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Reviews of Bala's Place

Guesthouse | 77 Jalan Hang Kasturi, Malacca, Malaysia 75200

88.2% Overall Rating

7 out of 8 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (30/11/2013)

"Bala, his son Vic and the various 'uncles' staying downstairs were all lovely and tried to help as much as possible. The location was fantastic and there is a nice area upstairs to hang out and read etc. It has the…"

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Facilities

  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Common area / room
  • Newspapers

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 1.52

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

Additional bed costs 15myr per person/night

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88.2%

Overall Rating

7 out of 8 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Bala's Place'

Atmosphere
82.5%
Location
100.0%
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Cleanliness
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Staff
97.5%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

30 November 2013

Liked: Bala, his son Vic and the various 'uncles' staying downstairs were all lovely and tried to help as much as possible. The location was fantastic and there is a nice area upstairs to hang out and read etc. It has the potential to be a really great place to stay!

Disliked: I think it has a bit of a way to go before it becomes a great guesthouse. There were a few minor problems like not having a bathroom/toilet upstairs, only one of the showers working and not much access to tourist information (maps, tours, onward travel etc). Also the rooms only have fans and are lit with big fluorescent lights which makes them very hot, it would be a good idea to invest in a small lamp for each. As per Asian cultural practice, you have to take your shoes off before going upstairs. This was fine until my shoes went missing and I was disappointed that Bala kept suggesting I must have 'misplaced' them. They weren't valuable and I didn't really mind that they'd disappeared but it was pretty obvious they'd been taken by another guest of staff member, even it had been accidental. Finally, it's not easy to get back into Bala's after hours if you've been out on the town. The guesthouse gets locked up like fort knox and you have to bang very loudly on a metal gate in order to wake up one of the uncles so that he can let you in. Problem is you also wake up the rest of the neighbourhood.

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Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Nicola Heads

As a family with children

Family Holiday

14 October 2013 Nicola would recommend this property

Liked: Everything. Stayed here with 3 kids aged 5-11 and everything was perfect. Easy breakfast,great location and awesome staff!

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Andrew Wilson

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

03 January 2013 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: It was very well located, being within easy walking distance of all the sights. The rooms are basic but comfortable and the hostel is good value for money. The rooms are very secure. When we arrived the owner had just gone away and another gentleman was in charge (Peter?). He was very helpful, even going as far as to pick us up in his car at 630 the next morning and drive us to the bus station.

Disliked: Nothing

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Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

21 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Bala was fantastic; he called me in advance to make sure I had directions to the hostel, plus he even showed me around the area a bit.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Suleeporn Tinakorn na ayudhaya

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Romantic getaway
Shopping

22 May 2012 Suleeporn would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly Indian couple owner, Huge nice fan, Room decoration and size. Light at night. Sink on 2nd floor

Disliked: No bathroom on 2nd floor.


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