The Doubletree by Hilton Malacca was the first Hilton property I visited as a Gold member of the Hilton Honours programme. Through this trip report, you will find out more about what perks a Gold Hilton Honours Member offers, and my thoughts about the property.
Before arrival, I was informed that i will be given a complimentary upgrade to its King Deluxe Room, about 30% larger in size than its Guest room. Do note that this upgrade is not guaranteed, but being a Gold Member, I am told that the concierge will do their best to give Gold members upgrades. Nevertheless, it was much appreciated that the notification was provided before requiring to ask.
We reached Melaka after a 3-hour bus ride from JB Larkin before taking a 10 minutes Grab ride to the property. Upon arrival, the hospitality team offered to deliver our baggage to our room. I gladly accepted after a tiring bus ride. Check-in was smooth and signature Doubletree chocolate chip cookies were also handed out.
Our room was located on the 27th floor . As you might expect, it came with a spectacular view overarching the Old Town. A King sized bed, along with a leather armchair and a work table were present. There was also a nice gesture by the Hilton hospitality team which provided some light pastries, a good welcome treat! Complimentary bottles of water was also provided.
Breakfast was located at one of Doubletree Melaka’s 3 restaurants, The Makan Kitchen, on Level 12. The other 2 restaurants were Tosca, an Italian restaurant overlooking the pool, and Axis Lounge, just the opposite side of Makan Kitchen which I had a chance to review in the afternoon. I was rather impressed with the breakfast spread provided. I have heard that Hilton properties tend to be inconsistent with its buffet breakfast, but this one here had a wide variety. Ranging from Malay, Indian, Western, Japanese cuisine, this property had everything! Check out the photos below:
My personal favourites were the Nasi Lemak rice wrapped asthetically in Doubletree paper, along with the thick Teh Tarik, it was worth the three cups! I also had a fair share of the sugar-free fruit juice, a good ‘detox’ for the start of the day.
We took time to walk around and explore the property. It consists of an infinity pool with rather new beach chairs at the side, a prime spot for relaxing and overlooking the city. It has a Fitness Centre and Steam Room on the same floor as the infinity pool, but we didn’t visit these facilities this time around.
In the afternoon, we had the option to visit the Axis lounge, and we decided to check it out. As a Gold member, we were given complimentary refreshments from 12pm-6pm daily. Sadly, the options won’t plentiful. Albeit free-flow, only jam and custard free flow doughnuts were available, along with a beverage of our choice. I got myself some chamomile tea. Personally, I hope that the options available to Hilton’s privilege customers will increase in this property.
Overall, it was a delightful stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Malacca. Being a Gold member, it definitely has its perks. One thing I hope the property would have too would be an inclusion of an Executive lounge, something I will be checking out in my next Hilton property visit in Johor Bahru. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend fellow family and friends to check out this property when they make the short trip over in the future!