Questions, questions! Take a look at the commonly-asked questions below. If you can't find what you are looking for, feel free to email us at caratel@therucksackgroup.com


  • What time is check in/out?
  • Check-in time: 3:00pm

    Check-out time: 12:00pm

    Room hold time: 6:00pm*

    *Please notify us if you would like to check-in late as this will help us to ensure we have everything ready prior your arrival. All room reservations will be held till 6:00pm of check-in date. In the event of no show up till 6:00pm, we would call or email to notify you on your room status. If we did not receive any notice of late arrival and had failed to contact you, your room will be released after 6pm.

  • Can I check-in early or check-out later?
  • Requests for early check-in & late check-out will be handled based on room availability on the day. We cannot guarantee all requests and we will require a notice at least 3 days prior to your check-in date. Exceeding check-out time without notifying the front desk in advance can result in extra charges, including, but not limited to, late check-out fees of RM50 per hour and/or an extra night's charges being applied to your bill.

  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • You must cancel at least 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid incurring the cost of one night’s room.

  • Do you offer free internet or Wi-Fi in the room?
  • Yes, free internet access is available throughout the hotel.

  • Is breakfast included in the room rate?
  • Breakfast is included as part of your stay, and it is served daily from 8:00am till 10:00am.

    Monday-Friday: Local “bungkus” style breakfast, toast with jam and butter, coffee and tea

    Saturday and Sunday: Western buffet breakfast, toast with jam and butter, coffee and tea

  • Is housekeeping included in the room rate?
  • Yes, it is. In fact, we will be cleaning your caravans and rooms daily, but if you wish to reuse your linens and towels and help us contribute to saving the earth, kindly inform the front desk.

  • Can I smoke in the room?
  • We have a no-smoking policy in our hotel rooms and facilities. You may, however, smoke at designated areas indicated at the hotel. If found guilty, a fine of RM500 will be imposed.


  • Can I direct mail or packages to The Rucksack Caratel during my stay?
  • You sure can. However, do email us at caratel@therucksackgroup.com to let us know when the mail or package is expected to arrive, at least 4 days in advance. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for any lost mail or packages.

  • Can I use another party’s authorised credit card to pay for my room?
  • Yes, but we will require the other party to complete a third party authorisation form to allow us to process the charge.

  • Can I store my luggage at the front desk?
  • Yes, you can. Just register with us at the front desk.

  • Where can I park my car?
  • There are 7 parking lots available within the compound and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. However, should they be taken up, public lots are also easily accessible within walking distance. Nearby public lots are located in front of Dutch Cemetery, TM Point, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Police Station. Parking coupons are also available for sale at our front desk.

  • Can I bring my pets along?
  • We are sorry to say that we don’t allow pets on our premises.

  • Are there any washing machines available?
  • There aren’t any washing machines, but we can provide laundry service for a small fee.

  • How do I get around Melaka? Can I hire a bicycle or taxi if I don’t want to walk around?
  • Easily. You can rent a bicycle for RM 10 for an entire day. Taxis are also plentiful, and we can help to hail one for you.


  • Where is The Rucksack Caratel located?
  • Our hotel is centrally located in Melaka. We are nestled just behind the verdant Melaka Sultanate Palace on Jalan Banda Kaba, which is just 5 minutes from Melaka’s historic areas including Jonker Street as well as the newer shopping areas of Dataran Pahlawan.

  • How do I get to where the hotel is located from the Airport/Train Station/Bus Terminal/the Highway?
  • Airport – The closest airport to Melaka is the Melaka International Airport, which currently only serves domestic routes in addition to the odd regional city in Indonesia. From the airport, the only way to reach the hotel is by car.

    Train station – The closest Train Station to Melaka is in the town of Tampin, approximately an hour away. The best way to reach Melaka and the hotel from the station is to hail a taxi from the station.

    Bus Terminal – The Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal is located approximately 8 minutes’ drive from our hotel. Once you arrive at the bus terminal, you may hop onto any available taxis and inform the driver to drop you at The Rucksack Caratel. The taxi ride will cost approximately MYR25.

    Highway – If you’re driving down to Melaka, follow the signs that say Pusat Bandaraya, which is the City Centre. Depending on traffic, it will take you around 30 to 40 minutes to get to The Rucksack Caratel. For a detailed walkthrough, please download the PDF HERE

    For general directions to our hotel from in and around Melaka town, please refer to the ‘Getting Around’ page and follow the instructions indicated on the real-time map. Alternatively, you may download a PDF version of our location map, also available on the ‘Getting Around’ page, for reference.

  • What is there to see and do near the hotel?
  • There is a whole host of attractions within 5 minutes of the hotel, whether on foot or by car, bicycle or taxi. Have a look at our ‘Getting Around’ page for some suggestions and inspiration.

    If you are travelling in groups of more than 10, or have any other questions about our hotel, facilities or services, feel free to contact us at: caratel@therucksackgroup.com or +6 06 2922107

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