing a Heritage Tax of RM2 per room per night payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. Features 1 king size bed. Kindly to informed that our deluxe double room can’t fit extra bed & baby cot at the same time.

Room size: 26.76 sq.m.
Bed(s): 1 King Bed
View: Garden

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For group reservations please email your name, hotel, check in date, check out date and total pax to sales@worldheritage.com.my

Terms and conditions:

  1. The hotel rates mentioned above are nett in Malaysia Ringgit (MYR), inclusive of taxes and service charges unless specified in the Remarks Column stated above.
  2. You are now booking thru a sales agent and not direct with the hotel and all bookings are based on prepayment basis.
  3. All bookings must be made minimum 3 working days in advance prior to the check in date and must be on prepayment & guaranteed basis.
  4. All bookings made less than 5 working days must be on guaranteed basis and payment guaranteed by credit card payment only.
  5. Prepayment can be made by ( Banking-In )telegraphic transfer or by credit card (VISA and Mastercard and 5% fee will be charged)
  6. Booking made using payment by {Banking-In Method} must be made minimum 5 working days prior to the check in date.
  7. No charge for children below 12 years old sharing room with parents with no extra bed.
  8. We reserved the right to charge your credit card upon confirmation without prior notice if booking is made less than 3 working days before check in date and therefore no cancellation or amendment is allowed.
  9. After payment is made {either by credit or banking in}, a check-in voucher and a payment receipt showing booking details will be emailed (via email attachment) or faxed to guest for easy reference.
  10. A detail cancellation policy will be sent to you via email when our reservation staff confirmed your booking.
  11. All customers are deemed to have read and understood the booking terms & conditions and room rates and agreed to it before making a booking.

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