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Malacca is the capital of the most historic state of Malaysia, rich with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. Hotels are found throughout the city, but the area of choice for many visitors is Taman Melaka Raya, the new business center built on reclaimed land only a several-minute walk from the east of the old heart of town. Most accommodations for backpackers or the budget conscious are found in the old heritage heart, where there are atmospheric hotels and guesthouses in old typical Malacca terraces, and in Taman Melaka Raya.
Ayer Keroh, approximately 15 kilometers east of Malacca City, has quite a few contrived tourist attractions and has been publicized as a major Malaccan tourist spot, but it is not recommended as a place to stay.
Melaka Raya has a variety of dining, entertainment, shopping and accommodation options. The new host of the recently relocated Eye on Malacca, it is also the residence of Malacca's two biggest shopping malls. The five-star, 498-room Hotel Equatorial and the 275-room Holiday Inn are both here. Dwarfing everything else is the 617-room, three-star Mahkota Hotel, which is located next to the city's premier shopping and entertainment complex. Smaller mid-market properties include the Fenix Inn and the Queenspark Hotel. Budget properties include the Trend Hotel and Traveller's Lodge.
Jonker Street, located in the heart of Malacca's Chinatown, is a collection of clothing, craft and restaurant outlets and hosts the Friday and Saturday Jonker Walk Night Market, where visitors can buy good food, cheap keepsakes and genuine handicrafts. There are a couple of good-value boutique hotels here. Two of the best are Aldy Hotel and Hotel Puri. Tang House is a small budget property.