Hotel Puri by night
A delightful find in the centre of Melaka while checking out the heritage town one night. Hotel Puri is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock where it's also known as the Millionaires' Row as most of the Chinese millionaires of the pioneering period lived on this street.
We were peeping into the hotel from the entrance when the Security Manager came out and offered to bring us on a tour of the hotel.
When I stepped inside, I was transported into a world of fine Peranakan decor that has stood the test of time. Built in 1822, it has been beautifully restored preserving the original structures together with its carved doorways, windows, partitions and interestingly sculptured airwells.
One of the airwells has a glass ceiling so guests could sit in the cool indoor garden sipping tea and reading a book.
I noticed the hearty green plants have hairy leaves especially suitable in a tropical country. The hairs work to trap moisture against the surface of the leaves, dramatically reducing water loss from inside the plant.
The ground floor of the hotel was transformed into a museum. I was ecstatic to find the original water well, which supplied water in the days when piped water was unknown, still exists. The well water is now used for watering the plants in its garden.
The original building is a full 100 metres long. It had three airwells to let in air and light. Chinese couplets of good fortune, health, and happiness adorning doors, windows and entrances.
The hotel owner displayed his huge collection of antiques all around the premises. I was extremely careful as I moved among these treasures, taking photos and admiring them through glass cases. :P
Antique Horse carriage
The mosaic floor, 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.
These swallows have been making Hotel Puri their permanent home by building their nests in the Swallow Hall.
beautiful spiral stairway that leads to the rooms
I have tried booking a room for the weekend at Hotel Puri for a couple of times but have yet to succeed. Maybe I should try one more time, just to experience staying in a Peranakan house.
The buildings along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock including Hotel Puri is a mix of Chinese, Western and local flavours, typical of Peranankan culture. Do check out the various art galleries and classic Peranankan houses that line its immediate neighbourhood.
118 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka 75200 Malacca Johor and South, Malaysia 06-2817388