Charming Family Owned!
My stay was fantastic!! River View Guest House is a small home style pension sitting on the picturesque Malacca (Maleka) River. The home belongs to a wonderful couple and their two children. Being in the hotel industry, the proprietor and I had a long conversation over some home made corn bread. She is a former sales manager for a 5 star luxury hotel chain and traveled quite a bit in her time. Opting to have more time and freedom, she followed my personal dream and opened the guest house. They speak English so well you'd mistake them for American expats. The guest house itself was converted into a home with about 5 or 6 rooms with a beautiful veranda upstairs. Rates are extremely reasonable. Since I hate sleeping in a room with noisy sketchy people, I opted to purchase a double for just about $20! WiFi is complementary but not the greatest connection. You also have free use of the kitchen as long as you clean up after yourself. NO SMOKING!!! except outside if you need to do that... Restroom is shared but kept clean.
Unique Quality: I was asked by the owner... "Why would you stay here if you work for an upscale resort??" She asked me because I had just come from Traders Hotel in KL. For your information, I usually do a mix of budget and luxury accommodation. KL also has the cheapest high end hotels in the world. I spent less than $200 for two nights in a 4 star hotel up close and personal with the Petronas Towers. I told her I was attracted to the character of her home and that luxury doesn't always mean turndown service and fake smiles :) To her delight, she cut me another piece of pie and we shared a cup of home brewed tea :)