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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Casa del Rio Was Awesome!

Last Wednesday - 25th January , I took a short trip to Malacca with MP & the kids. We'll usually stay at Everly Resort Hotel around Tanjung Keling , quite a distance from Malacca town but this time I wanna stay kat area bandar.

The journey from KL was a smooth one with no holiday traffic at all but as we entered Ayer Keroh,,,,,,,the nightmare began. Took forever to reach Taman Kota Laksamana , where the hotel's situated. Jalan Melaka pulak most dah one way,,,,,,memang merangkak-rangkak kereta. Bila dah sampai kat roundabout fountain kat depan Stadthuys tu , I suruh MP to take a right turn to Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock , cross the bridge and we'll be on the right route to the hotel but MP insisted that the turning was further up.......I said no , he's wrong but dia kata betul.......hmmmm......ikutkan je lah......jalan depan sikit , I tunjuk kat MP that the hotel is across the Melaka River.

Hahhhhh.......salah dia , dia tak naik angin laa.....cuba kalau I yang salah kasi directions *walaupun tak pernah pergi satu-satu tempat tu*.....azab lor kena bebel.....hehehe! I pun tak lah nak bebel-bebel since dia clearly tahu salah dia cuma kena lah pusing balik & tempoh jem yang ada to reach that small roundabout again *walaupun dalam hati tu bengang jugak :-( tapi sabor je lah.....divert-kan rasa bengang tu dengan melayan anak-anak yang dok tanya itu , ini kat belakang kereta :-) *

An ariel view of Casa del Rio , Spanish for "home by the river".......

Dalam post ni will story mory about the hotel dulu. Cantik hotel ni. Seriously. A boutique hotel under the same management as Hard Rock Hotels & Concorde Hotels. Spanish decor & influence *I like like like*. Ni reception area. Upon arrival , told them that am checking-in......

.....and I was being ushered to wait here by the Lago , Spanish for Lake.......a huge water feature in the middle of the hotel....

While waiting for the hotel staff to finish check-in process , me & my family were given cold hand towels. Comes with the towels were these sweet ginger sorbets,,,,,,hot weather & cool refreshing sorbet.....nice! Owh....can you see that leaf,,,,,,it has my name on it! Awesome!

You basically do not have to go anywhere,,,,,just sit here and enjoy your sorbet and the hotel staff will come to you with your forms & etc......you'll just have to sign your papers , give your credit card for verification or cash if you're paying by cash and they'll fill in whatever that's needed to be filled in your registration form......how cool was that eh???

You don't even have to worry about your luggage too....all taken cared of. When our room's ready , a staff ushered me & family to our room. A personalized check-in dowh!

Our Studio Suite on the 1st floor.

In the room , the staff will tell you where's this and that....where's the remote , what time is breakfast & etc. You can asked any questions you would wanna know about the area....like where's the nearest asam pedas restaurant ke....macam mana nak pergi Melaka Sentral from the hotel.....bla bla bla....so far the hotel staff was very attentive. Polite. Cheerful. And there was a welcome note from the GM too.....

Lepas letak barang kat bilik , rehat kejap & keluar cari makan. Tak lunch lagi. It was 5pm-ish......we headed to Hajjah Mona Asam Pedas which was located very near to the hotel. Keluar hotel , walk to the left of the hotel for about 2 minutes.....and you'll see the restaurant by the road side. You won't miss it. It opens at 5pm till subuh kalau tak silap.

MP and others had Asam Pedas Ikan Pari. I asked for Jenahak tapi tak de pulak hari tu , so I opted for Asam Pedas Tetel.

When we came , kedai baru bukak so sayur pun tak siap lagi. All nasi putih comes with telur asin & timun. We ordered extra telur dadar & ayam goreng. Not much of an asam pedas fan tapi tetap makan jugak sebab tu je lauk yang ada , tambah pulak bila minta kicap,,,,,,depa bagi kicap masin and not kicap manis.......lagi laa tak jalan. Makan tetap makan cuma it's not a favourite dish of mine , tapi kalau asam pedas letak tempoyak , I suka *wink*.

Lepas makan , terus hantar Bob ke Melaka Sentral. Bas dia pukul 7pm-ish. While waiting for the bus , sempat jugak shopping kasut untuk budak-budak , mak budak & bapak budak kat situ. Alah kasut-kasut untuk pakai hari-hari......

Finally bas Jebat Express ke JB pun tiba.....

Ni lah bilik kat Casa del Rio. Best best best! Very spacious. The pillows , the bed , the white linen........arrrggggghhhh......so comfortable.

The closet area.....slipper yang sangat gebu....huhuhu!

Another spacious area.....the bathroom with a bath tub that fits two person.

A separate shower area with a beautiful mosaic art display.

Around the bath tub......a bar of soap , bath salt & candle and there's little duckie too!

Justify Full
Shower caps , in a wooden box.

Other toiletries.....

Jangan bukak keluar Jin pakai toncet sudah bah......hahaha!

Ruang santai pun spacious.

The balcony......

The bathroom feature a sliding screen that opens up to the room. Semua boleh nampak......dari ruang closet ke bathroom ke katil ke ruang santai ke balcony........

Split level.....so kena hati-hati sikit.

Dalam itu almari ada apa?
Ada mini fridge. Ada electric kettle. Ada coffee - tea - sugar & creamer sachets. Ada silver teapot set. Ada water & wine glasses.

Satu port untuk charge phones & gadgets. Satu lagi port untuk my laptop.

Their attention to detail is what I like about this hotel. Love it.

This terracotta with decorative tiles table.....a favourite of mine.

.........just look at that , mancis lama cap lada from Kelantan Match Factory.

Ingatkan buku......bila buka buku tu......

......ada remote controls untuk TV & DVD.

Welcome dessert in the room , Onde-Onde or Buah Melaka , siap kasi diskripsi kueh lagi......

Glassware......

Daily complimentary mineral water......& silver teapot & water jug......

Complimentary tea - coffee & milk from the hotel....

Ni lama tak tengok,,,,,,buku 3 ----- 5 aka buku hutang zaman dulu-dulu dowh.... Awesome!
Hmmmmm......terlebih pamper-kan guests , toilet roll pun dililit dengan ribbon......ribbon OK.....

OK lah.....enough of the hotel & etc.....all I can say it that , staying here for 3 days really made me feel at home. It's a lovely hotel. The staff was so friendly , they'll greet you and smile at you. Very helpful. Very courteous. All I can say is that Casa del Rio is the best hotel I've ever stayed in Malaysia.........feels like home.

Nite comes , we went for a stroll along the riverbank which leads us to the famous Jonker Street just within 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

The street at nite,,,,,busy as always.......ada dragon hanging on the air......

Yang boleh buat pun was jalan-jalan , ambil gambar , cuci mata , tengok kerenah orang......nak shopping , I rasa harga quite pricey for us locals kat sini. Nak enjoy the street food pun tak boleh.....nak makan kat small small restaurants that's scattered along the street pun was-was......tempted to try the chicken rice balls tapi duh! , tak halal lah pulak. After all it's Chinatown , what to do laa kan.....jalan-jalan je lah sampai ke hujung jalan....

I was there on a Wednesday and there was a sea of people. Yang menyampah-nye , kenapa-lah jalan ni tak ditutup pada kenderaan at nite? On the weekends they'll closed the road sebab ada pasar malam but why not make an exception to close the road for few hours during festive time like this CNY , maybe from 7-11pm or something. Dah laa orang ramai.....jalan pun berhimpit-himpit....mana nak elak kereta lagi.....can be quite dangerous. Hopefully in time to come , it'll change :-)

Adriel spotted lots of toys along the street.......seremmmm.....semua dia tengok , dia nak! We bought couple of toys for him. Had to.

Sempat jugak jenguk Taman Warisan Dunia Jonker Walk....

Tetiba ada taman pulak kat tengah-tengah jalan ni siap dengan bushes of Chinese Bamboos in the garden. Boleh duduk-duduk dulu kalau kaki terasa kejong berjalan sakan......hehehe! Ada sculpture-sculpture naga & gajah kat sini......

Pretty red lanterns hanging from one end to the other.......

Jalan-jalan and snapped a photo of these colourful clogs.

Hmmmm.....Kedai Makan Bibik House dan Kedai Keranda , both on the same street........makan , makan , makan kat kedai Bibik.....then mati.....masuk keranda Mr Fuan Hin......eeeee.....spooky spooky....

Dahaga......berhenti beli air tin.....

Lepak kejap habis-kan air kat tepi van jual air tu......

Guests staying at Casa del Rio gets a special discount on goods sold at the Hard Rock Cafe Melaka , Rock Shop. The store was still closed when we were there.....cuti raya Cina lagi lorrr.....

Dah selesai jalan-jalan for the day. Sebelum naik ke bilik , lepak minum-minum dulu kat River Cafe.

Siap ada tempat ubat nyamuk kat semua table di cafe ni....huhuhu!

Kepenatan! Penat berjalan.......tak de shopping apa-apa pun except for couple of cheap toys for Ashel.

A glass of ice cold water , a shot of Shirley Temple & a piece of Pecan Pie for me......

Yna created her own crispy pizza with beef salami - mozzarella cheese & tomato pizza paste....being served on a terracotta flat block.

While enjoying our supper.....we got to enjoy a firework display which I believed was being lit from the A'Famosa area , across the Melaka River.

Almost midnight......back to the room.

Tak mau tidoq lagi budak ni.....

Ashel tak mintak susu formula dia but he wanted susu full cream milk yang hotel letak dalam fridge......

End of day one for us in Malacca.......
Ashel said : "Gu--nait Ka Yna"
Yna said : "Good nite baby boy"


More of Casa del Rio for you.........


The Spanish entrance at Casa del Rio, Melaka.


The entrance day & nite....






The courtyard or Lago......


Looking over the Lago at night.


The airy lobby....


The River Cafe.....nice place to chill........


Cantik......tapi bila malam jangan lupa pasang ubat nyamuk.....hehehe!


Casa del Rio at nite. Beautiful.

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Our Suite was above Rio!

Images of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
The Studio Suite.

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
More bathroom pics.

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
LCD TV......DVD palyer.....Hi-Fi.....Free Wi-Fi......all in the room.

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
The spacious balcony......

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
The balcony overlooking Sungai Melaka, day & nite,,,,,,gorgeous.


The Infinity Pool on 3rd floor.....

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Menara Taming Sari & Muzium Samudera is visible.....

Images of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Muara Sungai Melaka and the Selat Melaka is also visible.....

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
The Infinity Pool @ Casa del Rio , day & nite.....

Photos of Casa del Rio Melaka, Melaka
Breakfast by the river.......

A note for me : Coming home again.....with you. Insya'Allah.

4 comments:

  1. salam sis...nampak sis semakin gemuk le...tak diet ke?

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  2. tak sabo nye nk duk kt sini tp trafik kt melaka skang ya allahhh.. aritu pg ingat nk singgah hadrok tp malas betol nk lalu jonker kalu gitu kekdahnye.. melaka kena buat monorel as public transport or flyover merata2 baru leh lalu dgn aman hehe

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  3. wow.. bestnya casa del rion nih...

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  4. cakap pasal melaka nih...saya baru je pegi kat asam pedas hjh mona 2/3 minggu lepas. OK rasa dan ramai sesak orang. Susah cari parking. First time pegi sana sebab biase nye makan kat asam pedas malinja atau pun asam pedas selera kampung.
    Pics dah upload so senang2 tu singgah la yer blog saya kat www.blogmakanbest.blogspot.com topik pasal makan, makan dan makan hehe..takde topik lain.
    Kalu sudi follow la yer blog saya TQ

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