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Puri Hotel Melaka

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Puri Hotel

Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Malacca. It is a 30 minute drive from the North-South Highway (Malacca/Ayer Keroh exit), and 10 minute drive from the bus station (Sentral). Surrounded by antique and bric-a-brac shops, it is only a stroll away from Malacca's historical precinct.
The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the descendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade and the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests.

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  Hotel Puri has a distinguished beginning. It was the ancestral home of the descendants of Tan Kim Seng (1805-1864). He was a third generation Straits Chinese born in Malacca. His grandfather migrated to Malacca in the 18th century from Eng Choon district of Fujian Province, China. He became a very successful businessman in Malacca. When Singapore was founded in 1819 by Stamford Raffles, Tan Kim Seng moved to Singapore. Growing even richer in Singapore, he contributed generously to society.
Tan Kim Seng never forgot his place of birth, Malacca. His contributions to Malacca were equally significant. The Malacca Kim Seng Bridge and Kim Seng Clock Tower are but just some of his legacies.

The building Hotel Puri resides in was first built in 1822 and was bought over by Tan Kim Seng in 1840. The house was then rebuilt by Tan Kim Seng's grandson, Tan Jiak Choo at a cost of 14,000 Straits Settlement Dollars in 1876. The house sits on a piece of land which has in its possession the original Dutch title dating back to 28.4.1819. It is located in one of the oldest streets in Malacca called Heeren Street by the Dutch, and known as Holland Street to the Chinese till this day. It was also nicknamed Millionaires' Row as most of the Chinese millionaires of the pioneering period lived on this street. After Malaysia's independence, the street was renamed Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

 

The original building now housing Hotel Puri stretched from the street to where the hotel kitchen is today, a full 100 metres long. It had three airwells to let in air and light, and a water well which supplies water in the days when pipe water was unknown. The original water well still exists and is now standing near the former cafe entrance. Where the hotel garden and the L-shaped new wing stand today was an open area. The compound was used as a stable for the Tan family horses and parking area for horse carriages. In addition, it also housed a mini zoo said to have included a tiger and several deer. Except for the western influenced architecture of the Chee ancestral home opposite Hotel Puri, other buildings along this street including Hotel Puri is typical of Peranankan culture, a mix of Chinese, Western and local flavours.
Who are the Peranakans? The word Peranakan was originally used in Indonesia for the descendants of immigrant Chinese who have forgotten their own language and integrated and adopted some local Malay custom, and practice intermarriage with the natives.

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Hotel Puri

Originally built in 1882, this historic Peranakan house has been lovingly renovated and is now one of the most popular hotels in the Melaka area. Hotel Puri Melaka houses elegant and sophisticated rooms and is located on the famous Hang Jebat Street, renowned for its beautiful antiques and great restaurants. Each room is spacious and comfortable, and they ensure all necessary amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The hotel is beautifully decorated and features a Helonica Garden Café which is perfect for sipping afternoon tea. The main restaurant, Galeri, serves fine international and local dishes as well as imported wine. Hotel Puri Melaka features a spa center for a great way to relax and pamper yourself after a long day.

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