I’m just publishing the Casa Del Rio Press Release for your info.
MAJESTY BY THE MELAKA RIVERSIDE
Melaka, Malaysia – THE city of Melaka, Malaysia’s colorful and historic pride and joy, has a brand new boutique hotel called Casa del Rio, it is the only hotel located directly on the banks of the stately Melaka River.
Casa del Rio which is Spanish for ‘Home by the River’ is a mansion of opulence, sitting majestically on the riverbank, ideally located on Jalan Kota Laksamana, only a two-minute walk from the popular Jonkers Walk and the heritage attractions of Melaka.
Casa del Rio is the newest addition to The Boutique Collection by HPL Hotels and Resorts. Other brands in the HPL Hotels & Resorts’ management portfolio include Hard Rock Hotels and Concorde Hotels.
Melaka is fortunate to have enjoyed the best of culture from several focused communities, namely the Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Japanese, all of whom have left their mark over the last six centuries particularly on its traditions, architecture, fashion and cuisine.
Appropriately, the hotel’s architecture pays tribute to the many international cultures that have influenced Melaka, principally those of the, early Arabic traders, the Portuguese and the Dutch.
The warm colours of magenta, yellow and ochre over terra cotta blend with old wrought iron railings and ornamental lighting provide a warm touch of the Mediterranean.
All 66 rooms at Casa del Rio are beautifully decorated and designed, blending Mediterranean styles with Peranakan touches (Baba Nyonya ‘Straits-Chinese’).
All guest rooms have balconies which overlook the courtyard ‘lago’ or the Melaka River, while the luxuriously appointed bathrooms feature sliding screens that open up to the rooms and views beyond the balcony.
For guests visiting with children, whom require modern connectivity and entertainment will enjoy the amenities of high-speed Internet access, flat screen TVs, CD/DVD players, iPod docking stations, IDD phones, coffee & tea-making facilities and mini bar. For seekers of comfort and luxury, there are pocket sprung beds, attached bathroom with long bath and separate shower stall, walk-in closet and generous space.
Other facilities at Casa del Rio include a concierge desk, travel and tour assistance with car and trishaw services and river cruises, in-room dining, laundry service, an infinity swimming pool, gym, spa treatment rooms, and, most important, a team of well-trained and enthusiastic staff prepared to offer a tailor-made stay.
Dining at Casa del Rio offers quite an array itself, through its riverside outlets, Bar Rio, River Cafe and River Grill.Bar Rio offers three beers on tap, a full range of boutique beers and wines, as well as a menu of local and international tapas dishes. There is also live entertainment during the weekends.
River Café offers light ‘blackboard’ lunches, coffee and gourmet tea from TWG, freshly squeezed juices, beers and wine, along with your favourite sports updates on the screen.
River Grill is the outlet of choice for fine-diners, thanks to its a la carte breakfasts, fixed price lunches, and the return of grand grill room dining tradition.
The main meeting rooms have been designed to present various-sized theatres, classrooms setting for course or seminar participants, and banquet or reception areas for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other celebration events.
For sight-seeing, one can access to Melaka’s historical and cultural sites by foot, trishaw or the recently-launched 1Malaysia taxis.
The list of heritage sites includes Jonker Walk, the mosques (especially the one in Kampung Hulu), Hindu and Buddhist temples, the Admiral Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, A Famosa and St Paul’s Hill (which originally was the site of the palace of Prince Parameswara who founded Melaka in the 15th Century), the Royal Museum, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, the Stadthuys, St Peter’s Cathedral and the world-famous Portuguese Settlement where you can sample some superb steaming, melt-in-your-mouth baked fish, sambal prawns, spicy pork ambila, pang siusiu, dabble curry chicken and spicy crabs, washed down with ice cold beers and fresh fruit juices, while being entertained by young Portuguese dancers doing the branyo in the wildly colourful costumes.
We could put it all in one line. Melaka has got it all and now it has got the Casa del Rio.
General Manager Andrew Drummond is a 25-year international hotel management veteran, who considers his role at Casa del Rio to be the high point in his career as he oversees the operation of this 66-room boutique hotel and its extensive riverside dining, spa and modern meeting spaces.
Running a place like this is not new to this hotelier of British-Australian descent as he was recently responsible for the opening and operation of an island resort under the HPL Hotels & Resorts group in Maldives. Prior to that, he was the General Manager at Casa del Mar Langkawi, a sister hotel to Casa del Rio.
“Melaka is a community based city in which one feels at home and I want our guests to call Casa del Rio their home,” Drummond says. “Our team of staff here have genuine interest in people, history and culture, and are geared to establish the profile of Casa del Rio as yet another reason to visit Melaka. This should contribute to Melaka’s success as a tourist destination.
For Drummond, “being at home” is more than a mantra. “Casa del Rio will, without compromising on the efficiencies of modern demands, provide guests with the sublime pleasures of home comfort, the simple cooking using the freshest ingredients and the integrity of sincere hospitality,” he says confidently.
For more information on the hotel’s promotions, rates and facilities, please call +6 06-289 6888 or visit casadelrio-melaka.com today.
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About HPL Hotels & Resorts
Headquartered in Singapore, HPL Hotels & Resorts is a hospitality management company, operated and wholly-owned by a Singapore main-board listed company, Hotel Properties Limited (HPL). HPL Hotels & Resorts currently manages the activities of eleven hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean. These include Concorde Hotel Singapore, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Casa del Mar, Langkawi, The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands, Casa del Rio, Melaka and Rihiveli Beach Resort, Maldives. For more information, please visit www.hplhotels.com.