At the time of this review (January 2004), this place is only 6 months old and is not in any guidebooks. It's run by a Swiss-Malaccan couple Sona and Gabe, so already there's a different touch. They've combined their styles into a very East meets West establishment.
The house is over 300 years old and was once an opium den. It's also right in the heart of the Jonker's antique area and really close to the historical sights. Most of the other guesthouses are located right over the other side of town.
There are dorm and private rooms all lying off an inner courtyard full of pot plants, hammocks and lounge chairs. The rooms all have proper bed heads and you are given colourful sheets, towels, and soap when you come (even in the dorm). The bathrooms are both Asian and Western and there's a lovely little sitting area just off the street when you first walk in. All the beds have mosquito nets and cotton mattresses. It's a great blend of east and west. Ring ahead to book because there are only four rooms and four beds in the dorm. You wouldn't want to miss out.
I really enjoyed chatting to Gabe who had a lot of time for all the guests and seemed to be happily available at anytime and with very unaffected hospitality. There is a lovely downstairs area with tables where you can sit and have a cold drink with her.
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