We stayed at Hotel Equatorial, two years ago, for Church Camp as well.
This time, the experience was much better. The rooms are all newly refurbished. Food served during the function was also better. In fact, we were rather torn between going out in search of good local food, or staying at the hotel for the food that was catered.
Hotel Lobby is simple, yet has a modern touch after reburbishment. Nothing too fancy, yet has its own style.
Room is pretty spacious, with a sofa and a small balcony too. Definitely able to fit an extra bed. This is a lead in category - deluxe room.
This is the view from the balcony of our 10th floor room. Although I won't say it's a fantastic view, but at least, there's a portion of the pool and could see have some partial view of the city.
The pool on the 4th floor is not very big. However, it's pretty cosy to swim, and we saw a number of families enjoying themselves at the pool area.
There's a gym and tennis court in the hotel as well. It's pretty uncommon for hotels to have tennis court these days, isn't it?
Snew's Rating: 4 / 5
Clean and well-kept hotel are not too easy to find these days in Malaysia. Despite not being a new hotel, the refurbishments done are worth applauding. The quality of food served is one of the better ones that you can find in the vicinity. The service is also worth commending. With the good location and quality, I would definitely recommend this hotel to guests visiting Malacca.
Seri Nonya Restaurant @ Hotel Equatorial
Located at the third level, this was one of the restaurants recommended by the pastors. We didn't manage to try the last time, so we just want to give it a go, since it's located in the hotel.
I really like this traditional Peranakan decor of the restaurant.
Can you relate to all these? I really feel so Peranakan when I stepped into the restaurant.
There were 5 of us, including a friend who's feeling a bit under the weather, hence, we didn't order too much food.
The popiah has a different taste from the ones in Singapore. I can't really explain what is the difference, but I feel it's tastier than those in Singapore. You don't need to add chilli to it, already very tasty.
The Sop Itik Tim, aka Duck Soup with Salted Vegetables is not too bad, but I feel it's still a bit blend.
In case you think we are pretty much of a vegetarian, no, we have Chicken Curry as well. The taste is a bit different from those in Singapore, with a thicken coconut milk taste.
Damage: RM109.50 for the 5 of us, and 5 dishes. Each person less than S$10. Can you believe it? But of course, we did not order a lot, or the more pricey dishes. There's also because we all had a filling buffet breakfast and tea break.
Snew's Rating: 3.8 / 5
I would say that the Nonya food at Seri Nyonya Restaurant is above average. However, I think the one at Ole Sayang is much better. There are so many Nyonya Peranakan Restaurants in Malacca, and even around Hotel Equatorial. I will be posting on Ole Sayang one shortly. Stay Tuned!
Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant
Level 3, Hotel Equatorial Melaka
75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Melaka: Nyonya Peranakan Food at Ole Sayang
Melaka: Jonker Street
Melaka: Stadthuys & Surroundings along Melaka River
Melaka: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock