Family Friendly Hotels in Malacca

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Family friendly travelling in Malacca

Most popular areas in Malacca for family-friendly hotels

Malacca's got great accommodation options for family travelers: hotels with pools and hotels without, dorm rooms close to the heritage center, and cozy guesthouses away from the frenetic action of Jonker Street. For comfort and quietude, look to the highly-rated hotels around Taman Melaka Raya, which offer easy access to the lively shopping malls of the city. To immerse the family in culture, consider the small, independent guesthouses of Jonker Walk, with their lantern-lit lobbies and timber carvings. Or, consider a balance of the two, with the hotels in Kampung Jawa.

Top family-friendly hotels in Malacca

Thanks to its spacious suites and large family rooms with separate sitting areas, not to mention relaxing rooftop pool and bar, it's the Hatten Hotel that comes up trumps as one of the top options for travelers with kids in tow. The Holiday Inn Melaka isn't far behind, made popular thanks to its comfy beds, Disney-themed kids' rooms, and palm-peppered pool area. Then there's the Ramada Plaza, which sits within easy reach of the main historic attractions, boasts a huge outdoor pool, and some relaxing gardens to wander and unwind in after a day of sightseeing.

Where to find the best restaurants in Malacca

Malacca bursts with places to eat for families. For starters, the sprawling, modern malls and shopping centers that line up along the boulevards of Plaza Mahkota and Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz are laden with lively food courts offering everything from Mexican tacos to Italian ice-cream to Thai curries. That's bolstered by the smorgasbord of street food and local noodle and Cantonese fry houses around Jonker Walk – perfect for the adventurous family of budding foodies. Don't miss the immersive shared eating experience of the peanut satay joints in Bandar Hilir, on old city’s fringes.

The most popular things to do in Malacca

Those blood-red facades and Dutch-built churches that pepper the UNESCO-attested heart of old Malacca rarely fail to enchant both adults and children alike, so be sure to engage an imaginative city guide and tour the major must-sees around that area. Strolling along the Malacca River is another great way to take in the sights, all whilst popping in and out of the local cafés and stir-fry restaurants. On the outskirts of town, there are also the sandy stretches of Klebang Beach, which are peppered with mind-blowing wartime relics, and popular with kite flyers when the wind blows. And then there are the night safaris and wildlife encounters of the acclaimed Malacca Zoo – expect everything from prowling tigers to pink flamingos to galumphing Asian elephants.

Best ways to get around Malacca

For seeing the major historic sites in downtown Malacca, walking is the best means of transport. Make use of the central boardwalks and promenades along the river to easily navigate these areas. And when it comes to getting to other districts, to the zoo, or back to the hotel at the end of the day, be sure to engage a local rickshaw or tuk-tuk – these are a fun and affordable way of transporting the whole family. Regional buses are the only way to get to the beach and other nearby towns.