The Hong Hotel is located at the northern end of the historic Chinatown area, a block from the Melaka River. There aren't many dining options immediately nearby unless you like dubious stall food (hint: watch how they clean the dishes), but you can walk a couple of blocks to Jonker Street area. About the hotel: the reviews are correct, the staff are great, welcoming and friendly. Tea and Coffee and a hot/chilled water dispenser and free WiFi await. The hotel occupies the entire 1st floor of a traditional shophouse, which means it is long and narrow. You must walk up a staircase to the entry foyer, which isn't a foyer at all but a long hallway, on one side of which is the reception desk (and it is literally a desk) and a sofa and a toilet (enclosed). On the other side are all the rooms. They are small and clean. With a small bathroom containing sink, toilet and a hand shower (beware: the bathroom is the shower, so when showering, entire bathroom will get wet). Rooms have individual AC units. And ceiling fans. The front and back rooms have windows to outside, but these are half glass, with bottom part wooden shutters open to the air (caution: mosquitoes come in!). This makes it noisy. The back room benefits from an early wake up call - a 530am rooster from a neighboring Kampung house. The front is noisy from street, although the street itself isn't that busy. You will hear your neighbors open and shut their doors, use the water etc. The nice roof deck has chairs, table, is open to air. Parking available next door in a gravel lot. I hesitate to call this a hotel in the classic sense. I don't recommend this place for those seeking privacy (the front desk can see everyone entering and leaving their room), romantic stay, comforts of a traditional hotel, a lobby. It's also not for older persons who don't like stairs or those with mobility issues. Who's it good for: travelers who want to meet others, younger couples, other couples who want to "rough it", young friends traveling together, single backpacker types wanting a nice accommodation. I hope this is helpful in clarifying what the Hong Hotel is, and what it is not.
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