These days, I don’t often stay in hostels. Being married and in my 30s, plus no longer on the meagre budget of my early 20s, when all I could afford was the largest and cheapest dorm, hostels have made way for hotels. So, why did I want to stay at Nomaps, a hostel in Malacca, Malaysia?
Note: The author was a guest of Nomaps. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive commission if you make a purchase using the links.
The Design Ethos of Nomaps
What firstly grabbed my eye about Nomaps Malacca, walking past its back entry on Heeren Street in Malacca’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, was its design ethos. A long simple table stretched out in what I would discover was the kitchen/dining room. Plus there was a brightly coloured street artwork on the far wall – and I’m a big fan of street art!
Rather than your traditional budget, party hostel, Nomaps is one of the growing number of flashpacker hostels. Its aimed at those willing to pay slightly more for a higher quality experience (think decent bathrooms, welcoming kitchens and sparkling clean surfaces), or those wanting something more sociable than a budget hotel.
Perfectly location, just a block away from Malacca’s famous Jonker Street and Dutch Square but on a quieter street, Nomaps is in one of the city’s historic houses, dating from around 100 years ago and taking up the whole block, with multiple internal courtyards. To this historic foundation a gentle restoration has been applied, the not quite straight original corridor walls and old brickwork left in some places. The courtyards are brightened by further graffiti murals courtesy of Kenji Chai, an in-demand Malaysian street artist. (Plus there’s still plenty of walls for works for further artists in the future.)
Room Options at Nomaps
I’ve previously been tempted to stay in some flashpacker or luxury hotels, but my husband’s insistence on no dorm rooms has ruled them out. Fortunately, Nomaps has two queen-bed rooms, private except for the shared bathroom. Additionally, there are two private four-person rooms available, one with a queen bed and single bunk, the other with a pair of bunks, both with an ensuite bathroom – great for families or those travelling in a group.
Simple minimalist styling has been applied in the revamp, with a mixture of wooden and concrete floors and chic industrial lighting. In the bedrooms colour is provided by the bright headboards (complete with convenient double power sockets and storage space) and colourful bedspreads.
Facilities at Nomaps
My favourite rooms though are the bathrooms on each floor. With their exposed metal pipework, over-sized lightbulb pendants, long concrete washbasin and rainwater showerheads, it’s a far cry from any hostel bathroom I’ve ever used. Stylistically they’re more like a luxury hotel’s bathroom! Other welcome inclusions are the free availability of coffee, tea, filtered water and snacks in the kitchen (in addition to serve-yourself breakfast), a free washing machine and dryer, an entertainment room with DVD player, free computers and, naturally, wi-fi throughout.
However, the other equally important aspect that I loved about Nomaps was the friendliness of everyone there. From Carol, the manager’s, warm welcome and assistance with sight seeing (and those delicious coconut drinks!), through to the fantastic conversations we kept on having with everyone on the long table in the kitchen (such a welcoming place to hang out and work on my laptop, but so distracting!), it truly was a homely stay. I highly recommend Nomaps for everyone visiting the beautiful city of Malacca!
Rooms at Nomaps are available starting from 70 MYR for dorms (2, 4 or 4-berth, mixed or ladies) and 150 MYR for doubles. Click here to check the lowest guaranteed prices on Agoda.
Note: The author was a guest of Nomaps.